ANAPHORA & MUHAMMARA
The Back Porch
- Rift by Jaqueline Cieslak in Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort
- sock darning (woven patch technique) by Bristol Ivy from Making Magazine No. 5 COLOR
Muhammara from Arabic meaning “something red”
Special thanks to Selma for introducing me to this dish and sharing her recipe.
- Joumana Accad of Taste of Beirut shares her Lebanese version of the dish in this VIDEO, which I initially watched to get a handle on the pronunciation
- Ottolenghi’s recipe, which uses breadcrumbs instead of walnuts
- Healthy Nibble’s recipe gave me the idea to use a spoon of ketchup in my version to boost the sweetness and umami
Muhammara (#powerpantry version)
Makes about 2 cups
- 2 red (orange or yellow) bell peppers (seeds and stems removed), roasted and peeled
- 1/2 c. sunflower seeds, toasted in a cast iron skillet
- 1/4 c. walnuts, toasted in a cast iron skillet
- 1 clove garlic
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tblsp. molasses / balsamic vinegar / sorghum syrup
- 1 tblsp. organic ketchup
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- salt to taste
- olive oil
Add all ingredients to a food processor, and blend to desired consistency, adding olive oil if needed.
I coat my peppers with salt and olive oil before roasting, so I found I added very little olive oil when blending.
Soaking sunflower seeds overnight may help improve the texture, but then I think it would be difficult to toast them.
This dip keeps nicely for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Off the Shelf
When I read Walker’s poem ,”For My People,” on the Poetry Foundation website, and saw the image of POETRY magazine’s November 1937 issue in the margin, I though it must be a mistake. Walker’s language, and her choices concerning punctuation, the driving urgency of the stanzas as they build — all result in a poem that seems as though it has been recently composed. I think it is a remark about the current era of protests and demands for reform that a poem written in 1937 could resonate still-relevant themes concerning brutality, incarceration, inequality, and iniquity.
- “For My People” by Margaret Walker, first published in the November 1937 issue of POETRY magazine
- Poetry Foundation biography of Margaret Walker
- I Remember by Joe Brainard
Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem
- short video featuring Lara on the foreshore
- a TEDx video featuring Lara and some of her finds
- a Google Talks video where Lara takes questions from the audience
- a cool travel article about Mudlarking