Baghlava Baklava Ice-Cream بستنی باقلوا| Fae's Twist & Tango

Baklava/Baghlava Ice Cream  •   بستنی باقلوا

♡ Celebration of  L♡VE, an international language with no barrier. You are in for a treat!  Once you’ve had this treat, you will be reminiscing about its taste forever. It is not a low-cal dessert…  and that’s what makes it so delicious! ♡ . Happy Valentine’s Day . ¯˜”*° ♡ °*”˜¯ . You may also…

Japanese Simmered Acorn Squash • Kabocha'no Nimono • カボチャの煮物 Fae's Twist & Tango

Chopsticks, Nimono and Sokuseki-zuke

February 6th is National Chopsticks Day. I love chopsticks because they are an extension of my hands. I use them not only as cooking and eating utensils but for a variety of tasks. I always encourage everyone to learn how to use them, and guarantee once you do, they become part of you. Therefore, I celebrate…

Shabu-Shabu with Spicy Soy Milk Broth • Tonyu Yakuzen Shabu-Shabu 豆乳薬膳しゃぶしゃぶ | Fae's Twist & Tango

Shabu-Shabu with Spicy Soy-Milk Broth

♪ Nabemono  (鍋物, なべ物  nábé=cooking-pot + mónó=things),  or simply  nábé,  refers to a variety of Japanese hot pot dishes.  Most nabemono are served during the colder seasons. The pots are usually placed in the center of dining tables on a portable stove, shared by multiple people. This is considered the most sociable way to eat with…

Russian Tea Cake

Russian Tea Cakes

♪ Tea has had a rich and varied history in Russia since 1638. Today, it is considered the de facto national beverage, one of the most popular beverages in the country. Tea is closely associated with traditional Russian culture and at the end of meals, served with sweets/desserts, such as  tea cakes/cookies. An important aspect…

Galette Fae's Twist & Tango

Galette des Rois

♪ Known as the king’s cake, taking its name from three biblical kings, it is a type of cake/galette associated in a number of countries with the festival/celebration of Epiphany, commemorated on January 6th, at the end of the Christmas season, on the 12th day. The French version, galette des rois, what is now flaky puff pastry filled…

Chakin Sushi | Fae's Twist & Tango

Chakin Sushi & Kouhaku Namasu • 茶巾寿司 と 紅白なます

Happy New Year!  I wish you and yours a healthy, happy, prosperous 2015 with lots of  love! あけましておめでとうございます! ¯¯¯˜”*°*”˜¯¯¯ Chakin sushi is a dish that is served at auspicious occasions such as festivals and celebrations in Japan. It is made with seasoned sushi rice, wrapped in a thin omelet and colorfully garnished. They look like…

Khoresh Beh خورش به - Quince Stew - Fae's Twist & Tango

Quince Stew | Khoresh’e Beh . . . خورش به

After the quince preserve recipe I posted last week, I was further inspired to make one more quince dish before the season was over. This dish is so easy to put together, if you have the cooked meat and caramelized onion in the freezer. This is a flavorful sweet-&-sour, a very tasty recipe to be…

Sohan'e Qom | سوهان قم | Fae's Twist & Tango

Sohan’e Qom‎ • Shabe Yaldā‎ . . . . . . سوهان قم و شب یلدا

Sohan’e Qom / Qom Saffron Cardamom Pistachio Brittle Shabe Yaldā‎ / Yaldā Night    |      سوهان قم  و  شب یلدا ¯˜”*°*”˜¯ Shabe Yaldā, an Iranian festival, celebrated on the ‘longest and darkest night’ of the year, falls on the night of the Northern Hemisphere’s winter solstice, which corresponds to the night of December 20 or 21,…

Yakitori | Fae's Twist & Tango

Yakitori • やきとり

Japan #7, last stop,    Tokyo | 東京 . ¯˜”*°*”˜¯ Tokyo / Eastern Capital,  officially Tokyo Metropolis, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Japanese government…

Mont Blanc | Fae's Twist & Tango

Mont Blanc • モンブラン

Japan #6,    Kobe|神戸    &    Osaka|大阪 ¯˜”*°*”˜¯ Kobe Kobe  was one of the cities to open for trade with the West following the end of the policy of seclusion (1868)  and has since been known as a cosmopolitan port city. While the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake diminished much of Kobe’s prominence as a…

