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Name of Cuisine:

Italian

Dining Experience:

Lots of very solid, very yummy food. Stories of proper Italian dinners involving multiple courses and a fish course, a pasta course, a beef course, a chicken course....Lots of lovely desserts too, the most famous of which is tiramisu. Italian (to me) is very much a home food. Every one has their own version of Spaghetti Bolognese (also known as SpagBol, SpagBog, Bog) and Lasagne. Chesh and I are planning to make lasagne a family event, from making the pasta through to the final product. We think it will be a fun activity to do with *every one*.  All the pastas mentioned below I expect to make by hand with Vinnie's assistance.

Customs and Notes:

Food is a very group and/or family affair. The care and love shown from growing the produce through to group processing and cooking and consumption is very much a tie in of food and love.

Recipes: (10 recipes)

1) Pizza with potato dough base and special tomato sauce
2) Roman Pan-fried Lamb
3) Gnocchi Romana
4) Pasta carbonara
5) Pasta Marinara
6) Lasagne
7) Parma-wrapped chicken stuffed with herbed garlic cheese
8) vegetarian Bean and Pasta Casserole
9) pancooked chicken with artichokes
10) Pumpkin and spinach cannelloni
11) Chicken (paprika) casserole


Main Ingredients I need to obtain (excluding meats):

General Ingredients
AnchoviesOlives (green)Olives (black)
Parma HamGruyereParmesan
EggsFlourCheese
PasataSoft Cheese with herbs and garlicPasta Sauce
OnionCrushed Tinned tomatoesArtichoke Hearts
Cannelini Beans  
   



Resources (Books/Blogs/Etc)
This is the book I am using:
Italian - over 180 tantalising recipes
The funny thing about this book is that I tried to give it away! I didn't like the formatting or the recipes, but Chesh said he did, and would mark some things he liked to try. So, it's now going to be my main reference for this month.
Also, an old favourite might have few entries/.

Livejournal Posts
Roman Panfried Lamb and Potato Base Pizza with Special Tomato Sauce

Other notes... Japanese month was a complete flop. I was sick for three weeks out of four, and we did a couple of recipes, but not the whole array I had planned. I'll tackle Japanese again later, probably in a warmer month. I want to explore cold noodle soups and salads more!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
I am starting my monthly meal plan for next month. The second most popular item on my food poll was Japanese, so Japanese will be the theme of next month.

If you have any suggestions or hints for me to think about, post them here!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Name of Cuisine:

Turkish/Lebanese/Moroccan

Dining Experience:

Mostly sitting on cushions on the floor with a low table in the middle. Starters or appetizers, main course, and desserts. Drinks often yoghurt based. Usually men eat together, no mention of what women do. Gossip in the kitchen I guess. :-/ (Incomplete entry)

Customs and Notes:

Recipes: (10 recipes)

1 - Loobia (beans in tomatoes and onions)
2 - Turkish style kebabs (toasted pita bread, a tomato sauce, natural yoghurt sauce and beef or lamb mince kebabs with sumac sprinkle)
3 - Chicken honey tagine
4 - Lamb stew with egg and lemon sauce
5 - Chicken with dates
6 - Mini turkish pizzas
7 - Baked kibbeh with onion and pine nut topping
8 - Lamb chermoula
9 - Stuffed courgettes in tomato sauce
10 - Grilled chicken wings with lemon and garlic
11 - chicken pie with onions and sumac
12 - Aubergines with Tomato and Chickpeas
13 - Meat Cigars
14 - Cucumber and Yoghurt Salad
15 - Sweet Potato Salad
16 - Hummus


Main Ingredients I need to obtain (excluding meats):

General Ingredients
YoghurtPine NutsBurghar
MintDillParsley
eggplantlemonspring onions
EggsCapersFeta
WalnutsFilo PastryCinnamon
all-spicepistachiostahini
chick peaspomegranite molassesvine leaves


Resources (Books/Blogs/Shops):
Arabesque by Claudia Roden
http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Cookbook/Morocco.html
http://www.tigersandstrawberries.com/

Livejournal Posts:
http://callistra.livejournal.com/411205.html
http://callistra.livejournal.com/412006.html
http://callistra.livejournal.com/415964.html
http://callistra.livejournal.com/416622.html
http://callistra.livejournal.com/418493.html
http://callistra.livejournal.com/422837.html
http://callistra.livejournal.com/424031.html

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