Thursday, April 30, 2015

780. Loaded Nachos

This is one of the strangest dishes I have eaten, and it's so delicious.
Loaded nachos is a Mexican (inspired?) dish, consisting of tortilla chips, layered in a tex-mex seasoned ground meat mixture (often including beans), pickled jalapenos, cheese, and a fresh lime-seasoned simple salad known as pico de gallo.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

779. Lucious Avocado Drink

Avocado shakes are really a thing. I thought I was being outrageous the time I made avocado ice cream, tasted it pre-churn, and found it impossibly creamy and very good enough to drink there and then. Apparently, avocado shakes are popular in south-east Asia, particularly in the Philippines area.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

778. Chicken Ananas Skewers

Grilled ananas (pineapple) is a must-try. Grilled ananas and spicy chicken skewers is even more so. There's a delicate line of using fruits in savory dishes that is being increasingly defied to great success.

Friday, April 24, 2015

777. Tradional Iraqi Date Kleicha

While I love and cherish my Aunt's date kleicha, this method of preparing kleicha is more traditional (كليجة تمر العراقية التقليدية). It is just a difference in method, as the ingredients are exactly the same. Where my Aunts are little rods which are good enough to pop in your mouth like chips (and easily lose count of how many you've popped), these are made from huge pinwheel rods cut into sizable cookies.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

776. Rose Body Scrub (Non Edible)

The freshness of this (non-edible) rose body scrub is indescribably delightful and is fantastic to make for a spa day in with sisters. Baby skin is something countless cosmetic industries have spent enormous sums of money on products promising the same velvety smoothness.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

775. Turkish Couscous Salad

Admittedly, this blog already boasts a couscous salad or two (or three).
However, this Turkish couscous salad is well worth another addition.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

774. Apple Berry Crumble

Crumbles just have to be one of the easiest and most impromptu desserts out there. Traditionally, it is made with apples, but the concept is seamlessly adapted to almost any seasonal fruit one can think of.

Friday, April 17, 2015

773. Crispy Hot Chicken Wings

Soggy chicken wings just have to be the worst. On the other side of the spectrum is crispy chicken wings, which everyone loves. The crispiness of these wings is so ginormous, you're going to have to swear that it's not fried for people to believe you.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

772. Spiced Fish with Wheatberry Salad

If you need a recipe to prove that cooking with fish does not need to be complicated, this is the one. It is spicy, exotic, and nutritious all at the same time. A wheatberry salad accompanies this spiced and pan-fried white fish fillets. Oddly enough, the salad in this case requires more time and prep than the fish itself.

Monday, April 13, 2015

771. Pine Nut Tart

I think my pignoles deserve a second take.
I revamped them by changing the presentation from two dozen individual mini-torts, into two elegant rectangular tarts. For anyone unfamiliar with pignoles, it is basically a pine nut tart.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

770. Corn Tabboula

I came across the idea of corn tabboula and thought it sounded like an intriguing take on the classic Arab tabboula I had to try (in addition to the spectacular raw cauliflower tabboula). The corn essentially replaces the tomato, whereas the rest of the salad mostly remains the same..

Thursday, April 9, 2015

769. Haloomi Zaatar Sandwich

This delicious sandwich can be made in a pinch as a hasty lunch, but it is so much more than that.
Tasty haloomi cheese is grilled to a golden crust and sprinkled generously with zaatar and olive oil.