Shir berenj is an Afghan rice pudding. Rose water, cranberries and pistachios make this dish unique to Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. Shir-berenj is the Persian incarnation of rice pudding, that universal comfort food. Milk, water, rice and cardamom are its indispensable ingredients, and depending on the cook, optional ingredients can include: sugar, rosewater, or cream.
Alexandertorte, also known as Alexander Torte or Aleksander Torte, is a Latvian dessert. Consisting of pastry strips filled with raspberry preserves or raspberry jam, it is traditionally eaten as a lunch or dinner dessert, but it can also be served at tea. It should be made a day or so before it is planned to serve, because the icing must be hard before the torte is cut.
This Nutella cheesecake is the stuff dreams are made of. Originally we thought that this lovely cheesecake was just the sort of count-no-calorie indulgence that the Xmas season demands, but in rethinking we have since decided that something this good, and this speedily simple to conjure into being, needs to be in our lives all year round.
Bulgogi is traditionally grilled, but pan-cooking has become popular as well. Whole cloves of garlic, sliced onions and chopped green peppers are often grilled or fried with the meat. This dish is sometimes served with a side of lettuce or other leafy vegetable, which is used to wrap a slice of cooked meat, often along with a dab of ssamjang, or other side dishes, and then eaten together.
Kichari is a wonderful vegetarian protein-rich dish cooked in many households and in many different ways. The ginger, garlic, onions, lime, coriander and spices in this recipe help the beans to become more digestible and the turmeric adds the healing anti-inflammatory qualities. Kichari should be eaten fresh, it is not recommended as a left over.
Shrikhand is an Indian sweet dish made of strained yoghurt. It is one of the main desserts in Maharashtrian cuisine. Preparation of this dish is very simple but it takes some time to process yoghurt properly.
This beautiful Thai fruit salad recipe is a taste of paradise. Tropical fruit – or a mixture of tropical and local fruit – is tossed together in a sweet coconut-lime fruit salad dressing that enhances without overwhelming the luscious taste of the fruit. Choose your own combination of fruit for this easy fresh fruit salad.
Try this Tarragon Seafood Potato and Avocado Salad recipe – serve the seafood mix on a bed of watercress or butter lettuce with slices of avocado, or as a sandwich in toasted brioche buns or on crusty bread.
Made with cauliflower, red capsicums, carrots, and celery. The vegetables are mixed with some salt and sugar and left overnight. The next day the juice is mixed with vinegar and boiled for several minutes. The vegetables are put in glass jars and pressed down with cherry twigs and a round river stone, then the jars are filled with the cooled pickle marinade.
Gulab jamun is a popular dessert in countries of the Indian Subcontinent such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. In Nepal it is widely known as Rasbari, served with or without curd, which is a popular dessert on all occasions. It is made of a dough consisting mainly of milk solids. Traditionally, khoya, an Indian milk product (buffalo milk) is rolled into a ball together with some flour and then deep fried, but at a low temperature.
Haupia is a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert often found at luaus and other local gatherings in Hawaiʻi. Since World War II, it has become popular as a topping for white cake, especially at weddings. Although technically considered a pudding, the consistency of haupia closely approximates gelatin dessert and is usually served in blocks like gelatine.
Torshi liteh is made with eggplants and herbs (parsley, coriander, mint, tarragon, basil). Eggplants are baked in the oven, put in a glass jar with herbs and vinegar, and stored in a cool, dry place for two to three months.
Tonkatsu is a style of preparing meat that was inspired by Korean Barbecue, but was adapted to the Japanese cuisine in early 1900’s. Tonkatsu sauce is a type of barbecue sauce has a bit more of a complex taste than typical BBQ sauces. It’ll offer a sweet yet savoury mix that’s sure to bring wonderful results to your meat dishes.
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Xató is a typical Catalan sauce made with almonds, hazelnuts, breadcrumbs, vinegar, garlic, olive oil, salt, and nyora pepper. Xató is often served with an endive salad prepared with anchovy, tuna and salted cod (bacallà). This sauce can be made in 5 minutes in an electric blender: simply put all the ingredients in at once and beat until the almonds are reduced to fine particles.
Anmitsu is a Japanese dessert that has been popular for many decades. It is made of small cubes of agar jelly, a white translucent jelly made from red algae or seaweed. The agar is dissolved with water (or fruit juice such as apple juice) to make the jelly. It is served in a bowl with sweet azuki bean paste or anko (the an part of anmitsu), boiled peas, often gyūhi and a variety of fruits such as peach slices, mikan, pieces of pineapples, and cherries.
The main Easter meal (on Easter Sunday) has traditionally been an occasion to slaughter a lamb or goat, and this soup was designed to use the leftover parts so that nothing went to waste. This soup is prepared on Holy Saturday and eaten to break the fast after midnight church services. Traditionally, the soup is put on low heat to cook before leaving for church, and eaten on return.
Yuvarlak or Youvarlakia are a kind of large meatballs in sauce. The meat mixture includes rice and are cooked in moist heat and the juices thickened with Avgolemono. They are found in Turkish and Greek cuisines.
This creamy sauce has a lemony taste that works wonderfully with most vegetable dishes – casserole and steamed – and is a favourite with stuffed cabbage. Use it to give a special touch to leftovers containing ground meat, rice, or vegetables where the lemon taste will blend.
The egg has a unique texture that the white tastes like a delicate custard (milky and soft) and the yolk comes out firm, but retains the colour and creamy texture of an uncooked yolk. The special texture is cooked by using the difference between the temperature of which the egg yolk and egg white solidifies.
Menemen is a Turkish dish which includes egg, onion, tomato, green capsicums, and spices such as ground black pepper, ground red pepper, salt, oregano, and mint. Black or green olives can also be included as ingredients. Turkish meat products such as sucuk (a spicy sausage) or pastırma (thinly sliced dried cured beef) can be added, although this strays from the traditional recipe.
Şakşuka is a vegetarian medley of chunks of eggplant, seasonal vegetables like zucchini, green and red capsicum, onions, garlic and sometimes potato that are fried in olive oil and mixed with lots of spicy tomato sauce to make a thick, spreadable mixture.
Huevos Rancheros is a popular breakfast dish consisting of eggs served in the style of the traditional large mid-morning fare on rural Mexican farms. The basic dish consists of fried eggs served upon lightly fried corn tortillas topped with a tomato-chilli sauce. Refried beans, Mexican-style rice, slices of avocado, or guacamole are common accompaniments.
Hot sauce skhug is extremely popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. The sauce, a creation of the Yemeni kitchen, was brought to Israel by Yemeni Jews. It’s been said that it is hard to find a home in Israel that doesn’t have a jar of this scalding condiment. Skhug can be green or red, prepared with green and red hot peppers respectively, as well as brown, when prepared with tomatoes and spicy peppers. The sauce is served with flat bread and goes well with humus, falafel, and shawarma.
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An Apple A Day
Jake came rushing in to see his Dad. "Dad!" he puffed, "is it true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away?"
"That's what they say," said his Dad.
"Well, give me an apple quick ? I've just broken the doctor's window!"