Thursday, June 30, 2016

947. Watermelon Avocado Salad


For the larger part of Ramadan, this salad has been my iftar meal. It is hydrating, refreshing, delicious, nutritious, and so so easy to put together. This is a recipe where all you do is literally assemble all the ingredients, and you're done!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

946. Gem Lettuce Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette

For something so fancy-sounding, this salad is practically simplicity itself. Sweet, crunchy, young gem lettuce are halved and placed on the serving dish cut-side up. The simplest walnut vinaigrette is whipped up and tops the lettuce.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

945. Turkish Lahmacun

No Turkish lahmacun tastes as good as the original bought off the streets of Istanbul. Regardless, one may put a valiant effort at replicating it at home. Very similar in concept to the Iraqi lahm ajeen, it is a sort of meat pizza with a very thin crust.

Friday, June 24, 2016

944. Ramadan Souq 1437/2016

The Ramadan Souq this year was like a screen capture from the Arabian Nights. Vendors yelling and beckoning, the air thick with perfume, lighting flickering from lanterns, and walls draped with ornate carpets. Make up, jewelry, spices, honey, and gowns galore.

Monday, June 20, 2016

943. Eid Kaak

This is a very traditional family recipe very well guarded and very generously given to me by a dear friend and sister. Every Eid Al-Adha, family friends and neighbors get together to make Um Abdalrahman's kaak al eid (كعك العيد). I have cut down the original recipe by 90% for this post. The original recipe had 90 eggs and 40 kilos of butter, all kneaded together by loving hands just to give you an idea. I must stress that this kaak was made and designed to be dunked in a steaming isteakan of fragrant karak tea and eaten immediately.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

942. Mint Rub Seared Lamb Chops

Some people are self-declared meat lovers. I do not count myself amongst them, because while I do enjoy a succulent lamb roast, or fall-off-the-bone shank in a stew, or a char-grilled kofta patty, I also very much enjoy a well-cooked chicken or fish fillet, and many a vegetarian dish. In other words, I rarely crave red meat. These mint rubbed seared lamb chops changed that.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

941. Croissant Um Ali

Of all the Um Ali's I have tried, this croissant version is the best one I have ever come across, hailing from my beloved sister and friend. Um Ali is the Arabian version of a sweet bread pudding. The flavorings are up to you whether saffron, rosewater, orange blossom, mastica, or what have you. But one great must have is nuts.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

940. Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese spring rolls differ from its more common Chinese counterpart in more than one way. While they too can be fried before consumption, the more popular way is to consume them raw. This is made possible due to the rice paper, which when soaked in hot water, is rendered cooked, soft, and edible. Stuffed with bright raw or cooked vegetables, it makes for a great light Summer food.

Monday, June 6, 2016

939. Eclair Cake

Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim brothers and sisters around the world.
I would like to start off this holy month in prayer for our brave families in Islam being tested every day by the majoos and rafida and kafara, especially Brave Fallouja who have been ceaselessly attacked and fight back with conviction for the last thirteen years.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

938. Syrian Chicken and Rice

This is a quick and straightforward meal hailing from the efficient homekeepers of Syria. Simply put, it is a bed of rice, topped with chicken, yogurt, and nuts. You can boil or roast your chicken as per preference, but I used the whole chicken boiled for the vichyssoise soup.