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  1. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    The barbies pit were quite tame but the partying was Hotter than Wasabi.............
  2. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    I like burgers but I like classic burgers and classic Hot Dogs exception made for the Chicago Dogs which are a league of their own. It seems that even burgers nowadays have submitted to the awe of wannabe chefs to the extend that Michelin starred restaurants switched to burgers during lock-down. I was violently subjected to one such eatery and I get aggravated when the bacon and sauce taint my beautiful clothes. This is a pic of the chicken burger ordered by our friend with the name of Katsu Sando which I had to look up and discovered that Sando stands for sandwich in Japan as maybe the word sandwich has colonial connotations......you never know, and Katsu can be anything from chicken to pork pankoed and fried.....I do not eat fried chicken banned by my shrink. and then..........disaster struck as a meal is never complete without a dessert for me. And there I was contemplating a disgusting looking dessert under the watchful and piercing eyes of my better half............ An Ice Cream burger for crying out loud. Utterly revolting in visual and taste as I chose the Strawberry Cheesecake version. And no I did not eat the stupid bun and this is the first time in my life I was served Ice Cream with a knife and fork. You have been warned.....do not scroll down.....
  3. The jury still out but logical culinary history states that dishes emanated based on the resources of a country. In which case, North Africa is closer to Spain and the Spaniards got the Tomatoes from Latin America (Aztec...etc). So my money is on North Africa Egypt and the Levant are Johnny come lately.
  4. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    The Japanese touristic dinner. 1- Starters: Edamame Salt - Gyoza Steamed Vegs - Bao Beef........Off picture 2- Main: - Angus Ramen - Chicken Ramen - Chicken Donburi 3- Dessert: - Mochi Ice Cream
  5. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    Ohhh. You should try the wicked Shallah upgraded recipe which I did not have for sometime now. Simply it is Shallah (brioche) in the French Toast style as enjoyed in times gone by at my parents house. The dip is not the usual one but it is with a more liquidy version of Crème Pâtissière (Pastry Cream) but not Custard, the difference being dropping out the corn starch from the Custard. The Brioche is double pan fried, first at high heat for crunch and after resting shallow fry at low heat. Dress up with left over creme pat and berries. Rum compulsory.......but not for the kiddos.
  6. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    Met some friends for a bite at a Levant restaurant serving a mix of Syrian Lebanese and Palestinian dishes. I will save posting the usual Hummos - Tabouleh.....etc 1- Libation - Bottles water 2- Appetizers - Fatteh: Bread - Chick Peas - Yogurt - Theeneh - Almond Slivers and Pine Nuts fried in EVOO (the real deal should be fried in Ghee) - Salad: - Watermelon - Feta Cheese - Baby Spinach and Blueberries. Balsamic and Pomegranate Molasses dressing with EVOO 4- Mains - Kebbe bel Saniyeh: Crushed wheat with mince Lamb meat layering fried mince meat and pine nuts. Dressed with Almond Slivers. Oven baked - Kofta bel Saniyeh: Mince Lamb meat in fresh spicy Tomatoes coulis. Oven baked - Kofta bel Theeneh: Mince Lamb meat and potatoes in a Theeneh Lemony sauce. Oven baked, Dessert: Knefe bel Jebn. Off picture
  7. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    Blame the Pitu Cachaca 😎
  8. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    Lockdown dinner was a nice piece of Salmon marinated and crusted with Chermoula and baby potatoes crowning the Salmon. The pre-dinner drink which also served as dessert was a concoction of Mangoes and Rum. Fresh diamond cut Alphonso Mango mixed with Mango Sorbet and made wet with a dash of Lime and Pitu Cachaca. Few Walnuts for crunchiness .
  9. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    Three Coins in a Fountain and Three Garlic in the Broth.......
  10. Nicolai

    Breakfast 2020!

    Lockdown is so goooood 😎 Sourdough Rustico round and the giant loaf is over 19 incher.
  11. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    Happy and Blessed Easter to one and all....
  12. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    Around a dozen of nearby neighbours. The desserts laid on the buffet were even larger!!!
  13. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    Under the cloak of secrecy, we were invited at the neighbours for dinner and then disaster struck as they usually have very nice food but in these times of quarantine and social isolation, they had to make do with sandwiches and salads......... from outside catering! Nice table setting but sandwiches for Dinner???? Moi??????? Why?????????????????
  14. Nicolai

    Dinner 2020

    Flowers gift are so last century. now in 2020 it is fruits or veggies. Got an invite for dinner with the card in a veggie basket.......what next? a hand sanitizer bottle for Father's day????
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