Sunday, June 30, 2013

407. Chicken Carmelized Onion and Rice

Most of the chicken I cook is either made over the stove or in the oven.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

405. Carrot, Walnut, and Pomegranate Molasses Salad: To Go

Okay, we have already established how uncreative I get at naming foods I invent...
But that doesn't take away from the value of the actual dish.

Monday, June 24, 2013

404. Freekeh Herb Salad: To Go

Freekeh, the ancient uber-healthy and tasty smoked green wheat grain, is the main component of this salad.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

403. Pumpkin Feta Pinenut Salad: To Go

I came to know some people who were always on a diet, and yet they never slimmed!
It was them who made me hate the word diet.
So now, whenever I feel that the scale might be creeping in the not-so-favored side, I begin to moderate what I eat.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

402. Dondurma Sahlab Icecream

June sees to the return of the ice cream churner, and this year we are starting with a more Arab-flavored ice cream: dondurma (دوندرمة السحلب).

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

401. Sunflower Seed Crackers

I like crackers, they are a very pleasant treat for me.
Little did I know how simple and delicious it is to make yourself.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

400. Date Molasses and Tahini Spread

Date molasses and tahini spread/dip (دبس و راشي) is to the Iraqi child what peanut butter is the the Northern American.

Monday, June 17, 2013

399. Stewed Meat in Vinegar

Ancient cooking was based on necessity and making do with what is available.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

398. Creamy Baked Fish

This baked fish dish encompasses most characteristics of comfort food.
Creamy, cheesy, flakey, crispy, and comforting.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

397. Qatari Sago Halawa

Sago and tapioca are very similar despite their very different origins.
Long story short, they are starch extracted from plants, and sold commonly as beads, or "pearls."
Qatar, amongst other Gulf nations, must have sago halawa or pudding for dessert.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

396. Iraqi Apricot-Coconut Balls

Similarly to the date madgooga (or date truffles) recipe, these apricot-coconut balls were meant to be pounded to a thick paste, then formed into balls.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

393. Lemon Cake Loaf

Lemon and sugar make a winning combination, even for non-lemon lovers.
This loaf cake was unbelievably good; so good that I had eaten two slices before I even noticed.Have a drink, hot tea or iced water, nearby, because it will call for it.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

392. Znood Al-Sit

Znood al-sit (زنود الست) does not translate too prettily into English.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

391. Iraqi Geemar (Clotted Cream)

Iraqi geemar (قيمر عراقي) is the equivalent of the British clotted cream.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

390. Sesame Tahini Cookies

These little sesame tahini cookies are the better and healthier Turkish version of butter cookies.

Monday, June 3, 2013

389. Five-Ingredient Nutella Cookies

Nutella seems to be an integral part of life, both for children and for quite a few adults as well.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

388. Apple Caramel Pull-Apart

I used to covet my recipes like nothing else!
Subhan Allah how people develop!