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Scheherazade's Delight

A Memorable Introduction to an Arabian Nights Entertainment

Bed grain of choice (2 cups of organic brown rice or 1 cup of cous cous
or equivalent of your favorite, i.e. quinoa, basmati, etc)

4 Tablespoons of organic soy margarine (Earth Balance recommended)
4 Apples, sliced thin (blend of favorite crisp varieties is best for interesting taste combo)
2 Onions (medium or my favorite for added green color is one medium sized sweet onion & 2 large green onions), chopped
2 Bell Peppers (small - one red & one orange for added color), chopped
1/2 cup Currents (convenient option is raisins)
1/3 cup Cashews, raw - pieces
1/3 cup Almonds, raw - shaved or slivered
1/3 cup Walnut, raw - pieces
1 Tablespoon Curry powder

Rinse chosen grain well in cold water & drain. Boil water in 2 quart pot (twice the amount of grain, i.e., 4 cups for brown rice or 2 cups for cous cous). Pour chosen grain into boiling water & bring to a boil again. Lower heat & simmer covered for 30 - 45 minutes or until water is absorbed.

Place 4 Tablespoons of organic soy margarine in a large skillet. Add bell peppers, onions, apples, currents or raisins, cashews, almonds, walnuts & sprinkle curry evenly over ingredients. Saute, stirring regularly until ingredients are blended & of your desired
consistency (crunchy to mushy ... I prefer a slight crunch)

Spread chosen grain in a casserole or other "Arabian" looking dish. Cover with sauteed ingredients.

Optional:
Vegan Eyeballs (Arab countries consider certain animal's eyes a
delicacy when served with grain dishes ... I find this option much more
appetizing & definitely a more humane & colorful garnish) - take a green pimento olives & wrap in soy cream cheese shaping an "eye ball" shape ... arrange fresh parsley around the edges of the dish placing vegan "eye balls" artistically embedded into the parsley wreath. Carrot "flowers" (see garnish cookbook), Mandarin orange "butterflies" (back to back placement) or other appropriate garnishes add to the overall effect of the dish.

Place completed dish in the center of the table (lazy susan if available).

Present to your special Scheherazade, Sultan or group of enthusiastic vegan gourmet groupies.

Other suggestions: serve with light sprouted salad, arabian coffee/tea (hot or cold/plain or sweetened/soy creamer or not ... per personal preference) & arabian pastries with sugared dates for dessert.

Serves: 8 determined dieters, 4 average avatars or 2 eager epicures

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sounds so freakin' good. This is at the top of my list to try. Not sure about those eyeballs!

dinkfeet said...

Are there any instructions missing? This recipe seems to get "cut-off" on the right hand side...

Anonymous said...

bookpapa said...

Hmmm, dinkfeet ... bookmama had the same problem of cut off instructions on her iMac desktop, but my MacBook Pro has the instructions wrap to the next line and is complete ... however, the text is jumbled a bit & hard to read easily ... maybe this is another techno-challenge for Camillus and Bay Puppy to solve for us ... thanks in advance C & BP.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like something to eat on cushions in front of a roaring fire while a storyteller relates some of Scheherazade's 1,001 Nights tales ... neat ! ! !

"Eyes" sound good & tasty ... could eat as long as I know the ingredients are vegan (love cream cheese & olives).

Anonymous said...

WOW !

I'm gonna use this one for a romantic evening this winter with my most special person ... a wonderfully total package for a memorable event.

Anonymous said...

Bookpapa again...

I would be glad to copy & paste the complete recipe from this blog until Bay Puppy has a chance work on the formatting ... or ... I may be able to do it in the comment box ... will try for those that can't see it all.

baypuppy said...

i'm working on the issue....i think i have an idea of what is going on....

*scurries around*

Anonymous said...

Bookpapa....

It seems to have worked (fingers crossed) ... here it is:

Scheherazade's Delight

A Memorable Introduction to an Arabian Nights Entertainment.

Bed grain of choice (2 cups of organic brown rice or 1 cup of cous cous or equivalent of your favorite, i.e. quinoa, basmati, etc)

4 Tablespoons of organic soy margarine (Earth Balance recommended)

4 Apples, sliced thin (blend of favorite crisp varieties is best for interesting taste combo)

2 Onions (medium or my favorite for added green color is one medium sized sweet onion & 2 large green onions), chopped

2 Bell Peppers (small - one red & one orange for added color), chopped

1/2 cup Currents (convenient option is raisins)

1/3 cup Cashews, raw - pieces

1/3 cup Almonds, raw - shaved or slivered

1/3 cup Walnut, raw - pieces

1 Tablespoon Curry powder

Rinse chosen grain well in cold water & drain.

Boil water in 2 quart pot (twice the amount of grain, i.e., 4 cups for brown rice or 2 cups for cous cous)

Pour chosen grain into boiling water & bring to a boil again.

Lower heat & simmer covered for 30 - 45 minutes or until water is absorbed.

Place 4 Tablespoons of organic soy margarine in a large skillet.

Add bell peppers, onions, apples, currents or raisins, cashews, almonds, walnuts & sprinkle curry evenly over ingredients.

Saute, stirring regularly until ingredients are blended & of your desired consistency (crunchy to mushy ... I prefer a slight crunch)

Spread chosen grain in a casserole or other "Arabian" looking dish.

Cover with sauteed ingredients.

Optional:

Vegan Eyeballs
(Arab countries consider certain animal's eyes a delicacy when served with grain dishes ... I find this option much more appetizing & definitely a more humane & colorful garnish)

- take a green pimento olives & wrap in soy cream cheese shaping an "eye ball" shape

- arrange fresh parsley around the edges of the dish placing vegan "eye balls" artistically embedded into the parsley wreath.

- Carrot "flowers" (see garnish cookbook)

- Mandarin orange "butterflies" (back to back placement) or other appropriate garnishes add to the overall effect of the dish.

Place completed dish in the center of the table (lazy susan if available).

Present to your special Scheherazade, Sultan or group of enthusiastic vegan gourmet groupies.

Other suggestions: serve with light sprouted salad, arabian coffee/tea (hot or cold/plain or sweetened/ soy creamer or not ... per personal preference) & arabian pastries with sugared dates for dessert.

Serves: 8 determined dieters, 4 average avatars, or 2 eager epicures

baypuppy said...

okay, i got it fixed! *grumbles about html issues*

Anonymous said...

You're the greatest, baypuppy !

You "scurries around" well while you "grumbles about html issues", but you fix them promptly ... now get back to your homework so that you will get an A+ in that course too.

Bookpapa

PS Now that even bookmama can see all of the ingredients/directions, I think I'll cook this one first ... yum (much more fun than solving html issues).

bp said...

i think i'll try this. i like apples'n'onions and this has more added goodies--nuts! yumm!

i think it would be good with some baked tofu. what you all think?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, sounds yummers!