Stew. HerbsKhoresht'e Ghormeh Sabzi خورشت قورمه‌سبزی‎(Iran)

♪ As you have now realized, preparing most Persian foods is very time-consuming.   This is especially true for dishes which use a lot and varieties of  fresh from-the-market herbs.  In the old days, one prerequisite for selecting a suitable wife was, that the mother of the groom-to-be would visit the potential bride’s house, to […]

Polo Albalu Sour Cherry Riceآلبالو پلو(Iran)

♪ 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 […]

Gateau Breton(France)

♪ 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. […]


Participate in Features  of  Fae’s Twist & Tango ☆ ~ 1 ~    ‘Look, I made it!‘ Background:   ‘Look, I made it!’   is a feature in which you would make one of  Fae’s  recipes and have it featured on Fae’s Twist & Tango’s   Blog  and  Facebook. ♪  A thumbnail photo of your creation (with links […]

Bobotie(South Africa)

♪ 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

♪ 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 […]

Yellow Rice(South Africa)

♪ 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

♪ 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 […]

Curry Sauce(India, Mauritius)

♪ 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

♪ 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(Egypt, Middle-East)

♪ 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 […]


♪ 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, […]

Malaysia kuala-lumpur

♪ 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(Malaysia)

♪ 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

Namaste,  my fellow Readers,  I am back! First, thank you for the ‘bon voyage‘ and the well-wishing send offs. Very much appreciated. ♪ (Click on the links for detailed info on the sites,  and additional interior and incredible photos.) ♪ My husband and I planned this trip 2 years ago, as soon as the cruise […]

Biryani Chicken 1

♪ 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) […]

Thai Red Curry Sauce w Lamb Chops(Thailand) - GUEST POST -

¯˜”*°*”˜¯ By Fae:     Speaking of a woman who evolves with time, she gets better and better… Angie of   The Novice Gardener   is who!    And, by the way, there is nothing ‘novice’ about her in anything she touches or sets her mind to. I call her the ‘renaissance woman’.  A multi-talented woman who […]


I am taking a 2-month hiatus from blogging to get ready and leave to explore the destinations you see in this collage of photos.   I reserved for the trip, which includes a cruise, almost two years ago.   I bought a new, feather-weight laptop and a new, glorified, instant camera to document photos, stories […]

Ghottab • قطاب Fae's Twist & Tango

♪ 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 […]

Three Cup Chicken Fae's Twist & Tango

♪ Sanbeiji   (sān bēi jī),   literally  ‘three-cup chicken’  is a popular chicken dish in Chinese cuisine. The dish originates from the Jiangxi province of southern China, and is a specialty of Ningdu. However, it has become especially popular in Taiwan, so much so that it is said, a restaurant that cannot cook Sanbeiji is […]

Baklava, Iranian Style • باقلوا ایران Fae's Twist & Tango

✿ 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’, […]

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Introducing Fae’s Twist and Tango, a wonderful cooking blog from another lovely lady with recipes and stories that will not fail to inspire you. Do pop over and have a good look around.. How long have you had your blog? I started Fae’s Twist & Tango on May 5, 2012. What…

Rosette Nan Panjereh Fae's Twist & Tango

♪ 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

♡ 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

♪ 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? ♪ Check out Fae’s → Recipe Index ♪

Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells Fae's Twist & Tango

♪ 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

♪ 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, […]

Doria Shrimp Fae's Twist & Tango

♪ Doria  (a rice gratin) is an extremely popular food, which has been featured in almost all western-food restaurants in Japan, for almost 90 years. There are still individuals who are unsure whether or not it is French or Italian cuisine.  Actually, it is neither.  This Doria was created in Japan.  However, not by a […]

Candle Cake Fae's Twist & Tango

♪ Five days ago, on my Japanese friend’s Facebook, I saw a photo of a candle cake served at a restaurant. I was intrigued. My curiosity peaked. Of course, I Googled it. There was nothing on the English side of the search engine (or in a few other languages I tried).  And then I entered […]

Singaporean Chilli Crab Fae's Twist & Tango

Do you remember this ↓ story from my post,  Dungeness Crab in Black Pepper & Lemongrass Sauce? ♪ In early 1995, I was sent to beautiful, modern Singapore, on a business trip. My Singaporean colleagues treated me to their most famous meal for dinner, at Jumbo Seafood Restaurant. If you wish to experience insanely tasty chilli […]

Salted Caramel Sundae Fae's Twist & Tango

♪ ♪ So, what’s cooking in your kitchen? ♪ Check out Fae’s → Recipe Index ♪

Dungeness Crab Fae's Twist & Tango

♪ For religious reasons, people of some nations do not eat shellfish (they may only eat fish with scales) and some religions prohibit eating products from living things.  Although my Faith does not prohibit us from eating any kind of animal or sea products, my parents, being from the Middle-East, were not used to eating […]

Butter Cake Fae's Twist & Tango

♪ ˜”*°•♥• °*”˜ Thankful for the memories of 2013 and looking forward to new adventures in 2014, I wish you a  healthy,  happy,  and  adventurous  new year! Happy Holidays and All The Best for 2014! ˜”*°•♥• °*”˜ ♪ So, what’s cooking in your kitchen? ♪ Check out Fae’s → Recipe Index ♪


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