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Roasted Cauliflower & Pomegranate Tahini Sauce

I love roasting vegetables. It is my favorite way of consuming natures bounty. If you don’t like cauliflower I will bet that you will love this dish. That’s how good it is! It’s also very quick and easy. Traditionally in Lebanese cooking cauliflower is deep fried and then eaten with lemony tahini sauce. This is a healthier play on that with no frying.

To start take a whole cauliflower head and cut off the stem. Slice apart the florets and half any huge ones. Place them in a bowl and generously coat them with vegetable oil and a sprinkling of Kosher salt. Put them in a pan and place them in a 475 degree preheated oven. Cook them for around 4o-45 min with occasional flipping. You could also initially cover them with aluminum foil for the first 20 min and get them tender fast. You just need to make sure it doesn’t “steam” till the end. They need to be roasted so make sure there is enough oil on them to bring out the sweetness. They should be a bit firmer and slightly darker when you pull them out. Sometimes I just stop here, add some salt or a squirt of lemon and I’m good to go. But this time, the sauce is madness, so lets keep going…

While the cauliflower is cooking, its on to the sauce which is really what this dish is about. It’s very easy. All you need is some Tahini paste (the sesame paste normally used in making hummus), pomegranate molasses and some water.

Pomegranate molasses has a tacky texture and is dark in color. It is sweet and sour at the same time and is a great addition to any vinaigrette. You can usually find Tahini at Kroger now, but I’m not sure about the pomegranate molasses. It is a staple in middle eastern stores if you have one near you. If not, your best bet is to order some online.

Take 4 large tablespoons of Tahini and 2 of the pomegranate molasses then a few tablespoons of water to it and whisk. You may adjust the amounts as you like. If it is too nutty for you add some more pomegranate, just be careful it’s not too sour. Adjust the thickness via the water. It needs to be similar to that of maple syrup. I cannot give an exact measurement on the amounts because each pomegranate molasses has a different thickness and the recipe should be adjusted to taste. If its too sour for you try adding a little more tahini and water.

Once its just right and the cauliflower is done, just drizzle it on top and serve! This can also be served cold and is great wrapped in pita bread sandwiches. The natural cauliflower sweetness that comes out in the roasting pairs beautifully to the nutty & slightly sour sauce that it sits in. So good. You absolutely must make this. The flavors are like nothing you have had before. Enjoy!

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Frida Mexican Cuisine – Dearborn

Frida Mexican Cuisine

Frida is a welcome addition to the Downtown Dearborn dining scene. It fills a much needed void in the area. This contemporary style bistro takes traditional Mexican dishes and elevates them to the next level. The restaurant is named after Frida Kahlo, and her paintings adorn the walls.

The decor is fantastic. Minimal decor, warm tones, wicker chairs and the perfect little plants in the window.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

Almost immediately you are greeted with chips and salsa, with a mild and extra hot version.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

One thing I love about the place is you can add a soup for $0.99 with any plate. Its the perfect start to meal, and the little cup of creamy roasted poblano soup was like liquid gold. I have never had anything like it. Creamy, hot, smoky and a tad spicy, what more can you ask for.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

Sam had the chicken fajita with cheese. It came with the regular accouterments of beans, rice, guac, sour cream and tomatoes. It was in a spicy tomato sauce and was reminiscent slightly of a stew. The flavors melded beautifully and begged to be wrapped in a tortilla destined for my tummy.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

Frida’s has a “combo” section on their menu which I love. If you can’t decide what to order, because quite frankly everything is amazing, then you might find getting a combination is for you.

I had the Frida combo that comes with a Chicken chimichanga, beef burrito, cheese quesadilla and a chicken taco.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

I have also tried the Diego combo on a separate occasion and the enchiladas were delicious.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

The beef burritos were filled with succulent chunks of beef that had been simmered to perfection.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

For dessert we decided to try the rice pudding. This was not like your grandmas rice pudding. It was a sexy version with sweet cinnamon agave nectar and al dente rice granules.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

The service is always great and the attention for detail is astounding. Nothing is left to chance, and everything is under the watchful eye of the new owner that is usually there. We have had many great dinners there and I plan to work my way through their menu.

