Pasta with California Dried Fig Sofrito
& Parmesan -- Elevate a simple pasta dish with California Figs
Cuba begins to bind Frank together, the way a good sofrito
binds the flavors of a Cuban dish.
Working between two 36-inch pans, Jay began cooking grated onion and tomatoes into the rich, rust-colored alloy known as sofrito
His first novel, Sofrito
, will be published in April by Cinco Puntos Press.
There are many creative recipes in this book, including Pear Buckwheat Pancakes, Arugula Salad Pizza, Tuscan Kale Salad with Nectarines and Brazil Nuts, Sweet Potato Harvest Wild Rice Salad with Persimmons and Baby Spinach, Gnocchi with Pistachio-Orange Pesto, Pigeon Peas with Pumpkin and Sofrito
, Moroccan Vegetable Tagine with Couscous, Korean Kimchi Hot Pot, Curried Tofu Papaya Wraps, and Carrot Spice Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.
For the sofrito
, chop the onion, white bell pepper and garlic and saute in a paellera pan until this turns golden.
Eggplant Mazemen (Serves 1) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For the eggplant sofrito
: * 3 cups canola oil 1 pound yellow onions: finely chopped 5 1/4 ounces Japanese eggplant, chopped 14 ounces canned whole peeled tomatoes, roughly chopped 1/2 ounce chipotle chile powder To serve: 2 ounces eggplant sofrito
, from above 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon mirin 1 tablespoon sake, boiled for I minute and cooled 1/2 cup vegetable stock or 1/4 cup each chicken stock and dashi 4 1/2 ounces fresh thin ramen noodles 1/4 ounce rendered chicken or pork fat warm For the garnish: Slivered green onions Chipotle chile powder yields more than needed for plating For the chili eggplant sofrito
: Bring oil, onions, and eggplant to low simmer.
Spanish researchers have worked out that sofrito
, a widely eaten tomato sauce, contains as many as 40 antioxidants called polyphenols, which are believed to protect against "oxidative stress".
The set includes Bomba rice, saffron, sofrito
tomato sauce, smoked sweet paprika, piquillo peppers, and a paella pan to cook it all in.
the country's burgeoning Latin and Mexican cultures are predicted to influence consumer tastes in 2013, with flavors like aji amarillo, sofrito
and mole gaining broader acceptance.
Table 1: Mediterranean Diet Recommendations Recommended Olive oil 4+ Tbsp/day Nuts 3+ servings/day Fresh fruits 3+ servings/day Vegetables 2+ servings/day Fish 3+ servings/week Legumes 3+ servings/week Sofrito
* 2+ servings/week Wine with meals 7+ glasses/week Discouraged Soda drinks <1/day Commercial bakery goods <3 servings/week Spread fats <1 serving/day Red and processed meats <1 serving/day (only for those who were habitual drinkers at start of study) * Soffit[degrees] is a sauce made from tomato, onion and garlic with herbs, which are simmered together in olive oil.
Mediterranean diet prescribed in the Spanish PREDIMED trial (63) Recommended Discouraged Olive oil Soda drinks Tree nuts and peanuts Commercial bakery goods, sweets, pastries Fresh fruits Spread fats Fish (especially fatty fish), Red and processed meats seafood Legumes Sofrito
(tomato and onion sauce) White meat Wine with meals (only for habitual drinkers) Table 4.