The Essentials of Meals – The Basics

Preparing Lebanese Cuisine In Your Kitchen.

Cuisine refers to a style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment hence Lebanese cuisine is a style or method of cooking as a characteristic by the Mediterranean countries. Lebanese cuisine is a Levantine cuisine that consist of high levels of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood and low levels of animal fats for consumption. If there has to be consumption of red meat it has to be a lamb on the coast and goat meat in the mountain regions. The cuisine contains flavours of the Lebanese diet such as olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon for seasoning and may also contain large amount of chickpeas.

The preparation of Lebanese cuisine involves grilling, baking or saut?ing in olive oil most of the times and few in butter and cream as well as pickling, cooking or eating vegetables when still raw. The use of herbs and spices is frequent and 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. Lebanese cuisines are also consumed in other parts of the world with the most famous ones being rich pastries, milk cakes, ground mutton in rice with lots of tomatoes and tabbouleh.

The Lebanese cuisine served in places like the TarBoush bistro also include sweets like Pastries such as Aish as-Saraya, Qatayef and Basbousa as well as 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. A recipe book like Lebanese Cuisine by Anissa Helou contain over 250 classical recipes that are fully comprehensive collection of truly authentic Lebanese recipes in English.