Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Monday, August 19, 2019
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
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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
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
Sunday, August 4, 2019
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
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
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
Thursday, July 25, 2019
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
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
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
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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
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
Thursday, July 11, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Thursday, May 2, 2019
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
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
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.