Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ethiopian Spice Giveaway--from Fassica!!

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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!! 

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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!!!! :((((((

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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.

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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!

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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.


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Ye'souf Fitfit up close and personal. 
Souf Fitfit is also stupid easy to make! I just toast sunflower seeds in a pan with a clove of garlic, then make a sauce out of it in a blender with water and salt. Pour it over torn injera with minced jalapeno, sweet bells, an herb like parsley or cilantro and either white or green onion. Taste for salt and add a little lemon or lime juice, if you want it tangier.


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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.
The berbere is a great addition to any pantry, even if you're not up to cooking a big Ethiopian feast. I often mix it into a little EVOO or EFA oil and drizzle it on top of greens and grits. You can mix it into dough or use it anywhere you'd like a little salty bit of heat. It's a million times more flavorful than plain ol' red pepper, 'cuz it's got a million other spices in it too.

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xo kittee

Disclosures:
This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on a product link and purchase an item, I'll receive a small compensation.

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.

40 comments:

  1. Shiro is my favorite! But I also adore misir wot and gomen.

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  2. I love gomen and all the wots!
    jackydlt at gmail

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  3. Shiro and kik alicha. Yum!! And a lentil sambusa...

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  4. This company sounds great, Kittee! I'm going to go check them out. My favorite Ethopian dish is gomen. But my favorite Ethiopian-inspired dish is your mac 'n' cheesie. :)

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  5. Atkilt Gomen! But I always get a vegan sampler so I can have all the things!!

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  6. Shiro is just the tastiest thing ever! My local Ethiopian restaurant also makes a tofu tibs that is delightful.

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  7. Misr wot is the shiz and I am going to learn how to make injera. I gotta do it!

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  8. Well, the vegan platter at my not-so-local Ethiopian restaurant includes yatakelt watt, yekik alicha, yemesser watt, and gommen - with injera, of course! - and I love them all! I have yet to try their yeshiro watt because I always go for the platter, so I would be absolutely delighted to be able to make it at home.

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  9. I'm sad to say I've yet to try Ethiopian food =( I've always wanted to!

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  10. I have never tried Ethiopian food but love to cook and try new things. I would be grateful thanks so much.

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  11. I have your book and love the food in there! I would love some good Berbere, I haven't found one that is good yet!

    Thank you for organizing this!

    sophie_680 AT hotmail DOT com

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  12. I would love to try making Ethiopian food at home!
    jfshop@gmail.com

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  13. Well, my favorite at the moment is the seasoned oil from Teff Love. I put that on everything! But I love a good Ethiopian lentil dish with a side of seasoned greens. Great to learn about the new spice source!

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  14. I like every ethiopian dish i've ever tried, but injera is my favorite.

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  15. Whoops, I used the wrong account to comment above. My fav is fassoulia.

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  16. If I can't say every dish in your cookbook or Papa Tofu then ... anything with mitmita sprinkled ontop. Any wot with a hefty dash of berbere. And that toasted flax drink from your cookbook.
    For injera leftovers I've also been known to make PB and apple 'crepes'. So delicious!

    Katie :)

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  17. what an awesome giveaway!! woooot! So far I think my favorite Ethiopian dish that I've ever made was the chickpea tofu dumplings with sweet potatoes from your book. Such a magical dish. You are awesome. Hugs!

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  18. Gomen and teff only injera: I LOVE that stuff!

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  19. My sister always wanted to celebrate her birthday in Adams Morgan (area in DC) eating Ethiopian food. As a family we indulged in eating with our hands, sitting on the floor and stuffing ourselves. My favorite dish was the potatoes with carrots and warm injera bread. Happy Birthday SiS!
    Thanks

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  20. I have yet to find a nearby Ethiopian restaurant, but I've heard many dishes can already be vegan, so it's on the top of my list to try. Looks so delicious!

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  21. Injera! And misir wot and gomen are my favorites. I've been trying other recipes at home too.

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  22. My favorite Ethiopian dish is cabbage, carrot and potato!

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  23. You are so right about the tang of traditional all-teff injera. It adds so much to the food — bland 'modern' injera just can't compare! After reading your post I think I'm going to have to get out my copy of "Teff Love" and start cooking.

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  24. My favorite Ethiopian dish is Gomen. However, I have yet to eat anything Ethiopian I didn't like!!

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  25. My favorite is all of it of course! Give me all the lentils, all the cabbage stuff, and all the mushroom tibs. But your Mac is killer too for being Ethiopian flavored!

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  26. Is it cheating to say Bayenetu? If so Yemiser Wot is what's up. Thanks for posting about this company. It is damn near impossible to find the spices I need here in podunk Montana.

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  27. So hard to choose since I love everything! But if I had to pick one it would be ye'misser alicha since I'm on that kick right now!

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  28. Oh my! I haven't had Ethiopian food in so long I love it!! I don't remember the names of the dishes but I loved it and it had collard greens @stephr669 on Twitter

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  29. I'm so excited to start trying out your recipes. @Mary_B333 on twitter

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  30. I don't know the lingo but I have a friend who makes amazing food with these ingredients.

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  31. My favorite restaurants to eat at are Lalibela in Tempe AZ, Abyssinian in Portland OR, and Cafe Romanat in Oakland CA. Shiro wot is ALWAYS a must, generally as is kik alicha. And as a conscientious omnivore, a fish or lamb wot is a treat. :-)

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  32. Oh man, all of these look so fantastic! My favorite Ethiopian food is probably red lentil wot, but it's super hard to choose, since everything is so great. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  33. Ye'misser wot is my favorite! The spicier the better!

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  34. You know I love me some spicy, spicy berbere. Maybe I'll give them a try to see what Ethiopian life is like when it's not full of cayenne...

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  35. You have a lovely blog. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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