Stuffed Zucchini: the Lebanese way

Some of the Mediterranean dishes require stuffing vegetables with meat, rice and sometimes both. We love stuffing eggplants, zucchinis, bell peppers, potatoes and even tomatoes! I’ll be sticking with “stuffing the zucchinis” for the moment because they are the only vegetables I know how to stuff 🙂

It is a time demanding recipe, so if you have time on your hands, you must try it out because it sure is worth it!

Here’s what you need:

  • small zucchinis ( 8 to serve 3 people )
  • A corer ( see picture below, you can also use an apple corer )
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 diced tomatoes
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 kg minced meat
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp Pomegranate molasses , also called Dibs el Rimman ( it is not a necessary ingredient, but it gives it extra flavor )
  • salt, pepper and cinnamon powder

The corer

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Cut the ends off the zucchinis and core them, it’s ok if you get cracks and holes, it just needs practice 🙂
  2. Start preparing the filling, which is the meat. Put 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in a big frying pan and start frying the finely chopped onions until caramelized, then add the minced meat. Season with salt, pepper and cinnamon ( optional ).
  3. Once meat is cooked, set aside. In another smaller pan, heat the olive oil and fry pine nuts until golden brown. Then add on top of cooked meat and mix together.
  4. Preheat the rest of the vegetable oil and fry the cored zucchinis until golden brown and wrinkly.
  5. Using your finger as a driver, stuff the zucchini with meat,pushing the meat down with your pinkie to make sure the zucchini is full. Repeat until all zucchinis are stuffed.
  6. Preparing the red sauce: add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in a pot and fry the garlic. Add the tomato paste and water, keep stirring until boiled. Season with salt and pepper. You can add more tomato paste if the sauce is too light.
  7. Add the Pomegranate molasses to the red sauce, the stuffed zucchinis and the remaining meat filling. Cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Serve with rice and enjoy 🙂

P.S: you can find Pomegranate molasses at a middle eastern grocery store.

Cored zucchinis

The filling

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If you are into arts, graphic design, web design, advertising, marketing or anything related to the word design, then you might be interested in this online platform. It is made for creative thinkers to collaborate in a community full of creativity, weather whether by getting inspiration, participating in a concept or even by evaluating other elements. It’s all about the teamwork after all 🙂

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Top 100 Trends in July 2010

From Invisible Underwear to Haute Couture Pasties. I am glad I’m not a trend freak!

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Dean & Deluca: the 3 must-haves.

The D&D napkin

For those of you who don’t know what Dean & Deluca is, well it’s time for you to google it, find the nearest location and go try it out. I am a big fan of D&D food, to be more specific, every time I go, I order the exact same thing.

First, I start with the mint lemonade. It’s not like any other lemonade I’ve had, I have no idea what they put in it, but it is the best! Make sure you ask for the mint lemonade with crushed ice.

Mouth-watering picture!

So the drink is set. Next thing, I order the D&D club sandwich. I must say again, it is not like any other club sandwich… The sandwich, which comes with baked potato chips, is enough to feed two people or one very hungry person.

Yummaaaayyyyyyy

And at last, for dessert, I order waffles from their breakfast menu. They make it fresh, that’s why you’ll have about 10 minutes to digest the club sandwich before the waffles are served. They are scrumptious, especially with the melted icing sugar they sprinkle on top!

The virtual way to get opinions on your outfit

Gone are the days when shopping with the girlfriends was the most exciting thing to do. People find it easier and less time consuming to shop online in order to get better deals, even though it’s not as much fun as actually walking around till your legs can’t carry you anymore 😉 It turns out, you can even get online opinions for your outfits, shoes, bags, accessories …

It’s weird that the internet nowadays could potentially become a substitute for girlfriends’ opinions! Well, when it comes to it, nothing can replace my girls. So this whole online thing doesn’t work for me 😀

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“I got tagged on Facebook, therefore I am”

I came across this interesting article one of the bloggers wrote about Facebook… Funny and true.

Whining took another level:now you can whine online too!

I whine, he whines she whines and everyone keeps whining. We ( as in I don’t know who exactly ), whine through blogging, smsing, facebooking, e-mailing, foursquaring, twittering and the list goes on… But just now, I discovered there is a website especially for whining! All you do is whine anonymously about anything, read about other people’s whining and even comment on “whines”.. As if all the other social networks weren’t enough…

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What’s a Blackberry without its service?

It all started as a rumor here in Dubai, but I guess it’s official now. DU, the telecommunication  company in Dubai, sent out the email below to all the DU customers.

Dear Customers,

We have been notified on August 1st 2010 by an instruction from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE that certain BlackBerry services will be suspended starting October 11th, 2010.

BlackBerry Email, BlackBerry web browsing, social networking, and instant messaging services on BlackBerry devices that are supported as part of the BlackBerry service, will be suspended.

Customers will be able to continue using their BlackBerry devices for Voice, SMS, MMS and web browsing not using blackberry service as these services will remain unaffected. Other applications which do not use the BlackBerry services will also not be affected.

This is an important decision taken by the Telecommunications Regulatory authority and as a licensed telecom service provider we shall fully comply by this instruction.

Since a number of du customers are BlackBerry subscribers, du will ensure that it provides all its affected customers with an alternative solution that meets their needs with minimal disruption to their services.

In the coming days du will be making an announcement on the full plan and shall inform all customers on the implementation of this alternative plan.

As a reasonable service provider, we have an obligation to always act within the law and the regulations of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE, while at the same time, providing our customers with the best possible service.

We will update you regularly on the developments. You can also get further information through our website, call centre, du shops and via advertorials in leading newspapers.

Best Regards
du

“In their current form, certain BlackBerry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns for the U.A.E.,”