Cooking and exploiting different types of food has always been a passion for Rania Dalloul. With a specific bias to the Mediterranean cuisine which is where she excel most at due to the wide variety of sea as well as non sea foods available. The Mediterranean cuisine cannot be associated with any specific cultural/ethnic group; rather it’s an assortment of foods shared by a wide range of people especially living in the Mediterranean region. It majorly includes foods from the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and their methods of preparation. Some of these countries include:
These types of cuisine have spread to other parts of the world as Europe the USA and Africa, locations which they have been so embraced that they are no longer considered as Mediterranean cuisine. Olive products especially have been adopted for use in various regions of the world yet it is one of the main foods originally from the Mediterranean region this is because of the commonness of olive trees throughout the region. When we talk about Mediterranean then focus should be on these products and ingredients:
- Garbanzo Beans
- Grape leaves
Beans and seeds
Fava beans and Chicken peas.
- Feta (a type of cheese.)
- Dill weed.
The mediteareanian cuisine is a product of cultural influence and change from the world’s earliest civilizations from the above mentioned countries. Although there are no distinctions of country cuisines, the cuisine can be divided into three different culinary regions with specific ingredients cropping up from these regions and intermixed in between the entire region. These predominant regions include: the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Southern Europe.
The robust flavors and exotic tasting meals can be prepared anywhere across the world today just with the right recipe at hand. Some of the most common dishes that make up modern as well as classic Mediterranean cuisines include:
- Baba Ghanoush
- Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf with Marinated Veggies and Feta Tzatziki
- Mediterranean Tuna Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette
- Mediterranean baked sweet potatoes
- Fattet Hummus
- Zuchinni Ribbon
- Mediterranean Salad with sun dried Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Mediterranean potato salad
- Baked sole in fresh tomato sauce
- Greek chicken meat balls
- Sabih with Tahini Sauce and Mediterranean chopped Salad.
With a range of foods available within the Mediterranean cuisine it is quite possible and easy to fix a balanced diet meal with a variety of foods everyday for up to a whole week. This provides a healthy way of living.
A Chicken Souvlaki and rice Pilaf with Marinated Veggies and Feta Tzatziki