Showing posts with label Lucy Ethiopian Cafe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lucy Ethiopian Cafe. Show all posts

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Ethiopian Cabbage and Peas

We made an amazing Ethiopian meal around a month ago and I'm finally getting around to blogging more about it.  Stay tuned for a complete Injera post, complete with a video of the cooking process! 

This is a delicious, savory dish that explodes with flavor!  I relied on both of our Spice Mixtures and then added more cardamom.  

Ethiopian Cabbage and Peas
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil 
  • 1/2 tablespoon Melody's Spice Mix
  • 1/2 tablespoon The Boyfriends Spice Mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon 5 spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 cloves garlic 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • Salt/pepper 
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 head medium green cabbage
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 8 oz frozen peas 
  • Juice of 1 large lime

  1. Heat oil, add the spices, onion, ginger, salt and pepper. Saute for 10 minutes
  2. Add the tomato sauce, water and cabbage. Cover and cook for 10 minutes
  3. Stir in garlic powder, peas and the juice of 1 lime
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning
The whole meal with 100% Teff Injera

Beautiful spices! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Restaurant Review: Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant

Back in June, The BF and went to Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant.  It is located at145- 147 Broadway Street in Somerville, MA.

We share a love of well prepared, spicy food and Fasika did not disappoint.  One of our favorite things to do when we go out to eat is to deconstruct the food;  figure out exactly what is in it and then try our hand at replicating some of the dishes at home.  Since I have an intense NEED for super HOT food, they brought us some of the spicy dried spice mixture they use... and boy oh boy did we have fun figuring out what was in it!  They were so nice, even sending some home with us!

We ordered a combo plate to share.  Now, The BF eats meat..  and yes, there is a big old pile of raw beef in the pic and don't you worry a bit, I did not nor would I ever partake in that!  I did eat the Ayeb Be-Gomen (collards with cottage cheese), but the rest of the food is vegan.  We got the Tegabino, Ye-Miser Wot, Ye-Gomen Wot, Ye-Kik Alicha.  I believe his beef dish was called Kitfo.

Look at this awesome plate of food!  They make their Injera from 100% Teff Flour.  Did you know that teff has naturally occurring yeast and that's what allows it to ferment? I have been having an issue finding Teff flour in Boston...  Can any Boston peeps point me in the right direction?

mmmmmm... Injera! 

The food was so fresh and delicious.  I wish I could eat there tonight! If you're a drinker, try their Honey Wine.. 

I love little hole in the wall places.  The neighborhood was full of character..  there was an awesome barber shop across the street..  and it was easy to find on the street parking.

Don't they look like they're having a grand old time?  Yeah... I can be a bit RUDE sometimes with my camera.

Here's a Taco place that looks like it would be good.  (OMG, speaking of good Taco Places.... I have a review coming up of an AMAZING place in Jamaica Plain! the sauces were to die for.. yum!)..

So many restaurants to try.. so little time to try them all.  The BF works out of town all week, so we only see each other on weekends.

Sometimes, I still can't believe I live in Boston!  I am always a little shocked when we drive through the city at night.  Summer has been challenging for me here... due to the heat, walking all the time and lately, a lot of violence in my neighborhood.  I am definitely looking forward to Fall!

I digress...  back to Fasika.  If you like authentic Ethiopian food, I highly recommend them.  I also loved Lucy Ethiopian on Mass Ave.

BTW, the other night, I created a dish inspired by the Ayeb Be-Gomen..  and it was delicious!  I saved half of the spiced collards in The BF's freezer ready for another meal!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ethiopian Split Pea Stew

I live across the street from Lucy Ethiopian Cafe so every single day I am reminded of their yummy food!  Fortunately, I can usually create the flavors I love in my own kitchen for a fraction of the price!

Traditionally, Atar Alecha is a very mild, split pea puree with just a hint of ginger, but as you all know, I don't do anything mild and I scored a ton of ginger the last time I went to Chinatown!

