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Orange Flower Water and Rose Water-How do you like to cook with these?

Both subcontinental dishes and middle eastern dishes call for these two.
I regularly use rosewater in my plain pilau or biryiani. A dash in the chicken gravy too.

As for desserts the list is endless, Indian style rice pudding, baklava, o'mali, shi'ir khurma, shahi tukra and so much more.

You can also use them to jazz up your lemonade or iced tea.

Apr 21, 2014
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Shakshuka / Eggs in Purgatory / Eggs Ranchero & other eggy wonders

Shakshouka takes crown IMHO. I make it less spicy and more tomatoey for brunch and serve with pita. Most of the Arab dishes are shared platters. So I just leave the huge pan in the middle while everyone sits around it and dips small chunks of pita in the sauce or scoops up some egg. For dinner I serve it with cousous and some yogurt.

I also love egg curry. It is traditionally made with hard boiled eggs but I use soft boiled. It goes really well with both plain rice and pilau.

Apr 21, 2014
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Need tips for poaching eggs in tomato sauce

Shakshouka is a highly popular dish at ours. I make sure the sauce done before adding in the eggs. Lower the heat to just merely shimmering and then slowly crack the eggs and let them nestle in the sauce. Cover and cook until the whites are just set. Turn off the heat and leave it covered for few more minutes.

The eggs keep on cooking even when you take it off the heat. So make it right before serving. Did you ever try shakshouka with couscous?

Apr 21, 2014
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Hollandaise sauce, do you use whole or clarified butter?

If you really really like your one with clarified butter, you can use ghee- Indian clarified butter.

Just like you I use clarified butter at the restaurant kitchen but when at home I make it whole butter. A yolk from a large egg, whisked over double boiler and then I add the butter in cubes until well blend well. I use a stick of butter. Yes I like mine really buttery. Then take it of heat, add a squeeze of lemon, season. That's it. Works out fine. Not greasy for sure.

Apr 21, 2014
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Cooking first time for girlfriend. Help!

Tilapia fillets grill really well. You can play with the seasoning. Hollaindaise makes it heavenly.

You can also grill squid very easily. Does she like middle eastern food? Grilled squid with lemony couscous makes a lovely meal. Add some tossed salad or grilled veggie for a round up meal.

Apr 21, 2014
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Sourdough Starter

I was making sourdough starter using yogurt for the first time. I heated up the milk and added to the yogurt. It instantly curdled. Is it supposed to curdle? Should I leave it for a day and follow the process or is something wrong?

Dec 13, 2012
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Mediterranean Meal

Yes please. I'd love ideas and recipes. That'd be life saver.

Jul 25, 2012
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Mediterranean Meal

Thank you so much for your suggestions. May be I'll do Baba Ghanoush, roast a cauliflower with cumin and a few salads.

Jul 18, 2012
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Mediterranean Meal

I have been requested to host two meals themed on Mediterranean cuisine for a family occasion. We are actually aiming for Lebanese, Egyptian, Turkish, Moroccan etc. May even Arabic. Not Greek or Italian. We need a sit down menu for lunch and kind of a buffet spread for dinner. I'm not much familiar with this kind of food.

I was thinking of lamb as the main for lunch, with a festive couscous/rice dish. I'll need at least two more dishes for lunch including a salad.

I was thinking an appetizer platter for dinner including hummus, tehini and baba ganush. Some kind of Kofta as main and fattoush, etc. I'd love to include mackerel somewhere if possible. What else can I include?

Any suggestion how I should cook the lamb? Or should I aim for something else? Will be kofta and grilled mackerel be too monotonous?

This is the first time I am hosting the family event. Please help me out.

Jul 17, 2012
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Mediterranean Rotisserie Leg of Lamb with Potatoes, Fennel, and Olives

Can we do it in an oven with rotisserie attachment?

Jul 08, 2012
raisa in Recipes

Squid and Asparagus Please.

This is what I ended up doing. Calamari for starter. Then egg yolk ravioli over asparagus. He loved it. Thanks a lot for all the suggestion. Meant a lot.

Jun 20, 2012
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Tehina--Other uses besides making Hummus?

I love mixing canned sardines with tahini and spread it over flat bread, not necessarily pita. Then top it up with olives, green peppers etc. Makes a light lunch or nice starter cut into wedges.

Jun 16, 2012
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Squid and Asparagus Please.

Thanks a lot. This sounds inspiring.

