Preparing Lebanese Cuisine In Your Kitchen.
AS style or method of cooking that is from the Mediterranean countries such as Lebanon is referred to as Lebanese cuisine. The Lebanese style of cooking has to make use of high amounts of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood and a minimum uses of animal fats. Red meat that is used in the preparation of Lebanese cuisines that have to use meat is usually from a lamb on the coast and goat meat in the mountain regions. For a cuisine to be Lebanese, there has to be olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon for seasoning although large amount of chickpeas are also associated with Lebanese bistro & bar cuisines.
Lebanese cuisines are often grilled, baked or saut?ed in olive oil and rarely in butter and cream and the vegetable can be eaten raw, pickled, or cooked. Lebanese cuisine is characterised by frequent use of spices and herbs in large quantities. Different regions of the Mediterranean countries have different ways of preparing or serving their cuisines with an example of Lebanon who have to serve drinks with food and Romania whose family life involves serving mezze which is an array of small dishes placed before the guests creating an array of colours, flavours, textures and aromas. In Lebanon, drinks must be accompanied with food while in Romania family life include mezze which is an array of small dishes with a lot of colours, flavours, textures and aromas showing that different Mediterranean countries have different ways of presenting their Lebanese cuisines.
Dishes that are served in any Lebanese bar or bistro include Shawarma Lamb which is marinated roast lamb slices served with tahini sauce, Shawarma Chicken whose ingredients are marinated roast chicken breast slices, served with garlic sauce, Shish Taouk which is prepared from Char-grilled skewered cubes of marinated chicken breast served with mild garlic sauce. Rich pastries, milk cakes, ground mutton in rice with lots of tomatoes and tabbouleh are the most popular cuisines with the origin being from the Mediterranean countries.
Other forms of cuisines with a special style of preparation from Mediterranean countries are sweets which include Pastries such as Aish as-Saraya, Qatayef and Basbousa and Lebanese ice cream with its oriental flavours, Lebanese roasted nuts with variety and mixes and beverages like Arabic coffee, Lebanese wine, jallab and ayran yogurt.
Technological advancement can allow one to be able to prepare their own Lebanese cuisines in their kitchen by following the recipes that are available in different websites across the internet. Apart from online recipes, books that can be bought from the online and street stores may contain recipes that will guide you into preparing your own Lebanese cuisine without much struggle. One of the books that are recommended with over 250 classical recipes that are fully comprehensive collection of truly authentic Lebanese recipes in English is the revised and updated edition Lebanese Cuisine by Anissa Helou.