Taro is one of my favorite root vegetables. In Lebanon, there are many regional variations to cook it, for instance there is a recipe for taro and chickpeas stew that was a staple in my dad’s side of the family, but my mom’s side of the family knew nothing about. They lived about an hour apart and belong geographically to the same region!
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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…
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
Friday in Dubai is a weekend day or as I would like to call it, “Lazy Day”. I usually spend it at home on the couch watching TV or I hit the pool and lay down under the sun reading gossip magazines. Last Friday, I decided to change my habit and invite my friend, Jana, over for lunch to cook pasta or something nice and quick. After checking my fridge -that turned out to be empty- I asked Jana to shop while I made the cooking preparations. We decided that our menu would have a salad with cheese and a pasta with tomato sauce.
I have been feeling the cooking bug this week for some reason. I made a few unique dishes over the course of the week that might have been nice to post, but I have been too crunched for time to snap photos and make a blog entry. Today was a little different. I went to my parents’ house with the kids and realized they were both going to be working for the next several hours. This was the perfect opportunity to prepare dinner for them and to give my cooking fiend mom a night off.
How do food lovers give good wishes to someone who leaves work to go on an overseas trip? Well, we have an international potluck of course! Today, we did just that and so I decided to make a couple of Mediterranean contributions to the event. I decided to make two items for this simply because I had several leftover ingredients I knew I could use before they reached their expiry dates. Also, I recently got a new Cuisinart food processor for a birthday present and so decided I would make good use of my new kitchen addition (so far, I love that thing!).
When I posted the Falafel recipe, the preparation of the raw part was done. It was the only way I could take the recipe from my mom with specific measurements because she cooks on the feel and she cannot give you the right amounts after!
So bare with me, this is going to be a long post, but one filled with photos which will probably make things easier for those who never prepared Falafel before.
I will start with the base preparation, I went as per recipe.
I started with soaking the beans:
My challenge for my Taste-Buds this time is a recipe that is eaten all through the Middle East, even though if made differently from country to country. The news about it is that it is a totally vegetarian meal that every man I know LOVES! Yep, you heard me right!
I can tell you it is not something you would eat before a date or an appointment: it is rich in garlic and onions, so if you fear their effects then better abstain.
Well people, this time we are making Falafel, Lebanese version (my mother’s version to be exact), from scratch. Yep the whole deal. So lift up your sleeves and get down to work for the best Falafel ever!
Oh! By the way if you cannot find the fava beans you can do with the chickpeas alone, although I personally don’t think it is as good.
I had the opportunity to make dinner for the family today, so I decided to go ahead and do the challenge recipe. I wanted to make a healthier version of the jambalaya, so I decided to use shrimp, chicken breast, and turkey polska kielbasa sausage as meats in this dish. I noticed that the turkey sausage only had about 1/3 of the fat of any of the other sausages available and so it seemed the likely candidate. I also decided to use a mix of whole brown and wild rices as the base for the more health-conscious alternative to the white rice.
I woke this morning excited and ready for this challenge after having some substantial time off from the blog. Indian cuisine is one of my favorites and so this recipe was of particular interest to me. I decided to craft this one with small pieces of chicken breast to mirror the chicken tikka masala I so enjoy at an Indian restaurant near me from time to time.