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. In Lebanon, very rarely are drinks served without being accompanied by food. Although simple fresh fruits are often served towards the end of a Lebanese meal, there is also dessert, such as baklava and coffee. A typical mezze will consist of an elaborate variety of thirty hot and cold dishes and may include: Salads such as the tabbouleh and fattoush, together with dip such as hummus, baba ghanoush or moutabal, and kebbeh.Some patties such as the Sambusac.Stuffed grape leaves Family cuisine offers also a range of dishes, such as stews or yakhnehs, which can be cooked in many forms depending on the ingredients used and are usually served with meat and rice vermicelli. Lebanese sweets include:
The Food Lab: A Better Way to Caramelize Onions (Plus, French Onion Dip!) [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Disclaimer: Although we do talk about French onion dip here, this article is really more about the general application of caramelizing onions. Like the He-Man Christmas Special, French onion dip is one of those things that's difficult to admit that you secretly really love. Wouldn't it be great if there were a French onion dip that we didn't have to be mildly ashamed to consume in public? There are certainly no shortage of recipes out there, and the general method, unsurprisingly, begins with the same basic technique: cook down finely chopped onions over low, low heat to get their natural sugars to slowly and evenly caramelize. it's a major pain in the cul It's a simple process, and the results are infinitely better than any jarred versions, but my quibble with it is the same one that I have with French onion soup: it's a major pain in the cul. It took me a week of cooking and over 20 pounds of onions to figure it out how. Allium Options Seeking Sweetness
Good Wine Under $20 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. Today I made my own Farmer's cheese using only few very common kitchen ingredients. Homemade Farmer's Cheese (makes about 4 cups of cheese) VIDEO TUTORIAL 3 quarts(3liters) Whole Milk ( don't use low fat or fat free milk, it produces leathery texture) 10 1/2 tbl. 1/2 tsp Salt candy thermometer Fine Mesh Sieve Homemade Buttermilk: into the 1cup (240ml)measure pour 1/2 tbl vinegar add milk to fill the cup. You can also make a delicious smoothie using Farmer's cheese, using your blender a touch of milk, honey.. blend away and ...here you have it a perfectly healthy treat :
SheSimmers | Thai Home Cooking The Baker's Daughter: Polka dot cheesecake I saw someone wearing the greatest polka dot rain coat today and it inspired me to make this cheesecake. It needs to be refrigerated overnight so make sure you make it the day before you want to serve it. I find that popping it into the freezer for about 1/2 hour makes it a lot easier to cut. Crust 1 cup Graham crumbs 2 tbsp sugar ¼ cup melted butter Filling 16 oz softened cream cheese ½ cup sugar 2 eggs 2 oz dark chocolate, melted 1 tsp vanilla 2/3 cup sour cream Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a 7 X 7 inch square pan and line it with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the graham crumbs, sugar, cocoa, and melted butter and press into the pan. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Melt the 2 oz of dark chocolate in a bain marie (a bowl placed over a pot of barely simmering water), or in a microwave on low temperature. Pour the plain batter into the pan, smoothing out to the edges. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour.
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. Beer Street is their 4.0% Best Bitter. Golden Mean is a lighter in both senses, at 3.7%.
Tips for Tiny House Living You might remember when I posted about when I visited a friend who lived in an even tinier house than mine? That friend, Cara, shared this lovely guest post with her reasons behind living in a tiny house, and how she and her husband make it work. Though most people don't live in a house as small as hers, and wouldn't even consider it, these tips are worthwhile for anyone who is interested in downsizing their home, and how to make the best use of less space. My husband and I have been married for two years and three months. We've never lived in a big house—nor do we want to, for a variety of reasons. First of all, we are both slightly nervous in wide-open spaces and prefer the comfort of walls around us. Our first apartment—which was in the suburbs, actually in the same little town where Penny's husband grew up—was 183 square feet. Fortunately, we moved out of there and back into the city around six months later. Here's how we make it work: -Use the space on the walls!