Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First purchase of 2012 and Mujadara

For this year  I have decided to buy less stuff, just food, gas and extreme necessities. And limit spending to $500 a month. I've been good so far (except we will exceed a little the spending limit for January - we had more people, extra trip to Dallas, gifts for relatives).

Do you want to know what was my first 2012 purchase? 
It was this:

Not what you've expected? 
Neither did I, but my son needed it. So here it is - some protective gear for the soccer player. 
This year is Soccer Euro Cup, I guess it's symbolic... :)


Back in my field, in the kitchen, I made Mujadara (Rice, Lentil and Caramelized onions pilaf). 
I found this recipe on and followed Michael's step-by-step instruction (I see some of my friend smiling. Yes, I did follow it. Ingredients don't count!)

I did cook  brown rice and lentils separately, and made my first caramelized onions. I was so proud of myself!

About half way through...

I did adjust some of the ingredients though: 
1. I had Black "Beluga" lentils, which were great: it holds together well and gives a deep contrast to the rice on the plate.

Black "Beluga" Lentils

2. I also didn't have white wine or vermouth, and the closest combination I thought was  going to work was 1/3 cup of red wine and half of the orange, squeezed over the onions.

3. I was afraid to use cinnamon, so I increased cumin to 1/2 teaspoon and left only 1/4 cinnamon. 

It was a very delicious and healthy dinner. 
I have to admit, I never thought much about any rice, including brown. I just didn't know what to do with it. 
I am glad I learned something useful today.

Until next time,
Cowboy Country Vegetarian

Workout log:
Walking 10% incline - 40 minutes
Aqua fitness - 60 minutes
Weights - 25 minutes


  1. Nice job, Marina! It looks like the mujadara came out great. Good on you for substituting with what you had available, that is the way to go.

    1. Thank you Michael. Your supportive words mean a lot for this enthusiastic but yet unskilled blogger and cook.

  2. Nicely done - this looks delicious! What a great thing to do for 2012.....Honey Bunny and I try to live simply and are happier for it! Our needs are often less now. As long as I can go to Disney!

  3. Oh Dear, I am with you. Living simply makes life happier, can't agree more. Thank you Ann!

  4. I think this year many people at least in my country will try very hard to cut back their expenses, due to the economic crisis. I think living simpler only makes our life better. The mujadara looks delicious and very healthy!


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