Monday Meal Review: Bahrain

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This is meal #13 in my personal challenge to eat one meal for every country in the world. "Shrimp Balls?" my husband asked, frowning. "We're having Shrimp Balls for dinner?" "Yeah. Like Meatballs. Only Shrimp. You'll love them." Technically I was lying since I never had a shrimp ball in my life, I wasn't looking forward to trying them, and  I wasn't even sure why I decided to make them. I know. You're wondering where my integrity is. I promise you, my heart is in the right … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bahraini Shrimp Balls (Chebeh Rubyan)

Adding shrimp balls to sauce

Serves 4 Shrimp balls blend the flavors of the Middle East with India. Though these are traditionally stuffed with minced onion, I prefer the simplicity of unfilled balls. If you like spicy food, add a sprinkle of cayenne. The way the recipe stands, however, this dish is mild, but wonderfully flavorful. TIP: Use the cheapest shrimp because you are just going to puree it anyway. Ingredients: 1 lb cleaned shrimp 1 Tbsp cilantro 1/4 tsp ground turmeric 1/2 - 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup brown … [Read more...]

Recipe: Rosewater Rice Pilaf (Mulhammar)

Rosewater Pilaf - Mulhammar

Serves 4 Mulhammar is a slightly sweet rice pilaf is wonderful with spicy food. You'll love the taunting aroma of rosewater, saffron, and cardamom. Everything is very subtle and mild. Ingredients: 1/2 tsp saffron threads 3 cardamom pods, cracked 2 Tbsp rosewater 6 cups water 1 Tbsp salt 2 cups basmati rice 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup ghee or melted butter Method: 1. Combine saffron, cardamom and rosewater in a small bowl. I then used a spoon to mash the saffron mixture … [Read more...]

Recipe: Apricot Fruit Leather (Quamar-el-Deen)

Fruit Leather Made thin with jarred applesauce

Makes about 8 strips Feel free to play around with this recipe to make flavors and combinations that you like. Be sure to check out the tips in Technique Thursday. Time may vary on when this is done, depending on your oven. Please check multiple times so as not to overcook this! Ingredients: 12 ounces dried apricots, quartered 1 cup water 2 Tbsp honey 4 cardamom pods Method: 1. In a small pot, simmer dried apricots with water, honey, and cardamom pods. Simmer about 20 … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bahrain (Polls)

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Hope your week was lovely! Here are a few fun facts about food and culture in Bahrain: - Souqs are the markets in Bahrain: Historically, souqs were held outside of cities in the location where a caravan loaded with goods would stop and merchants would display their goods for sale. Souqs were held when there was a caravan or more available. At that time, souqs were more than just a market to buy and sell goods; they were also major festivals and many cultural and social activities took place … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Fruit Leather

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Let's just get something out in the open. Fruit Roll-ups are no good. They've got corn syrup and hydrogenated oil in them. Take it from me, life is much better if you make the nummy sweet snacks yourself! And I have good news - it's easy. But you have to promise not to call them Fruit Roll-ups. The proper term for the homemade goodness is fruit leather. Sounds so much more John Wayne, don't you think? The Basics: 1) Puree Fruit with seasonings and water. (Make the texture like … [Read more...]

Menu: Bahrain

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In the traditional recipes I've oggled, Bahraini fuse Middle Eastern cuisine with spices from India. Sounds great to me! I'm always dragging my husband to both sorts of restaurants. How great that I'll be able to eat both in one bite. I'm particularly looking forward to trying the variation on rice pilaf. Roasted Eggplant Dip (Uukkous Al-Badinjan) [Recipe] A tantalizing blend of roasted eggplant, garlic, olive oil, chili pepper, paprika, lemon juice, and parsley. This reminds me of a … [Read more...]

About the food of Bahrain

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NOTE: In the time it took me to write this post the temperature dropped ten degrees and fits of rain sporadically fell on Tulsa. Although cold, rainy days are perfect for writing, I couldn't help but think "Bah, rain." (I'm working on my mom humor, what do you think?) All 700 square km of the island Kingdom of Bahrain is in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain is made up of many islands (some sources say 33, others say 40). The name means "two waters" and refers to the country's water … [Read more...]