Thursday, December 06, 2012 - by staff writer Mayla Chakmakchi
Have you ever cooked a dish that you felt so proud of? The
very first time I made Dolma, I was so proud of my accomplishment. I even took
a picture of the pot ("جدر") filled with what I thought was a masterpiece!
Growing up as an Arab-American, spoiled by my mother's
delicious Middle Eastern meals, I never had to learn how to cook, nor was I
ever pressured to learn. Although, I did help out in the kitchen during special
occasions and became pretty talented at presenting pretty side dishes like Hummus Bit'hini and Baba Ghanoush. However, I think my mom preferred to keep the
kitchen as her "territory" so I really didn't begin experimenting with cooking
until I got married and had a kitchen to call my own.
My poor husband soon became my guinea pig. Luckily for him, I
quickly began my collection of recipes thanks to my mother and mother-in-law. I
found that cooking "مركة" was a piece of cake and something I could not ruin
… unless I went overboard on the salt. However, I did learn a trick which you
may already know. If you over-salt your food, while it's still cooking, put a
piece of uncooked potato in it and that will suck up all the extra salt. It
works like a charm! So anyway, as years went by, I felt a little more courageous
and began taking on more challenging dishes, which lead me to my first attempt
at making Dolma. It turned out delicious and I was so proud of myself! I never
knew such pride could come with cooking.
So, in honor of cooking and all those delicious meals we're
fortunate to enjoy, I thought it would be fun to share photos of dishes we're
all so very proud of. Here's my photo of my first attempt at making Dolma.
Please share a picture of a dish you're proud of!