August 10, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson
I know I am and would first like to thank Noor from Ya Salam Cooking for extending an invitation to me to host this month’s country of Bahrain and its cuisine as part of the Middle Eastern & North African Cooking Club.
Middle Eastern & North African Cooking Club was started “for foodies worldwide who have a love of trying new things.”
The club’s philosophy is “We hope to make new friends, learn more about food and just have fun. ”
Two recipes are chosen monthly by the host (savory and sweet dish) and the dishes remain a secret until the reveal date!
What did I know about Bahrain and its cuisine previously?
Very little, so it gives me great pleasure in not only hosting this Bahrain cuisine challenge, but this is only the second country’s cuisine showcased as last month, Asmaa from Halal Home Cooking hosted Algerian cuisine.
For those who may not be familiar, Bahrain is located in The Middle-East on the continent of Asia; located off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf.
Images Courtesy of WorldAtlas.com
Bahrain was one of the “earliest areas to convert to Islam.”
Bahrain has an extensive history, long ruled by the Arabs as Bahrain was considered to be an important trading region which goes back to Roman Times.
Bahrain was a protectorate, ( autonomous territory that is protected diplomatically or militarily against third parties — Wiki) and in 1971 declared its independence.
In 2002, Bahrain was declared “a kingdom,” having a Chief of Staff (Bahrain’s king) and a Prime Minister.
Bahrain’s terrain is mostly barren desert land; petroleum processing and refining and international banking are Bahrain’s primary industries.
Bahrain’s main produce is poultry and dairy products and fresh vegetables; specifically dates, tomatoes, citrus fruits and pomegranates.
Due to its location to the Persian Gulf, fresh fish is also is part of the cuisine.
All of this history if making me hungry….YOU?
“What recipes did you choose to challenge people with this month?” I “hear” you ask?
That is a very good question today!
I chose this Traditional Bahraini Chicken Machboos (also spelled Machbous) as found on Food.com.
Per the original recipe, Machbous is a rice and meat dish “popular in many Gulf Countries and across Saudi Arabia!”
I must say, it was the first time I made Traditional Bahraini Chicken Machbous and it came out terrific!
The highlight of the dish, other than its “ease, simplicity and wonderful flavors,” is the subtle hint of rosewater and the Baharat spice mix is “the secret ingredient” that really causes your taste buds to say, “WOW!”
I had some beautiful Egyptian Baharat spice mix on hand which was made up of nutmeg, pimento, coriander, cardamon, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and “other exotic spices!”
The sweet dish I chose was Bahrain: Halwa Bahraini as found on 196recipes.
What a challenge and what great dishes I have already been entertained to view!
I only wish I could come through the screen and try each and every dish!
Look forward to me highlighting the dishes in a future blog post!
Here is my Traditional Bahraini Chicken Machboos I made for you!
Thank you again to Noor and all the wonderful participants in this month’s Middle Eastern & North African Cooking Club.
Please visit the other delightful dishes made this month too!
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