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Khoubz – Arabic Flatbread

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Bahraini and expats love Khoubz and you only need stand outside one of the many Al Khabbaz on the island to see how popular this type of flatbread is. Khoubz literally flies of the shelves or should I say, out of the tabour. Enjoyed throughout the day for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Khobuz is eaten with eggs, chickpeas, cheese and meat dishes (like Thareed) or grills.

Simone from JungleFrog Cooking’s photo challenge is, “to go on location” and try get out of your comfort zone! Most of my photography is usually standing still so I did find this months challenge… well, a bit of a challenge! These bakers work so fast, the bread cooks in seconds and it was hard keeping up with the constant movement when taking photographs and neither of us spoke each others language.

arabic bread-0076No fancy kitchen tools used here… but the job gets done. Kneading the dough with a large industrial mixer which looks like it has had plenty of use.
arabic bread-0039Shaping the cut pieces of bread dough into even sized portions… these bakers work so fast!
arabic bread-0081Arabic BreadGiving the Khoubz dough a workout… rolling, flipping, stretching and shaping.arabic bread-0089The Khoubz dough is slapped onto the side of a very hot tanour while another baker stands by with a long hook, ready to hook out the baked Khoubz moments later.
arabic bread-0083arabic bread-0066arabic bread-0074Fresh baked Khobzu from the tanour…. when you take Khobzu home, a wonderful aroma of baked bread is left in you car!
arabic bread-0014A well deserved cup of chai after all his hard work… then it’s back to work!

Lavender Honeycomb Butter and Alacati

Lavender Honeycomb ButterVisiting Istanbul for the first time last year my husband and I wanted to spend a few days in a different region of Turkey before heading to Istanbul. Searching the internet and gathering bits of information here and there as you do, decided to visit a small town on the Aegean coastAlacati.

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This beautiful and charming picturesque town is filled with old stone houses, lots of narrow streets lined with sidewalk cafés, bars, restaurants, boutiques and antique shops. As it was low season Alacati was quiet (some businesses close) and with not many visitors around, felt like we had the town to ourselves.

Even though our visit was short and sweet you could feel a real sense of community spirit and pride among the local people who live there. We met the lovely Neyran while visiting Lisa Cortis very colourful home textile shop and ended up sitting at a sidewalk café, chatting like old friends while Neyran filled us in about the history of this enchanting town… thank you for recommending the Barbun restaurant, it was a delicious end to our short stay.

Unfortunately we had not been able to include a Saturday on our visit, missing the famous Alacati market mentioned on this blog Cafe Fernando. I never got to taste the chocolate and chestnut cake mentioned as it was not on the menu. However, we enjoyed some delicious home-made cakes at the charming and quaint Tas Otel during our stay and the owner kindly parted with one of their recipes… which I will share in a later post you can find here.
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The smell of dried lavender perfumed the air throughout the Tas Otel and the fresh honey we enjoyed at breakfast inspired this simple recipe… butter perfumed with lavender and sweetened with fresh honeycomb brought back from Turkey… utterly delicious slathered over hot toast, crusty bread or warm scones.

LR-edit-0048This beautiful and extremely friendly cat lives at the Tas Otel whose name was difficult to pronounce and  remember… you were right Zeynep (the hotel owner),  I have already forgotten!
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Lavender Honeycomb Butter

Ingredients:

  • 100g slightly salted butter, softened
  • 100g fresh honeycomb or thick-set honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried lavender, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried lavender

How to make: In a bowl mix all the ingredients together using a wooden spoon, until combined. Place the flavoured butter into a suitable sized mould which has been pre-lined with cling film. Leave the butter in the fridge for at least 8 hours for the flavours to develop. If you do not wish to shape the butter with a mould, place the butter into a suitable bowl to serve. Recipe can easily be doubled.

 

A year gone by 2012

 

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Already one week into the New Year… so please 2013 go slow! Looking back over the past twelve months there have been a few favourites on the Food and Tools blog! But first I would like to say a big thank you to all the readers, subscribers, viewers, also those that have liked and taken the time to comment on food and tools blog posts! Look forward to another years blogging with you all!

  Favourites on Food and Tools

Meeting Happy Hens: On a visit to Ireland my lovely nieces introduced me to their Happy Hens, all very friendly and I was equally happy to eat their freshly laid eggs for breakfast every morning! Sadly, some months later a pine marten managed to enter the chicken coop during the night and kill every hen… I had never heard of a pine marten until then! After recovering from the shock and horror of witnessing such a scene, my sister bought some more hens… a few weeks later a buzzard hovering around swooped down and made off with one of their young bantam hens… it seems hens living in the countryside have their challenges!

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Food Workshop: Meeting the lovely Silke Croppe, an artisan cheese maker and attending one of her cheese making courses at Corleggy in Ireland was such a lovely experience and a wonderful way to spend a day outdoors in the Irish countryside!

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New Kitchen Jewellery: Apart from acquiring a  yoghurt/cheese maker, my favourite baking tin for 2012… the muffins tin from Ikea, loving the tall shaped cupcakes and muffins!1-2013-01-057

Styling and Photography: Attending Meeta K Wolff’s two-day Food and Styling Workshop (day oneday two), hosted by Sally Prosser in Dubai was an event that I was glad not to have missed… and meeting Giorgio Locatelli… what a surprise!

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New Cookbooks: Got to meet the lovely Suzanne Husseine and Ariana Bundy at book signing events at Words Bookstore and Cafe in Bahrain… adding new cookbooks to my collection, “When Suzanne Cooks” and “Pomegranates and Roses”!  A signed copy of Bobby Chinn’s cookbook “Vietnamese Cooking” was a gift from a lovely friend!  Lots of delicious mouthwatering recipes!

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Travel: Traveled to Turkey for the first time, first visiting the charming town of Alacati (a blog post soon) for a couple of days and then to the bustling city of Istanbul! Definitely a place to visit again!

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Farmers Market: Excited to have visited Bahrain’s first Farmers Market and pick up some lovely fresh vegetables and herbs, also good to know that it will be held every Saturday until next May!

Cheers to the year ahead… 2013!

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