Saturday, May 31, 2014

632. Avocado Haloomi Salad Cups

This is a fresh and summery idea to serve salad for people who love avocado.
You can make almost any salad you like, and spoon it into a ripe avocado half.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

631. Qatar Charity Bazaar 2014

Qatar Charity, in collaboration with Insight Club have sponsored a charity bazaar featuring many small stalls and booths. Food, trinkets, and abayas were for sale, among other things.

Monday, May 26, 2014

630. Brown Rice Lunches

I agree whole-heartedly with the idea of cooking a pot of grains to be consumed throughout the week.
If this is a new concept to you, let me elaborate.
The day before the school or work week begins, you cook a pot of a grain or bean of your choice. This can be lentils, wheatberry, chickpeas, brown rice, or almost anything really.
This pot gets stored in the refrigerator, and throughout the week, you take a portion of it and dress it up in some manner for a lunch or dinner!
Some ideas I have already published, such as chickpea salad, freekeh salad (and another one), and couscous salad, among others.
If you choose to cook a pot of beans, you use them just as you would canned beans.
So just to prove you do not need to constrict yourself to only salads, here are a couple of ideas:

The above is a picture of warmed brown rice topped with fresh mushroom sauteed in some garlic herbed butter. Simple and satisfying, you don't even miss the meat.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

628. Iraqi Walnut Kleicha

The kleicha chronicles continue.
Following date kleicha and coconut kleicha, (and Traditional Iraqi Date Kleicha) we now also have the beloved walnut kleicha (كليجة الجوز).
Note that the creativity in shaping the kleicha is calculated: each shape represents a different filling.

Monday, May 19, 2014

627. Avocado Coconut Oil Tartine

I have been indulging in some youtube videos about clean eating of late, and came across this easy peasy good for you recipe.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

626. Lebanese Garlic Grilled Chicken

Whipped garlic sauce is a favorite accompaniment to grilled meats in both Lebanon and the entire Arabian region.
This grilled chicken is done autrement, by marinating the chicken in the garlic sauce.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

625. Salted Chocolate Truffles

I thought Lindt milk chocolate truffles were my absolute favorites until I tried these!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

624. Vegan Instant Berry Ice Cream

I was first introduced to the concept of the five minute ice cream a couple of years ago, before I started this blog. It was basically: put frozen strawberry in the food processor with some sugar, and pour some cream as the machine is blitzing. So much fun to make.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

623. Lemon Poppy Bars

I see a trend I did not expect: lemon cake, lemon poppyseed cake, lemon poppyseed cake balls, lemon tarte, lemon meringue pie, and now lemon bars! It seems, my friends, that lemon desserts seem to be something of a favorite.

Friday, May 9, 2014

622. Steak, Avocado, Feta Wrap

Sandwich wraps are great because they make you feel almost virtuous that you've avoided all the fluffy white bread of a baguette or bun.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

621. Boules de Berlin

Boules de Berlin are basically jam-stuffed donuts.
They are a daily pastry of the German part of Europe, and make for anything from breakfast to a snack.

Monday, May 5, 2014

620. Egg Sandwich

Western boiled egg sandwiches are so nutritious and yet I feel we compromise their value with the invariable addition of mayonnaise. Iraqi boiled egg sandwiches don't use mayonnaise at all.

Friday, May 2, 2014

619. English Cake

I know it's hardly the season for fruit cakes, but the recipes just came to me regardless.
Last time I made the Dundee cake, I mentioned that it is very similar to English Cake, Fruit Cake, and Christmas Cake.