UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • August 2020 • Pg 21 Muhammara

by Chef Alana Joy Eckhart

JOKES & Humor #7

A college student in a philosophy class was taking his first examination. On the paper there was a single line which simply said: “Is this a question?” - Discuss. After a short time he wrote: “If that is a question, then this is an answer.” The student re- ceived an “A” on the exam.

Here is a recipe for Muhamera, a Turkish dip originally created in Aleppo that is delicious and a perfect way to use the bounty of summertime peppers!


4 large red bell peppers 1 cup toasted walnuts or hazelnuts

1 head garlic, roasted until tender and peeled 2 Tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp Urfa pepper, Aleppo pepper, or red chili flake 2 Tbsp tahini Salt to taste

Pomegranate molasses to drizzle on top

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 550 de- grees or as high as it will go. Lay the whole bell peppers on the sheet tray and roast them until the skin is blistered and burnt, about 15 minutes, turning them halfway through. Once they are

cooked, place them in a large metal bowl and cover it with seran wrap. This will steam the pep- pers and make them easier to peel. Once they are cooled,

peel the skin off the pep- pers— it’s ok if there is a little skin left over. Discard the seeds and stems, and place the roasted pepper flesh in a food processor with all the remaining in- gredients. Pulse until it forms a smooth paste. Taste for seasoning, ad- just to your liking. Place muhammara in a beau- tiful bowl, drizzle pome- granate molasses and a sprinkling of chopped nuts on top. Enjoy with fresh pita!

The Upbeat Times met professional chef Alana Joy Eckhart a fews years ago at the Heirloom Festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. We welcome her as a new contributor! We hope you enjoy her recipe’s!

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