Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Blizzard for Black and White Wednesday Week #42


 Blizzard's Birthday

Call this my shot of shame, taken on the way home from my dentist's office.  Is it my fault the Dairy Queen is across the street?

This is my contribution to Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery - Week #42, hosted by
Roma of Roma's Space.  Roma will have her presentation online tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25.

Simona of Briciole is currently welcoming your photographs for BWW Week #43 which will be published on Wednesday, August 1.

Details on participation and a list of upcoming hosts can be found here.

N.B. - If you are having problems resizing your photos for maximum clarity, do be sure to send hosts image files of 300 dpi which are larger than the host's dimension requirement rather than 72 dpi.  While a large image can be sized down to 72 dpi for uncompromised quality online, the reverse is not true.  Enlarging a 72 dpi file generally results in pixelation and/or blur that can be quite noticeable.  If you have any questions about photo resolution, I am happy for you to contact me at thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT come to help you out. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fava Bean Couscous Timbale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Fava Bean Couscous Timbale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Easier to prepare than it looks, this Middle Eastern cold plate of compressed couscous decorated with fava beans is a festive presentation for warm-weather eating. Drizzled with a tangy and slippery drizzle of tahini oil, lemon juice, and garlic, its flavors collide refreshingly on the tongue, surprizingly without being overly cluttered.  Although samplings of smoky, mashed eggplant add another traditional taste, it is not essential to the recipe.  Its absence will not be noticed, but its presence will be noticed more with the elusive charm that only charcoal can impart to a dish.  The meaty, dark maroon fava bean is the best variety for this recipe since its robust color and texture complement the large pearl couscous for a stylish meal.
Fava Bean Couscous Timbale Salad with Tahini Dressing (My own recipe) 

Serves 4


4 cups cooked, cooled couscous (prepared to package instructions; the large pearl variety is sometimes known as Israeli)
2 cups cooked fava beans
3 tablepoons tahini oil, easily skimmed from tin of tahini, given its tendency to separate from the paste
1 tablespoon tahini
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 large clove pressed or minced garlic (I grated mine very finely.)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small handful curly parsley leaves
1 cup smoky, grilled eggplant flesh, mashed (fresh or store bought)


Divide and press couscous into four 1-cup capacity ramekins. Cover each with foil or plastic wrap. Put in refrigerator to set for at least an hour. Meantime, prepare dressing by whisking all wet ingredients together in a small bowl, taking care to smooth out any tahini lumps. Stir in garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. Invert each ramekin onto a salad plate, tapping to release couscous timbales. Don't worry if they are not perfect looking; it makes for a more casual, tumbled look. Divide fava beans among plates, arranging them on top and around timbale. Spoon 2 tablespoons dressing on and over salad.  Dollop small spoonfuls of eggplant on each plate. Garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

This recipe is for Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen, co-creator and host (with Jac of Tinned Tomatoes) of No Croutons Required, the monthly vegetarian salad and soup event, this month featuring dishes Suited for Summer.  Lisa's round-up will be online shortly.

I have also prepared this for Simona of Briciole, hosting My Legume Love Affair # 49. Simona will be welcoming your legume-centric recipes through the end of July.

Do stop by both these lovely ladies' blogs for wonderful ideas to try in your own kitchen.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Thai Menu Board for Black and White Wednesday Week #41

Thai Menu Board

Decision Difficult

This is my contribution to Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery - Week #41, being presented tomorrow by host Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu.  Lynne is accepting latecomers until midnight, Wednesday, July 18, New York time.  I thank Lynne and all of you who keep this unique event sparkling with creativity and talent.  

Roma of Roma's Space is hosting Week #42.  You can find the list of upcoming hosts and event details here should you like to participate.  Your fine photos are always welcome, and there are  weeks open for future hosts.  Please drop me a line at thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com if you would like to be assigned a week. 

See you soon! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Tick-Tock Diner for Black and White Wednesday


One of New Jersey's most famous retro, roadside eateries, The Tick-Tock Diner, is my contribution to Black and White Wednesday #40, hosted by Anusha of Tomato Blues. Anu is running late in posting her gallery, but has assured me it will be online tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone for their participation.

The very talented Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu is currently hosting BWW Week #41. Please see the host line-up for all the details you need to join in.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery - Week #39

Welcome to Black and White Wednesday Week #39.   As today's host, I am very happy to present twenty-two delightful photographs representing just how diverse and expansive our food lives are, ever more curious when enjoyed in black and white.

Many thanks to everyone who has participated.  I have enjoyed viewing your talented work and trust that as you scroll down the gallery, you will take pleasure in it, too.

Anusha of Tomato Blues currently is hosting Week #40.  I will be adding several more names and dates to the host line-up later tonight.

See you soon!

A Closer Look
Vishakha - Sublime Palate


Ready for the Oven
Anusha - Tomato Blues

Coffee Room
Roma - Roma's Space

Tiffin Menu
Roma - Roma's Space

Vintage Coffee Cups
Roma - Roma's Space

Family Hall
Roma - Roma's Space

Apricots from My Tree
Cinzia - Cindystar

Juicy and Sweet Apricot
Cinzia - Cindystar

Cynthia - Black and White


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pappardelle for Black and White Wednesday Week #39


My contribution to Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery - Week #39, which is being presented here tomorrow, July 4.  I will be accepting latecomers until 11:59 p.m. New York time today.  If you prefer, you can send your work to Anusha of Tomato Blues (details here), who will be hosting next week's gallery.

Thanks to those who have already sent me your fine images.

See you tomorrow at the gallery!