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Baladi: Palestine - A Culinary Journey from the Land to the Sea by Joudie Kalla

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  • Cauliflower fritters with spicy tomato sauce (Mshaat m'a dagga)

    • michalow on June 23, 2019

      These came out well, but I felt like I was guessing a lot as I prepared them because the recipe lacked key details. How hot should the oil be? How big are the cauliflower florets that are to be used one per fritter? How much is a serving of egg mixture? Fortunately, fritters are flexible and forgiving, so I wound up with something tasty even if it wasn't quite what the author had in mind.

  • Cabbage salad with cumin, lemon, and mint dressing (Salatet malfouf bil toum wa na' na')

    • Yildiz100 on April 10, 2019

      I recommend mixing up the dressing ingredients on the side and then adding the dressing a little at a time because this recipe makes a ton of dressing, even bearing in mind that cabbages vary in size quite a lot. Nice flavors but there was so much cumin and mint that the salad had a powdery mouth feel, I would reduce the cumin, not the mint. It was a little overpowering.

  • Mai's akkawi bread

    • Yildiz100 on April 15, 2019

      When I read this recipe it seemed clear and straight forward, but making it I felt it lacked detail. First of all, it calls for an excessive amount of yeast. (Two 7 gram packets.) I halved it and still found my dough rose to doubled within 40 minutes. However, she didn't actually say how large the dough should be when the rise is complete, so I had to assume it was good enough. She says to make the dough balls golf ball sized and stick them in a bundt pan, but that would require layering them and would be essentially monkey bread-was I supposed to do that? Not clear in the instructions so I made them larger as they look in her pick and stuck them in a 9*13. Called for more cheese than I could fit in the bread (dough was very soft and would tear with so much cheese) and more zaatar than you could reasonably blend with the amount of olive oil you are supposed to blend it with. Aaargh! Final product tasted good but was too oily.

  • Poussin stuffed with green-herbed freekeh (Djaj mahshi bil freekeh)

    • Livia on April 01, 2019

      - Used chicken instead of poussins as much easier to find. - Cooking instructions are poor e.g. does not specify if the freekeh should be cooked, nor does it give the cooking time for the chicken which was given as an option. - Washed freekeh very well, then added to chicken stock. Left it to boil for 1 min then simmered for 25min - Cooked chicken for 10min, then stuffed it with the cooked freekeh, cooked for 30min in oven then removed foil and cooked for a final 15 for skin to crisp up. This was a very tasty dish and the stuffing is delicious and would certainly make again.

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  • ISBN 10 1911127861
  • ISBN 13 9781911127864
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 18 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United States, United Kingdom
  • Publisher Jacqui Small

Publishers Text

Following on from her bestselling Palestine on a Plate, Joudie Kalla introduces readers to even more of the Middle East’s best-kept secret – Palestinian cuisine.
‘Baladi’ means ‘my home, land and country’ in Farsi and Joudie once again pays homage to her homeland of Palestine by showcasing the wide-ranging, vibrant and truly delicious dishes of this country.
Baladi features recipes that are broadly categorized according to the part of the country that they primarily hail from, such as the land, the sea and the forest. Experience the wonderful flavours of Palestine through daoud basha (lamb meatballs cooked in a tamarind and tomato sauce served with caramelised onions and vermicelli rice), fatayer sabanekh (spinach, sumac and onion patties), samak Makli (fried fish selection with courgette mint and yogurt dip), halawet il smeed (buttery semolina and orange blossom dessert), and many more sensational recipes.
Dishes are designed to go together and Joudie explains how to approach matching recipes together for a meal, although at the end of the day she takes an entirely flexible approach – choose what you fancy and create your own tasty combinations!

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