I recently returned from a 2-week tour of Zambia and South Africa, a trip that I have been planning for many months. Everything about it was amazing. I experienced so many things in such a short time, and it truly was a once in a lifetime moment. I had no expectations concerning food, but I certainly was excited to try something new. Aside from a basic knowledge of Ethiopian food, African Cuisine is quite foreign to me; I had never really researched or tried much of it. But that is about to change! While there, I was fortunate enough to sample several local dishes, both with and without meats, and I ate like a king (see what I did there? clever reference, no?).
I have always been a fan of the hearty, aromatic one-pot meal. The addition of layer after layer of ingredients and spices, all simmered with chunks of vegetables, meats or fish, until the whole thing becomes one big pot of bliss is what makes me happy. In South Africa, I experienced a lot of this, and I have returned with new inspiration and lessons learned. I will be experimenting more with unusual spice blends and interesting food combinations in the coming weeks to create a more unique dining experience for my customers. Dinosaur Takeout is based on simplicity…simple ingredients, basic technique, and easy access…all combined and presented in an impressive package.
That said, let me mention 2 new dishes available this week…
First up is our Pork & Sweet Potatoes with Cherry-Glazed Onions, featuring lean chunks of all-natural Oregon pork loin from Carlton Farms and sliced sweet potatoes, both combined in a light citrus marinade, then sautéed with our amazing cherry & balsamic glazed onions. Your meal comes complete with a crunchy broccoli & carrot salad tossed with almonds, raisins and a sweet yogurt dressing. The onions alone shall become a staple at Dinosaur; you will see them used in many dishes to come.
Second is our Tagine with Roasted Vegetables & Spices. Here is a delicious meatless version of the Moroccan classic. To amplify the flavor of the vegetables (and shorten cooking time), they are oven-roasted with whole spices while the sauce simmers slowly on the stovetop. Ras el Hanout, a popular North African blend of spices, lends a touch of heat and an abundance of depth to this lowfat stew, filled with protein-packed chickpeas, topped with yogurt and almonds, and paired with herbed couscous. Oh, and leftovers are even better after a night in the fridge, so take that into consideration.
One more note for the lazier folks out there…our subscription service is a popular and low-maintenance way to enjoy quick, delicious meals every week without the hassle of ordering and paying. Simply prepay for a set number of weekly meals, set your delivery day, and we will do the rest. Each subscriber has unique wants and needs, and we are here to provide. Meat, vegetables, fish, or a combination of all three, what you want is what you get. And if you want, I’ll make all of the menu choices for you too, based on your preferences, and each week you will get a box full of surprises! It’s easy…and you will spend the money on food anyway, right? And the best part?? No more depressing trips to the grocery store after work…bliss.