pan-fried pork with pecans and fennel

pan-fried porkHere is a meat main course from Moro EastPan-fried pork with pecans and fennel. The Clarks call for almonds, but an allergy in the family pushed us toward the pecans. We actually really enjoyed the switch. The dish was prescient of the cooler weather to come. And I must say, fennel is fast becoming one of my favorite all-time foods. We now have completed 34 recipes from Moro East. Percentage complete: 21.25%

scallops with sherry, asparagus and migas

scallopsMy mother and I made scallops for the first time in our lives last week. It was an exciting day. This dish also represents our first attempt at making one of the seafood recipes in Moro East. This made for a doubly exciting day. For our first time, I think we had a success on our hands.

scallopsNearly as good as the scallops themselves were the migas. These are amazing. I never would have thought to pan-fry bread pieces like this. But my goodness. We pan-fried small pieces of crustless bread with garlic and bay leaves for over thirty minutes. We used a white sourdough for this. The oil soaked into the bread pieces, which turned out almost (almost) like dumplings. They were incredible. And they were the perfect complement to the scallops. Below is a photo of one of our plates with additional bread pieces. A lot of additional bread pieces.

scallopsThis represents our 33rd completed dish from Moro East. Percentage complete: 20.63%


pine nut and rosewater Tropezienne

2013-08-08 20.41.17It has been quite a while since I’ve made a cake — about a year, in fact.  But, I think I made a pretty good return with this pine nut and rosewater Tropezienne. Actually, I’m not sure how much of a cake it is; it’s more of a sliced piece of brioche filled with cream.

pine nut and rosewater tropezienneIt was very fun to make, although we did have to start this at 10 am because of the brioche. It was complete around 6:30 p.m.

2013-08-08 20.42.55Hooray for cakes. And for baking. All day. 🙂 This represents my 32nd completed recipe from Moro East. Percentage complete: 20%

green herb borani

green her boraniI love herbs. Absolutely love them. I think that Greek yogurt is pretty amazing as well. So when I learned I could put the two together and call it a sauce, I was a happy girl. We decided to serve this over roasted beets, which are pretty great too. Here’s to all great combinations.

green herb boraniRecipes complete from Moro East: 31. Percentage complete: 19.38%


green beans with tomato sauce

green beans with tomato sauceThe garden has been producing more green beans than we could possibly eat. Still, we have been determined to give it our best try and have been eating green beans daily. Just when we thought we could not eat another bean, we decided to make this recipe from Moro East: Green beans with tomato sauce.

green beans with tomato sauceWe made this without the called-for fenugreek seeds. We still have yet to find some. Very soon, I think, we are going to start buying hard-to-find items online.

green beans with tomato sauceWe very much enjoyed this dish. It had enough interesting flavors to go around — with the garlic, cinnamon stick, cilantro, and red pepper — even without the fenugreek seeds.

This makes 30 completed recipes from Moro East. Percentage complete: 18.75%