"Yakhnit al-Qarnabit"1 lb. minced or ground lamb (I used beef in this instance)
1 brown onion chopped
1 garlic clove finely minced
2 1/2 - 3 cups of vegetable stock
1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper
Gentle saute onions in olive oil. Add garlic, spices and meat and continue to saute until onions are limp and meat is brown. Add cauliflower and stock (stock has to barely cover cauliflower). Bring to a boil, add rice and lower to a medium heat. You can add some extra spice here if you wish; I put in some ground coriander and little more cinnamon. Cover. Cook until rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes before unmoulding. Serve with yoghurt, bread and tabouli or eat it on its own!
One of my hopes for these holidays (could a week have already flown by so quick?!) was to do a LOT of cooking - especially of recipes I have never tried. From the curious of stack of books above I have made a list of things I really really want to make (and never have before):
From Madelain's Lebanese Cuisine:
Shaykh al-Mihshi (Stuffed Eggplant)
Kibbi Qarnabiyyi (Lamb Stew with Kibbi)
Riz bil-Halib Lubnani (Lebanese Rice Pudding)"From my all-Arabic Moroccan Sweets book:
(bought for $1 in Fez)
Kaab ghzaal (Moroccan Sweet Crescent biscuits)
Maakaroun (macaroons Morocco-style)
al-Masman (Moroccan pancakes)
From "Picasso + Pie" Blue Hill Buffet's Famous recipe collection by Lynne Thompson:
Homemade Baked Beans (with Burgundy)
Pate Style Meat Loaf
"One Dish Salad Super"
Minnesota Old Fashioned Spice cake (3 layers with white frosting)
From "The One-Pot Cookbook":
Baked beans (going to test against PP version)
From Family Favourites (all Vegan):
Dark Rye Bread
No-Egg Date Loaf
Tofu Burgers (will try making at least once)
And finally from "Chinese Dinner Party" 1971,
I have a feeling this list is growing bigger and bigger every day... Lets just wait and see what I can whip up in the next few weeks - I promise to post all of my attempts/successes/failures on here.
Bon appetit! Or as one can say in Arabic on completion of a meal Sahtayn! Two healths to you!