If you are ever in Downtown West Dearborn be sure to stop in, they also have great breakfast and lunch specials. Have you tried it yet?

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Sintex – Graffiti – Detroit

Sintex Graffiti

Sintex has made a name for himself on the streets of Detroit. Literally. You can find his tags across from Slows and past the bridge next to the train depot.

I’m sure many of you have seen his work and not even known it. If you have been to Oslo he has a flower mural in there.

Sintex Graffiti

What is great about his work, is he does these amazing portraits in addition to traditional graffiti. He is a graphic designer by trade and it shows through his art.

Sintex Graffiti

This last picture is one of my favorites. I love the Detroit skyline in the back drop and the colors are spot on.

Have a tip on a piece I should cover? Let me know in the comments with locations and descriptions.

Seva – Vegetarian Cuisine – Detroit

Seva - Detroit

Seva has made a name for itself in Ann Arbor, serving fresh and delicious vegetarian cuisine. Now, they have opened a second location in Detroit. Don’t turn your nose up at the word “vegetarian”. Dining there, you won’t even feel like a protein is missing from the plate. On the contrary, each dish is packed with flavor and deliciousness. I couldn’t decide what to order off the Seva menu because everything sounded so good!

Seva - Detroit

Seva, is very conveniently located on Forest, between Woodward and John R. It’s smack dab in the middle of the Wayne State district, the DMC, MOCAD and everything else. Great and convenient location.

Seva - Detroit

My sister-in-law had already had dinner so she had the house salad with ranch ($4).

I couldn’t decide what to order, so I asked the waiter what their signature dish was. He said the Enchiladas Calabaza! So, I went for it.

Seva - Detroit

Enchiladas Calabaza are made with – Butternut squash, cream cheese and green onions with chiles, cumin and a hint of cinnamon, baked in organic corn tortillas, topped with spicy tomato sauce & cheese, served with house-made corn chips & salsa ($13.00).

My oh my was that a good choice! It was amazing with the creamy squash, tangy sweet tomato sauce, and cheesy goodness. I’m drooling as I write this. So good. I would love to have some right now. It does come with chips and salsa. I could’ve done without those. The chips were not crunchy enough and just detracted from the dish. More enchiladas por favor!

Seva - Detroit

Mike had the Cilantro Peanut Stirfry made with – Stir-fried broccoli, red & yellow peppers, mushrooms, mung sprouts, carrots and green onions with a spicy cilantro-peanut-ginger-lime sauce, over organic brown rice, topped with roasted peanut ($12). He said it was delicious. I had a taste. It was pretty good.

Seva - Detroit

Sam can’t see a Portabella Burger on any menu and not order it. His all time favorite is at Bastone, and its usually hard to stack up to anywhere since at Bastone they put a big dollop of  garlic & herb Boursin cheese.

Portabella Burger made with – Organic, chargrilled portabella mushroom on an organic bun, with lettuce,  tomato, cheese and sauce ($11). All sandwiches are served with Yam fries.

He liked the burger, but Bastone’s is still his favorite. The yam fries were refreshing to have instead of regular fries. They were absolutely perfect.

Seva - Detroit

They are also known for their freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. My SIL had the Tropics blended drink – Frozen strawberries, bananas and mango nectar ($5). She loved it.

I would definitely recommend dining there, or stopping in for lunch. The food was fresh and delicious, the service was good and the new location is awesome. Also, expect this to be a popular spot. Word was barely out about their new Detroit location and it was pretty full. Seva gets a hell yeah! from me. How was your experience?

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Detroit Graffiti & Street Art

Sintex Graffiti

Many days, we cruise Detroit for fun. Old architecture, historic churches, and very colorful graffiti begs for attention at every turn. I realize not everyone can make it downtown, or even to an urban setting, so live vicariously my friends. I am starting a new section on MiraUncut showcasing some of the best Detroit architecture, graffiti and art. Have a tip on some killer street art? Drop a line at mirauncut[at]gmail[dot]com.

xx mira.

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