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Persian New Year, my mother-in-law and some really great food!

March 21, 2010

My mother-in-law Lilly (Leyla) is the quintessential Persian woman. She looks beautiful from the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes to bed. She is always dressed perfectly and proud of her heritage. She dreams of the day that the leaders of Iran change so that the world can see all the beauty her country has to offer. Until then she shares it with us through the Iranian traditions and cooking. Persian New year or “Norouz” is one of those. The Persian New Year is always timed with the first day of Spring. There is a “haft seen” (a display of seven symbolic items that all start with the letter “S”). The other tradition is to eat a fabulous meal of tasty classic Persian dishes. “Sabzee Polo” (green rice) with whitefish, “Kookoo” (an intense puree of greens and herbs (parsley, cilantro, green onions and lettuce bound with egg and sautéed in a pan until dark brown on the outside and moist on the inside). There is “tahdig” (the crispy basmati rice) I am coming up with lots of twists on this crispy rice as it is an incredible taste sensation. The tahdig is beautifully golden and crisp, sweet and chewy with all the intense flowery flavor of basmati rice. Although not traditional my mother in law always has a small bowl of my favorite appetizer “Kashk Bademjoon” (an eggplant puree with crispy garlic and onion and the white creamy “Kask”. If everyone had a mother-in-law like Lilly mother-in-laws would no longer have a bad rap. Enjoy!

Eat well, Enjoy life, Be happy

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mahyar Rezaei permalink
    March 22, 2010 4:35 pm

    Persian cooking like the culture and civilization itself is heir to the oldest and richest tradition in the world. Iranians take immense pride not only in their astonishing cultural and historical heritage, but also in their culinary delights aswell! Norooz is the perfect example of everything and all the values that Persian culture embodies and represents, and has done for over 4,000 years.

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink
      March 24, 2010 12:48 pm

      Well said Mahyar! Thanks for reading. Best, Jeffrey

  2. Mahyar Rezaei permalink
    April 1, 2010 6:47 am

    Hope you and your family a most joyous Norooz period. May I also commend you on your fantastic website! I intend to spread the word with my friends and colleagues with regards to this site, as I believe thay will have much to benefit from it. It’s just a shame that most people in the UK, given the nature of their lifestyles, don’t take the time and effort to home cook. Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing many of my friends and colleagues consulting your website.
    Best Wishes,

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink
      April 4, 2010 1:36 pm

      Thank you Mahyar! I will keep the good stuff coming! Take care, keep cooking and be well. Warmly, Jeffrey 🙂

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