Here’s a skill any truly serious aficionado of Mediterranean food must master to claim the title ‘Master’: Making Fresh Pasta! While the end result is, to some, almost magical, good, handmade fresh pasta is really easy and quick to make and can be used in a whole galaxy of great comfort food recipes!
At the heart of many great Mediterranean dishes is the humble, ubiquitous Sesame Seed. And, in the Middle East and North Africa, this staple us often seen in the form of Tahini – a very smooth paste of ground Toasted Sesame Seeds with added Sesame Oil and other goodies.
Finally! After decades of discord and confusion in the North American maple Syrup industry, Canada and the U.S. have agreed to standardize Maple Syrup grading systems across all major production areas. Maybe this will help control Maple syrup counterfeiting and fraud!
Here is the jewel of Moroccan/Tunisian/Algerian cuisine: A spicy, sweet, flavourful Stew of Goat, Lamb, or Game, with dried fruits and Tomatoes, cooked low and slow in a special pot that is both indigenous and unique to the region. I speak of none other than the beloved Tajine!
I hate Pot Luck Dinners. The main reason is that so many people don’t ask the host what they should bring, or what other guests are bringing. And you end up with four Jellied Salads, six dozen Rolls and a frozen Cocktail Shrimp Ring. Well, now there’s a handy reference to Pot Luck Etiquette!
Here’s a chili paste that anyone from North Africa will already know well… Harissa is used in a multitude of hot/spicy dishes across the southern Mediterranean region and has a unique flavour profile you’ll love in a whole range of your own dishes where some heat is called for…