Posts Tagged ‘Culinary’

2020 was an awkward year as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. In many places there were grocery stores with empty shelves. Some Americans are spoiled people who are used to having everything. This is of course my opinion through observation. Many restaurants were shut down and people had to cook their own food. Quite a few Americans struggled having to live like many people live around the globe without restaurants available. When things do not go your way one must adapt. This year I focused more on my Mexican and German cooking, Soups, and Bean dishes, but also adapted to not having certain items readily available at the store. With this change, I was able to learn more culinary techniques, and apply them to even more delicious dishes. The one thing I am happy to see is more people learning to prepare their own food. That is a plus for 2020! Food is very important for the mind, body, and spirit. With that said, here is my 2020 year in food. Just a sampling of the 240 plus home meals I cooked this year. Bon Appetite!

Al Nakhil is an Iraqi restaurant in Houston, Texas that offers original dishes from Iraq. The food is really flavorful and prepared with time and love. Some may say, “Iraqi’s? Didn’t we go to war with them?” Well, I like to think we we were at war with a government, because the Iraqi people are very nice and they strive to build greatness just as many people do around the world. They have a wonderful culture and aim to be free just like Americans. Anytime I have been in their presence they have made me feel welcome and they are very willing to share culinary secrets. Iraqi food is a labor of love for sure. If you are in a hurry, you probably will be disappointed in Al Nakhil, because in Iraqi culture enjoying a meal is not about being in a hurry. Thank God not all cultures believe in stuffing their face real fast to get back to work right? As of now, I do not believe Al Nakhil has a website, but I will leave your with some photos and a menu. You can see more about them on YELP. These are images from the Family Kabob Platter with extra sides of Hummus and Baba Ganoush, and after dinner hot tea.