Persian passion

There ain’t no better moment than today to show my love for Persian food. And as you all know, I’m a real foodie! Next to spending the day with my love, I also enjoyed my favorite (Persian) dish, made by my mom. She’s the best cook and she has some serious masterchef skills. That’s why I wanted to post something about the Persian kitchen and culture, two things that I grew up with.

ImageCharacteristic for the Persian kitchen is rice, almost every dish is served with rice. The big quantity of the food is also very typical for Iranians. In our culture eating is not only seen as a primary necessity of life, but also as a social occasion. Hospitality is a great part of the culture. When for example ten Persian people come together to eat, there’s always food for twenty. It occurs frequently that other families, people or neighbours join spontaniously, so there has to be enough food. Better be safe than sorry!

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It’s really the opposite of the Dutch culture. When Dutch people make food, they make exactly enough for the number of people. It’s not costumary that other people join dinner. Honestly, Dutch people lack a lot of hospitality in comparison with Persian people. When I was in primary school, I experienced the weirdest and oddest thing ever. I was invited to eat at one of my classmates, when the mother of my classmate seriously weighed the meat, it had to be exactly 80 grams, not 1 gram more. I had never seen something like that, I was really flabbergasted!

It’s time to introduce you to two of my favorite Persian dishes:

ImageKoobideh is a minced meat kebab, the name koobideh refers to the style that the meat is prepared: originally meat was placed on a flat stone (precisely a black flat stone) and was smashed by wooden mallet. It’s really delicous and served with a mix of white rice and saffron rice and a barbecued tomato.

ImageThe second one is called ‘tahchin’. It’s a rice cake that includes rice, chicken fillets, yogurt, saffron and egg. My mom made this dish today because she knows that it’s my favorite, so sweet! Coming home to my parents is always being wined and dined. I’m really blessed.

ImageLast but not least, make some place for (a lot of) dessert, jummy!

Now you know something about the Persian culture and food. I’m also very curious about your costums, so, where are you from and what’s typical for your culture and/or kitchen?

Chocolate, not only eatable, but also applicable

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Chocolate, we all know it and we all love it! Chocolate comes in many different forms and sizes, even in the form of a frog. At ‘The Chocolate Line’ in Antwerp you can observe all kinds of sculptures in the form of chocolate. I ‘kissed’ the frog there, but I really wished that I could take a bite of that frog! Not only does this heavenly product function as our food, but chocolate is a also an inspiration for great fashion designers, beauty collections and care products. Instead of eating it, it’s also possible to apply it! I found products that are inspired by chocolate, so you can fulfill your chocolate needs in other ways than eating it (although nothing compares to enjoying a good piece of chocolate, brownie or a bag of M&M’s). 

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1. Lush cupcake mask
2. The Body Shop chocomania body butter
3. Philosophy Milk Chocolate Shampoo, Showergel & Bubble bath
4. Mac après chic lipstick in ‘Hot chocolate’
5. Bobbi Brown rich chocolate eyeshadow palette
6. Bobbi Brown mascara in black chocolate

Let’s talk sushi

 

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Sushi, one of my favorite foods. I love it so much that I’m willing to dedicate a whole blog to it. Two years ago, I never thought I would be such a sushi freak. I remember my first time as the day of yesterday. It happened in a all-you-can-eat restaurant in Utrecht (Netherlands) and in one word, it was terrible! I spit out some sushis because they were too big and the dark, green and orange speckled ones scared me and made me queasy – now I know that the speckles were fish eggs. 

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After the experience at the restaurant, I didn’t eat sushi for a while, until the mood to play suddenly hit me: I’m going to learn to make sushi myself! It was the best idea and it saved me from my sushi trauma at the restaurant. I began with making the small ones (maki), with salmon/cucumber/krab/avocado. Very basic, but I loved it and now I love all kinds of sushi. So here is my personal tip to the ones who don’t like sushi yet, but are willing to try it: try to make it yourself or accompanied by (a) friend(s). I can’t guarantee that you’ll like it, but making sushi is so much more fun than eating it in a restaurant. Here is a very useful how-to-make-sushi tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K729GqTf2pk

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The left sushi on the photo is my favorite sushi, also known as ‘Crispy maki’, a crispy roll filled with tempura flakes. So jummy! The right sushi is a california roll and also an example of the orange speckles that scared me the first time I ate sushi. 

All in all, I now can say that I’m an advanced sushi fan and I love to make different homemade sushi combinations like sushi with chicken-teriyaki and cucumber, sushi with panga filet and my favorite: sushi with crispy baked chicken burger, cucumber, avocado and krab (inspired by my best friend’s recipe). You should try it too!

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Oh, by the way, I’m a real foodie and food is big part of my lifestyle, so you can expect a lot of food blogs from me! I hope you enjoyed my sushi experiences and tips. While writing this blog, I’ve been getting huge cravings for sushi..so guess what I’m going to make this week? 

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