The culinary metamorphosis of one California Girl reinventing myself as a Middle Eastern cook. Our family recipes carefully prepared and served up for your dining pleasure. Ba'ad shwe'ah, arjuk!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Daube is coming...
...and it's good! If you like pot roast and Middle Eastern flavors, you'll love this daube. Come again in a few days, and in the meantime, if you've any inclination, jump into the contest below. Cheers!
Because it's not just food one craves, it's a feeling of love, of belonging, and of home, I strive to demystify Middle Eastern food by unpacking the recipes and processes central to the creation of home away from home and the continuance of the culinary element of one family's brand of Maslawi Iraqi culture as it is combined and complimented with my own American culture.
I'm creating a record of the Middle Eastern and American family recipes I find useful and important to me, sometimes along with step-by-step demonstrations with the goal of making wonderful food accessible to everyone (particularly those like me who love measuring spoons and find quantities like "several or more" more comical than helpful). Posts will appear when I have something to share rather than on a schedule. The door is open, so pop in when you can, and if you find these demonstrations useful, bring a friend!
Habayib (noun): plural of habibi/habipti. Can be used when addressing males, females, or a mixed group. Root word is habib (adj.): darling.
Habibi (noun): my darling (when addressing a male). Root word is habib (adj): darling.
Habipti (noun): my darling (when addressing a female). Root word is habib (adj): darling.
Hamuth (adj.): sour
Hayati (noun): a term of endearment, meaning "my life".
Helwi (adj.): sweet
Kibbe, kibbeh, kibbee (noun): plural of kubba.
Kubba khaesi (noun): A traditional Iraqi kubba dish served in a syrupy sweet sauce. Served on happy occasions, such as the New Year or when a couple returns from their honeymoon. Also known as kubba helwi.
Kubba yachni (noun): A kubba dish served in a delicious brothy chick pea sauce. Also known as kubba hummus. This variety is the household favorite, hands down.
Maslawi (adjective): a proper adjective describing something or someone originating from Mosul, Iraq. It also refers to the dialect of Arabic spoken in Mosul.
Mushalla (expression): God has been good
Shukran (interjection): thank you
Shweah: a little. Used in response to questions such as, "Would you like more...?", "Do you have any...", "Do you understand Arabic?", or "Are you tired?". Also can be used as a gentle exhortation to speak softly "shweah, shweah...".