...but I am still looking for the best Arab cookbook out there, and I havent found it.
I made the Iraqi date cookies.....those were good. I also made katayif.....the filling was nice but the batter was chewy.
The baklawa turned out nicely, and the spinach pies were alright.
However I made something called "chicken milina" which supposedly is from Morocco.....in the end, chicken mixed with sliced onion and tomatoes made for a rather mushy, and visually unappealing dish. I thought Moroccan cuisine was supposed to be the most sophisticated? This recipe didnt do much to support that idea.
The Iraqi "meat pies" were similarly disappointing. It was basically hamburger mixed with rice, no spices except S&P, and cilantro...but the cilantro's flavor is cooked out of existence, leaving me with a glorified hamburger patty.
Kufta bis Sayniya was another disaster. Ground beef layered with tomato sauce and onions and a few spices....and then 1/4 inch thick potato slices that never cook all the way through even if you follow the directions and then give it additional time.
So far, Im not "wow'ed" by the actual entrees, but most of the desserts have turned out well.