Tuesday, December 31, 2013

538. Iraqi Herbed Fish Stew

This heavily-spiced and rich fish stew hails from the southern provinces of Iraq.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

536. Pear, Spinach, Blue Cheese Galettes

Do not be fooled by these little rustic parcels; they are completely reserved for sophisticated pallets.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

534. Tomato Olive Garlic Stecca

The basic no-knead artisan crusty bread has proved itself over and over to be a keeper of a recipe that just keeps getting better and better.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

532. Trio-Dessert Idea

I came across adorable single-serve plastic containers complete with their lids, and I thought that would be a brilliant way to serve old favorites!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

530. Iraqi Thareed Bagilla

Thareed (or tashreeb) bagilla (ثريد أو تشريب باجلا), or broad bean thareed, is a festive Iraqi breakfast.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

529. Roast Aubergine Tomato and Chicken Escalope Ciabatta Sandwich

This gourmet sandwich does take time and planning ahead, but a single bit will render all efforts rewarded!

Monday, December 16, 2013

527. Peanut Butter Tray Cake

This is a naughty cake that will have you stuffed from the first slice and which kids will gobble down like there was no tomorrow.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

526. Brown Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is to be treated with exceptional respect. It is a sustaining and highly nutritious soup, that has gotten people over thousands of years through hard times and near-famine.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

525. Iraqi Dolma

Much like kleicha, dolma is another Iraqi family/social affair to make. Gather your family, close friends, and neighbors, and start making dolma!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

524. Sticky Ginger Cake

There is something about the pinch of cold wind that makes one crave all things ginger.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

523. Pea Popcorn

This is supposed to be a healthy alternative to popcorn, but I actually preferred it to popcorn!

Monday, December 9, 2013

522. Fried Riceless Cauliflower Shrimp

They said it and they kept on saying it, but I just would not believe it until I tasted it for myself!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

521. Roast Parsley Potato Halves

Have you ever pressed flowers in a book, forgotten about it, and were so pleased when you found it accidentally again? This recipe reminds me of pressed flowers.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

520. Ageeli Qatari Cake

Ageeli (عقيلي) is a Qatari cake that tickles the senses with its luxurious perfume of saffron, cardamom, and rosewater.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

518. Roast Chicken in Milk

This is one of those dishes that tastes better than it looks. Lets get this straight: curdled milk or yogurt is a complete no-no in dishes like kubba labania.

Monday, December 2, 2013

517. Butterscotch Cake

A curious thing happened the other day. I was surprised to see -for the first time here- butterscotch chips at the supermarket.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

516. Tabasco Chicken Burgers

This has got to be one of the simplest and tastiest chicken burgers around.
You seriously can not get any easier than this.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

515. Indian Keema

This is an Indian-inspired dish named keema, which is basically minced meat.

Monday, November 25, 2013

512. Pan Release Paste

Butter and flour the cake tin.
How many baking recipes call for this step? Such a minor detail, but so important... and potentially messy!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

508. Egg Mango Pickle Sandwich

This is a classic Iraqi sandwich, consisting simply of boiled egg and mango pickle (عمبة منغا). Mango pickle  is Indian, and is savory, unlike mango chutney.

Monday, November 18, 2013

507. Turkey Cheese Sandwich

This sandwich is a French classic, and you can pretty much substitute the type of meat and cheese for anything you like in it.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

506. Freekeh Dill Pepita Salad

I invented this salad because I felt like I needed a loaded, health-boosting, feel-good salad.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

504. Granola Cookies

Outrageous seems to be the norm these days. Some ideas are totally unthinkable, while others are intriguing.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

503. Iraqi Date-Walnut Loaf Cake

I love a good family recipe. In my opinion, these are the tried and true recipes that have stuck for generations.

Monday, November 11, 2013

502. Iraqi Green Bean Stew

Given the variety of marag stews we have made on this blog so far, it comes as no surprise that green bean stews (مرق فاصوية خضرة) are very welcome when in season (or even out of season, but using frozen).

Sunday, November 10, 2013

501. Black Eyed Peas Salad

Parsley, spring onion, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt can make the foundation of many fantastic salads.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

500. Date Molasses

Instead of making a fancy cake for my 500th post, I decided I'm going to publish a recipe for an Iraqi pantry staple: date molasses, aka dibis tamur (دبس تمر عراقي).

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

499. One Pot Pasta

I have seen the growing popularity of this one-pot self-saucing pasta dish floating around on the internet, so I decided to give it a go.

Monday, November 4, 2013

498. Pink Popcorn

Pink popcorn is a frivolous and fun treat, that is almost as fun for the grown-ups as it is for the children.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

496. Chocolate Tiramisu Cake

It was merely a question of time. Having the perfect easy tiramisu recipe on hand, the natural following step would be to create a show-stopper tiramisu cake... with shocking ease.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

494. Chocolate Pots de Creme

Chocolate pots de creme are something of a French cross between chocolate custard and chocolate mousse.

Monday, October 28, 2013

493. Iraqi Beef Tongue

My fellow compatriot Nawal Nasralllah has done a major service towards Iraqi culture and I hope Allah compensates her time, patience, efforts, and all she has lost with the best rewards.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

492. Instant 2 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients are chocolate and water. Melt the chocolate and water together, cool it over an ice bath, and whisk till you have mousse. Done.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

491. Orange Poppy Seed Cake

This is an intensely orange cake, with a wonderful teeny crunch of poppyseeds under the teeth.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013