Thursday, May 31, 2012
I love it when advertising campaigns decide to put a recipe booklet with a merchandise!!
A while back I bought canned Kraft cheddar cheese, and as a Ramadan promotion, they put in this adorable recipe booklet utilizing the Kraft cheese cans.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Another creation I picked up in Turkey: Apple Tea!!
It was such a common yet exotic concoction! When I heard it offered to me, I was surprised and skeptical about it. Then once I had my first sip, I was thinking: Where have you been all my life??
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
I saw Jamie Oliver make this salad on one of his episodes almost ten years ago and I just knew I would be making it for years to come. It is a wonderful infusion of flavors, and a perfect accompaniment to a barbecue, and equally as good on its own.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
This is such a bold combination of flavors, each forkful a delight in its own right.
The pepperiness of the rocket leaves, the crispiness and comfort of the fried aubergine discs, the deep nuttiness of toasted walnuts, and sweetness of fresh pomegranate seeds, all topped with a rich tangy pomegranate molasses dressing...
Friday, May 25, 2012
Baqlawa, or baklava, is of disputed origins. Mostly the claim lays between Turkey and Syria.
In any case, there are as many varieties of baqlawa as there are varieties of apples (if not more).
In my trip to Istanbul, I had an out-of-this-world pistachio and orange rind baklava...
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Qoozi is an Arabian Gulf specialty, reflecting the generosity and hospitality of Bedouin Arabs.
It is a whole lamb, grilled (or roasted), stuffed, and served on a bed of rice and richly embellished with fried nuts.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
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Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
As a child, my mind was set on black or white, in other words, I did not tolerate any shades of grey. Fruits are sweet and should remain as a dessert. Chicken, meats, salads, and grains are salty, and therefore should remain as savory.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Ratatouille is a French peasant dish, stemming from the southern region of France where the main ingredients (aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes, and capsicums aka sweet peppers) are plentiful and cheap.
There are many widespread versions of ratatouille, including Julia Child's version, but I opted for the method that most stays true to the peasant origin.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Arabic coffee is a bitter infusion of lightly roasted coffee beans and cardamom. It is a form of hospitality, welcoming visitors to your abode. It is often accompanied with something sweet, generally dates, to balance out the bitterness of the coffee. It is served from a specially shaped coffee pot called a dalla, and the cups are short and stout and without handles.
Monday, May 14, 2012
The recipe for the pastry cones is a keeper and can be used for any stuffing you wish: cheese, chicken, meat... anything! I have stuffed these cones with a classic Arab spinach mixture: with mint and sumac added. Dill is also sometimes added.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Here is another quiche, one of many possible combinations in this savoury tart. I have opted to feature a more Mediterranean flavor to this French dish, by making the stars aubergine (eggplant), and courgettes (zucchini).
Friday, May 11, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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Saturday, May 5, 2012
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
This is a salad that is as beautiful to look at as it is to eat. Beetroot is typically a winter vegetable, but in this day and age is not uncommonly found all year around. According to Wikipedia, "beetroot is a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C" among many other health benefits.