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Updated: Jun 19, 2020


Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is my absolute favorite treat in the summer. Although it’s not really complicated to make it requires some planning ahead. As I researched the topic I found that there are many different approaches to making iced coffee at home. You would think that one could pour brewed coffee into a glass full of ice and call it a day…but Unfortunately this method doesn’t work very well. The hot coffee will melt the ice, then it’s not really iced coffee is it! The ice will also dilute the strength of the coffee and I like my coffee pretty strong. And before I discovered the greatest and most cost effective idea of all times on how to make iced coffee I would put the hot brewed coffee in the fridge and once it’s cold I would add ice and drink it. But to me although it sounds like the logical thing to do the coffee tasted still a little bitter and not smooth.

So I came across this method while reading

Imbibe Magazine. Which is creating a sort of iced coffee concentrate. Once I tried it the result was a smoother, richer, more delicious concentrate than simply brewing strong coffee and refrigerating it. And defiantly experiment to find your own perfect ratio of coffee to water. So I took this method of making a coffee concentrate to my French press and it was the most effortless thing I have ever made and been making it that way ever since. The only thing is that this method requires some planning ahead as the coffee grounds need to steep for 12 hours in the fridge before pressing down the filter. So it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Freshly grind whole coffee beans on the coarse setting on your grinder

  2. Place the coffee grounds at the bottom of your French press

  3. Give it a stir to incorporate. Place in the fridge and the only hard part is to wait 12 hours. Adjust the measurements to fit your own French press. The coffee will be so concentrated so to drink it you would have to dilute it with water or the milk of your choice. You can also add sugar, honey or condensed milk.

Coarse Coffee Grinds

Add room temp filtered water and stir to combine

According to America’s Test Kitchen’s taste test of cold-brew systems, using a French press makes the best-tasting cold brew. And you won’t need to buy a separate cold brew system. But if you don’t have a French press you don’t need to run out and get one. You can simply use a container, a glass jar or even a clean bucket would do, a fine mesh strainer and a cheesecloth to strain the coffee grounds and you are all set to make iced coffee.

Store your coffee in a glass jar tightly closed in the fridge

Keep in mind:

  • Iced coffee requires a higher ratio of coffee to water (1:7) is ideal since we are making a coffee concentrate.

  • The quality of your coffee is based on the quality of your beans. So use your favorite brand and grinding the beans fresh is best.

Recipe:

• Grind 2/3 cup of coffee beans and place in a (8-cup) French press.

• Add 3 cups of room-temperature filtered water.

• Stir the coffee grinds into the water.

• Place the French press plunger on top (don't press it in) or just cover it with a plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 12 hours.

• After 12 hours carefully press down on the plunger to push all the grounds to the bottom.

Your coffee is now ready place it in a glass bottle tightly closed and it will last for a few weeks.

To make the best Iced Coffee simply :

* Add ice to a tall glass

* Fill the glass with coffee half full or up to 3/4 full.

* Add a splash of your favorite milk or if you are bad like me ad half and half (optional)

* Add your favorite sweetener and stir to combine (optional)

* You can also add a splash of vanilla, hazelnut syrup or any flavor you like (optional)

Fill a glass jar or a tall glass with ice and pour the coffee filling the glass half or 3/4 full

Add a splash of your favorite milk. I love half and half in iced coffee

This is my favorite drink on hot summer days. Enjoy if you love the recipe leave me a comment and let me know.

X,

Mai

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  • Almond and Fig

Updated: Jun 19, 2020


Mezze is often served in small plates that could be passed around just like tapas.

Mezze or appetizers in my opinion best expresses the spirit of the Arab hospitality. Guests in an Arab home are never asked if they would like something to eat. Food is Always offered and in abundance. Mezze dining is an experience, a true social event. The mezze dishes are often served in small plates and range from warm to cold salads, olives, pastries, cheese, bread, dips, veggies and meats.

The beauty of mezze dishes are in its versatility. Lots of vegetarian and meat options. There is defiantly something for everyone.

To build the perfect mezze platter or small plates you would need:

  1. Something warm: like meat skewers, or bite size meat morsels, spicy potatoes or even fries.

  2. Cold dishes like a fatoush salad, tabouli, beet and tahini salad etc.

  3. Bread and savory pastries such as meat pies (sfeeha) or a spinach vegetarian version. Cheese pull apart bread.. etc

  4. Raw or roasted vegetables. An assortment of cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, peppers.. etc or roasted aubergines with sumac and roasted cauliflower with tahini.

