Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Clichés are cliché because they are (mostly) true.
Like: "Live and Learn." So true. Make a mistake, learn from it, avoid making the same mistake again.
"What goes around, comes around." Well, everyone can identify with that one.
"Rice pudding is the essence of comfort."
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I stumbled across the recipe in the wee hours of the morning, and just a few hours later, it was baked and ready! It is called honeycomb (خلايا النحل) because of its resemblance to the little cells of a bee-hive, as well as a tribute to the sugar-honey-saffron glaze it is topped with.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
There are many countries who have salads similar to this, Iraq and Turkey being just two examples.
It is named farmer's salad, or peasant's salad, because it consists of the most available and basic ingredients: tomato, cucumber, and onion.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Iraqis have nicknamed aubergines (or eggplants) as the monster of the frying pan ( وحش الطاوة).
I don't know why, but one can make assumptions:
1. It is delicious in every shape, form, regardless of cooking method.
2. The ways in which it may be cooked are almost endless, from the simplest to the most complicated.
3. Due to the embargo against Iraq for over a decade and the escalating poverty, aubergines grown locally were plentiful and affordable, so it was basically eaten on a daily basis.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
There are some Iraqis who would consider a meal rather incomplete in the absence of rice.
Therefore, out of necessity, Iraqi cooks have gotten creative with this plain dish, rendering it a delight to look forward to and giving it the right to shine as a star dish on its own.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
If you like chocolate malt balls, you are going to love this cake.
It's shape and frosting add to its appeal, and make it fantastic for large gatherings, be it a birthday party or a summer barbecue get-together.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Hand-sized food is fantastic.
Today we have a deep-dish pizza that fits right into your hand, that take no more than 10 minutes or less of hand-on time. If you use ready-made pizza dough, you will have these ready from beginning to end in no more than 20 minutes, and that includes baking time.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
These brownies have been all the rage recently, but are known as slutty brownies. I however don't like this attitute towards food, therefore opted to call them immodest brownies, because they have no moderation or modesty and are all-out in their contents: a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough, a tightly-packed layer of oreos, and a fudgy dense layer of brownies... all in one.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I would call this a warm salad with Moroccan accents that can be eaten as a meal on its own.
Adapted from Good Food magazine, April 2010 via Lebanese Recipes blog, the recipe states that it feeds two people, whereas I was full before I ate a quarter of it. So I can safely say it feeds at least 3, maybe 4 people, depending on appetites.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
According to wikipedia, tapenade is a Provençal dish consisting of puréed or finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil. It is a popular food in the south of France, where it is generally eaten as an hors d’œuvre, spread on bread.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
I'm loving these daily video recipes presented by Sarah Carey on Everyday Food. They bring to your attention recipes that never crossed your mind to make, and really encourage you to try them because of how simple and delicious they appear.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Oh Pomegranate! Such a rich history and so deserving of all the legends and stories!
This is an all-natural pomegranate sorbet recipe, that really should be equivalent to nectar in its exquisite flavor and amazing natural color.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Iroog, or irook, or iroogh (عروق) is typical Iraqi, and exists in many forms by slightly changing the method and ingredients. They can be made into patties and fried, they may be skewered into kebebs, or they may be baked as a bread.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
Chocolate and peanut butter are like the yin and yang, or like salt and pepper... each a perfect entity on its own, but when combined are so complimentary to each other that you will be wondering why you never ate them together before.