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The Delinquent Cook…

September 4, 2009

It’s been about a week that I haven’t posted a recipe. I feel stressed out and guilty that my 4 loyal followers are going to be disappointed when they get to the site and they still see the White Rice recipe. I also feel guilty because I ate out a lot this week. It’s funny because Mimi Jan (my grandmother) hates eating out. She’s super fussy about it and always has these awful stories about hair in her food, uncooked meat and dirty salads. While I think about it that’s where my mom must get it too. But then again why eat out when you’re such an amazing cook…?

Meanwhile, since I’m not such an awesome cook yet I had to eat. So last night Yalda and I frequented Columbia Firehouse Restaurant on 109 St. Asaph St. in Old Town, Alexandria. The food was great, the vibe and decor inside was cool but the amazing weather took us outside to it’s romantic little outdoor garden patio. We felt like we were in Greenwich Village it was nice. We were not so adventurous. Yalda had a burger and I had a mushroom sandwich – yes boring but tasty. 

Again, this evening with this amazing weather, I met up with my hubby in Old Town again and we took a stroll along the waterfront and then found a very good Thai restaurant on 6 King St. near the water. Not sure why in the last 9 months of living here I had not seen Mai Thai but luckily tonight I did. The food was really great though don’t ask me what the name of the noodle dish I had was I can’t remember. We sat outside but the inside looked pretty trendy and might be a nice hang out there in the evening. Don’t be scared off by the annoying music they have on their website by the way.

So maybe I should just blame my delinquency on this spurt of good weather. Persian food definitely lends itself more to the colder months in my opinion. I know that in the coming weeks I’m going to be cooking up a feast and trying out more new recipes so please keep checking in from time to time…it’ll be worth it I promise!


Adas Polo Gheimeh Lapash

August 19, 2009

The blog stays! 

So the good news is that Mimi Jan has approved the blog and is excited to share her expertise and experience even though I sprung this on her with zero warning! This evening we all went over to Mimi’s place where she treated us to a family speciality that is exclusive to her family. This is a variation of another staple dish called Adas polo (Lentil Rice) that was handed down to her by her grandmother who had Turkish roots.

What make this dish different from Adas polo is that it also has gheimeh (split pea) mixed in with the lentil rice. This makes for an even stronger creamy texture once you chew through those beans. To be honest this is not one of my favorite dishes but I’m still interested in learning how to make it. There’s a strong presence of cinnamon in this dish as well as some other Persian spices like advieh, turmeric and saffron

This is what the final dish is suppose to look like – we’ll see what my version looks like! I’m going to try and give it a shot sometime this week. I’ll be sure to post a step by step guide and ingredient listing once I get the official recipe from Mimi Jan : ) 


Adas Polo Gheimeh Lapash

Adas Polo Gheimeh Lapash

Welcome to Mimi’s Kitchen!

August 18, 2009

My name is Kat and as a new bride and a girl that can make ‘eating out’ a profession, I’m eager and ready to learn the secret recipes that will one day nourish my family.  In Mimi’s Kitchen we will learn how to cook Persian food from my beloved grandmother Mimi Jan.

Mimi Jan has taught her 5 beautiful daughters Taraneh, Hengameh, Naghme, Parisa and Fariba not just how to cook but how to nourish their families which have enlivened our souls. Persian cooking is by no means simple or easy. It takes creativity, patience and a lot of love to make the perfect dish. If you want to learn how to make some of the most tasty food on the planet stick with me as I embark on my journey into Mimi’s Kitchen.

So with that said, Mimi has invited me, my husband, Sol and G (my cousins) to her house tomorrow night for dinner. I have no idea what she’s going to cook for us. In turn, she has no idea I have started this blog and that she is the star of the show. I think she will love the idea and I’m hoping she will be as willing to share her culinary secrets just as I thought she might. You’re probably thinking I should have checked with her before I started this blog but that’s not really how I roll and plus it’s makes it all the more exciting… 

Saffron Threads

Saffron Threads

Hopefully tomorrow night I can capture some shots of the food she will have made and get some recipes to start us off. No doubt, she will have started preparing last night and used Zaʻfarān (Farsi for Saffron) in all her dishes. Can’t wait to learn more about that staple exotic and expensive ingredient!

Down the road I will be capturing everything with photos and/or video and supplementing with written recipes. One thing I do know about Persian cooking is that there aren’t really recipes but ingredients. If you have the ingredients you just have to feel and taste your way through – don’t worry I’ll make sure to confirm that all with Mimi Jan…no room for assumptions and frankly no need. We’re going to be learning from the Master Grandma. 

Noosh e Jan!


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