  5. Olives and pickles check out this warm mixed olive dish that’s loaded with flavors from the fennel seeds, orange and lemon and some herbs like fresh thyme and bay leaves.

  6. Beans: as in hummus, balilah, stewed fava beans. Check out my recipe for the creamiest hummus ever.

  7. Dips: mezze platters are nothing without dips. Such as Muhammara a roasted eggplant & walnuts dip, hummus and baba ghanouj. Check out my grandmothers recipe smoked tomatoes baba ghanouj

  8. Meat: small bite size pieces of lamb or beef. Shish tawook chicken, meatballs such kaftah...

Mezze plates are always garnished so beautifully. It’s a feast for eyes as much as it is for your taste buds. The hummus is always swirled, drizzled with the best olive oil. lots of garnishes such as mint, parsley, lemon wedges and Pomegranate jewels.

The Beauty of mezze is in its versatility each dish can be made as a side dish to a main meal. And mezze would leave you with lots of great leftovers that are perfect for sandwiches, salads so it’s def worth the effort to pull it together:

I know it’s sounds daunting to make all these things but you don’t have to It’s great to combine things that are store bought and things that you could make or easily assembled like olives, pickles, cheese etc.

Hope you love mezze dining as much as we do. If we inspired you to make a mezze platter please tag us #almondandfig


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  • Almond and Fig

Updated: Jun 19, 2020


Mezze is often served in small plates that could be passed around just like tapas. Mezze or appetizers in my opinion best expresses the spirit of the Arab hospitality. Guests in an Arab home are never asked if they would like something to eat. Food is Always offered and in abundance. Mezze dining is an experience, a true social event. The mezze dishes are often served in small plates and range from warm to cold salads, olives, pastries, cheese, bread, dips, veggies and meats. I am serving mezze in a new way today just on one platter this is perfect for a smaller party or you can assemble a few for a larger one. i often make this platter for the weekend. Both my kids and my guests get a thrill over the variety of options.

The beauty of mezze dishes are in its versatility. Lots of vegetarian and meat options. There is defiantly something for everyone.

To build the perfect mezze platter or small plates you would need:

  1. Something warm: like meat skewers, or bite size meat morsels, spicy potatoes or falafel.

  1. Cold dishes like a fatoush salad, tabouli, beet and tahini salad etc.

  2. Bread and savory pastries such as meat pies (sfeeha) or a spinach vegetarian version. Cheese pull apart bread.. etc

  3. Raw or roasted vegetables. An assortment of cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, peppers.. etc or roasted aubergines with sumac and roasted cauliflower with tahini.

  4. Olives and pickles check out this warm mixed olive dish that’s loaded with flavors from the fennel seeds, garlic, orange and lemon and some herbs like fresh thyme and bay leaves. Baked for 30 minutes at 350 and served warm.

  1. Beans: as in hummus, balilah, stewed fava beans. Check out my recipe for the creamiest hummus ever.

  1. Dips: mezze platters are nothing without dips. Such as Muhammara a roasted eggplant & walnuts dip, hummus and baba ghanouj. Check out my grandmothers recipe of smoked tomatoes baba ghanouj

  1. Meat: small bite size pieces of lamb or beef. Shish tawook chicken, meatballs such kaftah...

  2. Store bought items: such as cheeses, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, labneh or make your own labneh balls by straining the labneh overnight.

Mezze plates are always garnished so beautifully. It’s a feast for your eyes as much as it is for your taste buds. The hummus is always swirled, drizzled with the best olive oil. lots of garnishes such as mint, parsley, lemon wedges and Pomegranate jewels.

The Beauty of mezze is in its versatility each dish can be made as a side dish to a main meal or a few dishes will make up a main meal. Mezze plates would leave you with lots of great leftovers that are perfect for sandwiches, salads so it’s def worth the effort to pull it all together. I know it’s sounds daunting to make all these things but you don’t have to. It’s great to combine things that are store bought and things that you could make or easily assemble together like olives, pickles, cheese etc.

Hope you love mezze dining as much as we do. If we inspired you to make a mezze platter please tag us #almondandfig would love to see your creations.

#mezze #vegtables #hummus #legumes #vegan #vegetarian #dip #vegetables #savory #fundining

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