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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Arabic Style Chicken Wings & Announcing Ramadan Special on Dima's Kitchen Blog

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Try Serving Ahwe Sada (Levantine Arabic Coffee) this Ramadan
find my recipe here

"May the spirit of Ramadan illuminate the world and show us the way to peace and harmony." 
                                                                                                           - Unknown Author

Ramadan is almost upon us :) I love the month of Ramadan. I find it to be a good time to slow down, to contemplate, to reflect on a year passed, to relax and turn inwards to acknowledge, celebrate or deal with shortcomings, achievements and aspirations... Ramadan is a time to focus on family, on friends, on life really. Because in the ME Ramadan days are less busy, where the work day ends earlier, where you are not distracted by all the errands, the meetings, the lunches and dinners... It is - for me - a time of Focus, which I much appreciate in a very busy life. I am one of those people though, I admit. I am one of those who like to reflect, self evaluate, assess, and regroup. I find that we have so many distractions and are usually very busy, that we tend to lose ourselves in the process. The next thing we know, years have passed and we have no idea what took place. Because when things are seen from the looking-glass of time they tend to have a whole different perspective, a whole different meaning all together. So I very often like to take the time and look inwards, reflecting on myself, my values, and all things important to me. I find focus this way, and I find resolutions when needed. This is a universal benefit that is not restricted to specific times or specific people. We all could use a little bit of reflection and self evaluation every now and again, and if we do it more often the world will be a better place.

I have many fond memories of Ramadan. You see, as well as being a very spiritual month, Ramadan is also a very family and friends oriented month. People love to gather up over food throughout Ramadan. People like to be out and about in the evening after Iftar to catch up with their friends and family. One of the best things I love about this month, is the food :) Every body cooks in Ramadan. Home cooking takes over, and the inner chef shines in everyone. Buffets upon Buffets of delicious foods, a minimum of 12 courses! Varieties of foods-  that seem to have lost their way in the old pages of recipe notebooks - resurface and make their way back to our dinner tables. Throughout Ramadan, we are constantly reminded of the basic beauty of food, sharing it with others and feasting socially. All the things I love about food and social eating habits.

If you are an old fan of Dima's Kitchen - (thank you if you are and welcome if you are new to my blog) - you know by now that every year during Ramadan I post daily recipes. Yes that's right a new post every day! I call it Ramadan Special. The reason I do this is because I know everyone wants and likes to cook delicious and impressive Ramadan Iftars for friends and family. I also know that sometimes it gets quite challenging to choose or even be inspired as to what to cook for Iftar. Therefore and in an attempt to help you out, I post daily recipes hoping to inspire you, and help you achieve the best results with my known to be best loved and fail-proof recipes, that not only do work, but are super delicious. 

There was a fuss last year in the blogging world about feeling for those who are fasting and posting daily recipes being unfair and unkind. However, fasting people do have to eat at Iftar, and I am sure they will all appreciate a good meal. I know, from the feedback I got on my daily posting that all of you really appreciated the recipes and the help, so I will continue to post daily recipes every Ramadan. The recipes will be out everyday at 4:00 am to help those who are cooking to plan the meal. But if you find it hard to read and look at these mouthwatering recipes while you are fasting, and if you wake up for Sohoor then check out the recipe then before the fasting starts. Or you can read them after Iftar instead of before. Otherwise and if you are indifferent, you can check them out any time you like. I hope this helps ;)

This Ramadan I am offering yet another level of inspiration. I will be frequently posting Iftar Menus (full Menus from soup to dessert) for those of you hosting an Iftar at home, and want to impress your guests with mouthwatering home-cooked food. The thing about menus is that they can be a bit tricky, in the sense of foods that coherently flow in flavour and experience. The best menus offer foods where flavours go well together, and flow smoothly. You never want to feel like you had a broken down eating experience where the palate was overcome by overpowering flavours. Each course being totally different and your palate ends up needing a break to process all that. These menus are thought out in a way where the work load does not become overwhelming, and where food waste is minimised. All the makings of a proper menu. This way, you can confidently invite your guests to a fabulous Iftar meal that they will love you for. Then be ready to the showers of compliments.

Important Notice: I am treating you this Ramadan
I will be readily available to answer all your questions as always :) I would like to ask you to please post them on this blog in the comments section instead of in an email, this way other readers can benefit from the questions and answers too. Also use the comments section to suggest any recipes you would like me to post, I will make sure to post them for you ;) 

Starting July 22nd, 
I will also be available to Skype (skype name: demzae) or facebook chat (Facebook name: Gastronomy by Dima Sharif) daily from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Dubai Time). If you have any questions, or want to discuss any food and recipe related challenges you are facing, then this is the time to do so. You can also connect with me on twitter (Twitter Name: DimaSharif) if that is your preferred medium, just send me a mention with the question and I will answer you immediately. I will be available all day for twitter interactions. Yes, I am making sure you cook the best meals this Ramadan.

Ramadan Special Starts today, so make sure to come back every day for yet more delicious foods :))

Today's Recipe is one that I love. I am posting Arabic Style HerbedChicken Wings. Ramadan is a few days to come and I thought why not give you a recipe you can use as a hot appetiser before or during Ramadan. This recipe is also great for Sohoor (late night meal, usually entertaining guests). Any day, any occasion, this is a recipe you will be glad to have. 
Let's Do This...

Arabic Style Herbed Chicken Wings

Ramadan Recipe 1
Herbed Chicken Wings - Arabic Style
Chicken wings are all time favourites! Everyone loves chicken wings. This is the Arabic Mezza Version of this delicious treat. 
You Need
18 chicken wings, cut into 2 each and tip chopped and discarded
1 cup all purpose flour
Salt & Black pepper to taste
1 tsp paprika
Vegetable oil for frying
30g butter
4 cloves garlic crushed
2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
1tsp parsley, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon

Season the all purpose flour with salt, black pepper and paprika, set aside.

How to cut the chicken wings

Clean and pat dry the chicken wings.  Cut them as shown in the picture above. Place the cut wings in a large bowl with the seasoned all purpose flour, and toss to coat the chicken completely with the flour. Deep fry the floured wings till golden. Drain on paper towels.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small skillet, add the garlic and stir once, add the coriander and parsley cooking in the butter till wilted. Sprinkle with lemon juice.

In a large bowl, mix the fried wings with the garlic coriander sauce and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving dish and serve alongside garlic paste if desired and lemon wedges. Serve hot.

This is a very simple recipe, but one that will find its way to your heart. Try it out and offer it in your hot appetisers buffet and watch it disappear in seconds :)) 

Hope you liked this recipe, and that you are just as excited about this blog's Ramadan Menus & Daily Recipes, immediate consultations and all the more surprises about to come your way. Come back again tomorrow for more :) Don't forget to use the comments section below to tell me what you would like me to post and to show me some love :))

Ramadan Kareem