November 26, 2010

Green Leaf Jam (Moroccan style)




Every time of year brings some specific food cravings. Is it due to the weather or genetic factors, it's hard to say? On cold and snowy day such as yesterday in Vancouver, it is a natural human urge to look for something to warm their body and soul, like a good hot-chocolate or a winter flavoured mocha coffee. Or, something slightly different - in a way of great homemade slice of bread with some flavourful spreads and a slice of good cheese.
This Green Leaf Jam belongs to those pesto-type spreads, but lighter, and more sensational! It's easy to make, and compared to all other "old-fashion" preserves, this one could arguably be classified into the gourmet food category.




Recipe:
2 bunches of spinach leaves (250 gr)
3-4 tbs good olive oil
3-4 crushed cloves of garlic
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 bunch of parsley
handful of cilantro leafs (to the taste)
handful of good black olives (preferably just in oil- no vinegar)
1 tsp smoked paprika
squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to the taste

Cook spinach in a steamer until soft. Run cold water over and drain well to squeeze out all the excess water. Chop the leafs to very fine, to get almost a paste.
In a pot, heat 3/4 of the olive oil on a mild temperature and add garlic and cumin, to get a nutty aroma. Stir finely chopped olives, parsley, cilantro and paprika. Cook for about a minute, add spinach and cook more on a mild heat all together with stirring, approximately 10 minutes. Season and cool.
Transfer jam in a jar or glass container and cover with lemon juice and some remaining olive oil. 

13 comments:

ReverendS said...

I had to try this recipe, really delicious :)

alwayswinner786 said...

Hi,
I love the texture, the aroma of your green leaf jam and good spread for the winter!
Have a lovely warm weekend!

Zexxy's wife said...

It's really amazing and unusual jam! And it can be made of any other green leafy vegetables, like kale or chard..

Girls, let me know your opinion after you make it!

Birgitta said...

Thanks for visiting my blogs! Very intviting and great blog you got! Have a great Saturday night!

★ Siméia said...

Olá!!é um prazer conhecê-la!seja sempre bem-vinda aqui em meu blog:)

um grande beijo!!

Lu Tostes said...

Obrigada por sua visita no quintaneandoeoutrosgerundios.blogspot.com. Eu e Quintana adoramos... rsrs :)

Babli said...

Absolutely new, interesting and innovative recipe. Jam looks delicious and tempting. Very well presented.

MJFortuna said...

Querida, muito obrigada pelo comentário. Geralmente as pessoas entram neste blog Transcendência e não me deixam nenhuma pequena pegada. E você de tão longe teve esta delicadeza...
Adorei seu blog. Leio inglês com auxilio do dicionário, mas não ouso escrever nem falar.
Minha filha, atualmente na França, viveu um ano no Canadá, em Lethbridge, onde viveu dias inesquecíveis!
Um grande abraço

Maria J Fortuna

Zexxy's wife said...

Thank you all for great comments!
And to all new friends from Brazil, I can only say one, with a help of Google translator:

Obrigado a todos por grandes comentários. Estou feliz por todos encontrei algo interessante no meu blog.
Volte em breve!

Flo said...

It looks so MIAM ! I will test... Thanks !

A FADA DAS AGULHAS said...

Querida,vim retribuir sua gentileza em deixar
um comentário no meu blog.
Quantas imagens lindas que você tem aqui!
Tenho uma cunhada que mora na Finlândia e
sempre me chama para ir lá visita-la,mais tenho vontade de um dia conhecer o Canadá.]
Seja sempre Bem-Vinda!

Beijossss!
Simone Souza

Terrie said...

It looks yummy and the color is a temptation. Want to try it soon.

Emma said...

This looks lovely, very much like pesto, what a gorgeous picture!