I love entertaining during the holidays more than any other time of year. It gives me the opportunity to do what I love most: make healthy gourmet meals for the people I care about most and to show gratitude and respect for that time of year when it truly feels celebratory and special.
by Raana Smith
My Eid-al-Adha 2012 checklist:
It’s so hard to believe the month of Ramadan is nearly over, which is a bit sad for us because we love it so much. It’s such a time of being scheduled and focused and distraction-free. However bittersweet the end is, there is also a great reward in the three-day long celebration of ‘Eid ul Fitr, where we can enjoy the accomplished feeling of having fasted and completed a very special religious obligation.
Indian Spices on Midamar’s Halal Air-Chilled Organic Chicken
Nadia Hubbi of Sweet Pillar & Co. gives us her take on how two of the healthiest and most traditional nuts of the Middle East stack up in food history, health benefits and culinary use. It’s an interesting look at both walnuts and pistachios, some of the most widely-used nuts in traditional Middle Eastern cooking that are making big waves in American cuisine, too. Be sure to check out her site and consider something as delicious as the chocolate-covered dates for your next hostess gift.
Gorgeous Green Pistachios
Whether it’s fresh bread hot out of the oven or a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake, few things are more delightful than the aroma of a favorite treat baking in the oven. Unfortunately, baking is no walk in the park. It takes a lot of patience and time to get it just right, so what is the time-strapped foodie to do?
Isn’t it a beauty?
When we look through recipes online or in magazines, what really prompts us to go out of our way to make a list and head out to the store with the intention of buying all the ingredients specifically for that recipe we enjoyed looking at so much?
I look at food for a living, literally, and am incredibly delighted by the vibrant colors and gorgeous photography that exists in the blogosphere and in the publishing world. I can’t, however, make everything that awakens my stomach or inspires me to fly off the couch and dig into my cabinets for every spice listed in a recipe so that I, too, can make a gorgeous Thai noodle dish.
There is one Libyan dish, however, that prompted me to set out to use up our Qurbani meat to make this dish called Tbeikhet ‘Eid which features pumpkin, chickpeas and raisins. I liked the idea of using seasonal produce like pumpkin so much that I decided to give it a try, though digressing a bit by using other ingredients that I had at home that were in much need of being used:
I don’t normally set out to by lamb chops, but instead I wait for the Qurbani meat to come when there are so many included in the package. It gives me something to look forward to and I know they’re super-fresh.
Today, I didn’t plan on making lamb chops. Instead, I planned on making a lamb stew with pumpkin, sweet potatoes and chickpeas. I planned on using the thick pieces of meat that I thought I labeled on my freezer bags a few days ago. Come to realize when I opened my defrosted bag of meat that I had two beautiful thick chops ready to be cooked; not my stew meat.
Re-freezing is not an option to me so I decided to go ahead and quickly season and roast these chops. They turned out so tasty that I just had to share the recipe. They were seasoned so simply and cooked slowly to allow the taste of the meat to shine through. It’s the perfect recipe for a beautiful gourmet dinner at home without all the fuss.
Muslims all over the world will soon be celebrating the ‘Eid ul Adha, or the celebration of sacrifice, commemorating the completion of the Hajj, or annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The ‘Eid ul Adha is one of two major celebrations for Muslims, the other being the ‘Eid ul Fitr, or the celebration commemorating the end of fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Because the Islamic months are based on a lunar calendar, these holidays do not fall at the same time every year with reference to the Gregorian calendar followed in the West.
Whether you’re planning an ‘Eid celebration at home or bringing a dish to your host, you’ll want some recipe ideas for appetizers that are easy to make while healthy for everyone you serve.
Chipotle Sauce and Yogurt & Cream Sauce are two variations on dipping sauces that go great with chicken bites
In this post are two quick and easy appetizers that are perfect for presenting to guests. They don’t take a whole lot of time to make and contain ingredients that are easy to swap out if you don’t have a few called for in each recipe. Most of all, they’re absolutely delicious, too.
The annual pilgrimage to Mecca, or the Hajj, is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for the Muslim who is able to fulfill it (regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, social or economic status) and is one of the five pillars of Islam. It’s performed at the same time every year during the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijja (based on a lunar calendar).