We have been pushing this for so long that the intended November Gourmet Sunday had been held off due to unforeseen circumstances (eg. consecutive amazing parties or daily dine-outs). Now finally, I was able to prepare one of my most awaited country-themed Gourmet Sunday.
For the past three-plus years, we have been living behind a Persian 24-hour restaurant satisfying our late-night shawarma cravings, which, in my case, chielo kabobs with pita instead of rice and a side of yogurt shake to push it all down (not that it needed to be pushed down). I have always been fascinated with the entire dish comes together. It is such a perfect Persian experience! I feel so excited again just writing this post.
After so much research as to the most authentic recipe for these dishes, I have finally decided to try my beloved Persian entree, if I can say so myself. The chielo kabob as I have known for a long time is an elongated mass of ground beef with a mix of spices then grilled to perfection. The folks in the Persian place we go to does a really good job. I didn’t. I gotta find a really good recipe. Placed a few levels above the kabob, hummus is probably my most favorite spread ever. I have made hummus before, probably like twice already. The first time I’ve heard of it is in Adam Sandler’s Don’t Mess with the Zohan. I am so glad I listen to the script, and not just laugh around. The lemon-garlic combination of this protein-rich spread just hits the spot. I can live on hummus for weeks! But not on this one. Palatable as it may be, I had better. It tasted different from the hummus I am used to. One thing I am happy about is that I was finally able to use the tahini I bought from Assad’s Mini Mart almost a year ago already (and it is still usable).
As far as this Gourmet Sunday is concerned, I need to try more recipes for a more satisfying experience. Or maybe, I should let the experts do the cooking and I, the eating. No recipes this time folks. I know. Better luck next country!
For the next Gourmet Sunday, check out the menu below: