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Beth Lee
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Culture Quiz #3: What is the most common milk used throughout the world to make yogurt?

Remember any answer, right or wrong, enters you into a drawing for a chance to win a copy of ‪#‎YogurtCulture‬ by Cheryl Sternman Rule! #tastingjrslm  +Sarene Wallace 
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Beth Lee
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When interviewing Ruth Reichl for Edible Silicon Valley, I was delighted to learn that she considers Middle Eastern cuisine to be at the forefront now. Why? “The Ottolenghi Effect – thanks to the success of Ottolenghi’s books we are seeing a lot of Middle Eastern flavors creeping into the menus – he’s had a huge impact on the American palate. His books are so lovely and so accessible -- suddenly these spices like sumac and za’atar are on the menu."

For those of you outside the U.S., have you seen the same effect?
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I think people here in England tend to think of Turkish and Levantine cuisines as 'Middle Eastern'.  Food from Iran, Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula are a lot less well known.  Pitta bread, kebabs and hummus have all been popular for a while, but there are more books about Middle Eastern food now available and more restaurants specialising in it.  
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Before we post our next chance to win a copy of ‪#‎YogurtCulture‬, read our first yogurt post with guest education from the author herself, Cheryl Sternman Rule plus a recipe for a stunning labneh appetizer!

Read it: http://omgyummy.com/2015/05/16/yogurt-tasting-jerusalem/
Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/231794712048460555/
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We interrupt our regularly scheduled ‪#‎yogurt‬ posts to celebrate International Hummus Day ! (or maybe around here that's every day?) So share your hummus love in words or pictures - favorite recipe? favorite topping? favorite place to eat it? favorite thing to dip in it?
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+Jay and Dee part of the tahini chapter sounds like a great idea but of course I am bias. Whenever it goes up, please share!!
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Announcing the Culture Quiz Cookbook Giveaway! Throughout Tasting Jerusalem's May ‪#‎yogurt‬ month we’ll post questions about this ancient versatile ingredient. Each answer (right or wrong) enters you into a giveaway for a personalized signed copy of Cheryl Sternman Rule's new book “Yogurt Culture”. So put your thinking cap on and let’s get cultured!
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Beth Lee
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Menu planning for ‪#‎yogurt‬ month! I'm inspired by +Cheryl Sternman Rule's "Yogurt Culture" & of course "Plenty More" & "Jerusalem". What's on your weekend cooking agenda?
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A (hopefully) great dish featuring yogurt, which I will be putting up on the blog later this evening :-)
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Sarene Wallace

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Sarene Wallace originally shared:
 
To kick off #Tastingjrslm's May topic of Yogurt, how about Ottolenghi's Aubergine with Buttermilk (and Yogurt) Sauce?
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Beth Lee
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Nigella seeds!! Sprouting broccoli w sweet tahini, pg 69 in "Plenty More" - used broccolini, regular broccoli, snow peas, & cilantro; the sesame and Nigella seeds on top w the soy tahini sauce is wonderful - would make a great buffet dish - perfect at room temp #nigellaseeds   #tastingjrslm  
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+Joel Brahms My other food platform is a food blog called OMG! Yummy - so pleased to learn how to say it in German! And it was definitely lecker aus! Easy recipe with a big flavor payoff. Love the nigellas and the soy mixed with the tahini!
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Isn't this nigella sativa blossom pretty? The flowers have a seed pod of five compartments--each is topped with a spike. When the pods dry, the seeds pop out. Smart gardeners harvest the seeds and use them in cooking. +Sarene Wallace  #nigellaseeds   #tastingjrslm  
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Yes, it is.  Not at all what I was expecting.
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Jay and Dee

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New on the Blog:  Tasting Jerusalem #7: Desserts and Baking, featuring Semolina, Orange and Marmalade Cake:  http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/tasting-jerusalem-7-desserts-and-baking.html #Desserts #Baking
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Thanks very much +Beth Lee So glad you liked it. I'll be visiting the dessert section again and would definitely like to have a go at the Krantz Cake. I'll be starting work on #8 this afternoon so will post the results later this evening or early tomorrow.
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Tasting Jerusalem is a virtual cooking community learning about Middle Eastern cuisine through the lens of "Jerusalem: A Cookbook" by Ottolenghi and Tamimi, published by Ten Speed Press. We pick a topic monthly, then cook and share on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, OMG! Yummy blog, and now Google Plus! Community is run by +Beth Lee and +Sarene Wallace.

