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Exploring the culinary world of the Middle-East

Exploring the culinary world of the Middle-East
Maybe you share my love for old books, especially cookbooks. One of my favorite places to spend a Saturday afternoon is this giant used bookstore in Dallas with every book imaginable under the sun (and a huge cooking and art section); it also has the required coffee shop inside, lots of seating and a casual atmosphere conducive to reading.I have made countless trips there, either buying books or selling my old ones. In Beirut, I walked into this little hole-in-the-wall used bookstore and it had only one cookbook on display, a Dictionary of Authentic Cooking (Kamoos al-tabekh al-saheeh). The book turned out to be chockfull of information, with Egyptian, Iraqi, Syrian, Lebanese and Old-Arabic (as in 10th-century) recipes for every single ingredient; two black and white photos and a few scattered etchings in the entire 575 pages book. While reading, I found out that Arabs used to eat oatmeal (shoofan) savory.

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Asafetida — Even stinkier than garlic “Eat no onions or garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath,” a Shakespearean character entreats actors in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Alliums are aromatics, eaten precisely for their smelly qualities. But what if you’re forbidden onions and garlic for life? Some vegetarians in India are required, for religious reasons, to shun onions and garlic. They have come to rely on a potent resin as a replacement: asafetida. Lebanese cuisine An array of grilled Lebanese cuisine. Most often foods are either grilled, baked or sautéed in olive oil; butter or cream is rarely used other than in a few desserts. Vegetables are often eaten raw or pickled as well as cooked. Herbs and spices are used and the freshness of ingredients is important. Like most Mediterranean countries, much of what the Lebanese eat is dictated by the seasons.

2011 » Pete Drinks One of my big beer obsessions is exploring the ever growing London brewing scene; the London Brewers page I maintain here isn’t so much a public service as a ‘to drink’ list. Here, we pay our first visit to a brewpub – specifically, the Bull in Highgate which has the added benefit of being the brewery geographically closest to my house! The Bull has been there for a very long time, but it’s only a matter of months since Dan Fox took the place over, refurbished it into a stylish space and somehow managed to cram a small, 2.5 barrel brewery – the London Brewing Company – into the corner of the kitchen. Ok, so it’s not going to put Fullers out of business any time soon but despite the size they aim to keep four of their own brews on tap at any one time. They also manage to sell one of the more impressive collection of craft beer from around the world – draft and bottled – that I’ve come across in a pub. This is truly a beer lovers paradise.

Istanbul Eats May 13 Friday Filed under Recipes In a short time, Karaköy’s Lokanta Maya has become one of the most sought-after tables in town. More than any other restaurant we’ve tried in Istanbul, Maya does contemporary Turkish effortlessly, without skimping on that traditional Turkish flavor. Haniela's: How To Make Farmer's Cheese Farmer's Cheese is a dairy product, some call it curd cheese in the US. If you never had this cheese I'd say it's a cross between ricotta and cottage cheese. Ricotta cheese is made from whey and Farmer's cheese is made from cow's milk. They are very similar to each other but I personally find Farmer's cheese creamier. In Slovakia this cheese is like bread.

Chinese I recently saw this rice topping in Facebook when a friend of mine shared this drool worthy recipe from Certified Foodies, I was so intrigued as I haven’t tried them yet but it looks so good hence I did my own research in the hope of recreating it at home. After reading handful of recipes … Continue reading I know it’s getting warm and beautiful now on the other side of the world, but to where I am it’s the other way around as temperature is dropping off so fast. Winter season is near and what could be better than a bowl of hot soup on a chilly, rainy or windy kind of … Continue reading Siomai or Shumai is a traditional Chinese dumpling served in dim sum. In China there are two varieties of Siomai which are the Cantonese and Jinghan.

Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe My quest for a fabulous pancake recipe has followed a very similar path as my quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Until I found “the one“, I searched high and low. Every recipe claiming to be the best I tried. And I kept trying until that fateful day when it was clear that I never had to try another chocolate chip recipe again.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries Call me easily amused, but these little torch-topped cupcakes delight me. Besides being a cute novelty item for a party, I think they would add a little drama to the end of a romantic meal. I've been looking for something different to serve for Valentine's dessert, and this is definitely different. The strawberries are hollowed out and filled with a bit of liquor, then ignited with a match. For the cake portion, I chose a One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe because 1. it's quick 2. it is easy, and 3. it fits my prerequisite for a light ending on date night. I should say, a light ending provided you don't eat too many.

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