- Bobotie – baked minced meat with egg-mixture topping. It reminded me of empanadas / other meat pies. 7/10. Recipe here
- Milk tart – Self-explanatory. It’s a sweet milk concoction. Similar in taste to the arroz con leche without rice. 9/10. Recipe here
We cooked the following dishes:
- Salat katzutz – Israeli salad or Arabic salar. Very similar to the other salads in the regions I’ve tasted. 7/10. Recipe here.
- Shakshuka – eggs in tomatoes. Quite a popular dish in brunch places these days. 8/10. Recipe here.
- Babka – sweet bread. Ours was with chocolate. 9/10. Recipe here.
It’s been a while since I last posted but we have been cooking a lot since then. Let’s start with Djibouti:
- Samosas – very similar to the South Asian one but this one comes with a sauce. 7/10. Recipe here
- Skoudehkaris – lamb rice dish. I always love rice dishes and this one was great. 9/10. Recipe here
- Banana Fritters – seems like banana fritters are very common in this region of the world. 7/10. Recipe here
United Arab Emirates Cooking
- Chicken shawarma – chicken wrapped with vegetables and yogurt sauce. Tasted even better than the ones you can buy in restaurants. 10/10. Recipe here.
- Luqaimat – fried balls in syrup. We made a mess here, difficult to make them round. 5/10. Recipe here.
- Fondue – melted cheese sauce served with vegetables and meat. 9/10. Recipe here.
- Heidelbeerenwahe – blueberry pie. Our filling became too liquidy. 7/10. Recipe here.
- Aji de Gallina – chicken curry Peruvian-style. It was interesting to put bread in curry together with blended spices. 9/10. Recipe here.
- Ceviche – fish cooked in citrus. In our case, we didn’t really want to eat barely cooked fish so we cooked them a bit before putting them in. 9/10. Recipe here.
- Potatoes au Gratin – Potato with tons of cheese. 9/10. Recipe here.
- Coq au vin – Chicken in wine. The alcohol taste disappears when you cook it long like this. 9/10. Recipe here.
- Pain perdu – French toast. We originally planned to make a chocolate mousse but this turned out to be too difficult to make given our time. We then resorted to the famous and easy french toast. 9/10.
It’s been a while since I uploaded anything. Just have been forgetting to update the site. I’ve been to Morocco before and I really enjoyed my trip there. In Amsterdam, there is a famous restaurant called Bazar and I used to eat there a lot.
- Chicken Tagine – chicken stew in spices. It’s a bit sweet due to the cinammon and honey. I’ve tasted this before in Morocco and it was great. Ours were ok but not quite like the original. 8/10. Recipe here.
- Couscous – couscous with vegetables, almonds and chickpeas. I have always loved and cooked couscous. 9/10. Recipe here.
- Meskouta Orange cake – the cake had a very subtle orange hint. For someone who doesn’t like orange in desserts, I really liked it. 9/10. Recipe here.
- Pastel de Choclo – corn and beef cake. Enjoyed this one, good mixture of sweet and savory. 8/10. Recipe here.
- Pastel de Jaiba – crab cake. I’m not really used to eating crab so this required a lot of effort but it tasted great. 7/10. Recipe here.
- Köttbullar – Swedish meatballs. Like Ikea, we also added mashed potatoes and raspberry jam (didn’t have lingonberry). I made the mistake of added too much flour to the sauce, making it super thick. But, I loved it still. 9/10. Recipe here.
- Kladdkaka – sticky chocolate cake. Reminded me of volcano cakes. 9/10. Recipe here.