Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Kitchen of Love

Skinny Gourmet and Kaylyn
Please accept my apologies for not including the link for WHB...chalk it off to
senility, I think in all actuality I had too much on my plate.

Coriander (Cilantro seed)
The book of The Arabian nigh
ts tells a tale of a merchant who had been childless for 40 years and but was cured by a concoction that included coriander. That book is over 1000 years old so the history of coriander as an aphrodisiac dates back far into history. Cilantro was also know to be used as an "appetite" stimulant.

Now did you know that???

.Pop on over to Mel Cotte who is holding a fun Valentine event.

My entry is this super easy and tasty salad, serve with a good grilled steak, some nice italian crunchy bread and a full bodied red wine and you are good to go.

Garbanzo, Tomato, and Cilantro Salad

with Lime and Chile Dressing

1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed well

4-5 tomatoes, diced in 1/2 inch pieces I use Roma's
1/2 cup green onion, sliced
1 cup (1 large bunch) cilantro, washed, dried, and chopped coarsely

2 T fresh lime juice
2 T extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp. ground Chipotle chile powder (you could substitute hot sauce if you don't have ground Chipotle)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
zest from one lime
salt, fresh ground pepper to taste

Drain beans into colander and rinse until no foaming remains. Let drain well. Mix dressing ingredients, then put beans and dressing into a plastic container with a snap-on lid and shake a few times. Let beans marinate in dressing one hour or longer.

Dice tomatoes, place in colander with a small amount of salt and let tomatoes drain 10 minutes while you dice onions and chop cilantro. Combine marinated beans with dressing, tomatoes, green onion, and cilantro and stir gently until well combined. Season
with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

***I must give credit to Kayln's Kitchen for this adapted version of her salad.


Armaniman said...


i love your blog

makes me hungry yo ^^

Chris said...

This looks delicious and refreshing! I adore cilantro am excited its in the aphrodisiac category. (No pun intended) Thanks for participating in Kitchen of Love! :)

Kalyn said...

I'm a huge fan of these types of salads that can be made with canned beans. Glad you liked this one.

Lea said...

ooohhh.. I just wish I wasn't one of those people who were lucky enough to be born with a gene that allows us to taste a certain chemical found in cilantro.... which makes it taste like pennies... SERIOUSLY! Julia Child was even one of these people!

Theres even a whole website devoted to cilantro haters ;-)

scientific facts about cilantro hating-

Doodles said...

I hear about the love/hate relationship a lot. Kaylyn even had a favorite herb blog and if I remember cilantro won!!! Having said that I have a dear friend that won't eat cilantro and say it tastes like dirty sneakers........blech!!!

Me I love it!!!

R2K said...

Isnt it possible that people are going to be horny no matter what they eat? As a man, I find cereal among other things to be an aphrodisiac.

: )

maltese parakeet said...

lol-i knew this post would draw out the cilantro haters!

San Francisco Photos said...

interesting ... i'm not a big fan of cilantro but love garbanzo beans so i might give this recipe a try.

Moon said...

I guess anything could be an aphrodisiac.

It's funny the different reactions to this herb, almost like it was illegal.

Legalize Cilantro!

Melissa said...

This recipe looks so delish and simple. I'm going to give it a try over the weekend. Great Blog!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I stumbled onto this much to learn for an uncook! My 85 year old mother has a friend who has always been in-the-know about fashion and made fun of Mom for years because Mom really didn't care for Cilantro. One day I told Mom I don't like it because it tastes like ugly dirt. My sweet mother felt ever so much better that she had company in her "unfashionable" tastes.

tseyu said...

I posted the above comment. [Sorry about that]

Ed T. said...

I love cilantro, this sounds awsome,... why don't mexican places serve more salad?!

Doodles said...

ed t years ago I wondered the same thing, they sure have all the ingredients or at least most of them. At more upscale Mexican eateries I have found more salads on the menu.

my new motto..........LEGALIZE CILANTRO!!!

lea good to see you ;)

In the Begining said...

Thanks again. We added your link to our site and will write a little somthing in a few days. So glad you like the Pasta CArbonera, some of our recipes are featured in the ongoing story of Seymour Recipes also found here.

Ann said...

Mmmm... chick peas and cilantro! Yummy!

SweetDesigns said...

So Fresh, and colorful!! Looks so tasty!!

Núria said...

Qué bueno. Nice and quick recipe. A few time in the kitchen and a lot more with the loved one! :D

Doodles said...

thanks so very much for all the very kind compliments....even tho cilantro is not a fav among all........but thanks anyhooooo!!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Hey Doodles!
After seeing your delicious photo in Chris's round-up, I cam right over. Sure glad I did! You've got yourself one tasty blog. Cheers,Susan