Wednesday, August 21, 2019

1286. Carrot Cake Swiss Roll

The best part of a carrot cake just might be the cream cheese frosting, am I right? This re-imagined version does not disappoint. The crumb is delicate, the cake subtly spiced, and the cream cheese frosting readily available.

Monday, August 19, 2019

1285. Aubergine Mince Meat Fetteh

The concept of fetteh originally is to use up whatever the family had in the kitchen. As such, the dish is highly customizable and can adhere to vegetarian or carnivore palates without discrimination. Bread and yogurt are inseparable staples in the Levant kitchen. As are vegetables, but those vary according to the season. Grains (rice, burghul, freekeh) are optional, but always favored. Got meat (or chicken)? Throw that in as well, and you got yourself a fetteh.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

1284. Honey Pie

Honey pie was the resulting outcome of a little human's love for Whinny the Pooh and weekly demand for a new type of pie. I was skeptical at first, but the pie was really shining through the honey flavor.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

1283. Chicken Stroganoff

Stroganoff is usually made with veal or beef, but with the nothing-is-ever-good-enough-as-is trend engulfing the world, you just know multiple versions, variations, and interpretations of the dish had to pop up. This version uses chicken, which gives it a lighter feel than traditional beef, but the cream and sour cream makes up for it. Scrumptiously delicious, be aware this is not diet food.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

1281. Nutella Maamoul

With the upcoming Aid Al-Adha preperations well underway, it seemed like a good idea to share this phenomenal nutella maamoul recipe. The dough is simply amazing. Traditionally, maamoul is stuffed with date paste. I decided to play around and fill these maamoul cookies with nutella chocolate spread. The actual dough comprises of only four ingredients, and for certain can encompass any filling under the sun.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

1280. Sour Cherry Rice

Sour cherries work as wonderfully in savory dishes as they they do in pie. Their tang is what it's all about. This sour cherry rice is just as suitably served alongside chicken as it is with fish.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

1279. {Air Fryer} Croissant Brittle

This is not a recipe you would expect to make in your lifetime. In fact, just how popular is the croissant brittle? It was complete news to me for sure. A random food article introduced it as an obscure menu option in a tiny pastry shop somewhere in the United States. I'm not sure what made me give it a go (the seductive deep golden color?), but how I am glad I did.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

1278. Fresh Blueberry Chocolate Mendiants

This is a very simple way to elevate two very simple ingredients into something classy and fancy. Mendiants are a French confisserie concoction of chocolate discs topped with nuts, dried fruit, and oftentimes glace fruits.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

1277. Greek Roast Fish with Vegetables

What an instant hit! So easy and delicious, there's no way any one can complain that fish is difficult to cook. In this case, whole sea bass is roasted on a bed of mixed vegetables (potatoes, carrots, cherry tomatoes, onions and garlic), which in themselves are caramelized almost to being a confit, making a great side dish as well.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

1276. Pistachio Cardamom Loaf Cake

Sometimes, a good sturdy afternoon tea cake is all you need. This is a pistachio version, Middle-Easternized with a touch of cardamom. Topped with a barely-there icing, you will not want for more with a steaming cup of tea.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

1275. Wholewheat English Muffins

I was one of those people who firmly believed that bread making is best left to the professionals. And really, I still am, because as simple and basic "bread" may be, good bread requires skill and a know-how gained through experience and passed on from one generation to the next. Having said that, it surprises me that almost all the bread we consume at MCW (almost) is home made.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

1274. Spinach Gozleme

Turkey, oh Turkey... So much in Turkey reminds me of my dear darling Iraq. This could easily turn into a book wallowing in my nostalgia for Iraq, but I'll keep it short to the beautiful soul of Turkey's gastronomy. Gozleme is a Turkish pastry with a variety of options, filling-wise. Some of the most common are spinach, cheese, or meat.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

1273. Kinder Chocolate Courgette Cake

It seems like my courgette chocolate cake is becoming something of a go-to here at MCW. I had about half a kilo of kinder sticks which I knew I wanted to end up in a chocolate cake. The balance of such a heavy and rich ingredient needed balancing out with the rest, so the ultra-light and moist courgette chocolate cake batter was ideal.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

1272. Whole Salmon Roast in Banana Leaves

Salmon is a great fish to serve from the family table to the guest's. It is easily palatable by most, and makes for a good starter point to make fish part of your family's weekly meal rotation.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

1271. Crispy Feta Block Appetizer

An appetizer to share, or a meal for one, the choice is all yours. Feta does not melt upon heating. But it does get lusciously softened to the perfect scoopable/spreadable consistency. This recipe breads and fries a whole block of feta, but that's not all. The fresh tomato salad/salsa is a must.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

1270. Brazilian Walnut Candy

These Brazillian walnut candies are know locally as camadeu de nozes. Of course it would consist largely of a can of sweetened condensed milk, a highly favored and essential ingredients in the Brazilian kitchen. In fact, without the fondant coating, this candy is simply sweetened condensed milk and finely chopped walnut cooked over the stove.

