The other day Clint and I teamed up to make a quiche for breakfast. He took care of the crust and I took care of the filling. The result was very delicious if I may say so myself.
As I promised in my previous post, I am sharing the other recipe with you. Actually this is a dish I have made before when I still was in Lebanon and I found myself craving it a couple of weeks ago. Yeah it is this good! On the first time making it, I replaced the butternut squash with potatoes since I had none. This time, we forgot to pick up some couscous from the store, so we had to find an alternative. After consulting with Clint for a few minutes he suggested quinoa. I had bulgur or rice in mind, but I thought it could be a great opportunity for me to try quinoa, on all levels. I have never tasted it before, so you can tell I never cooked it either. So quinoa it was.
For those who have seen Shawerma sold in a restaurant or even a little joint have probably seen the impressive way it is cooked. You can hardly reproduce the same thing at your home, but you can get a nice taste from the version you make yourself.
I know this is a long due recipe, I have made it a few weeks ago and I even made it another time after before posting (insert ashamed face here :$).
Since I came to the USA, among other things I discovered Costco. I think I can fairly say it is on the list of my favorite stores ever. Especially in the food department; for those of our readers who don’t know Costco (for the simple reason of living across the world), it is a store where you must have a membership to be able to make your purchases because initially it is aimed at small businesses and they sell things in bulk for great prices.
You are probably wondering about this Costco intro, but this is what brings me to my Lobster Ravioli: Costco has the most amazing fresh ravioli… Lobster is one of them, we have bought other flavors since, they were equally amazing. But this is another story…
Posted in Entrees, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes
Tagged Basil, Cream, Garlic, Italian, Italian Food, Lobster Ravioli, Pine Nuts, Ravioli, Truffle Oil
To my surprise, what we call zucchini in Lebanon is called Mexican squash in the USA. The even most surprising part was to see how much veggies eating habits Lebanon shares with Mexico. Tomatoes is an obvious thing, but the most amazing for me was the chickpeas in their pods. It is a snack we eat in Lebanon and it is getting rarer now. It is one of my favorite things to munch on in between meals and you can imagine what a nice surprise it was to see them here.
It is funny how often I see something and tell Clint we eat that in Lebanon and he tells me that it is a food imported by the Mexican community or eaten by them. So you can imagine how funny it was to see that the type of zucchini we eat is called Mexican squash.
This is a delicious recipe that shows that simple flavors can render amazing results.
I am posting a slide show for the recipe as a variant of photo posting in details as I am also posting the recipe down below. Enjoy!
Since I have posted an info page about Moghrabieh, I noticed that it arose a lot of interest. And since then I have been meaning to post a recipe, but you know my story with taking recipes from my mom. And I wanted her recipe in particular, because Moghrabieh comes out perfect with her.
Posted in Main Dish, Pasta, Pork and Red Meat, Poultry, Recipes
Tagged Chicken, Chickpeas, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Lebanese, Lebanese Food, Meat, Moghrabieh, Onions, Spices
Pizza is probably one of the most consumed dishes of all here in the USA. This is probably because it is relatively cheap and there are such a variety of ways to prepare it that there is bound to be a combination of crust, sauce, and topping selections to please nearly anyone. There are thin, crispy crusts for those who enjoy a New York style pie; thicker, doughier crusts for those who like the West Coast style; and even the infamous Chicago style with another layer of crust on top of the entire pie. Sauces range from pesto to ranch to creamy-garlic to marinara, while the list of possible toppings are too many to list here. Continue reading
Posted in Breads & Baking, Cooking, Main Dish, Poultry, Recipes
Tagged Chicken, chicken-garlic, chicken-garlic pizza, creamy garlic sauce, Garlic, garlic pizza, garlic sauce, Italian, marinara, Mozzarella, Onion, pepperoni, pizza, pizza crust, pizza sauce, tomato, Tomatoes
Although I like great tasting food as much as the next guy, I do tend to pay attention to my health and diet. All of those college biology courses might be to blame, but I I have also had an innate interest in health since I was just a little tike. Recently I have been on a workout routine that requires me to have a large amount of good quality protein in my diet. As I don’t want to overload myself with too much saturated fat, I began considering adding some plant sources to meet my protein needs and lo and behold I came across Quinoa. Continue reading
Posted in Entrees, Main Dish, Poultry, Recipes
Tagged baby corn, Broccoli, Carrots, Chicken, Chinese, egg, Fried, fusion, green beans, healthy, mandarin, Mushrooms, protein, quinoa, Rice, shiitake, stir fry, Vegetables, Vegetarian, water chestnuts
I don’t know if any of you can relate to me on this, but getting down a recipe from my mom is like the Mission Impossible of the cooking world.
Mom cooks by feel (I am kind of guilty of it too :$); she just throws in the ingredients the way they seem right. Whether it is the size, the smell or the taste and she ends up having a fantastic result. You would think it could not get better but another time you taste the same thing, she manages to perfect it even more, so much that she earned from me the analogy of the wine: “Mom’s cooking is like wine, it gets better with age”. For those who know me well, they know that this is the ultimate compliment from me and I am not someone to dish out compliments like they were candy on Halloween.
Posted in Main Dish, Recipes, Soup
Tagged Chicken, Cilantro, Coriander, Lebanese, Lebanese Food, Meat, Mloukhieh, Mouloukhieh, Onion, Onions, Soup, Vinegar