Mediterranean Cruise

Okay, not a cruise (a girl can dream!) but perhaps the next best thing: food from a Mediterranean Deli. Some dear friends were telling me about this deli I had never been to, even though it’s only 10 miles away and I’ve lived in this area for 9 years! My pal Tesh drives by all the time on her way to work, and picked up some goodies for me.

She is a real pal, because this stuff was tasty! She picked up some meatless marshoushe, which is a cold salad of green beans, parsley, bulgar, onions, lemon juice, huge brown beans…. and some other stuff, perhaps. I has trying to find a recipe online, but believe it or not, “marshoushe” doesn’t even turn up in google!  If anyone recognizes this food and knows it by another name, please let me know! It was AMAZING.

She also got me some garlic hummus – isn’t homemade always the best? Hopefully you all know the wonders of hummus and eat it on a regular basis, so I’ll move along to the mouhammara, a roasted red pepper dip. The best I’ve ever had, though, was one I made from a recipe out of the book “The Vegan Table” by one of my personal food-heros, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

Muhammara Recipe from “The Vegan Table” cookbook
2 to 3 whole roasted peppers (from jar or roasted yourself)
2/3 cup bread crumbs (see below to make your own)
1 cup walnuts, toasted
4 large garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons clover agave nectar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more for added spice)

Directions
In a blender or food processor, combine the peppers and all the remaining ingredients. Taste, and add more spice or salt as necessary.

But wait… here is the best part of my deli gifts. GIANT, HUMONGOUS HOMEMADE PITA BREAD. This stuff puts all other pita to shame.  It was so soft, and tasted like a cross between regular pita and Indian naan bread. Plus it was ENORMOUS!  One pack of pita contained four of these monsters all folded up.

I want to use it as a blanket for the duration of winter.

Today’s lesson: search your town for ethnic delis! You likely have something a few miles from home that you don’t even know is there! Get out those phonebooks and look.

And many thanks to my friends for introducing me to Forks Mediterranean Deli at 1508 Sullivan Trail, Forks Township, PA. (Essentially, its in Easton, PA.) Happy eating!

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