Friday, July 12, 2019

1269. Shrimp Boil in Oven Bag

This is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes you can make on rotation for your family. There are countless recipes combining corn and shrimp, and what makes this one unique is the oven bag cooking method.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

1268. Cloud Bread

So the new trend is to completely villianize carbohydrates and go keto. I was curious about this cloud bread since people say bread is the thing they miss the most when cutting out carbs. It was actually very successful and I could see how it fits as a bread substitute.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

1267. Raw Raspberry Chia Jam Toast

Jam is not part of my daily consumption, nor weekly, barely even monthly. In fact, I almost exclusively use jam for baking nowadays. However, if jam were part of your daily, er, jam, this would be a highly recommended sway for your health.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

1266. Dutch Oven Greek Chicken

You can never have too many ways to roast a chicken, am I right? So what's so special about this one is that is is roasted in a dutch oven, or a lidded oven-safe dish. This tenderizes it and retains its moisture amazingly. The flavorings are simply garlic, lemon, and oregano, but the transformation is huge due to the cooking method.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

1265. Raspberry Custard Pie

Of all the wonderful pies that have taken off on MCW since December, I just might be bold enough to label this raspberry custard crumble pie my favorite. While the tang from the raspberry delights me, the sharpness is mellowed out by the custard mixture poured over the fruit.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

1264. Baked Rice with Tomato and Garlic Confit

This, without exaggeration, is the best rice I have had in a long time. It's a bit strange that it is baked, but we are no strangers to baked rice here at MCW (hello, mandi). The flavor profile is just beyond. A whole bunch of cherry tomatoes and garlic cloves are confit-ed in another whole bunch of fresh coriander stems and olive oil, before the rice gets added and baked for a while longer.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

1263. Blueberry Pie

Following up on the inadvertentness of 2019 inaugurated the year of Pie, this blueberry lemon pie was the next natural step. On the berry spectrum, blueberries are not the most tangy of the breed, so the lemon here really plays a melodious role.

Friday, June 28, 2019

1262. Overnight Green Olive and Rosemary Bread

The overnight bread strikes again. It truly is a special recipe. Takes seconds to make, zero muscle power, highly customizable in endless shapes and flavors... What more can one ask for? This loaf is studded with briny green olives and fresh rosemary that makes for the perfect savory tartine.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

1261. Strawberry Cheesecake

This cheesecake recipe, one of plenty galore on MWC, is probably the most factory-imitation one of all, in the sense of taste, texture, and cuts like a dream. To fully industrialize it, use a can of cheesecake topping and call it a day. I however went the from-scratch route, as I often tend to, and opted of a loose compote from fresh strawberries.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

1260. Lime Pie

Looks like 2019 is quickly becoming the unintentional year of pies. While this lime pie requires the briefest baking stint, it is just as easy to make as a non-bake refrigerator pie. You see, the crust only needs 6-8 minutes baking, and the filling a bare 15 minutes more to set the eggs. Speaking of easy, the entire pie consists of three ingredients for the filling, and two more for the crust.

Friday, June 21, 2019

1259. Iraqi Warm Fresh Fava Salad

When we think of salads, it is mostly crisp cold versions of lettuce, tomato, and cucumber come to mind. Warm salads are also a thing inter-culturally, and serve a dual purpose of being delicious both warm and at room temp.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

1258. Peach Pie

Pies continue to define 2019 in this floral peach pie. The crust in itself has evolved into an entity of its own, but the peaches, the peaches are converted into a candy-esque filling that will have you do a double check on the ingredient list as the whole pie only has three-quarters of a cup of sugar.

Monday, June 17, 2019

1257. Green Almonds & Salt

The only way I knew green almonds could be consumed was as a pickle. However, with the internet bringing everyone and their cat closer to each other, I recently discovered that fresh green almonds sprinkled with salt is seemingly a rather popular munch in the Middle Eat and Mediterranean.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

1256. {Air Fryer} Baked Feta

This is a delicious appetizer to share or can even be a light meal on its own if you are an appetizer affectionado. Soft, scoopable feta cheese with blistered flavorsome cherry tomatoes and a couple more surprises get soaked up with some crust bread to form a symphony in the mouth.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

1255. {Air Fryer} Vineleaves

The money here lays in the sauce for these stuffed vineleaves. As I was making it, I started to doubt the flavor profile, seeing how basic and simple the stuffing ingredients are. And then, va-voom, the sauce was made and I knew even before it was cooked that we've got a stunner.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

1254. {Air Fryer} Whole Roast Chicken and Vegetables

I looove my air fryer. Because I love it so much, I think I will routinely publish recipes geared towards it. Who's in?

If I had one complaint about the air fryer is that I need two of them. Case and point, this wonderful, wonderful recipe which takes 10 minutes to put together before delivering it to the trusty air fryer to finish off. I need one for the chicken and one for the vegetables to have them ready for the same meal. Otherwise, what a great investment for succulent, moist, and crispy exterior food.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

1253. {Air Fryer} Aubergine Mushroom Clay Pot Beef Stew

Minimalists, look away. Not only is this a superfluous air fryer recipe, but a clay pot is required too. The clay pot was just too cute to not get. Not only aesthetically so, but also because it's got this old charm of bygone days when life was simpler and more wholesome. Turns out they are exceedingly healthy to cook in. Unlike teflon ware which leeches hormone-altering chemicals in our food, clay pot enrich our food with minerals that enhance our health.

