Posts Tagged ‘rice’

Simple Rice Pilaf for Summer




Is rice pilaf an eighties thing? It seems that at one point, not too long ago, the rice pilaf was always one of the “starch” options at many restaurants; “You can get that with fries, mashed or rice pilaf.” Or Greek potatoes. The word pilaf is derived from the Turkish pilav which comes from the Sanskrit pulaka: “ball of rice.”

Originally hailing from India, rice pilaf became popular in ancient Persia and the Middle East, gaining a foothold in Turkey and Greece; it is often served with shish-kebab, souvlaki or moussaka, and has made its way into other cuisines, sometimes just on the menu as an alternative to spuds. You don’t see it that much anymore, food trends come and go, but perhaps it’s time to bring back the rice pilaf . Continue »

Video: Lowcountry Cuisine Part 1

I recently spent a week in Charleston, South Carolina volunteering at Cook It Raw and learning about the way the cuisine of the South was shaped by terroir, native Americans, African slaves and civil war. In this video Chef Sean Brock, of acclaimed restaurants McCrady’s and Husk, explains why rice is so important to the people and the chefs of South Carolina.


Oil 101: Sesame Oil



Do you have a little brown bottle of sesame oil in your cupboard? You should, because it is an amazing ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes adding a slightly exotic and aromatic touch to stir fries, rice dishes, vegetables and soups.

The more we delve into the history of cooking, and the cuisines of the world, the more we realize that most ingredients have been utilized for thousands of years, and sesame oil is no exception. In Asia and South Asia it has figured prominently since the third millennia B.C. and has been called, “The Queen of Oils”

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Video: A Visit to Kalustyan’s in New York City

If you’re in the market for green bamboo rice, saffron rice, forbidden rice, halvah, nettle leaf, malva leaf, olive leaf, lungwort, incense, spinach couscous, hot sauce, rose petals…The shelves of Kalustyan’s are a fascinating mix of products and ingredients, here’s a tour –