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  1. Nicolai

    Dinner 2019

    Do you believe in time travel....... I do.......
  2. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    What is the first thing you do when you are back to Old Blighty? A full English breakfast of course..........and I was banned of having one by the powers that be. A compromise was found and I got my treat available only for Xmas. A Cranberry Pork Pie (440gms) British outdoor pork in hot water crust pastry case topped with Cranberries in a Cranberry Jelly.
  3. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    I am wherever you want me to be 😎
  4. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    You can wrap in Puff Pastry or Filo Pastry. This particular one is uniquely wrapped with Kellaj which is a variant of Puff Pastry used mainly for Arabic fried sweet parcels of Cheese or Ashta or Semolina...etc I think this place is the only one using Kellaj instead of Filo for the Ouzi Pie. I do not have the recipe for Kellaj. The main difference with Puff Pastry is the thickness of the pastry sheets and the use of animal fat instead of butter for such dish. Butter is used for sweet pastries.
  5. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    It was a Damascus Friday..... We could not finish the dishes for the first time ever....actually the third time..... age is catching up. These are delectable meals but not for the fainthearted. The cooking is done with Samn Hamawi (meat fat) and EVOO. It smells and taste great and make sure you are carrying your health insurance card. 1- Starters - Makdous Loubieyh. Fresh pickled green beans, walnuts and traditional spices + EVOO - Harak Esbao: (Fingers Burning) which is a lentils based dish with pasta and toasted bread with a Pomegranate Molasses sauce base + EVOO - Batersh: which is an Aubergine and minced meat/pine nuts/almonds + Samn Hamawi. It is a very yummy dish to be scooped with Arabic bread but very heavy. 2- Main Dishes - Ouzi Pie: Rice - minced meat - chickpeas - green peas - Grilled nuts. This is a beautiful dish. - Shakrieh: Tender beef cubes slow cooked in Yogurt. It is served with the Ouzi pie + Samn Hamawi - Fattet Makdous: Stuffed Eggplants with minced meat - Pine nuts - Yogurt and Tahineh + Samn Hamawi 3- Dessert Buza Ghazl al Benat: (Arabic Clotted cream Ice Cream with Resin Tree Mastic (Arabic Gum) - Pistachio and Spun Cotton Candy strands.....to die for........ and now off traveling for the Xmas hols. Merry Xmas everybody from a giant happy Teddy Bear... and a giant smiling Reindeer.... and a giant Xmas tree Bauble......
  6. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    Hey. How you doing. Oct and Nov are very heavy month for me with tons of events and invitations to the extent that I forced myself to stay home as it was getting out of hands. Then I got a cold and recovering for the traveling Xmas season starting on Dec 11th..... Looking forward for peaceful Jan and Feb before the crazy Carousel starts again in March......
  7. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    It's Saturday clubbing night and light meals before hitting the throttle..... Yeah, well, not this one Neither that one But these ones........... We must have the eternal Guac made table side..... With the soft Tacos...... Duck Confit (Yes, I know, very Latin American and not French at all) and Chicken with Pineapple and Achiote sauce. A large Quesadilla....four cheeses, Habanero, Tomato and Chimichurri with a re-order as delectable A dessert of Tres Leches Lemon Cream and Pistachio and this one with Cactus Macrons.... Apologies for the pic quality but I blame the Mojitos.........
  8. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    Hello Smithy Yes. It is fried Basil and they were served with a Mayo dip which I did not try. The filling was Lemon Zest and finely chopped Capers mixed with the Salmon. It is one of their signature dishes. No herbs besides the Basil noticed. I guess the recipe avoided herbs and onions to concentrate on Basil and Capers/Lemon. I did not felt it needed the Mayo dip as the whole Basil and Salmon delivered a delicate taste for me.
  9. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    Thursday is French food day away few thousand miles from Paris. 1- Starters I skipped the salads as I have about had it with the veggies and moved to the first course: - Breaded and deep fried Salmon thingy - Baby Crads - Mussels 2- Main course One roast beef hand carved which yours truly concentrated on. Sheer meat without any sides........ughh some veggies to oblige the wife.... Dessert Of course, the Tarte Tatin. However, does not look Tatinnish as no caramelizing on the Apples, But hey, Whose complaining... Libation - Couple of bottles of Gavi di Gavi.....in fact three bottles And finally coffee and a smokey Shisha with Double Apple macerated tobacco to keep in harmony with the non Tarte Tatin. Life is good.......when the wife says so......
  10. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    It's Friday and still waking up from the Thursday partiyng. It all started very tame with a special early dinner at a Palestinian restaurant serving the famous Palestinian Musakhan. 1- Starters - Qudsieh (Hummos - Foul/Fava Beans - Chickpeas) Typical Palestinian dish with the name derived from Al Quds which is Jerusalem in English - Mutabal (Aubergine Tahineh dip) Levant Dish 2- Main dish - Musakhan which is a typical Palestinian dish with roasted chicken with the main spice being Sumac which gives the dish it's sourness mixed with caramelized Onions to sweeten it and a sprinkling of either Pine Nuts or Almonds as in our dish. The whole chicken and mixture rests on a Taboon bread. You enjoy the chicken by tearing the Taboon bread and mixture and wrapping it around a tender and juicy chicken sliver while your taste buds explode in a burst of sweet and sour sparkles. The sweat pearls sliding gently on your forehead....... Forget about the makeup and aftershave...... - and a close up 3- Dessert No dinner is complete without a Dessert. I have a red line not to be crossed....... Ughh sometimes... And I chose these: - Kunafeh bel Jebn two ways: Fine crust on the left and coarse shredded crust on the right both filled with the Palestinian famous Nabulsi white cheese. - and I also had this small selection before getting the disapproving looks from my wife. All clotted cream or cheese filled . . . . . . . . . . and after some strong fresh mint teas. We needed some more substantial libations and went clubbing as usual . . . . . . . and morning came quickly and in the morning you hit breakfast before hitting the sack as the beach is calling in the afternoon and then the whole saga starts again..... Weekends are hard work....... This time we had to make do with the Turkish Simit bread filled with cheese - ham....... etc Good night and Good Morning to all 😎
  11. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    @rotuts The Canapés treats did not work out as planned as I was helping myself to the whole tray at yesterday's evening event ...... I was prompto subito forcibly escorted out to the nearest restaurant and served this Rabbits rubbish........and I hate Quinoa and why are there fruits and flowers on my salad?????? Life is hard in the slow lane.....
  12. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    You mean "his" hair. Yeah. I think it is quite cute and shows his feminine side. Any problems with that? You should get out more in the world.
  13. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    - Ohhhhhh. You did not mention anything about the Canapés and too late to order some. - It is the Moët & Chandon Impérial Magnum. Sure thing, always start from the top 😎 ............and this how you carry and pour a Magnum
  14. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    Good idea. Do you think these would be enough to get her approval?
  15. Nicolai

    Dinner 2018

    Me think you are perfectly right. We shall have a discussion tonight and as usual She will have the last word 😪
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