Wednesday, March 4, 2015

الله أكبر, الله أكبر, الله أكبر


ياعظيم ياعظيم ياعظيم انت لها ولكل امر عظيم نسألك ان تفرج عن أهل صلاح الدين بحق بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم  اللهم إنا استودعناك تكريت وأهلها، أمنها وأمانها، ليلها ونهارها، أرضها وسماءها، فأحفظها ربي من كل سوء ومكروه اللهم إنا نستودعك رجال تكريت ونساءها وشبابها وأطفالها يا من لا تضيع عنده الودائع. حسبنا الله و نعم الوكيل, حسبنا الله و نعم الوكيل, حسبنا الله و نعم الويل. الله أكبر, الله أكبر, الله أكبر, له النصر و منه النصر, لا إله إلا الله محمد نبينا رسول الله.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

767. Maryam's Fattouche


I realize this is the third fattouche recipe on the blog. There was the classic version, the Lebanese version, and now my own special version. What makes this particular version the best, is that it's the result of a series of tweaks over the span of years to yield the best results demanded over and over by whoever has tasted it.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

766. Croissant-Wrapped Baked Camembert


I was not going to post this recipe, but I was strongly urged to do so by popular demand.
This is one of my few recipes employing some ready-made ingredients: croissant dough in a can.
This elegant appetizer has under two minutes of hands on time (if you race yourself, maybe you could go in under a minute). The oven does the rest of the work for 15 to 20 minutes.

Friday, February 27, 2015

765. Chestnut Rice


This Chestnut rice is oft served in Turkish homes and is a popular street food in the winter time.
Chestnut, like mushroom, are sort of meaty in and of themselves, so I was quite content to have this beside a salad. It is however traditionally served with some pickles or fermented vegetables to entice the senses between sweet, savory, and sour.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

764. Iraqi Chicken Tepsi


Tepsi (التبسي) is the quintessential Iraqi homey meal. It is the Iraqi counterpart to the western casserole where various components get put in an oven-proof dish and baked with minimal hands-on work. This is a saucy chicken dish loaded with flavorsome vegetables.

Monday, February 23, 2015

763. Fatoom's Red Velvet Cupcakes


My friend and sister Fatoom is famous for her red velvet cupcakes. They are so soft and tender and luscious and delicious. I loved her all the better and was even more in amaze of her generous character when she gave me the recipe, and did not mind me blogging it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

762. Iraqi Chicken Tashreeb Express


Chicken tashreeb is one of my favorite Iraqi stews (and there are many stews, and many favorites). However, what puts me off making it almost every single time is the browning of the chicken parts.
This recipe for chicken tashreeb express not only avoids this sticky and smelly situation, but also drastically cuts down on cooking time.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

761. Puff Pastry Pizzas


These pizza-tarts are my kind of food. Although I get the occasional carnivorous callings, I would be happy to live a meat-free life if all vegetarian food was this good, and if someone made this kind of food for me everyday! You don't need to make your own puff pastry for this.

Friday, February 13, 2015

760. Chestnut Sage Soup


There exist varieties of chestnut soups around, yet I chose to make the simplest version with just a touch of cream. Simple it may be, but elegant and substantial too. The garnish of chestnut chunks and whole crispy fried sage leaves may be optional, but it makes for a great added visual and textural effect.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

759. Pomegranate Seseame Chicken with Ginger Coconut Rice


I was reluctant to try this recipe due to the unusual combo of pomegranate molasses and soy sauce (unusual to me). Try it I did, to great success and pleasure. A wonderful bonus to the recipe is the ginger-coconut rice it gets served on.