Different Ways In Which Lebanese Cuisine Is Prepared And Served.
According to the definition of cuisine which refers to a style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment, Lebanese cuisine can be defined as a style or method of cooking that is derived from the Mediterranean countries such as Lebanon. Lebanese cuisine is a Levantine cuisine that consist of high levels of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood and low levels of animal fats for consumption. Red meat that is used in the preparation of Lebanese cuisines that have to use meat is usually from a lamb on the coast and goat meat in the mountain regions. For a cuisine to be associated with the Lebanese cuisine it has to contain Lebanese flavours like olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon as a seasoning as well as large amount of chickpeas.
Lebanese cuisines are often grilled, baked or saut?ed in olive oil and rarely in butter and cream and the vegetable can be eaten raw, pickled, or cooked. Lebanese cuisine is characterised by frequent use of spices and herbs in large quantities. Lebanese cuisine varies in different regions of the Mediterranean countries where in a country like Lebanon serving of drinks have to be accompanied with food while in Romania their family life must contain serving mezze which is an array of small dishes placed before the guests creating an array of colours, flavours, textures and aromas.
Some of the Lebanese cuisine dishes are Shawarma Lamb which is marinated roast lamb slices served with tahini sauce, Shawarma Chicken whose ingredients are marinated roast chicken breast slices, served with garlic sauce, Shish Taouk which is prepared from Char-grilled skewered cubes of marinated chicken breast served with mild garlic sauce. Rich pastries, milk cakes, ground mutton in rice with lots of tomatoes and tabbouleh are the most popular cuisines with the origin being from the Mediterranean countries.
Other types of Lebanese cuisines are Lebanese ice cream with its oriental flavours, Lebanese roasted nuts with variety and mixes, sweets like Pastries such as Aish as-Saraya, Qatayef and Basbousa, and beverages like Arabic coffee, Lebanese wine, jallab and ayran yogurt.
Technological advancement can allow one to be able to prepare their own Lebanese cuisines in their kitchen by following the recipes that are available in different websites across the internet. The recipes are also available in books that can be purchased from different stores online and on the streets. An example of a recipe book is the revised and updated edition Lebanese Cuisine by Anissa Helou which has over 250 classical recipes that are fully comprehensive collection of truly authentic Lebanese recipes in English.