Preparing Lebanese Cuisine In Your Kitchen.
According to the definition of cuisine which refers to a style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment, Lebanese cuisine can be defined as a style or method of cooking that is derived from the Mediterranean countries such as Lebanon. The Lebanese style of cooking has to make use of high amounts of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood and a minimum uses of animal fats. In any case where they have to consume red meat, they have to get it from a lamb on the coast or goat meat in the mountain regions. For a cuisine to be Lebanese, there has to be olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon for seasoning although large amount of chickpeas are also associated with Lebanese bistro & bar cuisines.
Most of the times, Lebanese cuisine are prepared by grilling, baking or saut?ing in olive oil than in butter and cream while the vegetables are 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. 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.
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. Specific books on different online stores such as Amazon and on the streets may contain recipes on cuisine preparation. One of the books that are recommended with over 250 classical recipes that are fully comprehensive collection of truly authentic Lebanese recipes in English is the revised and updated edition Lebanese Cuisine by Anissa Helou.