Miso Ramen | Fae's Twist & Tango

Miso Ramen • 味噌ラーメン

Japan #5,   Hokkaido|北海道,    Korsakov|Russia   &    Aomori|青森   Kushiro | 釧路 Overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean in northern Japan, on the island of Hokkaido, it should come as no surprise that Kushiro, ‘City of Mist’ is a major Japanese fishing port. Although the freshly caught seafood served ashore is a highlight for…

Matcha Crème Bavaroise | 抹茶ババロア Fae's Twist & Tango

Matcha Crème Bavaroise • 抹茶ババロア

Japan #4,    Busan/Korea|부산,    Nagasaki|長崎,     Yokohama|横浜 ¯˜”*°*”˜¯ Busan, Korea The second largest city in South Korea, Busan is gateway to a fascinating land whose culture is a unique amalgam of old and new. Known as Korea’s summer capital for its superb beaches and impressive hot springs, Busan is also famous as a…

Autumn Kakiage Tempura|秋のかきあげ | Fae's Twist & Tango

Autumn Kakiage Tempura • 秋のかきあげ

Japan #3  Maizuru|舞鶴  &  Sakaiminato|境港 ¯˜”*°*”˜¯ Maizuru Maizuru is gateway to the historical imperial city of Kyoto, rich in beauty, history and innumerable delights. Trivia: •   Nikujaga, a dish of stewed meat and potatoes, was created in Maizuru. •   In the former Navy, curry rice/karē raisu  was served every weekend to keep sense of…

Japanese Sweet Potato Cake/Delight |スイートポテト - Fae's Twist & Tango

Japanese Sweet Potato Cake|スイートポテト

Japan #1 ¯˜”*°*”˜¯ Prologue for Japan Trip Starting 2013, Princess Cruises introduced new all around Japan itineraries, mainly to attract Japanese travelers. For 2014, three new, round-trip Yokohama, 9-days each, Japan itineraries were offered. We already had plans for 2013, but did not waste a minute booking all three for 2014. Especially since most of…

Japanese Curry Rice - Fae's Twist & Tango

Japanese Curry Rice & Indian Milk Chai

As you see in the photo above, when I attended local, public Japanese school in the late 1950s to early 1960s,  my class was one of  12  1st-grader classes, with 60 students each (speaking of baby-boomers),  4 of my clasmates were absent on the photo day.  We did not take lunch to school. Lunch was provided/served,…

Korokke Meat - Fae's Twist & Tango

Korokke • コロッケ | Japanese Croquette

♪ Japanese,  ofukuro no aji/ おふくろの味,  meaning   ‘taste of my mother’s (cooking) ’, is an expression used when one misses/nostalgic about one’s Mom’s homemade dish. It is a phenomenon that more and more such referred dishes are ‘Japanized’ foreign originated dishes, such as curry, spaghetti, croquette/korokke (this featured dish), tempura, hanbāgu, pudding,  gelatin, cakes and many…

Hazelnut Dacquoise - Fae's Twist & Tango

Hazelnut Dacquoise with Buttercream

♪ Dacquoise   is a dessert cake made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue and whipped cream or buttercream. The term dacquoise can also refer to the nut meringue layer itself.  It takes its name from the feminine form of the French word dacquois, meaning  ‘of Dax’,  a town in southwestern France.  It is usually…

Lea Hogg

From the heart of the Mediterranean…. Lea Hogg

˜”*°*”˜ Eighty kilometers/50 miles south of  Sicily, lies an island,  Malta  (pop. 453K),  a European country in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, where the sun shines every day and brings out the best flavors in everything, and food/produce is abundant.   Malta is blessed with natural beauty and an elegant, talented woman, Lea Hogg, who…

Chicken Wings/Lollipop - Fae's Twist & Tango

Deep-Fried Boneless Chicken Wingettes & Lollipopped Drumettes

♪ Chicken wings come in three parts.  The part of the wing that comes directly off  the bird is commonly referred to as the  ‘drumette’  and has one bigger bone (humerus)  like a drumstick.  The middle section of the wing with two bones (radius and ulna), is commonly called the  ‘wing/wingette’,  and the little funky part…

Kuku Sabzi - Fae's Twist & Tango

Fresh Herb Kuku • KuKu Sabzi • کوکوسبزی

♪ Kükü  is a Persian/Iranian dish similar to  frittata.  By comparison with  frittata, kuku  recipes use a smaller proportion of eggs to bind larger amounts of other ingredients,  have spices instead of cheese and are cooked on a stove on low heat or baked in the oven.  There are different types of  kuku  such as kuku-ye…

