I love Middle Eastern food. Period. There’s nothing like having a nice juicy chicken kebab filled with wonderful herb-y flavours bursting in your mouth topped off together with some flavourful fluffy rice. Mmm juicy kebabs. Or you could have them kebabs on its own with some flat bread coz they’re versatile like that. I could have middle eastern food everyday me thinks :D Just like how I can a devour a slice of cake everyday :D But I shall not, for obvious reasons *looks at big bootie that could be in a rap video*, heh.
Anyway a few months back I was browsing through this Iranian supermarket in Solaris Mont Kiara when I came across their canned Hommus and bought it!
The hubby rummaged through our cupboard during the weekend and as usual…he’ll always find ‘new’ items stored away since I have a tendency of forgetting what I’ve bought after a while, heh. It’s fun being a woman, no?
So that was when he self-proclaimed Saturday night’s dinner as a middle eastern one. I searched online for a chicken kebab recipe and came across this recipe here:
I modified it a lil by using turmeric and chilli powder instead of flakes (but very little coz of my toddler), added in some curry powder coz I”m Indian and we think curry powder fixes every recipe that seems to be missing something and I didn’t have paprika with me so i omitted that one. Instead of brushing the marinade into the chicken like the recipe calls for, I coated the entire sauce with the chicken but didn’t get a chance to marinade it for long (i only took 15 minutes – a sin I know) so the end results were not of restaurant quality (if you ask me, I still rather go eat at my favourite middle eastern restaurant, hah) but it’s still okay. Besides my cooking motto at home is simple: Shut up and eat whatever I cook or you don’t get to eat at all so Works like a charm all the time.
Mmm juicy chicken kebabs.
Don’t have a grill at home so we baked it in the oven instead. Hubby said he wanted it more ‘charred’ so this is what he did. Ok whatever.
We found a can of chickpeas in the cupboard too, like supriseee, USE ME woman so I was thinking of what to make out of it when a light bulb went off! Why they deserve to be made into chickpea croquettes!! I’m pretty sure this is still considered middle eastern since it involves chick peas!! Which co-incidentally is what hummus is made of, incase one is wondering
There…this is what Hommus out from a can looks like.
Back to my croquettes – in a blender, we pulsed one can of these chick peas. Had to add in some water to break it up even further. Not easy to blend the entire chick peas I tell you…and it’s times like this I think a food processor would come in handy! Added in some sliced cheese into the blender (but before that the hubby pissed me off majorly coz he finished the entire shredded cheddar cheese packet I had earlier bought!!). Anyhos, added in some chopped onions and garlic into the lump of chick peas, rolled them up in a flat ball shape and breaded them with some panko. And to be honest I wasn’t expecting much out of this flavour wise. But guess I underestimated the power and taste of chick peas coz these were pretty awesome actually. So moist (coz of the cheese) and flavourful! But just a warning, the smell of a bowl of beaten up chickpeas can be a little nauseating…no idea why, but it gets a whole lot better after they are fried!
Kill them by frying em with some oil and olive oil!
Cheesy goodness just staring back…why hello, I wanna eat you.
Got this flat bread from the Iranian store, made my husband drive me all the way there just to get this, any excuse to shop really
And as usual, I have no sense of how to ‘pop by and pick up an item quickly’, so while the hubby and toddler were waiting in the car outside for me, I still did some browsing around and came across this!
BEST PUDDING EVER! Well at least, packed version. I got the French Chocolate (not pictured) and this Cookie one and man, it was sinfully good. So what do you know…I had Middle Eastern food followed by a dessert made there
RM3.50 worth of awesomely goodness.
Incase you’re wondering where the heck this Iranian store is located at, it’s in Solaris Mont Kiara (as mentioned above, duh), same row as Dr Cafe, which is also proudly middle eastern by the way
Little one cannot contain herself, kept telling me how good it was.
Yup, as you can tell.
Meanwhile there’s a small lil milestone that we saw some time ago though I’ve realized there is never a milestone too small when you have a child, it’s ALWAYS a huge thing even if that kid learns to do something as basic as pick up their own toys or tell you when they want to go poop. Oh the joy…
Yup that’s motherhood, finding the joy in the little things and turning it into something GRAND :D
She can FINALLY put away her own shoes on her own accord!! Her dad is extremely OCD about things like this and it’s one of his obsession to put all shoes into the shoe cabinet. Granted it is fair enough that that’s what shoe cabinets are for, but I do get irritated esp when I see nothing wrong in leaving shoes at the side/nearby the cabinet for easy wearing and access. But nooo according to him, god forbid if shoes are left outside.
So in recent times he taught Sairah that shoes go into the cabinet the minute we get home. So now whenever we come back, she proceeds to take off her own shoes (a feat nevertheless since she wears sandals and can take them off all by herself) like so while opening the cabinet, once again, alll by herself:
Mom, dad said this is what you’re suppose to do with your shoes! Watch and learn how it’s done old lady.
You put your shoes away like this! Coz that’s what shoe cabinets are for says daddy. And while you do that Sairah, get your mother to put her shoes in the cabinet as well…that’s what I ALWAYS hear now from the smart-alec husband!
There all done, now to close the cabinet.
And TADA – that’s how you work a shoe cabinet….I hope my tutorial was an easy one for you mommy….now applause away people!
Kids, *wipes tears* they grow up fast don’t they? Soon she might be teaching me how to cook, who knows.