Friday, June 7, 2019

1252. Rangina Cheesecake

Rangina is an ancient Arabian Gulf dessert featuring mainly toasted flour, dates, and a hefty quantity of ghee. MCW holds three variations of the dessert: classic, cups, and balls. We now add to the repertoire this rangina cheesecake, which creatively harmonizes the fundamental ingredients into a modernized new take.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Eid Al Fitr 1440

‏الحمدلله على التمام، الحمدلله على البلاغ الحمدلله على الصيام والقيام اللهم اجعلنا ممن صام الشهر وادرك ليلة القدر وفاز بالآجر ، اللهمّ انا استودعناك رمضان فلا تجعله اخر عهدنا وأعده علينا أعواما عديدة ولا تخرجنا منه إلا مقبولين ومرحومين و معتوقين من النار .

Monday, June 3, 2019

1250. Royal Icing Cookies

This is a recipe about the icing, but I have included a simple sturdy cookie recipe ideal to use the icing on. The thing that's special about this royal icing is that it is ideal to paint decorations on a cookie. It needs a couple of hours to set, and barring experience, it usually yields great results.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

1249. Ghazleeya (Arab Cotton Candy Dessert)

This was another instant hit which I know will be made over and over. Arab cotton candy differs in texture from the carnival cotton candy we all know and hate/love. The strands are somewhat thicker, overall texture slightly more dense, and it has an elasticity unique to it. But all this is literally just the topping. Under this highly attractive surface lays a delicious Arabian-flavored milk pudding that marries so well with the topping you'd think it was created for the sole purpose of being together.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

1248. Jareesh Milk Soup

This jareesh milk soup is just as good in the nursery as it is on the iftar table. Besides salt, literally the only ingredients are milk and jareesh. The results is much greater than the sum of its parts; so fragrant, delicious, and comforting.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

1247. Fruity Oats

Can we talk about iftar and leave out souhour? No, it just wouldn't be right, seeing how the hadiths point to it being such a blessed meal. So while the iftar is officially what breaks our fast in Ramadan, it is the souhour that gets the breakfast-style eats. Case and point: these fruity oats.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

1246. Chicken Lentil Soup

This soup is loaded with goodness and tastes so incredibly good. Combining chicken, lentils, and a myriad of vegetables, it makes for the perfect Ramadan iftar. It is of the chunky variety, so dicing up your chicken and vegetables nice and small is important.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

1245. Fresh Zaatar Kaak

Sometimes lightening strikes and a new recipe becomes an instant favorite. These fresh zaatar kaaks might not look like much, but my zaatar plants cannot grow fast enough to accommodate the increased demand generated by them. So jam-packed with goodness, you will quickly forgive the whole cup and a half of olive oil in the recipe list. After all, what's a Palestinian recipe without a tub of olive oil?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

1244. Fresh Strawberry Pie (No Bake)

This strawberry pie tasted more like anything strawberry I had had in years. You need a kilo of fresh strawberries, most of which will remain fresh. A quarter of the fruit will be cooked down in sugar and cornstarch to form a sticky and thick Turkish delight-like binder to glue all the other fruit into the pie as it cools.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

1243. Saffron Chicken Stew with Fennel and Barberry

I probably had too-high expectations for this recipe, and unfortunately it just didn't live up to them. It was good, just not stupendously excellent as I thought it will be. Reading the recipe, you will see an exquisite brew of saffron, orange juice, barberries, fennel, and chicken.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

1242. Jelly Slice

This is a pretty and simple dessert that can find a place on the family dining table or the guest one just as easily. I tend to prefer "from scratch" recipes, but once in a while, taking a delicious shortcut is non-objectionable. In this case: biscuits, sweet condensed milk, and jell-o.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

1241. Whole Roast Lemon and Herb Fish

Whole roasted fish inevitably reminds me of The Hobbit, when Bilbo just settled for his dinner before the intrusion of the dwarves. Surely that's an indicator of not only how easy it is to prepare, but also of how long people have been preparing it?

Monday, May 6, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

1239. Mulberry Tut Compilation

I want to share in the baraka of mulberry season and encourge any one who is able to but has not yet planted a tut or mulberry tree to do so. Depending on your location, it might take a few years for your tree to settle into fruitful mode, but once it is there, it will be a few weeks you find yourself looking forward to all year.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

1238. Fresh Zaatar Palestinian Mutabbaq

I planted fresh zaatar just to make this recipe from it. I bit overboard, but totally worth it. This is a Palestinian pastry, and like the best Palestinian pastries, it is plentiful in zaatar and olive oil. In fact, the major ingredient in this cultural recipe is olive oil. You can taste it, you can smell it, and its almost like your eating it.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

1237. Grilled Peach and Halloumi Skewers

This is a quick and healthy bite that is surprisingly satisfying. The combination of fruit and cheese is an ancient classic, but these skewers go beyond with the addition of onion and a kick from a herby chilli sauce.