Jay and Dee

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New on the Blog: Tasting Jerusalem #12: Meatballs with Beans & Lemon, featuring Baharat:  http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/tasting-jerusalem-12-baharat.html #Baharat  
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I loved this recipe! Used edamame when I made it because I didn't have any favas. So good!
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Beth Lee
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Ready for our 2nd ‪#‎YogurtCulture‬ quiz question? Here it is...Name one of the top 5 yogurt consuming countries in the world.

Remember - leave your answer in the comments - right or wrong answers all qualify for a chance to win a copy of "Yogurt Culture" by Cheryl Sternman Rule
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Thanks +Sue Busch for your outstanding guess! Here is the lowdown from Cheryl: "According to a 2013 trend report put out by Groupe Danone, the following countries all consumed more than 250 cups of yogurt per capita: Germany, France, South Africa, The Netherlands, Turkey, and Saudia Arabia" Interesting list right! Our next question and chance to be entered into the contest coming up today! 
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Culture Quiz #1! What is the difference between yogurt and labneh?

Remember - leave your answer in the comments - right or wrong answers all qualify for a chance to win a copy of "Yogurt Culture" by Cheryl Sternman Rule! #yogurt   #tastingjrslm  
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Isn't labneh made from yoghurt which has been strained of water? That is to say; a product that is one step further on? Hope that makes sense.
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Beth Lee
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It was an all #yogurt weekend for me and this was one of my favorites: Ottolenghi 's Honey Roasted Carrots with Tahini Yogurt dressing from "Plenty More" ("best carrots I've ever eaten" might have been heard at the table).

Do you use yogurt more for savory or sweet applications?
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The honey roasted carrots look amazing.  Must try those soon.

I mostly use yoghurt as a dressing or garnish for cooked vegetables or pulses.  I'm still a little nervous about cooking with it in case it separates, though the last two Jerusalem recipes have worked out well.  
I'd also love you have a go at making Labneh.

Dee
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Jay and Dee

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New on the Blog: Tasting Jerusalem #11: Conchiglie with Yoghurt, Peas and Chilli:  http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/tasting-jerusalem-11-yoghurt.html #Yoghurt   #Yogurt  
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+Beth Lee  It's well worth making.  We found that the recipe makes enough for one evening meal and three lunches :-)
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New on the Blog:  Tasting Jerusalem #10:  Baby Spinach Salad with Dates and Almonds:  http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/tasting-jerusalem-10-salads.html   #salad  
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+Beth Lee  It's a great salad isn't it.  We're sure to make it again; either as a lunch or a side dish :-)
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Jay and Dee

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New on the Blog:  Tasting Jerusalem #9: Fricassee Tunisienne, featuring Preserved Lemons:  http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/tasting-jerusalem-9-preserved-lemons.html  #PreservedLemons
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Oh preserved lemons - what a fantastic ingredient - heading over to read your take on it shortly!
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Beth Lee
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Finally bought my nigella seeds! What should I make first?

Plenty More:
Watercress Salad with Quail eggs, Ricotta, and Seeds (see story about "sami’s seeds”)
Spring Salad
Sprouting Broccoli with Sweet Tahini
Quinoa and Fennel Salad (suggested add)
Indian Ratatouille (if make your own panch phoran)
Squash with cardamom and nigella seeds
Cauliflower Cake

Jerusalem:
Burekas (burekas write up is pretty fun to read)
Dukkah

Plenty:
Broccolini and sweet sesame salad
Green bean salad with mustard seeds and tarragon

Ottolenghi:
Roasted butternut squash with burnt aubergine and pomegranate molasses
Couscous and mograbiah with oven-dried tomatoes
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+Jay and Dee I made the broccoli with sweet tahini and soy - YUM! Picture coming as soon as my new Photos app starts working again! 
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Jay and Dee

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New on the Blog:  Tasting Jerusalem #8: Burekas featuring Nigella Seeds: http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/tasting-jerusalem-8-nigella-seeds.html #Nigellaseeds
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Beth Lee
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What the heck do you do with Nigella Seeds? Lisa Bramen in Smithsonian demystifies the little seeds. #tastingjrslm   #nigellaseeds  
Welcome to a new recurring feature at Food & Think called
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