Thursday, October 31, 2019
Warm sandwiches come in many shapes and forms, not to mention flavors. This is a grilled cheese sandwich, incorporating a very unconventional ingredient: kimchi. Kimchi is a fermented cabbage concoction known to be Korean, but has spread throughout Asia, and now to the western world.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
This cake came together from scratch to consumption in just under an hour. Demolition lasted a polite 15 minutes. Essentially six pantry ingredients (not counting a pinch of salt), the batter was made and thrown in the oven in less than 10 minutes. Baking lasted 30 minutes, and a cheat quick freeze for 20 minutes cooled it to room temperature, ready to be eaten.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
This fried tomato for breakfast is a Palestinian on an Iraqi staple. I make my Iraqi version using only butter and salt with the tomato. This version is almost just as simple, but features gutsy and pungent Palestinian flavors: olive oil, garlic, and green chili.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
One of the many reasons food of the Levant is my absolute favorite is their amazing use of fresh, vibrant vegetables. Mutabbal is not new to MCW, but this is a rustic twist on it, using unpeeled aubergines hacked up and roasted.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
I have literally been making this Iraqi orange cake for decades. It has such a distinctive flavor and texture, soft, yet almost like a pound cake. It is a very well know Iraqi contribution to any afternoon tea, or asrooniya (عصرونية), and despite its humble appearance, it proudly contributes to even the fanciest of food tables.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
A well-made warm sandwich is one of life's comforts. This buffalo chicken version uses a few shortcuts, and is good to keep in mind before you go on a grocery run. The list might go something like this: rotisserie chicken, ranch dressing, cheddar, and bread rolls. All other items are fairly standard pantry inhabitors.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Sometimes we seek the plain, simply because plain is timeless and comforting. These whole wheat jam pockets can be made using entirely one type of jam, or more than one, as I did. The crust is a healthy mix of whole wheat flour and oats.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Emphasizing the customizability of the trusty crusty artisan bread comes this spicy cheesy hot green chilli version. Green chilli peppers come in a variety of shapes and spice levels. Here we are opting for the larger and milder ones, but go a bit smaller and spicier if you can handle it.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
It is no secret by now that stale croissants make for amazing Um Ali. Simplifying it further, I took out my handy clay pot and air fryer for the ultimate smaller-portion, quick-fix Um Ali. The architecture of the air fryer ensures an out-of-this-world crispy surface and a perfectly soft interior.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
To my delight, this stew turned out better than my initial aspirations for it. It had a depth and complexity I did not anticipate. The stew has a sourness that is mellowed out by the sweetness of the prunes and carrots. Add a dash of saffron, and you're golden.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
The word "rich" just had to be included in the title, because with chocolate, egg yolks, and cream, this is indeed a rich chocolate pudding. So rich, in fact, that it absolutely must be served in espresso cups because that's all the amount you can have in a single seating.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Naturally gluten free and completely unconventional, this pizza uses a spiced minced chicken mixture as a crust. It was not my favorite type of pizza (bread is an essential part of the pizza for me), but it delivers the pizza flavor for those particular about a bread crust.