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  1. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    Freekeh: They did have two Freekeh dishes on the menu but there is so much we can eat and might order it on another visit. They have the traditional one with Chicken and a modern one wit Cream And Mushrooms. The reason I say "might" is based on an old love affair with Wheat as we use to roam the fields and strip open the Wheat kernels and eat them when they are still milky soft and a tad chewy. The Freekeh was cooked with fresh Freekeh and you can imagine the taste difference with the commercial one. A very old dish of Freekeh was a sweet dessert with the kernels still whole and not turned into mush and this was the main sweet at the table on Dec 4th of each year for Saint Barbara Remembrence Celebration. There you go stirring up old nice memories of times gone by.......
  2. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    Hummm. I rather avoid answering a politically loaded question. Mansaf is a Bedouins dish. From Irak - Syria and Jordan - Palestine. Each country have their own twist on Mansaf. Suffice to say that Palestine precedes the creation of Jordan and let's leave it at that.
  3. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    Palestinian Cuisine: The Beautiful unknown and tasty cuisine of the Levant. Palestine known for many things is rarely celebrated for it's food. And yet, It is food perfected over generations and it is what we call Cooking. Most of today's food worldwide is not really cooking but what I call Assembly Food or fried stuff. Real cooking such as French or Italian - Persian or Syrian and other cuisines is deep from the confines of the Terroir. We all know that authentic (I dislike this word) dishes originate from what grazed and grew in nearby fields..... Palestinian food similar to Syrian food is home bred and grown. I was utterly shocked, for example, to find Mohamara which is a pure Aleppian dish offered in the VIP lounge of Narita airport for crying out loud! We had a very nice dinner at a newly opened restaurant offering Palestinian food: Never mind the ubiquitous starters of Hummos and the likes. The mains were: 1- Mnazalat Eggplant Eggplant or Aubergines for the French inclined: This is an Aubergines and Lamb Stew in a clay pot cooked in the oven and covered by rising bread dough a la Kashmiri rice type. 2- Jordanian Mansaf. Lamb cooked in re-hydrated Yogurt on a bed of Shrek bread and rice. The lamb is marinated in Karak Jmeed. Karak being the original Goat yogurt from the town of Karak. The rice is drowned with the Karak Yogurt as well. What a Royal dish and is in fact the National dish of Jordan. 3- Mosakhan: Chicken on Shrekk bread cooked with tons of onions - Pine Nuts and Tons of Sumac. This is a very famous Palestinian dish which did make it outside the borders of Palestine. 4- Maftoul: This is a unique labour intensive dish whereby the Bulgur is swirled petit à petit with white flour until the flour is fully absorbed by the Bulgur and the hand swirling effect turns the Burghul bead into a small ball. This is then steamed and doused with the chicken broth.. It is served with a tomato sauce of luscious hummos. Dessert: Tamrieh Fried pastry filled with Semolina.
  4. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    Whatttttt! They put Bourbon in sweet potatoes!!!!!!!! No way. Try this recipe: Soft boil or roast 750 g cubes sweet potatoes and dress with: I tbsp Honey - 2 tbsp Lemon juice - 2 tbsp EVOO - 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard - S&P and enjoy your salad......
  5. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    Glad you like the post. Recipe PM'd to you just now.
  6. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    Happy that you enjoyed the post. I am not into Beer drinker although tried to force myself and tried most types including Lager -- IPA - Guinness - German - Chezck.........and simply dislike the taste of Hops. I also do not drink Whiskey or Whisky or Cognac. I am more of an Armagnac and Wine person with Rum - Vodka and Tequila as chasers......And of course Sake and Arak.
  7. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    You got me there. I have no idea. Probably going back to the restaurant in Dec and I will ask which cheese they are using. As for walking. I am being abused as I have to swim before the food and walk afterwards. Poor me. Sniff, sniff.........
  8. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    Thank you. Tomorrow, we are off with some friends to a new restaurant offering Palestinian fare. I am really looking forward to the experience as Palestinian food is rather less popular and much less promoted worldwide. I called the owner and asked him tor reserve a table and planning to have the following delectable dishes. Palestinian food is real cooked homey food and very very tasty. You might have to google the dishes names to discover the composition. The dishes will be: 1- Yogurt Kebab Aubergines. Palestinian 2- Jordanian Jameed Mansaf Lamb . Which is Lamb cooked in re-hydrated Yogurt. Jordanian 3- Mosakhan Chicken on Shrekk bread cooked with tons of onions - Pine Nuts and Tons of Sumak. Palestinian 4-Makloubeh either Chicken or Lamb with rice and Aubergines. Palestinian 6- Maftoul Chicken or Lamb Couscous. Palestinian 7- Dessert: Tamrieh Fried pastry filled with Semolina. Palestinian I hope I am not walking back home as it is a 30mn drive by car....... I will post pics after the feast.
