Tag Archives: Middle Eastern cuisine

Karl’s Braised Lamb Shanks with Middle Eastern Flavors

It it Father’s Day, so I get to pick the menu. Being a Lueck I will, of course, pick lamb. I have been craving lamb shanks lately.

Karl’s Braised Lamb Shanks with Middle Eastern Flavors

Karl’s Braised Lamb Shanks
with Middle Eastern Flavors

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Karl’s Israeli Couscous With Almonds and Mint

Lamb calls out for a starch of some kind—potatoes, rice, or couscous. Since I am doing Middle Eastern lamb shanks, I decided I would use ptitim. This Israeli couscous was invented in the 1950’s as a substitute for rice.

Karl’s Israeli Couscous With Almonds and Mint

Karl’s Israeli Couscous With Almonds and Mint

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Karl’s Middle Eastern Stuffed Artichoke Hearts

I needed a vegetable to go with my Middle Eastern Lamb shanks. Stuffed artichoke hearts came to mine as a good and tasty solution. However, after gentle criticism of my tapas dinner, I have tried to move away from my overpowering urge to stuff meat into vegetables.

Karl’s Middle Eastern Stuffed Artichoke Hearts

Karl’s Middle Eastern Stuffed Artichoke Hearts

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Karl’s Lamb and Apricot Kofta Stuffed Bell Peppers

I made challah this weekend and it was so successful that I had to make it again. The question was: What do I serve with it? After several rounds of bargaining, Jan and I settled on lamb stuffed bell peppers.

Karl’s Lamb and Apricot Kofta Stuffed Bell Peppers

Karl’s Lamb and Apricot Kofta Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Karl’s Lamb Kofta Hand Wraps with Three Sauces

Miriam wants lamb for her birthday dinner, but because of her TMJ she would like tender meatballs (kofta). Variations of kofta are found over most of the Middle East, the Balkans, and throughout Central Asia and India. Miriam has asked for one of the simpler ones with various sauces.

Karl’s Lamb Kofta

Karl’s Lamb Kofta

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Karl’s Kefir, Lime and Mint Sauce

Miriam was specific on what sauces she wanted for her kofta. She wanted a sauce with kefir, mint, and lime. The recipes on-line were either too simple or had way too many ingredients. I wanted something that was cooling, clean, and fresh.

Karl's Three Kofta Sauces

Karl’s Kefir, Lime and Mint Sauce                                 
                                     Karl’s Pomegranate Chili Sauce
Karl’s Sour Cream and Lemon Sauce

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Karl’s Pomegranate Chili Sauce

Miriam was specific on what sauces she wanted for her kofta. When I looked up recipes for pomegranate chili sauce, I did not find any that really appealed to me. I decided to go whole California fusion on this one. I know the kids like Shiracha and two weeks ago Jan and the kids bought some pomegranate syrup. The syrup is already a well balanced sauce, so simply combining the two seemed just the ticket.

Karl's Three Kofta Sauces

Karl’s Kefir, Lime and Mint Sauce                                   
                                    Karl’s Pomegranate Chili Sauce
Karl’s Sour Cream and Lemon Sauce

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Karl’s Sour Cream and Lemon Sauce

Miriam was specific on what sauces she wanted for her kofta. The third sauce she requested was a sour cream and lemon sauce.

Karl's Three Kofta Sauces

Karl’s Kefir, Lime and Mint Sauce                           
                                      Karl’s Pomegranate Chili Sauce
Karl’s Sour Cream and Lemon Sauce

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Jan’s Apricot Pistachio Baklava

Adapted from a FineCooking.com recipe

I am allergic to walnuts, so I cannot eat regular baklava. Jan decided that she would make pistachio baklava as the desert to go with the Middle Eastern feast I am making for Mother’s day.

Jan’s Apricot Pistachio Baklava

Jan’s Apricot Pistachio Baklava

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Karl’s Alder Wood Smoked Middle Eastern Game Hens

I am planning barbequed Cornish game hens for this Sunday, Mother’s Day. The question remained how should I season the birds? The whole world does chicken, so how do I narrow the field to make a choice?

Karl’s Alder Wood Smoked Middle Eastern Game Hens

Karl’s Alder Wood Smoked
Middle Eastern Game Hens

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