Saturday, September 27, 2008
Arabian style biryani
So today, I decided to make some biryani but not your traditional, run-of-the-mill biryani (well, mainly because I can't lol). I had some cut up pieces of chicken breast from before so I marinated them in this arabic spice I had sitting in my cabinet for a while now. I opened it for the first time today and turned out, it is zatar. For those of you who don't know what zatar is, it is a wonderfully aromatic blend of spices using ground dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, salt, etc. I have had zatar bread plenty of times in Oman. They make this fluffy breads in clay ovens with the zatar spice copiously sprinkled on it and sometimes they even put cheese on it. It is absolutely delicious. However, the flavor of zatar is one that can be appreciated through acquired taste. So anyways, I dunked the chicken pieces in the zatar spice, besides garlic, lemon juice and other stuff. I then boiled some rice, folded everything in with generous knobs of butter here and there and heating the whole dish through in a heavy pot. It tasted better than it looked. I am watching the 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' right now on E! and as much as it is weird and strangely scary, I am still drawn to this movie. I just finished reading a thorough synopsis of the movie on Wikipedia because my puny little brain can't understand such a twisted movie. Kate Winslet did a fine job with the american accent I must say. Okay, enough blab for today...gonna go get some back rest, have this mother of a backache. Later gator.