Jun 07, 2012
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Squid and Asparagus Please.

I was planning to serve the squid as main and the asparagus as side or starter. Do you think the other way round would be better? Please tell me some more.

Jun 07, 2012
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Squid and Asparagus Please.

Thanks a lot. This sounds inspiring.

Jun 07, 2012
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Squid and Asparagus Please.

My boyfriend will be coming over for a quick dinner this weekend. I am a little tight on cash right now. So, I would like to build up a meal around what I already have at home. I have squid in the freeze and really thin and tender asparagus in the garden. I'd love to make the asparagus the star of the meal. So I was thinking about baby potato and asparagus with Hollandise. What do you guys think?

I make okay pasta at home and boyfriend really likes that. So, may be some kind of pasta dish with squid? Or some kinda squid dish served beside some very simply cooked pasta.

Please help me out here. I really want to impress the guy with my food and I'm not really that experienced.

Jun 07, 2012
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Cachaca and more.

Dear CH,

I am pretty ignorant about spirits. Rum has been always one of my favorite due its versatility. A friend is going to Brazil and I asked him to bring me some Cachaca. Now my questions are:

1. If he is buying two/three bottles only, what should he go for?
2. Apart from Caipirinha, what else can I make with it. Can I substitute for rum?
3. What else, apart from Cachaca, is good in Brazil?

Help me out please?

Jun 04, 2012
raisa in Spirits

Help make my family love beets!

To convert a beet hater I'd use this salad recipe. Per boil the beet whole, unpeeled. Chill, peel and cube into bite size pieces. Add some freshly squeezed orange juice and some orange zest. Keep it in the fridge until ready to serve. Before serving add thinly sliced shallots and pinch of white pepper powder.

Mar 11, 2012
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Gordon Ramsay's Chunky Oven Chips. What did I do wrong?

This recipe looked pretty easy to me. So I followed it and just added some thyme to the potatoes before baking. They didn't crisp up at all. All I have now is thick cut chips shaped roast potatoes. Can anyone please tell me what went wrong?

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/25...

Feb 28, 2012
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Valrhona Chocolate Base

Great. Thank you so much.

Feb 14, 2012
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Dessert That Brings out Best in Chocolate?

Candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate. Sigh.

Feb 09, 2012
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Dessert That Brings out Best in Chocolate?

Clever idea! Thanks.

Feb 09, 2012
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Valrhona Chocolate Base

Umm... I am very confused right now. A friend from France brought me a pack of, what he calls, chocolate base. It turned out to be completely unsweetened chocolate with very high coco mass that is used to make truffles and things like that. I never made truffles and I already have good chocolates at home already. What else can I make using them? Like a cake or mousse or something that brings out the richness of the chocolate nicely. They are of really good quality by the way. So, help me please.

Feb 09, 2012
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Picnic Dish?

I am going with the fried chicken legs. That sounds good and something I am less likely to mess up. Thank you everybody for every single piece of advice. I may not follow all your advice this time but next time I cook for a picnic I won't freak out. I'll simply look into this board.

Feb 08, 2012
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Need recipes for canned sardines

Umm.... courgette is not an eggplant.

Feb 07, 2012
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Picnic Dish?

Yes, I was thinking about doing the legs only. The kids love to eat leg piece. Thnaks.

Feb 07, 2012
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Picnic Dish?

Recipes please. :)

Feb 06, 2012
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Picnic Dish?

That would be nice. Should I make a satay sauce for that?

Feb 06, 2012
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Picnic Dish?

Is fried chicken okay at room temp? I honestly have no idea. We always fry chicken and eat asap steaming hot. The picnic location is around half an hour from my home. So will it be alright to do fried chicken? I would really like that because I am comfortable with frying chicken. I don't eat ham or pork. How about a spinach and feta stuffing for the puff rolls?

Feb 06, 2012
raisa in Home Cooking

Picnic Dish?

I am invited to a picnic to celebrate a friend's child's first birthday. She asked us to bring food or drink. I don't know what to take. I would prefer to take a main dish with a side or an appetizer. I have some good puff pastry at freeze. Maybe do some starter with it? For the main I am angling towards chicken but I have absolutely no idea what type chicken dishes are good to eat cold or at room temp. It will doubly preferable if the food can be hand held as we won't have much tableware.

So, what do you all think?

Feb 06, 2012
raisa in Home Cooking