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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Now taste the recipes you are going to own this fall (when my cookbook is launched)!

How would you like to go out and dine on a menu that I have designed and cooked for you myself? Well you guys will get to do just that this May! 
I am so happy to announce that I have teamed up with Lafayette Gourmet to bring you my pop up kitchen featuring a menu of Modern Palestinian Cuisine that is inspired by my upcoming cookbook which will be launched this fall. 

check this out...

Inspired by my soon-to-be-launched cookbook, I thought to give you a taster of the recipes you are going to own once the book is released. Drawing on the traditional and historical Palestinian cuisine recipes and their stories, which I extensively explore in the book, I thought that with such a perfected base your cooking can go a long way and wanted to demonstrate that. Where better to do so than with the chef whose style and fascinating modern take on classics are too known to introduce? Chef Russell Impiazzi, Lafayette Gourmet Culinary Director, whose work I admire, has been tremendously supportive. Besides hosting this pop-up kitchen, his understanding, vision and direction allowed me to bring this vision to life and to translate the future of those ages old recipes into beautiful plates to be served for you to savour. So We have been at work the past week giving old and some forgotten traditional Palestinian recipes a face lift fit for their new and modern life.
“Working with Dima on this project has been a real journey of unique flavors, Palestinian cuisine is new to me, as I am sure it will be to a lot of foodies, so it has been a fantastic opportunity to be able to learn the real secrets behind an amazing culinary culture'' says Culinary Director and Chef Russell Impiazzi. Watch his interview in the video below.

Watch Chef Russel as he talks pop up menu...

A modern translation of traditional & historical Palestinian recipes
 that I have delved into and in depth while writing my
soon-to-be-launched cookbook
In creating this menu I have drawn inspiration from the culinary history and tradition of Palestine. Building on authentic, very old recipes; I am bringing these and some forgotten foods back to life in a fashion fit for today's dining experience. 

As ever, Lafayette Gourmet are supplying top quality ingredients. We are choosing local and seasonal produce wherever possible and are even going for Palestinian olive oil, spices and other Palestinian produce in the cooking of these exquisite concoctions.

The menu includes an array of starters, mains and desserts including classics, best loved concoctions and all-time favourites such as the popular Musakhan and Knafeh as well as the very traditional Madlooqa and many other varieties. We also have some vegetarian and vegan options too!

We are very excited about sharing this delicious, beautiful and soulful adventure with you so make sure to be there and let us hear your feedback :) Starts this May, from the 7th to the 17th, at Lafayette gourmet in Dubai Mall from 12:30 pm to 10 pm. 

Make sure to say hey when there ;)

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Bite Size: Tapas & Pintxos #5 - Batatas Bravas

Is there ever any food containing fried potatoes that is not a favourite (yup fried)?! Now it is not an everyday type of indulgence however I can swear fried potatoes are good for your soul! Roast the cubes on days when your soul is absolutely and fully content!

Well the classic combination of fried potatoes and some sort of tomato sauce is too famous for any introductions, however you do have a choice as to what type of tomato sauce, perhaps even what quality of tomato sauce you want to go for. Don't just stick to the same old jar of Supermarket Ketchup! One of my favourite combinations of fried potatoes and tomato sauce comes in the form of this absolutely Divine and very popular Tapas: Patatas Bravas... Boy can I munch away?! Yup I so can and so can you. Here is how I make it, especially for the days when my soul needs a kick and a reminder of fantastic, fun and interesting destinations while am stuck here in traffic-laden and sometimes repetitive Dubai!

You Need
1 kg potatoes, peeled and cubed
vegetable oil for deep frying (otherwise you can roast the potato cubes)
For tomato sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
4 large ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped
1 large red capsicum, roasted, skinned and finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 tbsp paprika powder (you can go for hot or sweet)
1 tsp sugar
Salt & black pepper to taste
1 bay leaf

Make the tomato sauce...
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and saute the chopped onions, garlic and chopped capsicum untill all are soft. Season with salt and black pepper, add the paprika powder and stir to coat.

Add the tomatoes, bay leaf and sugar and cook stirring until the tomatoes have softened. Add water if necessary. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat, discard the bay leaf and allow to cool slightly then blend until smooth. Thin slightly with water if required. Heat the sauce again before serving.

Before serving: Deep fry the potato cubes until golden, drain and set aside.

To serve, place the fried potato cubes and top with the tomato sauce then garnish with chopped parsley. Serve hot and enjoy :))

Stay Tuned for my pop up kitchen at.... (I guess you are going to have to watch the announcement on this link!

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