Now that Summer is upon us, I find myself not being very hungry. Or maybe it’s just too hot to be cooped up in the kitchen cooking, so I convince myself that I’m not that hungry?
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Appetizers or starters are a great way to stimulate your guest’s hunger, while you prepare the rest of the meal. They are also perfect for entertaining unexpected guests. After all, what’s better than enjoying good company, with great food? Appetizers are also perfect to serve during the BIG game, or to take to a potluck.
In the Middle East, Appetizers are known a “Mezze.” The word “mezze” means to “snack” or “taste.” Mezze usually includes popular Middle Eastern classics like Hummus, Tabouli, Bourak (Assyrian Egg Rolls), and Foul Medames. Besides these tasty dishes, mezze always includes a variety of alcoholic beverages. This usually includes vodka, gin, rum, with Ouzo being the most traditional.
Sometimes I share recipes that are quite complicated. I wonder to myself how many people out there will actually even tackle the recipe. Then there’s times when I share very basic recipes that even a beginner can master. This is one of those recipes.
I’ve had a lot of requests for a good falafel recipe, so I’m finally sharing my favorite falafel recipe with you! Yes, it’s even better than the one I shared in my Mom’s Authentic Assyrian Recipes cookbook.
Buried cheese? Yes, buried cheese! You see, that is a direct translation for this recipe’s Assyrian title “Joopta (cheese) Doomirtah (buried).” But don’t worry, I won’t ask you to bury anything, I promise!
A couple of days ago I was invited by a friend to come pick some pomegranates off of her tree. Ask anyone that really knows me what some of my favorite things are and they should name some of the following; cooking, rain, Mr. Bean, working out, and picking fruit from friend’s fruit trees!
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.