Re: [gardeners] Happy New Year (
Thu, 03 Jan 2002 11:14:36 -0800

Hello, Velta,

Pomegranate molasses can be found in Middle Eastern grocery stores, and
through such purveyors as Sadaf online. It's made from reducing the
juice by 2/3, concentrating its sweetness. In some cuisines, if the p.m.
is too sweet, lime juice is added to the recipe for a wonderful slightly
sweet/tart taste.

It combined with olive oil, smashed garlic and salt and pepper makes a
fabulous accompaniment for grilled eggplant.

I get kinda spoiled living where we do, with any conceivable sort of
ethnic market within easy driving distance. Our Middle Eastern market is
a short walk from our home, and my marvelous Armenian colleagues and
neighbors are cultivating my love for their cuisine, shamelessly, plying
me with old family recipes.

In exchange, I give them limes and pomegranates, in season, a trade that
works very well, indeed.

That recipe and many other delectable items are to be found in Sonia
Uvezian's, "Recipes and Remberences from an Eastern Mediterranean
Kitchen" (U.of Texas Press), and features recipes from the Armenian who
settled in Lebanon after the genocide.

I have just begun exploring the cuisines of those regions (Greece,
Turkey, Armenia, the Eastern Mediterranean Littoral, Egypt, Morocco and
Tunisia), which my wife and I have been thoroughly enjoying, especially
the familiar condiments, such as cinnamon and allspice with fruits and

I hope you enjoy this recipe as well.