Aash Sabzi Shirazi (herb aash)Posted: 17 October 2018 Filed under: Aash Sabzi Shirazi - herb aash, Uncategorized | Tags: aash_sabzi, dairy free, gluten free, shiraz, story_telling Leave a comment
My non Iranian friends may already be familiar with Persian aash, especially from my post on Aash-e reshteh. Nevertheless, I am going to take you through some fun introductory notes on aash in general and aash sabzi Shirazi آش سبزی شیرازی in particular, using experts from e-book, A sip, A bite, A mouthful: A memoir of food & rowing up in Shiraz.
As reluctant as I am to use the term “soup” to describe aash, for fear of undermining its significant position within Iranian cuisine and culture, I nevertheless find a comparison between the two the most efficient way to describe the dish to new appetites. To this end, aash could be said to be an “honorable soup”–rich, thick and laborious to prepare. Depending on the type of aash, it is made of specific varieties of herbs, vegetables, fruits, grains and dairy products; with or without beef or lamb. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanksgiving SaladPosted: 5 October 2018 Filed under: Thanksgiving Salad | Tags: canada, dairy free, fall_salad, gluten free, salad, thanksgiving, vegan Leave a comment
For this upcoming Canadian thanksgiving I looked up a Canadian recipe for salad (you guessed it, made with maple syrup) which goes well with other items on your table. It is called Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Mustard Dill Vinaigrette. The title pretty much gives away the ingredients, I know, but you would not know how to make it before visiting the link on Food Network!I followed the original recipe (linked above) only modified it slightly by increasing the amount of kale to 5 cups and skipping agave nectar in the sauce. I was super happy with the result – very autumnish colors, filling yet light and refreshing with a sweet-sour taste.
Happy Thanksgiving Canada!
Chia-Berries drinkPosted: 4 July 2018 Filed under: Chia-Berries drink, Uncategorized | Tags: chia, for_hot_days, gluten free, summer_drink, vegan Leave a comment
Give me a cool glass of Chia-berries mix any day of the year and I will gladly take 40 plus centigrade – like we have had in the past few days in Montreal! This is truly the ultimate summer drink – refreshing, nutritious, savory, pretty even and easy to make.
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Sour orange juice, a unique seasoning tastePosted: 27 February 2018 Filed under: Sour orange juice, Uncategorized | Tags: naaranj, Persain_seasoning, salad dressing, shiraz, sour orange 2 Comments
Sour orange نارنج also referred to as bitter orange is a variety of citrus tree native of Southeast Asia but widely used in the Middle East, parts of Europe and US. In my hometown Shiraz, almost every house with a backyard used to have a couple of sour orange trees which wore perfumed, white robe of blossoms in the spring and orange robe of fruit in early summer. The blossoms of sour orange, bahaar-e naaranj, were used to make sherbet and jams, or sundried to be mixed with loose, black tea. The fruit itself, too, has many culinary usages including for seasoning.
Here in Montreal, Iranian supermarkets carry sour orange right on time before the official spring season starts. Right on time I said because sour orange has a special spot both on our Norooz table as well as with the herbed-rice and fish that we serve on the first day of the Persian New Year, Norooz. Read the rest of this entry »
Torshi in the making: From Shiraz to MontrealPosted: 29 January 2018 Filed under: Sauce & Spice, Torshi in the making: From Shiraz to Montreal, Uncategorized | Tags: advieh-e torshi, Persain_Torsu, shiraz, torshi, torshi_liteh, vinegar Leave a comment
At any full and happy Persian sofreh or table, several side dishes should be present to complement the main dish, especially at supper time and most certainly with specific types of meals such as kotlet and any kind of mixed rice dishes. The most crucial and common sides to go with these dishes are small bowls of torshi, assortment of seasonal fresh herbs, radishes and scallions, and Shirazi salad.
Now, Torshi, ترشی, or torsu as it is called in Balkan and Middle Eastern cuisine, is basically diced fruits, vegetables and herbs marinated in vinegar and spices to be eaten with food in small portions as an appetizer and counterbalance to the greasy components of a meal. Read the rest of this entry »
Roast Chicken & Saffron RicePosted: 17 December 2017 Filed under: Roast Chicken & Saffron Rice, Uncategorized | Tags: Akbar joojeh, kateh, pomegranate, pomegranate syrup, saffron_rice, winter solstice, yalda 1 Comment
Yalda, the Persian celebration of winter solstice, is around the corner. Hence the occasion for a special food blog entry – something representing red and orange colors of Yalda, something made with passion, and maybe pomegranate, to serve along with sweet-nuts mix, watermelon and persimmon as we get together with friends and family to bring to dawn the longest night of the year – the night before the beginning of winter, or the Yalda night.
For some of my previous Yalda-related blog entries, please see here, and here.
Off-season smoked fish with ricePosted: 30 October 2017 Filed under: smoked fish, Uncategorized | Tags: smoked_fish Leave a comment
For most Iranians, smoked white fish resonates with the Persian new year, Norooz, especially when it is prepared long with mixed herb rice. And of course, as an Iranian food blogger I have already posted the full recipe for this delicious Norooz related meal right here.
However, first off, in the mentioned blog entry I did not devote enough attention to preparing smoked fish component of the meal. Secondly, I absolutely feel the need to share with you my new discovery: Smoked fish can be found in most supermarkets in my city (and am pretty sure in many others) ALL YEAR Long!! So, why wait till the New Year? Why have it only once a year? In fact, the type of smoked fish I find here is quite moderate in terms of taste intensity (not too salty, not too smoky) and can be served on its own along with either plain white or herb mixed rice. Read the rest of this entry »
Zucchini FrittersPosted: 29 August 2017 Filed under: Zucchini Fritters | Tags: dairy free, gluten free, kookoo, vegi, Zucchini, Summer dip Leave a comment
As promised last week and without further ado, here is my recipe for zucchini fritters when you have too many homegrown zucchinis on your hand and no one in particular to offer it to them! You could make this with yellow or green zucchinis as a side, snack or light meal.
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Six uses for your extra homegrown zucchiniPosted: 16 August 2017 Filed under: 7 ways to use extra homegrown zucchini, Six uses for your extra homegrown zucchini, Uncategorized | Tags: dairy free, gluten free, homegrown_Zucchini, salad, summer_dip, vegeterian 2 Comments
It is said that two zucchini plants produce enough zucchinis for a family of four to eat as much as they can for the entire summer. This year I grew three zucchini plants for the two of us, which meant way too much of it if we were to stick only to our traditional Persian style zucchini stew.
Almost every single morning I checked on my vegetable garden I found a new baby zucchini turned into a huge heavy one almost before my eyes. So, even with all I gave away to family and friends I still had to come up with new creative ways to consume this delicious vegetable. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer Dip with Zucchini, white beans and tahiniPosted: 7 August 2017 Filed under: Uncategorized, white beans & tahini Dip, Zucchini, Summer dip | Tags: dairy free, easy and fast, gluten free, summer_dip, tahini, vegeterian, Zucchini, Summer dip 4 Comments
I found the recipe for this delicious and easy dip in PRAVA organic site and modified it slightly to my taste. You could do the same I am sure as long as you keep the main ingredients in: It is a vegetarian recipe and completely gluten and dairy free.
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