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Am I the only one who hates using filler in their meatballs?

You might want to try a grated onion in the mixture and a little extra oil. That might get you the tenderness your looking for without being doughy.

Mar 14, 2014
qurlym in Home Cooking

What is the Best Condiment You Ever Had?

You should try ground Limoo Omani .. Its persian sun dried lemons or limes ground. Could be similiar enough... looks and tastes very similiar to what you described. BTW that and sumac are my go to condiments.

Aug 14, 2011
qurlym in General Topics

Help me find a wine for my wedding

i read good things about the new Tabor 562 red and white Brut wines, which are dry and bubbly. i would like to try it myself. Its not champagne but its nice nevertheless. not sure if they're available in the states though. i haven't tried any kosher prosecco but you should check those out as well.

Nov 17, 2010
qurlym in Kosher

(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

The Coney Island Boardwalk date posted earlier is a great idea and actually one of the dates I went on with my husband. (you can even go to luna park and have some fun on the rides or wining a doll) btw husband cooked for me when we were dating and it definitely got him some points. Long Beach boardwalk and then a quick drive to Cedarhurst is also a great idea. We loved bowling. You if you have any day dates ... its apple picking season not too far upstate! We had a great time on that one I pretended I was Chava he pretended he was Adam and we ate apples all day ;-)

Sep 15, 2010
qurlym in Kosher

Iraqi Sambusak Recipe

I finally found out that it is indeed Fenugreek. I'm surprised because it isn't a common ingredient. Lets see how it goes! Thanks for your help.

Jun 07, 2010
qurlym in General Topics

Iraqi Sambusak Recipe

Wow ... Thank you! His grandmother really didn't know what filgreen was. Most of the Iraqis I've asked have no idea what I'm talking about either

May 04, 2010
qurlym in General Topics

Iraqi Sambusak Recipe

That sounds about right for the Mistaki! Is this something that needs a Kashrut? As for the fenugreek ... nope the recipe calls for ground filgreen. Its for the Hawaij that goes in the dough. I specifically asked the grandmother if she meant fenugreek and she said no.

May 04, 2010
qurlym in General Topics

Iraqi Sambusak Recipe

After a little prodding my husband's grandmother passed on her mother's famous cheese sambusak recipe to me. Unfortunately, there are two ingredients that I cannot decipher. Anyone here ever heard of these two?

1.Filgreen
2. Masteki

His grandmother said Masteki is something they used to make gum out of ... I'm plan to take this to Flatbush with me and ask around. But if anyone out there can save me the trip I'd appreciate it. Chances are I can find the ingredients here in Great Neck if I can find ot what they are in english?

Apr 29, 2010
qurlym in General Topics

kosher bukharian restaurants

I haven't tried DaMikele yet. But all my Bucharian friends say its the place to go. Their kashrut is Boukharian Rabbinical Council - Rabbi Haimoff. VERY shtark rabbi. Very dependable. I heard though that its best to go with a large group as its family style.

Apr 29, 2010
qurlym in Kosher

aron's kissena farms

I was pretty underwhelmed by the whole experience. Forget about the prices for a minute (which were also underwhelming). The layout of the store was awkward and disorganized. The lighting drab and depressing. The lack of music made shopping an eerie experience. It just didn't look finished and polished. They tried to do the Pomegranate thing with fresh breads, deli, fish and prepared packaged salads etc. But it just felt like it was all slapped together without the final touch and added effort. By 7 PM things still were being shelved. Product was everywhere. A few times items were misplaced. They have everything you would need under one roof and parking. But what a shame ... they just didn't go all the way.

Feb 03, 2010
qurlym in Kosher

Jewish Recipes: Ashkenazi VS Sephardic

Matzah. Sephardic matzah is actually quite soft kind of like Lavash bread. While ashkenazi Matzah is hard. The main difference here being not climate/availability but laws. Ashkenazim and Sephardim hold by different interpretations/traditions of certain laws.

ALSO Shabbat Lunch
Ashkenazim have a slow cooked stew that makes it possible to eat a hot lunch on shabbat day. The Ashkenazi stew is called cholent. The sephardic version of the same thing is known has Hamin or Dafina. This would be a great comparison because these are both stews slow cooked starting Friday afternoon making it possible to eat a hot lunch in accordance with the laws of shabbat the very next day.

There are great recipes online for these.

Good luck!

Jan 26, 2010
qurlym in Home Cooking

Interesting meals based around eggs?

First time poster here. Can't wait to try the egg curry.

Shakshuka is for sure a great egg dish. Add some feta or halumi and cilantro for extra zing.

I also like to make mexican shakshuka. Instead of using tomato I use tomatillos and lots of jalapeno.

But by far. Mine and my husband's favorite is Garlic Soup with an egg poached in it.

Simply sauttee lots and lots of garlic in good olive oil. add some cumin, paprika, salt. cover it all with boiling water and saffron. let it boil/simmer for a good while. then add stale bread if you have to thicken it up and poach your egg in the soup. Its amazing to think that something traditionally thought of as spanish peasant food could have such a rich and luxurious taste and feel to it.

Jan 26, 2010
qurlym in Home Cooking