Monday, August 4, 2008

Mediterranean Mac n' Cheez

I'm really sorry I've been MIA. I have a lot going on and funds have been pretty tight for us, lately. Needless to say, we've been eating po' and I haven't had much opportunity for food porn and recipe exploration.

I did, however, get to invent a new recipe last week. The idea was to come up with something that's cheap and easy to make, with nothing wasted. I'm calling it Mediterranean Man n' Cheez (yeah, I know that's a typo but it's damn funny so I'm leaving it like that!) and it goes together thusly:
  • 16 ounces elbow (or other) pasta
  • oil to lube pasta
  • 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and liquid reserved
  • 1+ cups nut milk
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon curry (depending on how hot you want it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached flour
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. When done, drain and toss with a little oil to prevent sticking. While pasta is cooking...
  2. Drain liquid from garbanzo beans into measuring cup and add however much nut milk required to bring your total amount of combined liquid to 2 cups. My beans drained about 1 cup of liquid, so I ended up adding about 1 cup of nut milk.
  3. Pour liquid into small saucepan over medium heat. Add tahini and whisk until combined.
  4. When smooth and hot, add seasonings and garbanzo beans.
  5. Lastly, sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine. When fully incorporated, immediately pour over cooked pasta and serve.
Yum! So good. And, another excuse to eat chickpeas. Hooray!


KL Grady said...

ROFLing here! ROFL, I say!!!

Mediterranean Man & Cheez. That brings up all kinds of visions of Greek tycoons and bottles of spray Cheez. Yum!!!

Seriously, looks awesome. :) Can't wait to try it.

Marni said...

Nice! When I mass-produce and market it, you can be the artistic director for the packaging. :)

Let me know what you think when you try it. We liked it. Even The Boy ate some.

jessy said...

damn, Marni! i think this looks freak'n awesome! and it sounds soooooo good! i think dan & i would really dig this dish!

thanks for the recipe! and hang in there! :D

Marni said...

Thanks! :)

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

This sounds creamy and delicious!

Willa said...

Please 'splain something to me:

Where's the cheese? Is it that it's creamy and cheese-like? Are you inventing a new vegan substitute for cheese? Are you dubbing that substitute "cheez"?

Looks yummy. *smacks lips*

Erin said...

Looks tasty! I get the feeling I'll be eating cheap foods for a while too.

Marni said...

Lisa - Thanks! It was pretty damn good. :)

Willa - Well, I couldn't very well call it Mac n' Sauce, now could I? That just doesn't resonate. So I went with Mac n' Cheez - the alternate spelling being vegan code for, "creamy like cheese, but not cheese." Good question! :D

Erin - I supposed you will be eating on the cheap for a while since you're all vagabondish right now. No worries, I think vegan eating is the cheapest eating there is if you stick to whole foods. Welcome to California!

Madhuram said...

I also prepare something similar with white beans but without tahini.

Marni said...

Madhuram - Chickpeas are my absolute favorite, but white beans sounds tasty, too! They are so versatile. :)