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    Sweet Treats for Afghanistan Feast

    Nattymummy
    Mon May 28, 2007 8:03 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Hi all

    A group of foodie friends have decided to have a monthly 'International' meal night. To make it interesting we're travelling alphabetically, with the host couple choosing the country.

    Typically, the first evening is setting the bar high - Afghanistan!! I have NO idea about cuisine, eating customs, meal format, suitable alcoholic drinks (very few, I guess, given it's a Muslim country icon_confused.gif ??), etc...

    I have been charged with providing dessert (for eight people), and would love as many suggestions as you can provide.

    Also, some background on eating customs, traditions, anything useful to help make the experience respectfully authentic way down here in New Zealand.

    Thanks in advance!
    Natalie.
    chef FIFI
    Mon May 28, 2007 11:39 pm
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    Nattymummy wrote:
    Hi all

    A group of foodie friends have decided to have a monthly 'International' meal night. To make it interesting we're travelling alphabetically, with the host couple choosing the country.

    Typically, the first evening is setting the bar high - Afghanistan!! I have NO idea about cuisine, eating customs, meal format, suitable alcoholic drinks (very few, I guess, given it's a Muslim country icon_confused.gif ??), etc...

    I have been charged with providing dessert (for eight people), and would love as many suggestions as you can provide.

    Also, some background on eating customs, traditions, anything useful to help make the experience respectfully authentic way down here in New Zealand.

    Thanks in advance!
    Natalie.


    I found this site with country info as well as recipes.
    Islam prohibits alcohol, so Afghanistan being a muslim country, I dont think alcohol plays a part in tradition customs. I read online that Tea is common beverage in Afghanistan.
    FYI: Islamic custom is to eat and drink with right hand and the term "Bismillah" (BIS MILL LA) is recited right before eating in which it means, in the name of Allah and "Al Hamdulelah or Hamdulelah(Haam Do Leh La) right after a person finishes their meal, meaning Thank Allah(for the food).
    Chef Allyincali
    Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:17 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Absoutely no alcoholic drinks, it is forbidden in Islam. Afghans do cook with meat, mainly lamb and chicken, beef is rare unless you are cooking in the US. I have a wonderful afghan friend and she can cook the best meals with such simple ingredients. A main staple at every meal is rice, a typical dinner will have about 4 cups of uncooked rice. Vegetables can be cooked in any oil, but she uses sunflower oil and adds spices such as tumeric and garlic, it makes a wonderful sauce and can also be used with kidney beans as well. There are many dishes using Korma, some are actually called Chicken korma or lamb Korma, but basically the Korma is just a sauce used for flavoring. Bread or lavash is served at every meal along with tea. Afghan food is very similar to Persian and Pakistani.
    Molly53
    Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:21 pm
    Forum Host
    Alhambra Bonbons is very Middle Eastern.
    Nattymummy
    Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:29 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Thanks for all the ideas!
    We had our dinner a couple of weeks ago, I took along Firnee (not the yummy recipe currently on 'zaar "Afghanistan Firnee, Almond & Cardamom Cream Pudding", it looks more flavoursome than mine...)and some delicious store bought baclava - no time to make it myself, but the bought stuff was delish!!
    Didn't boil the Firnee long enough though, so it didn't set enough to cut, but was divine nevertheless. Will post the recipe soon.
    The meal was wonderful, starter of yoghurt marinated chicken kebabs with a raw salsa and rice, main was goat korma and chicken with lemon and figs and saffron rice. We did break with tradition and no tea was served, but plenty of wine - so not completely authentic!

    I must say, the lead up to the night was so much fun, I needed rosewater for my Firnee, and discovered from my baclava maker that there is a tiny Persian store about 25 minutes from home, selling all manner of flavoured waters, nuts, dried fruits, teas, videos etc...!! I have never bought or smelled authentic rosewater, and one sniff had me hooked! I loved all the research involved, and learnt so much about the culture and traditions of Afghanistan.
    FUN!! Next dinner is 4 August, Belgian cuisine, and again I'm on dessert! All suggestions welcome, I'll start a new post 4 it.
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