Monday Meal Review: Pakistan

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Keith once told me that he hated cilantro. He despised how green and soapy it felt in his mouth and how the little green bits snaked through his teeth, sticking with him throughout the day like a tag-along little brother. This was in the days before our Global Table Adventure, a time when he also hated tomatoes, had no idea what eggplant was, and had never had fresh spinach. A time when one salad per year was a major accomplishment. So, naturally, when I pop the platter of garlic rice on … [Read more...]

Recipe: Pakistani Mixed Bean Salad

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Next time you go to a potluck,  spice up everyone's life with pakistani mixed bean salad. Each bite has bits of chickpea, northern white beans, tomato, onion, and peppers. The salad can be spicy or mild, tart or savory. It all depends on how you mix it. Either way, it's fresh, healthy, and - thanks to being seasoned with lemon juice, cilantro, and garam masala -  just on the other side of unusual. Be sure to make this salad at least a few hours before you need it, to give time for the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Pakistani Coffee with Cinnamon & Cardamom

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I'm not a sadist by any means, but I will take any chance I can get to make my sweet Mr Picky drink coffee. For years now, he has claimed to hate the stuff. I maintain that coffee simmered gently with milk and spices is not the same as the sludge served at the local gas station. I've tried making him Nauru's "Recycled" Iced Coffee (no luck), Arabian Cardamom Coffee (no luck), and even an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, complete with popcorn (he exhibited mild curiosity but only ate the popcorn). … [Read more...]

Recipe: Garlic Basmati Rice with Pine Nuts

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I'd like the record to state that I'm ready for a big hug. It's the end of summer, times are changing, and I'm ready for that love-filled feeling that comes with a smooshable hug. I see people doing it all the time - their bodies smiling as they pull to each other. My husband still hugs me, which is the best kind of snuggle-hug I can ask for. But I want more. I want the kind of hug that can't come from him. Or any person. It's the kind of hug that comes from taking a giant bite of … [Read more...]

Menu: Pakistan (& Giveaway)

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Whenever I cooked our Pakistani Global Table, our little family was swimming in sweat. Each day soared well over 100F (at times over 110F) and my air conditioner had all but decided to go the way of the puffin. So please forgive me if the menu feels a bit summery - a bit light on, well, cooking. While simmering curries for hours are a wonderful hobby for the bone-cold winters of Pakistan, I still managed to eek out a beautiful Pakistani menu for summer livin' here in Oklahoma (with the exception … [Read more...]

About the food of Pakistan

Children in Pakistan near the Boarder to Iran. Photo by Graef.

Pakistan is said to be the birthplace of the tandoori oven, where white-hot walls glow and crackle with spit-fire. These incendiary cylinders char-roast kebabs and breads alike. Although it is only the exceptional hostess that has a tandoori oven in her private home, if I had one, I would use it to cook our cumin seed naan (the one we made back in Afghanistan. P.S. This bread which would also work for a Pakistani meal. P.P.S. Oh, how far our recipes have come haha). Even though I swoon for … [Read more...]