I looked around at the spices I had on hand and used what I had.  I encourage you all to use what you have too and not get too concerned about following recipes. I am quite away that this is a long list of ingredients as are most of my recipes... but that's how I cook..

I also used a pressure cooker, but will include instructions on how to cook this in a heavy bottomed soup pot as well.

Ethiopian Yellow Split Pea Stew
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon 5 spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dry rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (less if you don’t like spicy food)
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger (less if you don’t like spicy food)
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Tony’s Creole Seasoning
  • 1 cup yellow split peas
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 1 large zucchini, diced and 4 cups greens of choice 
  • Juice of 1 large lime
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • Siracha if desired

  1. In a pressure cooker over medium heat, sauté heat the oil and spices for a minute or so.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and carrots along with the Tony’s. Cook for 5 minutes
  3. Now add the split peas and water.
  4. Cover and bring to high pressure for 3 minutes.
  5. Let pressure come down naturally and stir in the salsa, veggies you are using and let the heat cook the veggies. Add lime juice,  taste and adjust seasonings.

You can make this on the stove with these modifications:
  • Use a heavy bottomed soup pot
  • Omit Tony’s Seasoning until after the peas are cooked
  • Instead of bringing to high pressure, bring mixture to a boil for several minutes then cover, reduce heat to medium and simmer for an hour.

I served my stew over millet.   It was even better when I enjoyed it for breakfast the next day.  

What are you favorite Ethiopian Dishes?  If you're looking for a great Vegan and Gluten free Ethiopian recipes, check out Kittee's Awsome ZINE!!! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Restaurant Review: Lucy Ethiopian Cafe 334 Mass Ave , Boston, MA

So it's my first Boston Restaurant Review!  Just a disclaimer, the money I spend eating out does not come from my $3.33 a day budget.

So, I pretty much live around the corner from this restaurant.  I noticed it several weeks ago and was super excited to give it a try.  I went in last night and to see if they had any vegan options and imagine my delight when he handed me the take out menu! (Pic ^)
I wish I could remember this name of this man... I think he's the owner...  anyway, he was very nice and we chatted a bit about the food and I asked if I could take pictures.  I didn't get dinner last night, but told him I'd be back today for lunch.
Lucy's Ethiopian Cafe has is full of great art and other things to look at.  I spent some time just walking around and enjoying everything.  I met a lovely woman named Meaza who chatted with me about her culture and the food.  She even let me take her pic! 

Now of course, I'm sure you're wondering...  

What about the food?

I elected to get take out and got the Addis Combo which consisted of Miser Wot, Kik Aletcha and Spinach.  I told them I like things extra spicy, so they gave me some extra sauce.  I came home, plated it up began eating. 

The Injera was really really good on it's own and the portion was very generous.  I was impressed by the quality of all of the food.  I could tell the spilt peas were much fresher than the split peas I buy at the grocery store (in reality, I would love to know where they buy their legumes!)..    I would have liked much more spice in the peas, but as you guys know, I am obsessed with spice... and heat.  Fortunately, the extra sauce they gave mixed in perfectly with the dishes and was full of amazing flavor!  I LOVED it.  The spinach was really fresh too.. and lightly seasoned... but again, the extra sauce really made the dish.  The Miser Wot was seasoned really well (but of course, I added more of the sauce)...   

The dish was $8.99 plus tax.  With tip, it came to around $12.00 which I felt was a fair price.  

I will DEFINITELY be eating here again.. (and frankly, I will have to exercise some self control since it is so close to my apartment!)...  if you go and you love spice, make sure you ask for extra sauce!  

I'm not the only one impressed...  they've been written up numerous times and have great reviews on Yelp too! 

Good food.
Good People.
Cool Art. 
Vegan Options. 

If you're in the Boston area, definitely hit up Lucy Ethiopian Cafe! It's located at 334 Massachusetts Ave.