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.
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. The main characteristic of this type of cuisine is frequent and use of large amounts of spices and herbs. What is to be prepared in the Lebanese cuisine is usually determined by the seasons and what is available. Lebanese cuisine varies in different regions of the Mediterranean countries where in a country like Lebanon serving of drinks have to be accompanied with food while in Romania their family life must contain serving mezze which is an array of small dishes placed before the guests creating an array of colours, flavours, textures and aromas.
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.
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.
By the help of recipes from different websites on the internet, one can be able to cook their own Lebanese cuisine in their kitchen. 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.