Persian Kebab Barbecue going on in my mum's backyard yesterday. :p
So yesterday I was over at my mum's for a Persian Kebab Barbecue, which I love! Now of course I love the actual Kebab dish, a Lamb Mince Kebab barbecued on a type of skewer, but I also love how the making and cooking of this dish always brings back so many wonderful memories from when I grew up. Because my mum is Persian I have grown up eating a lot of Persian food, both at home and at relatives homes. And I remember on those occasions when we had family get togethers here in Sweden and ate Persian Kebab for dinner, how fun it was to watch all the women come together to make the Persian Kebab and barbecue it. It became like a little food party.
But the best memory I have of the making of this dish is from when I was in Iran and saw how the dish was made in its land of origin by my Grandmother. I remember how my Grandmother used to sit on her knees by the little grill she had in her backyard and wave with a type of folding fan over the grill while the Persian Kebab was cooking on it, I think it was to keep up the heat from the grill. And while she was doing that she ordered around my mum and the rest of the women who were there at the time to help with the cooking. And of course this dish always taste the absolute best in Iran, although we do get pretty close to the original flavour when we make Persian Kebab in Sweden too.
Now luckily for me my mum has taught me how to make Persian Kebab, although I have not made it entirely by myself yet. Even so, I am glad I know how to make it so I can keep on with the tradition of making it for a long time to come. But despite the fact that I could have helped my mum in the kitchen yesterday, the only role I took during the cooking of the Persian Kebab was as a documenting photographer. Hehe. :p So below are some more pics from the Persian Kebab Barbecue we had in my mum's backyard in Rödeby here in Sweden yesterday.
My mum putting the lamb mince mix on skewers.
Then on the grill.
And you know who is always nearby when it comes to food - my doggy Lisen of course! So she kept a close eye on the whole Persian Barbecue process yesterday.
Time to turn. The risk with these Kebabs is that they break easily, which is why there is a grid below.
Getting some color.
While the Kebab is cooking my mum pulls them off the grill now and then to dry off the yummy juices that comes out of the Kebab in some flat bread.
Squeezilly squeezing those juices.
And while we were busy barbecuing, Lisen looked like she had some rather yummy thoughts. Hehe.
Which was apparently quite exhausting too. ;p
But finally the Persian Kebabs were done! Yay!
And this is how I ate it. With saffron infused Basmati Rice made in a Persian Rice cooker, the red spice on the rice is called sumac and is a sort of sour spice which is usually served with this dish in Iran. I also had some of the flat bread drenched in the juices from the Kebab as well as a bit of yoghurt with herb salt. So lots of yummy, juicy, sweet, salt and sour flavours going on there - with a touch of barbecue flavour of course. In other words, it was the perfect Persian Kebab Barbecue meal! :p
But the meal was not over there!
My mum had also made this sweet delight for dessert, puff pastry and vanilla cream with some fresh strawberries and raspberries from her garden.
Simple and insanely delicious! :p
Needless to say, Lisen and I had a very fulfilling visit at my mum's yesterday. Because of course Lisen always get a few bites of pretty much everything I eat. :-)
We actually also had some pretty good weather yesterday, which has not been the norm for this Swedish summer so far. And today it is sunny, though a bit windy. But the weather reports have predicted us to have a sunny week here in Karlskrona this week, so I truly hope the weather people are right this time. Because with sun comes even more barbecue opportunities, something there has been very little of this summer. So fingers crossed that the weather people are right and that I get the chance to have many more delicious Persian Kebab Barbecues this summer :p
I love Persian food! And when I grew up I ate a lot of it, because my mum is Persian. But I have not yet learned how to cook all my favourite Persian dishes. So this past Sunday it was time for my dear mum to teach me how to cook "Persian rice balls". I know that's not the correct name for this dish, but that's what I call it. Hehe. Actually, it's more of a side than a main dish I would say.
Now, as a child I only had the opportunity to eat "Persian rice balls" at Persian dinner parties over at a family friends house. Our friend, a Persian lady, was the only one who ever cooked this dish. And I never knew why until this past Sunday. Mum explained that this dish is a local speciality from the Persian city where our friend grew up. She also told me that it was this lovely lady who taught her how to cook "Persian rice balls", not Grandma (as I had assumed). And even though this dish take more time than I normally spend on cooking, it is so worth it!
Step 1. Everyone - take places!
Me - stove. Diva and Lisen - as close to the stove as possible.
Step 2. Prepare
Cook Jasmine rice, season with turmeric and salt. Fry lamb mince and chopped onions, season with salt, pepper, turmeric and dried lime.
Step 3. Roll 'em
This is the tricky and time consuming part. Just make sure they don't fall apart. And I know, they don't exactly look like balls. Haha.
Step 4. Fry 'em
Last step is to fry them. Either in a fryer or in a frying pan. If you want to put them in the freezer, do not fry before freezing.
And finally my favourite part - EAT 'EM! I like to season my "Persian rice balls" with some herb salt, yuuuummy!!! :p
Basmati rice in Persian rice cooker October 2, 2010 17:42
When I eat rice, I always eat Basmati rice! And I love to cook my rice in my Persian rice cooker! Yes it's easy, just set the timer, pour in water, fat, rice and press "on". But mostly I love the crunchy crust you get with the Persian rice cooker! Yum!!!
So what do you think of the food I eat? Gross or tasty? :-)
Labour day July 30, 2010 20:12
Today I have been a busy bee, hehe. Went to mums to help her with some carpentry, OK I'll be honest, I didn't really do that much carpentry. But I hammered a few nails and sawed some wooden planks :-) always something. It's not really my forté, the nails just bend all the time and my sawing isn't the most even, but at least I tried to help :-)
Some pics from today.
Here is Diva hiding in the bushes. And to the right some delicious Persian food, yum!