Book Review: Simply Armenian: Naturally Healthy Ethnic Cooking Made Easy

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I love to cook. I am sure I have made that rather clear in many posts in this blog. I also love to try new recipes and different cuisines. When I was offered the opportunity to review Simply Armenian: Naturally Healthy Ethnic Cooking Made Easy I jumped at the chance. This was a cuisine I knew nothing about. Woo hoo…

I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the book and learning about this style of cooking. To me it is very close to Greek cooking which is a food style I love and cook often.  I truly enjoyed the family tales that were included throughout the book. It made things so personal and much more fun.

I thought through what I had in my freezer and pantry and decided to try Lamb Stuffed Grape Leaves. Lamb is one of my favorite meats and I just happened to have some ground lamb in my freezer. And in the biggest stroke of irony my husband had given me a jar of grape leaves in my stocking for Christmas.

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The stuffing is delicious – somewhat similar to what goes in that classic Polish dish, Stuffed Cabbage. The addition of the juice of a lemon gives it a really bright flavor. It’s a very wet stuffing but that helps the rice to cook perfectly.

This was the first time I had worked with grape leaves and it won’t be the last. They were a little challenging for me to unroll but I think it was mostly because I was afraid of ripping them. They are stronger than I thought they would be and by the time I was unrolling the third bunch I had no problems at all.

A little stuffing (1 TBS) goes on each grape leaf

It gets rolled up

Then they all get put into a grape leaf lined pan.

A plate is put on top of them and then it’s covered with water.

The pot is brought to a boil and then simmered for about 30 minutes.

They were delicious!

I can’t wait to try some other recipes from this cookbook. The preferred meat for this cuisine is lamb so I know that I am going to enjoy many of them.

If you are a cook that likes trying new cuisines I recommend this cookbook for your library.

I have learned that the author of this wonderful book has started a blog called The Queen of Quince. It’s brand spanking new so why not head on over and check it out!

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CymLowell

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