The tea-loving Afghans enjoy their traditional drink flavored with cardamom and simmered in milk. If you have never had the pleasure of enjoying your tea steeped in milk and flavored with cardamom, do so now! You may never go back!
In Afghanistan, tea is often served in small glasses on a silver tray. I could not find Peshawari style green tea so I used regular green tea. The tea was delicious.
Halwa, meaning “sweet”, is typically made with butter, flour and sugar. It is made with vegetable oil, semolina flour, sugar and cardamom. The halwa has a texture similar to polenta and can be served on a plate or in a bowl or can be formed into bars. Be sure you use a very large pot because there is a lot of sizzling when the flour is added and splattering when the water is added.
In Central African cooking, groundnuts (peanuts) are often used in soups and stews. The peanuts are ground into peanut butter and incorporated into the sauce for flavor and thickening.
This peppered oranges recipe sparked my curiosity. The unique flavors of this appetizer compliment the flavors of the stuffed mushrooms.
Alu (or aloo) palak is an Indian potato dish made with spinach and simmered in a flavorful combination of spices.
Angels and Devils on Horseback date back to Victorian England. The name origins are uncertain but the most common assumptions come from the bacon wrapped around the oysters and the prune looking somewhat like legs wrapped around a horse.
I am not sure of the exact name of the traditional somali pancake as I have seen it spelled many ways: anjara, anjero and lahooh. In Infidel, it was called angello and rolled with butter and sugar. The original recipe makes 4 pancakes but I made them thinner by using less batter per pancake so I could roll them easier.
A lassi is a yogurt drink that the Pakistanis like to drink sweet for breakfast or salty for lunch and dinner. This recipe is sweetened with honey and is a nutritious drink to enjoy anytime of day.
This is a cinnamon spiced cake made with apricots and walnuts. If you have any leftovers, the cake is a great way to start your day. Warm a slice, add a pat of butter and enjoy with your morning coffee.
Armenian baked goods are quite a treat and these cookies, called mamoul, are no exception. The egg-shaped mamoul is stuffed with a nut filling, baked to a light golden brown and dusted with powdered sugar after baking. These cookies simply melt in your mouth.
I have grown to appreciate tahini over the past couple of years. I love it in hummus and sauces, and I also have a pretty great tahini cookie recipe. So imagine my delight, while working on an Armenian menu for my book club post on The Sandcastle Girls, when I came upon tahini bread. I couldn’t wait to bake a batch of the tahini-filled sweet yeast breads flavored with cinnamon and topped with toasted sesame seeds. Delicious!
We love to make our own corn tortillas. My daughter mans the press while I do the cooking.
A bakewell tart is made in a pie crust and topped with a layer of jam and an almond flavored sponge cake.
Baklava is exotic Greek dessert filled with layers of paper-thin phyllo sheets, walnuts, almonds, honey, cinnamon and butter.
Felix told Willa in The Truth According to Us that Roast Beef Lafontaine Style was a “famous Bavarian dish made out of old Frenchmen.” But, when her dish arrived, Willa discovered it was actually “beef rolled up with mushrooms on top.”
This moist and packed full of flavor potato bread is one of my family’s favorite. The dough is refrigerated overnight to enhance the flavor and texture of this bread.
These tasty mushroom appetizers are like a pepperoni mushroom pizza without the crust.
Biryani is a rice dish served in Pakistan and India. This recipe includes raisins, pine nuts, cashews and peas.
Enjoy this Black Sesame Seed Cake drizzled with maple syrup and honey for a delectable delight.
Tender and delicious braised baby onions in a lemon balsamic vinegar sauce.
Rice fritters are a popular Brazilian street food. They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They also taste great, are easy to prepare, and can be served with just about anything.
This berry-filled bread pudding recipe is a winner. Raspberries are required, but the remaining berries can be varied according to what is in season.