In Appetizer, Food, Photos, Save it for later, Soups, Thai on May 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm
What is it with About.com and recipes? “About-dot-com” is probably the least foodie-esque, exciting, glamorous, food-blogospheric thing I can think of, and yet its consistently reliable recipes pass the test time after time (I’ve long been a fan of their Moroccan stuff).
A recipe I found there was the basis for this very satisfying soup, inspired by a large stack of carrots waiting patiently at the bottom of our fridge (and, as usual, the fantastic Thai food aisle at our local Stop & Shop). I eliminated the rice (called for in the original recipe) for a lighter soup and the result was a sprightly, fresh carrot soup with a hint of basil & lemongrass, just in time for summer.
It goes to show, I suppose, that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, even when instead of a book you are talking about a website, which reminds me of that line from the Merchant of Venice about how all that glisters is not gold. Some gold things are beautiful golden delicious soups.
recipe after the jump
In Amman, Jordan, Photos, Restaurants & Cafes, Words on May 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm
Downtown: the juice vendor who blends 1.5 L bottles of fresh pomegranate juice laced with ginger while you wait. Sara’s seafood where you can pick out your fish and have it sent up to Auberge where shisha smoke swirls with the conversation of philosophy professors and the songs of football fans and the occasional shout of a bar fight with a butter knife. Stars of Egyptian cinema gaze on from the walls, unmoved. Nearby there is a second-story barber shop with a glass-encased room jutting out into the street so that its clients are on display, fishbowl style, and the masses may gauge the halaq’s work for themselves.
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More musings on downtown Amman
In 40 ways to cook a chicken, Food, Meat, Moroccan, Photos, Sauces on May 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm
This is a special chicken, and it goes to show that finding a killer new recipe is as easy as having a bit of ingredient inspiration and a little Googling patience. I stumbled across this concoction (from Diana Henry) while looking for a Moroccan chicken recipe with saffron, and it features the very best that tomatoes, saffron, honey, and orange flower water have to offer. The honey + tomato + garlic + onion combination in particular lends a bit of sweet Virginia barbeque flavor to an otherwise fragrant and almost floral dish. This is a chicken you make for friends. If you don’t have friends, this chicken will help you make some.
recipe after the jump