Thursday, December 22, 2011

Moroccan Grilled Salmon ( Samak al Maghreb)

Yield: 4 Servings


1/2 c plain Greek-style plain yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 1/2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
dash of salt & pepper
4 (6oz.) skinless salmon fillets

1. In a food processor, place the yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic cloves, coriander, cumin and
salt and pepper and process until evenly combined.Pour the yogurt marinade into a
resealable plastic bag and place the salmon in the bag.Coat the salmon with the marinade
and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, preheat grill.Lightly coat with some olive oil and place the salmon fillets on it.
Grill the fillets for about 5-6 minutes per side or until they begin to flake.

3. Remove salmon fillets from the grill and serve immediately.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Arab Salad (Salata Arabi)

Yield: 6 Ingredients

1/2 head romaine lettuce, shredded into bite-size pieces
1/2 red onion, peeled, finely diced
1 large cucumber, cubed into bite-size pieces
1 large tomato, cubed into bite-size pieces
6 radishes, thinly sliced, then cubed
5 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped

For the Dressing:
5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 a lemon
salt & pepper to taste
1 large garlic clove, peeled, crushed

1. In a large serving bowl, combine all the salad ingredients together and toss evenly to combine.

2. In a small bowl pour the extra-virgin olive oil and slowly add the remaining ingredients one by

by one, slowly mixing after each one.

3. Pour the salad dressing over the salad greens when ready to serve and mix well before serving.
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Friday, December 2, 2011

quince preserve (murabba safarjal)

Photo courtesy of Najmieh's Kitchen

Native to the Caucasus, the quince is much beloved for providing tartness and a delicate fragrance to dishes.It is commonly used in dishes from Iran, Turkey, Armenia and the Levant.Quince resembles a large pear and its taste is a cross between an apple and a pear.It cannot be consumed raw.It must first be cooked to remove its astringent taste.Once it has been prepared, it emits a floral fragrance and a delicate sweet and sour taste which lends a lovely flavor to a wide range of dishes from stews, braises, stuffings to syrups, desserts and preserves.Quince preserves being one of the first preserves to be enjoyed in the Arab world.

Yield:48 oz.

2 lbs. quinces
juice of 1/2 lemon
4 1/2c sugar

2-(24oz) clean glass jars

1. Cut the quinces in half and remove the seeds and black stem and discard.
2. Put quinces in a pot and cover them with water and add the lemon juice.
3.Bring quinces to a boil then simmer for 45 minutes until they are tender.Remove them from
the pot with a slotted spoon and set them aside to cool.
4.Meanwhile, bring water in pot to a boil and add the sugar and stir till evenly dissolved.Bring
down the heat and continue simmering till the water becomes syrupy.
5.Cut the cooled quinces into bite-sized pieces and add to the pot and stir.Cook for an additional
30 minutes.
6.Remove pot from heat and allow to cool completely.Pour preserves into 2 (24oz.) clean glass
jars and refrigerate.
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