Most Assyrians call this cake “nammoura,” while others refer to it by it’s Arabic name, “basbousa.” Greeks call it “ravani,” and other Middle Eastern regions refer to it as “harissa.”
Kubba Hamouth is my favorite Assyrian soup. “Kubba” is the name of the meat-stuffed “dumplings,” while “Hamouth” means “sour.” Kubba comes in many forms, shapes, and sizes. It’s also prepared in many ways.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between jam, jelly, and preserves? I know I have! For that reason, I sit here considering what to name this recipe; quince jam, or quince preserves? One thing I am certain of, it’s not jelly. Let’s take a look at some of the differences.
Ask any Assyrian to list some of their favorite Assyrian dishes and hareesa will most likely be on that list. But because it takes so much effort to make, it’s usually only prepared for special occasions and holidays.
Recently, while visiting my sister in Chicago, we discussed some of mom’s old recipes. I mentioned that I recalled mom making pickled eggplant when I was younger, but didn’t recall her making them in my adult years.
A couple of times a year, Scott likes to surprise Nena by bringing home octopus to be smoked in our smoker. It was during a family vacation to Hawaii that she fell in love with “Smoked Tako”, which is what they call smoked octopus in Hawaii.