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. It is a Levantine cuisine made with an abundance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood and minimal levels of animal fats. Red meat that is used in the preparation of Lebanese cuisines that have to use meat is usually from 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 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.
Some of the Lebanese cuisine dishes are 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.
Other forms of cuisines with a special style of preparation from Mediterranean countries are sweets which include Pastries such as Aish as-Saraya, Qatayef and Basbousa and 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.
In the present days, one can be able to prepare Lebanese cuisine in their own kitchens by following instruction from recipes that are provided in different websites on the internet. The recipes are also available in books that can be purchased from different stores online and on the streets. 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.