Sabzi Polo - Fae's Twist & Tango

Fresh Herb Rice • Sabzi Polo • سبزی پلو

♪ Sabzi Polo    is a Persian/Iranian fresh herbed rice,  traditionally served with white fish, especially at lunch on Naw-Ruz.  I had the intention of presenting sabzi polo  with trout, which I could not find in the market for the last few days. What goes perfectly with sabzi polo is grilled rainbow trout made by  Cooking with…

Albalu Polo - Fae's Twist & Tango

Sour Cherry Rice • Albalu Polo • آلبالو پلو

♪ It is sour cherry season.   Lucky are those like Azita  of   Fig & Quince who can obtain fresh ones from DC and make  Sour Cherry Syrup Drinks  (sharbate albalu)  or the blog,  My Kitchen Witch, who has a tree in her backyard and just made  Cherry Chutney.  Persians/Iranians go crazy about sour cherries…

Breton Butter Cake - Fae's Twist & Tango

Gâteau Breton • Breton Butter Cake

♪ Brittany/Breton is one of the 27 regions of France. It occupies a large peninsula in the northwest of the country, lying between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south.  Its capital is Rennes. Brittany has been somewhat culturally and geographically distinct from the rest of the country.…

Bobotie - Fae's Twist & Tango

Bobotie

♪ Bobotie, one of the best-known dishes of South Africa, a dish of  Cape Malay,  is like meatloaf with raisins and baked eggs on top, and is often served with  yellow rice,  sambals, coconut, banana slices, and chutney. The daily food of South African families can be traced to the indigenous foods that their ancestors ate.…

Cape Town 1

South Africa

♪ With this post, we have come to the end of our 5-day-land and 31-day-cruise trip, half of which was in the Somalian pirate-infested  Indian Ocean, going through drills in-case we experience ‘Captain Phillips’ first hand Our last three stops were at exciting and adventurous ports in the country of South Africa! ♪ (Click on the…

Yellow Rice - Fae's Twist & Tango

Geelrys • Yellow Rice

♪ Geelrys is Afrikaans, literally meaning ‘yellow rice’.  It is a staple of  South African meals. We Iranians are known for our variety of decadent rice dishes. To my pleasant surprise, the fragrance with which this rice filled my kitchen was unique and amazing. The fusion of all the ingredients made this rice taste creamy. I am very pleased…

Port of Mahe

Seychelles Islands → Mauritius → Reunion Island

♪ Here are  3  paradise island nations in the Indian Ocean, within the African continent. ♪ (Click on the links for detailed info on the sites, and additional interior and incredible photos.) Seychelles Islands We docked at Mahé Island. There are 115 tropical islands, with gleaming white beaches, fringed by gently swaying palms, lapped by…

Curry Okra - Fae's Twist & Tango

Basic Curry Sauce

♪ Throughout our India ~ Africa journey,  in Southeast-Asia,  UAE  or  the African islands, there was much similarity  in the influence of Indian food on their local cuisine.  In the local market in Mauritius, like other nations,  I saw lots of spices and nuts, which  explained that one of the roots of their local cuisine is Indian…

Burj Al Arab

Maldive Islands → Oman → Dubai

♪ Before visiting three Islamic countries, we were repeatedly informed (on the ship) to make sure to cover our ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’.  We heard it so many times that we started singing and humming,  ‘♪ head ♪ shoulders ♪ knees ♪ and toes ♪,   ♪ head ♪ shoulders ♪ knees ♪ and toes…

Falafel - Fae's Twist & Tango

Falafel

♪ Falafel  is a deep-fried ball or patty made from seasoned, ground chickpeas or fava beans, or both, with herbs.  It is a traditional Middle-Eastern food, usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flat-bread. known as lafa.  The falafel balls are topped with salads (i.e tomato, cucumber, onion mix…

Nazouk - Fae's Twist & Tango

Nazouk • نازوک

♪ This exquisite,  mildly sweet pastry, goes very well with tea, coffee or any hot drink .  Always a favorite and commonly served at Naw-Ruz, along with many other scrumptious Persian sweets, this gem of a delectable pastry, nazouk/gata was introduced to Persians/Iranians  by Armenian settlers of over 500 years in Iran.   In California, USA, the…

