Friday, November 30, 2012
Flipping through my (very) old Jamie Oliver The Naked Chef cookbook, I was inspired to make the mushroom risotto. The wonderful thing about Jamie Oliver's recipes is that he gives you so many options to vary the same recipe.
In this mushroom risotto recipe, you may use any kind of mushroom you come across or have on hand.
But that's not all: you can even use dried mushroom (which you re-hydrate)!
Isn't that wonderful?
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I could live on appetizers and side dishes.
Don't you find the best part of a meal are the apps and the sides?
Appetizers can easily contain all the food groups, rendering the main dish moot in my opinion.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Lablabi is a popular Iraqi chickpea broth that is commonly sold even in the streets.
All it is, is boiled re-hydrated chickpeas. Literally.
The consumer then can add flavorings as they like: lemon juice, hot sauce, a good grinding of pepper, or simply consume it as it is.
Monday, November 26, 2012
This is a strange but amazingly delicious method to cook a whole fish, and does not taste overly salty at all.
It is very easy to make, and fun and sociable to eat.
The meat just magically separates itself from the bones, and almost presents itself as a fillet because it's so easy to separate.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Don't all breaded and fried foods taste delicious??
In an attempt to slightly healthify (?) breaded mushrooms, I opted for baking them instead.
So this isn't really a recipe. It's more of a technique which you may apply to alot of different food: mushroom, aubergines, chicken, fish... you name it.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
These peanut butter cornflake bites are a must for all peanut butter lovers.
The combinations of texture and taste are incredible.
Chewey, crunchy, a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and a whole lot of deliciousness!
Friday, November 23, 2012
Tabboula (aka tabouleh, tabouli) deserves its very own fan club. It is so popular, so delicious, so unique!
Tabboula is a Levantine Arab salad consisting of bulghul (cracked wheat), tomato, green onion, and parsley. The main ingredient is the parsley.
I have come across some salads labeled tabboula which are almost entirely made of couscous, with just a garnish of parsley.
That's not tabboula, that's a joke. Avoid them. This is the real deal.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Spicy roasted pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds lead to pumpkin soup!
'Tis the season of pumpkin, after all...
This pumpkin soup heralds so many memories for me, and really is timeless.
It is one of the first things I learned to cook, and is still, in my opinion, one of the tastiest.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Pumpkin has sort of always been foreign to me except in soups.
Roasted in this manner however, is my new favorite way to eat it.
I used mini pumpkins, but this can be adapted using regular pumpkin or even butternut squash.
Although my beautiful sage plant gives me fresh sage leaves all year long, I mostly associate sage with Autumn.
Monday, November 19, 2012
This delicious cake is eggless, and apart from a quarter cup of brown sugar, it completely replaces sugar with date molasses. Date molasses is common in Arab countries, and is the liquid reduction of dates.
I picked this recipe up from the fantastic blog Arabic Bites.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Crostini and bruschetta are often used interchangeably. Both consist of toasted bread sliced topped with anything that appeals to the imagination. The main difference between the two is that bruschetta is rubbed with garlic and olive oil before grilling or toasting, whereas crostini forgo the garlic step.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
This rice-stuffed roasted baby chicken is hearty, earthy, and highly satisfying.
If you want it to be festive, it can certainly be that too!
There are quite a few spices utilized for the basting and for the rice stuffing, but the star is the paprika.
Friday, November 16, 2012
I invented this rice pilaf as I was cooking it, adding ingredients which I thought were complimentary to one another as I went along.
I'm fairly certain if I search thoroughly enough I will discover that it is has already been invented before, thereby nullifying my invention... but still.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Tiramisú is an Italian spoon dessert, consisting of ladyfinger sponge cake biscuits dipped in coffee in between unctuous layers of whipped mascarpone cheese. A wide range of variations have been made of this dessert, using the same layered concept.
There are three major substitutions in this recipe that render it an "everyday" dessert.
Regular cream cheese is used instead of mascarpone.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Chicken teshreeb (تشريب دجاج) is very similar to habeet, only that it is made with chicken instead of meat and the broth is much lighter.
Like quite a few "traditional" recipes, this is a very simple recipe with major flavor.
It is basically a chicken stew in curried broth.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I love spoon desserts. And I love an easy home-made dish using staple convenience foods.
So, admittedly this dessert is not made from scratch, with the twix and the creme caramel and all, but that doesn't make it any less delicious.
This twix mix recipe is gifted to me by another of my favorite people, and is very useful to have on hand either for either entertaining guests or family.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Roasted chicken can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be.
To speed up cooking and even the cooking process, the chicken is cut into parts before baking.
The flavorings of this chicken is as simple as it is surprising: sumac with a tinge of turmeric.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Originally named self-frosting Nutella cupcakes, I decided to change it to Nutella swirl muffins, for two reasons. First, there is a satisfying amount of nutella, but not enough to count as a frosting, hence the "swirl." Secondly, the cakes are more dense than a traditional cupcake, hence the "muffin."
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Fatteh (or fetta, or fetté) is a tasty Shami dish created to use up stale bread on which various ingredients are piled on top or mixed with it. The Shami region consistes of Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Some people consider Iraq to be a Shami country, others say it is an Arabian Gulf country.
Obviously, "various ingredients" means that there are almost infinite variations of this dish, some made popular, others created out of need to use up existing ingredients.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Quite a bit of the ingredients that make up this wonderful dish made me raise an eyebrow, and seemed, quite frankly, weird. Ketchup? Sugar? Vinegar?
Once tasted, all doubts dissolve and a certain joy of good food takes over.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Strictly speaking, fried rice is not specific to China, but is a staple throughout Asia.
China being the biggest country in Asia, one may understand the common misconception.
Fried rice is the Asian version of the Spanish paella. Paella is known to use up any leftover ingredients, and same goes with fried rice.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Spring rolls are an Asian appetizer consisting of a paper-thin pastry sheet filled with a choice of ingredients, rolled into a cylindrical rod, and fried to a golden crisp finishing.
I think Americans call them egg rolls, versus spring rolls. Potato potahto.
The filling is where you can really exercise your creativity.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
La bella Italia! What wonderful gifts to the world are pizzas. calzones, and strombolis!
This is a broccoli cheese stromboli, which is basically a pizza rolled up before baking.
If you have a well-stocked fridge and freezer, this is the simplest thing to do: roll our pre-made pizza dough, spread some store bought ricotta, broccoli,cheese, roll up, bake!