Chicken Bastilla for a North African Afternoon

Chicken Bastilla is a traditional Maghrebian pie filled with chicken, scrambled eggs and a crunchy layer of sweet cinnamon toasted almonds, all wrapped up in buttery phyllo pastry.

Boy are you in for a treat today: eyes and stomach! This chicken bastilla is THE DISH you must make for your next dinner party if you are looking for a guaranteed WOW factor! Even better, make it with your guest as it takes a couple of hours and there are many steps to keep people busy.

Don’t worry it is simple and the directions below are very clear. Open of a bottle of wine and make it with a group of friends. That is what I did with two fellow Montreal food bloggers as we prepared, and of course enjoyed, a 3-course North African meal together.

Chicken Bastilla

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Cream of Almond Soup, Medieval Cooking Part 2

Cream of Almond Soup was a traditional recipe often prepared in Medieval times. Ground or powdered nuts were used to thicken broth and stewed in milk with a spices or herbs.

Before we explore this unusual Cream of Almond Soup, or Crème Almaundys, here is a quick refresher on what is considered Medieval times. The Middle Ages covers roughly the 5th to the 15th century. It is called the Middle Ages because it is the middle period of the three main divisions of history, at least the Western one: first is Antiquity which ends with the collapse of the Roman Empire, second is the Medieval period, and third we have the Modern period which started with the Renaissance.

Almond Soup

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3 Tips to Save a Swiss Meringue Buttercream that has Run Amuck

All hail the supreme cake icing: Swiss Meringue Buttercream! Is it new to you? Learn it’s history, advantages, and make this buttercream recipe like a pro with these 3 tips if the icing goes berserk!

One of my weaker skills in the kitchen is cake decorating. I am not a natural and I have ventured little into serious cake decorating business. I decided to do something about it and give it a real try. Now before you can really give cake decorating a try, you have to start off with the right icing. There are many options but the uncontested icing for serious cake decoration is the Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe.

icing with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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Khaliat Nahal, a Yemeni Honeycomb Bread

If all Yemeni food is like this Khaliat Nahal, I am in love. Just try and resist a bite of a cheese filled Honeycomb Bread, dripping in an orange blossom perfumed syrup!

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Club. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. Two savory recipes and a sweet dish are suggested from the country and the members pick one dish to make. This month we are off to Yemen with a super yummy Khaliat Nahal, a Yemeni Honeycomb Bread.

Yemeni honeycomb bread

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Ramen Burger with Teriyaki Sauce

An instant Ramen soup mix transforms itself into a noodle bun to make a perfectly modern Japanese Ramen Burger with Teriyaki Sauce!

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Heather of All Roads Lead to the Kitchen, who suggested a great movie called Tampopo which is all about Ramen soup. My dish presents a currently trendy twist: the Ramen Burger with a Teriyaki Sauce.

Ramen Burger

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Neko Manma with Chinese Broccoli

Neko Manma is a Japanese dish that translates literally to “cat rice”. It is a plain yet delicious bowl of rice topped with bonito flakes and a dash of soy sauce. You can add a little fish, greens, or other seasonings.

This very simple dish is the perfect meal to dedicate to Miyu. I lost to illness one of my cats, Miyu, just over a week ago. I know some people don’t feel strongly about pets but they are my babies. I want to dedicate a post to him. The last food he would tolerate was a treat he adored, bonito flakes. He was also the kind of cat you could not leave a plate of food around unattended, and he went for green veggies first. When I saw this cat rice dish I knew this was the right recipe for this post. Neko Manma, in its simplest form, is a Japanese comfort food made up of bonito flakes served over warm rice with soy sauce.

Neko Manma cat rice

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Ro-be-yann nashif (Shrimp Fried with Spices)

Ro-be-yann nashif is a magical dish from the United Arab Emirates where plump shrimps cook slowly with loads of exotic spices, bezar, loomi and curry leaves.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose two savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. This month we are off to United Arab Emirates where we will savor Ro-be-yann nashif, or Shrimp Fried with Spices.

Ro-be-yann nashif

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