Category: Food

Recipe Corner: Roasted Eggplant and Lamb Omelet

Recipe Corner: Roasted Eggplant and Lamb Omelet

By Christine Vartanian Datian Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 pound ground lamb 1/2 green or red bell pepper, seed and finely chopped 3 eggs, beaten with 2 tablespoons of milk Kosher or sea salt, black pepper, Aleppo pepper, cayenne pepper Chopped fresh green onions, parsley, walnuts […]

Recipe Corner: Eggplant Vegetable Soup

Recipe Corner: Eggplant Vegetable Soup

By Christine Vartanian Datian Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups eggplant, peeled and cubed 1 cup fresh or canned tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced 1 cup fresh mushrooms, diced 1 cup zucchini, peeled and diced 2 stalks celery and top greens, diced 1/2 cup yellow squash, chopped 1/2 cup frozen peas, rinsed […]

Recipe Corner: Fresh Sautéed Spinach and Vegetable Salad

Recipe Corner: Fresh Sautéed Spinach and Vegetable Salad

By Christine Vartanian Datian Ingredients:   1 lb. spinach, washed, stems removed, roughly chopped 1 medium zucchini, peeled, diced 1/2 medium red onion, minced 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, diced 2-3 large cloves garlic, mashed 1 cup plain white or Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon dried mint […]

Recipe Corner: Beef and Bean Enchiladas

Recipe Corner: Beef and Bean Enchiladas

Beef and Bean Enchiladas 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1 can (1 lb.) vegetarian refried beans 2 large cloves garlic, minced 1 cup green chili salsa (or salsa of your choice) 1/3 cup taco sauce 2 cans (10 oz. each) enchilada sauce 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon […]

Ani Catering and Café Entices with Armenian and Middle Eastern Food

Ani Catering and Café Entices with Armenian and Middle Eastern Food

By Aram Arkun Mirror-Spectator Staff BELMONT, Mass. – Lately more and more restaurants in the Boston area seem to be offering shawarma and other Middle Eastern foods, but Ani Catering and Café in Belmont has a combination of spices in its mix that make its chicken shawarma different from the others. It has become the […]

Recipe Corner: Lamb and Eggplant Meatball Pita Sandwiches

Eggplant always seems to have a love-it-or-hate-it audience. But “even people who claim they don’t like eggplant love these easy meatballs,” says Christine Vartanian Datian. You can use a small ice cream scoop to shape these meatballs quickly.   PREP AND COOK TIME:  About 1 hour. Ingredients:   2 cups chopped eggplant 1 1/2 pounds ground lean […]

Recipe Corner: Lentil, Potato and Kale Soup

By Christine Vartanian Datian Nutrition-packed meal is disguised as delicious soup. Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds dried brown or green lentil beans, washed and drained 1 large onion, diced or sliced 3 stalks celery, including tops, diced 2 carrots, diced 3-4 cloves garlic, minced 1 small baking potato, peeled and diced 1/2 medium green or red […]

Immigrant Kitchen: Live Music and a Tablespoon of Rose Water

Immigrant Kitchen: Live Music and a Tablespoon of Rose Water

By Lindsay Sterling NEW BRUNSWICK, Maine — When my physical therapist, Amin Saab, in Brunswick, Maine heard about my quest to learn a dish from every country in the world, he connected me with his Armenian mother in Cape Cod. In August, she and I sat together on her back porch, overlooking a beach packed […]