Monday Meal Review: Azerbaijan

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This is meal #11 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. "Hey, wait a minute!" Brian said. Startled, I looked from him, to his fiancée, to my husband. We were standing in the kitchen. I was pouring drinks and telling them about the Azerbaijani food we were about to eat. "What?" I asked. Brian didn't answer immediately; he was scanning my kitchen. I followed his gaze nervously, wondering if I'd missed a spill. The counters were clear. The … [Read more...]

Recipe: Spicy Meatballs with Pomegranate sauce (Fesinjan Kyufta)

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Makes 12 large meatballs In this case, spicy means seasoned, not hot. Serve with rice pilaf ... or stick on toothpicks for a finger food at a party (just put the sauce in a little bowl in the center). Ingredients: For the meatballs: 3/4 lb ground beef, 85% lean 3/4 lb ground lamb 1 large onion, grated 1 egg 2 Tbsp ice water 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/2 tsp hot Hungarian Paprika (for mild, increase for hot) 1 tsp dried mint 1 - 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp … [Read more...]

Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Arugula and Chevre

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Serves 4 I first heard of making a salad inside a hot, roasted pumpkin from the Argentine chef, Francis Mallman. My version of this unusual salad is streamlined for the home cook. Enjoy this wonderful comfort food on a cold day. Makes enough for a light meal, or use it as an impressive starter in a larger feast. Ingredients: 2 pumpkin (or acorn squash - or whatever is in season) olive oil salt pepper For the vinaigrette: 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped … [Read more...]

Menu: Algeria

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This menu represents what I found most exciting about Algerian food: the flavors are intense, the spices are hot, and the foods are a blend of the proverbial melting pot. Hummus bi'l Kammun (Chickpea Soup) [Recipe] Pureed chickpeas laced with garlic, cumin, paprika, and harisa. Algerian Sunset Salad [Recipe] Blood oranges, fresh fennel, black olives, and mint make up this unusual salad. Hot Algerian Lasagna (Shakhshukha al-Bisakra) [Recipe] This lasagna contains ground lamb … [Read more...]