Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ethiopia Round-Up!

There's a time and a place for decorum.  Etiquette.  Etcetera.

And then there's a time and a place for eating your tablecloth.  Letting sauce from a heavily spiced stew drip down your cheeks.  Licking your fingers.

That time is now.  That place is Ethipoia.  Let's get started.


First up is Sweet Artichoke who was first inspired to make Ethiopian food from reading The House of the Calife by Tahir Shah.  I love it when one art form can inspire another (and yes.  Food is art.) and her Yataklete Kilkil is certainly art.


Andreas over at Delta Kitchen has been trying to expose himself to new tomato dishes, and this raw Ethiopian Style Tomato Salad fits the bill.  Spicy and satisfying.


Heather of Girlichef knows the way to my heart.  This Ethiopian-Inspired Chickpea and Sweet Potato Soup absolutely speaks to me.  And it's saying, "EAT ME!"


Kim of The Ungourmet loved the big flavors in the Chickpea Wat that she made.  And so do I.  Doesn't it just scream comfort food to you?


Marisa of The Creative Pot defies all conventional wisdom about childcare when she made this spicy and vibrant Mesir Wat.  That she then fed to her 8 month old nephew.  Who loved it.  Take that, Dr. Spock!


Not being able to satisfy her love of exotic food by making only one dish for Regional Recipes, Marisa also made Zilzil Alecha or Beef in Green Pepper Sauce.  And honestly, just looking at it is making me rethink my satisfaction.  Because I'm pretty sure I need to try this!


Deb of Kahakai Kitchen is also trying to use up tomatoes this week and so she, like Andreas, also made Bittman's Ethiopian-Style Tomato Salad.  In doing so, she transforms local ingredients into an exotic dish, the concept of which I love.


Lexi of Big Momma and Me makes her first (and hopefully not her last!) appearance at the Regional Recipes table with Doro Wat and Injera.  She served this to her family along with a history lesson about the origins of the cuisine.  Her son was riveted and well fed.  Double score.


I'm not quite sure what is more decadent, Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook's Mesir Wat and Silver Dollar Injera Pancakes...or her writing.  She describes the stew as a "golden bowl of ridges and pockets" that are "tempestuously spiced".  And she serves them with a cold beer.  What more could a girl want?


Debbi of Debbi Does Dinner...Healthy and Lowfat is always willing to try new things and go to great lengths to really get an international cuisine.  It's what I love about her.  She searched and searched until she found the meth powder...err methi powder to make these Ethiopian Lentils with Sweet Potatoes.  Was it worth it?  From the looks of it, I would say so!


Elra of Elra's Cooking never lets me down.  Her beef stew with berbere and nitter kibbeh looks like it would make my taste buds very happy.


And finally, we have my Ethiopian Lentil Stew with Ethiopian Green Beans and Potatoes.  Which were the only things that could comfort me after my cell phone decided that it would rather live in the New York City sewage system than with me.  A tragic revelation, for sure.  But at least it resulted in a seriously tasty meal.

This brings us to the end of our trip to Ethiopia.  Let's all have a moment of silence, shall we?

Moving on.

Never one to dwell on the past and seeing as how there are many countries still left to visit, I think it's time we hop on a plane to our new country.

So.  Next month we are headed to...


 Okay.  Maybe it's not exactly a country but it is definitely a region.  And we are non-discriminatory equal opportunists here at Regional Recipes aren't we?

Here are some websites to help you out!  I can't wait to see what you guys cook.  Email me your entries (to by August 31st!

The ever-trustworthy Wikipedia:
Recipes from The Rican Chef:


  1. I enjoyed seeing all of you guys recipes...I need to study up on Puerto Rican cuisine. Meth Powder....oh I use that all the time... great appetite supressant...oh you said methi right? no I've never used it....just kidding, but I hope you already knew it!

  2. Yay for the new destination! And thanks again for a great round up, I really enjoyed my virtual travels to Ethiopia. (PS: Some of the links above are missing?)

  3. Mmmmmmm, great recipes! I have never cooked Ethiopian food, but I may have to give one of these recipes a try...they look really delicious!

  4. As I scroll through this round-up, I am reminded how uninspired my on-the-fly grilled cheese sandwich was this morning.

    Thanks for the tasty tribute to a great cuisine, Joanne. Will try hard to contribute to your Puerto Rico event.

  5. Great round-up! Congratulations!

  6. Another tantilizing round-up! Puerto Rico is a great choice, I can't wait to see what everyone makes!

  7. You always do a great roundup, Joanne! I need to start getting my act together so I can participate. I loved seeing all the diversity here...looks like lots of comforting dishes with warm and full flavor spices. Loving the looks of that injera bread.

    Puerto Rican cuisine is a great choice. I'm thinking something with plantains is in order. I've never worked with them before.

  8. What a great looking round-up! I'm sorry I didn't get mine in - was all set to make Chickpea Wat and then a crazy busy week ruined my plans. But I'm going to Puerto Rico with you!

  9. Wow! What a terrific round up of recipes! Your stew photo is especially magnificent, I have to say! Puerto Rico sounds excellent!

  10. Okay, let me pull my pillow up to this tablecloth and dig in!!! Fabulous, mouth-watering...I loved being challenged with Ethiopian cuisine, Joanne! And I'm jumping for joy about flying over to Puerto Rico!!! Woo Hoo!!

  11. I am so glad you started this separate blog. I can come over here and find foods from all sorts of great world cuisines. Ethiopia...who knew?!

  12. Wonderful round-up--everything looks amazing. ;-)

  13. great job!!! I've never heard of what is ethiopian food before, so great job and eye opening foods everyone... darn i should join!

  14. Nice round-up, Joanne.

    Btw, I just noticed the regional recipes badge on your mian blog. Maybe you could add this to this site, too?

  15. I had ethiopian food only once and I really enjoyed it.

  16. Hello, So healthy and so good!! Thank you for sharing:)

  17. Awesome roundup, Joanne! Love the full flavor spices and the bread!! Well done.

  18. I'm not familiar with Ethiopian food, but let me tell you they are look delicious!! Nice round-up Joanne!

  19. How cool to see all the different cuisines!

  20. Most dishes look gorgeous, but to me the most tempting are Marisa's Beef in Green Pepper Sauce and your Lentil Stew with Ethiopian Green Beans and Potatoes. Such cooking events are wonderful.

  21. I never would have thought Ethiopian food would be so delicious, with so much variety. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Hi,

    So your doing medicine..That's great...Iam a dentist...While studying you have managed to do so much!!!Hats off to you...

  23. Joanne!! I love Ethiopian and have never made it at home. This is amazing!!!!!


  24. I should have eaten before looking through this tantalizing list of recipes!

  25. Great Tips! and delicious recipes I like these for the fact that these recipes can not only make great meals, also great side dishes!


  26. That Marisa's Beef in Green Pepper Sauce looks great.
    So next time its off to Ethiopia.