Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Modern Flavours of Arabia

Modern Flavors of Arabia
Recipes and Memories from 

My Middle Eastern Kitchen
by Suzanne Husseini

Trade Paperback, 208 pages

I like all types of food, from all different countries - but the one thing all my food loves have in common is big flavour. Vibrant, exciting flavour that wakes your taste buds and delights your senses. The flavours of Arabia have all that deliciousness and more, and Suzanne Husseini makes it simple to create them in your own home.

From breakfast through dessert, you will be able to travel to exotic Arabic countries in your very own kitchen.

Suzanne gives a list of Arabic ingredients and tools and a whole host of recipes with such fresh, exciting flavours that you will feel instantly transported.

SUZANNE HUSSEINI was the host of one of the most popular Arabic cooking shows in the Middle East. She is a regular contributor to several publications around the world and frequently travels internationally as a featured food presenter. Suzanne lives in Dubai and Ottawa with her husband and three children.

PETRINA TINSLAY's work as an internationally acclaimed photographer spans 20 years. She has more than 40 cookbooks to her credit, many of which have won major international awards.

Check out the incredible Arabic meal we had this week, from Modern Flavors of Arabia.

 I served this colourful feast family-style, so  that everyone could pile on their favourites.

We had chicken Shish Kebab - marinated in yogurt, citrus, garlic and lots of spices and grilled to perfection. A family favourite!

Rice and Lentil Pilaf (Mjadara) is a savoury blend of basmati rice, lentils and warm spices, topped with deep fried crispy onions. Delicious!

 I served the meal with a colourful Beet Salad, thinly sliced cooked beets with citrus and fresh herbs.

And for all of us lovers of the stinky rose, Mimi's Toum - a traditional garlic sauce from Lebanon. All hail garlic!

We had such a wonderful time travelling to the countries of Arabia in our kitchen and you will too. What a delightful way to start the fall season!

Now I'm off to find Arabic dinner music, somehow my Jann Arden seemed out of place....

Over at Crave they have a wonderful recipe excerpt for Meat-Filled Pasta in Herb Yogurt Sauce (Shish Barak)
 Try it in your home this week!