Malaysia kuala-lumpur

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur → Penang

♪ Selamat pagi  / Good Morning Selamat tengah hari  / Good Afternoon Selamat Petang  / Good Evening Needless to say, one day is never enough to see and mingle with people in any city in the world. This is especially true in cities known for their culinary brilliance. Going to Penang/Malaysia was very important to…

Nasi Lemak - Fae's Twist & Tango

Nasi Lemak -&- Chicken Rendang

♪ Nasi lemak   meaning  ‘oily/creamy rice’,   is a fragrant, Malaysian rice dish, cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. Nasi lemak is considered a Malaysian national dish.  Traditionally, nasi lemak is served with various side dishes, including hard boiled or fried egg, fresh cucumber slices, roasted/fried peanuts, hot spicy sauce (sambal) and small, fried…

India Taj Mahal

Road to India

(Click on the links for detailed info on the sites, and additional interior and incredible photos.) Namaste, My husband and I planned this trip 2 years ago, as soon as the cruise itinerary was posted. We had traveled extensively but a journey to  this part of the globe would have been our first. The plan…

Biryani - Fae's Twist & Tango

Chicken Biryani, Hyderabadi Style

♪ Biryani is a rice-based dish made with spices and mutton, chicken, vegetables, seafood.  The name is derived from the Persian word beryān (بریان), meaning fried/roasted.  It originated in Persia and was brought to South Asia by Muslim travelers/merchants.  It was one of the most famous dishes in the kitchen of the Mughal (not Mongol)…

Ghottab • قطاب Fae's Twist & Tango fae-magazine.co

Ghottâb • قطاب

♪ Ghottâb   (also spelled qottâb)  is an almond-filled,  deep-fried,  Persian delight/cookie.  The city of Yazd in Iran is known for its  fabulous, quality sweets, many of which originated there.  Whether or not they originated in Yazd, people desire Yazd-made for quality.  Ghottâb  is one such sweet,  which is identified with Yazd. I included  ghottâb,  one…

Baghlava Persian Style Baklava باقلوا ایرانی | Fae's Twist & Tango

Naw-Rúz, A New Year Recipe Round-up!

✿ Naw-Rúz is a New Year holiday celebrated by people of all nationalities and several religions, living all over the world! I am delighted and honored to be invited to join a collaboration of food bloggers, who are part of a Naw-Rúz  Recipe Round-up  (Twitter #Norouz). Naw-Rúz,  spelled differently by people of different backgrounds, meaning  ‘New-Day’, is celebrated…

Rosette Nan Panjereh Fae's Twist & Tango

Rosettes / Window Cookies • Nan Panjereh’i • نان پنجره

♪ What Iranians/Persians call their traditional window cookies,  nan panjereh’i,  which is a thin, deep-fried pastry, made with intricately designed irons,  is internationally known as ‘rosettes’.  According to Wikipedia, rosette is called struva in Swedish, and is of Swedish and Norwegian origin, traditionally made during Christmas time.  But Wikipedia does not go any further and…

Swiss Roll Jelly Roll Roulade Fae's Twist & Tango

Chocolate Roulade Cake →♡→♡

♡ Happy Valentine’s Day! A  celebration  of  the  day  of   L♡VE  !   I made this cake at the last minute, because of a comment left, by Shanna of  Curls and Carrots on my Facebook page, saying, “I hope you are posting a fabulous chocolate dessert next.”  Nothing is more precious for Mama Fae…

Meatballs Fae's Twist & Tango

Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

♪ If you are looking for  juicy, succulent meatballs for your pasta dishes, or  as a meat  accompaniment, these meatballs will delight you. ♪ ♪ So, what’s cooking in your kitchen? ♪ . . .

Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells Fae's Twist & Tango

Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells

♪ This version of stuffed jumbo shells, which I have adapted from the recipe that was on its packaging, is a relatively easy dish to make, especially if store-bought marinara sauce is used.  While preparing this recipe, I was imagining of varieties of stuffing for these jumbo shells.  For example, chicken meat with mushrooms with…

Egg Bake Fae's Twist & Tango

Egg Bake with Gluten Free Bagel Chips

♪ Super Bowl   –   noun,   trademark The National Football League championship game, played annually between the champions of the National and the American Football Conferences. ♪ This Sunday  (tomorrow)  is  NFL Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, when all U.S. Americans go wild, glued to their televisions.  It includes four hours of watching the game,…