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Emointhekitchen
  • Hummus
    Grains and Legumes,  Greece,  Israel,  Recipes,  Starters and Snacks

    Hummus

    emointhekitchen This Levantine dip is very simple to make.  Hummus can be found at almost any Middle East table. In these days the popularity of this simple meal extends beyond its region of origin and it is enjoyed all over the world. During my study stay in Israel, I was surprised, how much of this spread the locals are able to consume. The recipe below is traditional but you can also experiment with different flavours and different spices. Spices such as cumin, coriander seeds, sweet pepper, dried chilli or zaatar (this spice mixture is frequently used in Israeli and Palestinian cuisine) could be used. You may also stumble upon hummus mixed…

  • Baba Ghanoush
    Recipes,  Starters and Snacks,  Summer

    Baba Ghanoush

    emointhekitchen Baba Ghanoush is a dish of mashed baked eggplant mixed with tahini (sesame paste), olive or sesame oil, and various kinds of spices.  Slightly differing versions of this dish can be found in the traditional cuisines of Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Armenia, Greece or even Iraq. It is served either alone as a starter with pita bread, in Armenia with their traditional Lavash or as a side dish to accompany various vegetables and the like. This eggplant dip was one of the first dishes that I prepared for my husband. By then, his diet consisted of bread with mustard, sausages and other culinary specialities of a single man. It has…

  • Eggplant Salad
    Recipes,  Salads,  Summer

    Salad of Fried Rolled Eggplants

    emointhekitchen Eggplants found their way onto the Chinese tables in the golden age of the Silk Road. Food along these ancient trade routes was diverse with Islamic, Asian, and Middle Eastern influences, and all of them impact China’s eating habits and traditional Chinese pharmacopoeia. I’m not sure about the origin of this particular recipe. I stumbled upon its variant in Greece, Israel and even in Prague Chinese restaurant. Eggplants, together with the yoghurt and sour cream, have a significant cooling effect, so save this recipe for really very hot days. People prone to cold with weak digestion should be careful and should not forget to add enough black pepper, coriander…

  • Garni Yarakh
    Armenia,  Meat and Poultry,  Recipes

    Garni Yarakh

    emointhekitchen In summer, barbecue season occurs in many countries, which is not, according to Chinese Medicine, the most ideal way of preparing meat. It greatly strengthens the Yang element of the fire, and we, together with the food, only supply excess heat to the body, which we would rather get rid of on hot summer days. If we want to avoid unnecessary overheating, we should mainly grill vegetables of a cold or cooling nature. If we prepare meat in this way, we should consume it carefully and in combination with a salad of rocket, chicory or similar bitter leafy vegetables, which are refreshing and help to balance the hotness. The…

  • Chicken Salad with Pomegranate
    Armenia,  Meat and Poultry,  Recipes,  Salads,  Winter

    Chicken meat salad with pomegranate

    emointhekitchen As I mentioned in the section About me, I like different types of ethnic cuisine. Traditional recipes refer to the fact that our ancestors knew about healthy nutrition, life in harmony with nature and different seasons more than we do. In a way, I fell in love with Armenian cuisine. Armenia has been involuntarily and many times in history affected by many different nations and probably because of that its cuisine has assumed a lot of foreign elements. In the difficult times of Armenian history, it was also important to get out with simple ingredients. This led to great modesty and at the same time to extraordinary creativity. Although…

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