|Here's the wonderful bundle of Ethiopian love I received from Fassica.|
Shiro on the left, pure teff injera, and berbere on the right.
While stalking Instagram for new and tasty Ethiopian inspiration, I ran across Fassica! They're a small, new company based in California, who's goal is "to find a way to offer authentic Ethiopian spices and most importantly 100% Teff Injera (gluten free) to many through [their] website Fassica." People are always asking me which berbere I recommend, so you know I was all over this, right?
I got in touch with Fassica, and they sent me over a huge bag of all teff injera, plus a bag of miten shiro and berbere. The best mail ever!! YUM SO GOOD!!
|Miten shiro, tucked in with our favorite Souf Fitfit (torn injera and veggies/herbs tossed in a sunflower seed sauce) and a green salad. Recipes from Teff Love.|
I'm so excited to finally have an online, domestic source for Ethiopian pantries, I love and can recommend. I really hope folks start ordering from them, because they deserve the business, and also because the berbere from Frontier and Penzey's is not what you want for Ethiopian food! Folks continue to purchase these brands, which are almost all cayenne pepper, and then complain that my recipes are toooOOOoo spicy. Of course they are! You just added 3 tablespoons of cayenne pepper to that pot of lentils!!!! :((((((
|Shiro, timatim fitfit, kale and doro wot with potatoes. I followed the video from Make Great Ethiopian Food for the doro wot, and cooked the onions for THREE HOURS, and added gardein Chick'n Scallopini and potatoes to make it vegan!!! Ha ha. Most doro wot cooks for longer. :-/|
If you're worried about ordering injera online, Fassica packs theirs so securely, with padding and an ice pack, too. It's pretty much the most gorgeous pure-teff injera of all time, and I really wish I lived closer to them, so I could pick some up on when I'm hit by an Ethiopian whim. If you order some, be prepared to cook food to accompany it the day it arrives, because fresh injera needs to be used ASAP! Or if you have leftovers like I did, you can turn it into fitfit/firfir, or even dry it out in the fridge and make crunchy chips (dirkosh), which make the best hummus crackers--the tang in all teff injera cannot be duplicated.
Fassica is so awesome, they've agreed to send a bag of berbere and shiro to TWO of my readers (you must have a Canadian or US address to participate). Just leave a comment telling me what your favorite Ethiopian food is, and in a week I'll pick two winners at random to receive the free yums.
*To qualify for the giveaway, please comment by Midnight, June 5th PST, with an easy way for me to reach you. The winners are: Josiane and Jfshop!! Thanks for participating, everyone!
|Here's the shiro I made from their product. I followed the recipe on their site, and it's the first time I ever made it adding tomato.|
Shiro is probably the easiest thing you could ever make. You just saute an onion and garlic in a little oil and add water and the powder (shiro is made from spices and ground legumes). It thickens up just like gravy, and after you've let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes, it's ready to go. If you don't have injera, you can just eat it with a salad and a big fluffy and crunchy baguette. It's super comforting to eat, and I long for it during our long gray and rainy days in PDX.
|Ye'souf Fitfit up close and personal.|
|I mixed Fassica berbere with a little EFA oil and drizzled it over a very non-ethiopian dinner--cheese grits, steamed kale and tempeh bacon. It was sublime.|
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I received free spices and injera from Fassica. No compensation or gift was exchanged for this review, and the rad opinion posted here is my own.