  9. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    To make up for poor me having a Manousheh for Dinner. I dragged my better half to a Teutonic slap up meal. 1- Obatzda cheese with a Pretzel and Radishes 2- Kasespatzle 3- Giant Pretzel 4- Nuremberg Sausages with Saurkraut and Potatoes 5- Wiener Schnitzel (Pork) 6- Munich White Sausages (Pork and Veal) Off camera: Rotkohl - Some unpronounceable Beer and Burg Ravensburg Riesling Trocken - Baden That was a nice hearty meal but I was made to walk back home with the Stick and Carrot threat of a home made Dessert baked by the Governor. Apricots and Blueberries moist cake topped with Toasted Almonds slivers....... Yummy........
  10. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    Breakfast for Dinner when your better half abandons you to have dinner with her friends....... I was not too hungry and opted to have a Lebanese Manoucheh which is more of a breakfast fare and also eaten at any time of the day/night. Manousheh Zaatar Labneh Tomatoes- Cucumbers - Black Olives and fresh plucked mint leaves Simply love it........
  11. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    Thank you. I have a very happy Cardiologist 😎
  12. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    It's Afghani dinner time. - Starters 1- Fried Okra with onions - tomatoes - coriander and chilli 2- Aubergine sauteed in tomatoes and topped with yogurt - Mains 3- Kabul Palou with Lamb Shank 4- Dopiyaza slow cooked lamb on lavash bread topped with lentils gravy and sumac onions 5- Korma Chalou chicken stew with apricots and lentils served with cumin rice - Desert 6- Afghan Ice Cream topped with crushed almonds pistachios cardamon and fresh cream 7- Afghan Rice Pudding creamed rice boiled with milk and cardamon topped with crushed pistachios. Off camera: Afghan bread and drinks. Afghan food is a mixture of different food cultures whether Arabic - Persian - Indian.....etc. The food is very tasty on the homey side of flavours and presentation is still elementary. We enjoyed all dishes except the Dopiyaza which does not fit our taste profile. In case you have the opportunity to visit an Afghan restaurant then do not hesitate to work your taste buds with different flavours.
  13. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    It's Friday which is Japanese dinner day. There seem to be a new movement of Chefs who are hell bent in changing tried and tested recipes of any cuisine in the world. We stumbled on one of those Japanese Chefs and the results were dire. - Starters 1- Edamame grilled with Sea salt/ Kimchi (Don't comment about the Kimchi) 2- Cucumber +Chilli home made pickles 3- Melon and Kimchi pickles (don't ask) 4- Daikon and yuzu pickles - Mains 5- Angus Beef Black Pepper Teriaki 6- Chicken Thigh Teriyaki 7- Chicken Rice ( I know, I know it is a Malaysian dish) 8- Angus Beef Claypot Rice (the rice was left as the beef was gobbled) 9- Mushrooms Claypot Rice - Dessert 10- Molten Cake Peanut butter praline + salted cashew 11- Taiyaki with Soft served ice cream (complete rubbish) 12- Creme Castella Pudding with Matcha soft served ice cream Japanese food, it was not, but more of whatever they call Fusion food an it costed an arm and a leg. I enjoyed the Chicken Rice which is one of my preferred Malay/Singapore dishes and has nothing to do with Japan. The dessert simply show that Japan has still a long way to go and should stick to Ramen Sushi and red bean thingies. Next stop is a restaurant serving Kobe beef with the owner devoid of any cooking knowledge but is the wife of the main Kobe Beef importer, So I guess this qualifies her to start a Kobe Beef restaurant. Good thing I received my renewed Platinum Credit Card last week.
  14. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    All I wanted was some Humos for my dinner and I got asked in return which one I wanted #&(%(*(???&@% Just want some plain old fashioned Humos for crying out LOUD!!!!!
  15. Ahhh. Iza hot summer nite with Ice Cream for the soul.............before being utterly scolded by the wifey.....
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