zondag 28 februari 2010






late night harissa

for a brilliant red and soft spicy sauce you will need:

1 kilo of chili peppers (fresh!)
2 Spanish long sweet paprika
1 red paprika (the rounded one)
good olive oil
paprika powder (we used a smoked one)
1 spoon tomato puree
1 spoon nice tasting vinegar
fresh garlic - about 2-5 cloves (to your liking)
spices: (roasted in a pan with no oil and than crushed)
caraway seeds -tea spoon
cumin- 2 tea spoons
coriander seeds - tea spoon
Annis seeds - tea spoon
fennel seeds - tea spoon
3-4 tea spoons of sea salt

and....action!

i read that some people peal tomatoes with a cooking torch, so we tried it with the chili's - it works like a charm! so all you need is a surface to work on (please do not burn your house!)
and small torch for cooking purposes.
you burn the peppers with no mercy from all sides, and lay them in a small plastic bags for steaming (it gets easy to peal this way).

now get some gloves - it Burns your finger tips otherwise, and start pealing! you can use a small knife for stubborn pieces, and a bowl with water to put the seeds+peal into.
do the same with the paprika's, it is probably better to grill them in the oven or on a grill pan.

put everything in a big dish with holes and let the liquids go out. roast the herbs and crush them. we chopped half of the peppers with a big knife and the other half in a mixer/food processor.
mix the peppers, spices, garlic together and add about half litter olive oil - it's nice and it keeps it from going bad.

a very nice to taste the result is on a bread with butter....

wonderful!!




dinsdag 23 februari 2010

otark cantina no' 2






(Photo's by Chaïm Eefting)

we are happy to invite you all for our second otark-cantina in de roscam, antwerpen.

we are now detecting recipes for couscous, yesterday we had a nice evening in the maroccan shopping street to look for the best kind of couscous that will be not too thick but not too thin, just perfect.

we bought cinnamon sticks, very funny belt to rub your back when taking a shower, and a beautifull can of tomato puree.

we will make fresh harissa for the occasion!! so exiting!
we will give you the recipy after we found the best one!

anyone heard about alcoholic drink made of figs called bucha? (maroccan) someone knows where to find it?



woensdag 10 februari 2010

otark cantina in de roscam

next monday in de roscam -
italian evening with home made fresh
pasta, tomato sauce and fresh pasta
to buy!!
do join us!