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Brunch News – Yemeni Bint-al-Sahn

Honey Cake at Night
Egg Sandwich for Brunch

Dessert or Brunch

Sixteen layers of egg bread goodness goes into this family size “loaf” or maybe I should say “biscuit”.  We ate half with a honey butter dip for dessert and then egg sandwiches for brunch the next day. The dough came together quickly and creating the layers became a zen filled repetition of  care and touch.

This Bint Al-Sahn or Sabayah recipe comes from A Temeniyah’s Recipe blog via originally posted on July 25, 2010 by Dr. Lamya Almas. She creates a 14 inch diameter cake in a special pan made for this type of cake. I have a temperamental gas oven, but a great convection toaster oven so mine was made to about a 9 inch diameter without a pan.

Take the time to make ghee if you do not have any on hand. Removing the milk solids from the butter will help lubricate the layers and give you the most flakiness for your efforts.

If you prefer a more visual presentation step by step pictures are available on Flikr at Yemen – Bint-Al-Sahn

Ingredients

Ingredients

Cake

1 t. Yeast
1/4 C. Water, Warm
4 Eggs
3 C. Flour, All Purpose
1/4 C. Water
1 t, Salt, Table or Kosher
1/4 C. Ghee or Butter, Melted

Construction

1/2 C. Ghee
1 Egg
Sesame or Poppy Seed Sprinkle

Dip

~1/4 C. Honey
~1/4 C. Ghee

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Posted by on 27 March 2011 in Brunch News, Yemen

 

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9 March 2011 Dinner News – Sendai, Japan

Earthquakes Cluster in Northern Japan

Looking past the Iron Chefs and local Sushi parlors that have become part of the suburban experience around the world, take a night to visit the mountains and shore of Iwate Prefecture and bring the culture of rural Japan to your dinner table. This prefecture is known for it’s bountiful harbors, beautiful mountains, and soba noodle eating competitions:

A Trip to Iwate (Iwate Prefecture Tourism Portal Site)
Iwate Photos (Trek Earth)
Various foods from mountains and villages – Morioka, Iwate (Adventure Japan)

When planning a fundraiser for the victims or explaining to your children what life is like in the effected area consider some of the following dishes or hosting your own dinner table Wanko Soba competition. {Updated 11 March 2011 after 2nd round of earthquakes}

Host your own Wanko Soba competition

Wanko Soba

When eating at a noodle shop in this prefecture you can purchase a set number of small bowls with individual servings of soba noodles and a variety of condiments that vary per restaurant.  You may also choose to have a competition at your table as seen in the above picture.

Wearing the apron and winning the competition – remember that 15 bowls of Wanko is equal to 1 bowl at a regular soba shop

Miso Soup – step by step instructions with good photos and condiment suggestions for Miso in general.

Condiments – Tuna-Sashimi (raw fish). chicken or mushrooms with grated radish, grated yam, thin slivers of dried seaweed, green onion slices are among the options but the selection is almost limitless!

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Posted by on 9 March 2011 in Asia, Japan, Natural Disaster

 

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