Category Archives: Eastern Mediterranean

The Olives of the Mediterranean

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Olives are an essential ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine. They bring taste, color, and nutritional benefits to numerous dishes. In this article, I invite you to discover the different varieties of olives, their preparation and preservation methods, as well as some recipe ideas to use them in your daily cooking. Olives are the fruits of the olive tree, a tree that thrives in warm and sunny regions. There are more than 2000 olive varieties worldwide, distinguished by their shape, size, color, and flavor. Olives can be green, black, or purple, depending on their level of ripeness and post-harvest treatment. Green olives are harvested before they fully ripen and preserved in brine (saltwater) to reduce bitterness. Black olives, on the other hand, are harvested when fully ripe and can be sun-dried, smoked, or marinated in oil or vinegar. Purple olives are a specific variety named after their natural color. Olives are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, particularly oleic acid, which helps reduce bad cholesterol and protects the cardiovascular system. They also contain antioxidants, vitamins (A, C, E), and minerals (iron, calcium, potassium). Thus, olives are a healthy and flavorful food, although they should be consumed in moderation as they are also relatively calorie-dense (approximately 150 kcal per 100g). Olives lend themselves to various culinary preparations. They can be enjoyed as they are for appetizers, infused with herbs, garlic, or chili. Olives can also be incorporated into salads, pizzas, quiches, tarts, or savory cakes. They complement well with cheese, fish, meat, or vegetables. They are also the base for tapenade, a paste made from crushed olives, capers, anchovies, and olive oil. Tapenade can be served on toast or used as a condiment to accompany grilled dishes or pasta. Here are some examples of olive-based recipes: The Olives of the Mediterranean: A Flavorful and Healthy Ingredient Mediterranean olives are grown in countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, or Morocco. They come in several varieties, such as black, green, purple, or Kalamata olives. Each has its unique taste and texture, but they all share a richness in unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients contribute to protecting the cardiovascular system, reducing bad cholesterol, strengthening the immune system, and preventing cellular aging. Mediterranean olives are also highly versatile in cooking. They can be enjoyed as they are, as appetizers or in salads, or used to prepare sauces, tapenades, marinades, or slow-cooked dishes. They add a touch of flavor and color to all recipes. At the Quantum Isoraka restaurant, for instance, we use them to make our famous olive and goat cheese pizza, Greek salad with Kalamata olives and feta, or lamb tagine with olives and prunes. If you also love Mediterranean olives, don’t hesitate to come and taste them at the Quantum Isoraka restaurant or order them online. You can also follow our culinary blog to discover more recipes with olives and other flavorful and healthy ingredients.

The tahini

Hello everyone, I am the chef from the Quantum Isoraka restaurant, and today I am here on the culinary blog to talk to you about tahini, a delicious and versatile sesame paste. What is Tahini?  Tahini is a paste made from roasted and ground sesame seeds. It is widely used in Middle Eastern cuisine, particularly in dishes like hummus, baba ganoush, or tahini sauce. It has a creamy texture and a slightly bitter and nutty flavor. What are the Benefits of Tahini? Tahini is a healthy and nutritious ingredient. It is rich in plant-based proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins B and E. It helps strengthen the immune system, regulate cholesterol levels, and prevent osteoporosis. It is also gluten-free and vegan. Tahini is used as a condiment, as a base for sauces, or as an ingredient in various recipes. Tahini offers numerous health benefits due to its exceptional nutritional composition. Here are a few of its advantages: Tahini is a complete and balanced food that can be consumed daily. It pairs well with bread, raw vegetables, salads, soups, hummus, or falafels. It can also be used to prepare desserts like halva or sesame cake. Tahini can be stored in the refrigerator for several months. Just make sure to mix it well before using, as the oil may separate from the paste. How to Use Tahini? Tahini is very easy to use in cooking. Simply mix it with a little water, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and parsley to create a creamy and flavorful sauce. You can use it as a dip for raw or cooked vegetables, falafels, kebabs, or grilled meats. It can also be incorporated into soups, salads, dressings, or marinades. And why not in desserts? Tahini pairs very well with honey, chocolate, or dried fruits. Here are some ideas to enjoy its benefits and flavor:

Royal couscous, Kabyle style

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Hello everyone! Today, I’m going to share with you my recipe for Kabyle-style royal couscous, a delicious and hearty dish that will delight your taste buds. Royal couscous is a variation of the traditional couscous that consists of several meats (lamb, chicken, merguez) and various vegetables (carrots, zucchini, turnips, chickpeas). Kabyle-style royal couscous is an Algerian variation of the famous couscous dish. It originates from the Kabylie region and is often prepared for special occasions or celebrations. The uniqueness of the Kabyle version is the addition of raisins and caramelized onions, which add a delicious sweet and savory touch. Here’s a recipe to prepare this delicious dish: Ingredients for Kabyle-style royal couscous: Instructions for preparing Kabyle-style royal couscous: The difference between Kabyle and Moroccan couscous: Kabyle couscous and Moroccan couscous are two distinct variations of the famous couscous dish, originating from different regions in North Africa. Here are the main differences between Kabyle and Moroccan couscous: Ultimately, both dishes are delicious and offer unique variations. The choice of ingredients and spices may vary based on the season, region, and personal preference. What about Tunisian couscous then? Tunisian couscous is another delicious variation of the couscous dish originating from Tunisia. While Tunisian couscous shares some similarities with Kabyle and Moroccan versions, it also has distinctive features that set it apart from other types of couscous. Here are some characteristics of Tunisian couscous: Ultimately, Tunisian couscous is a delicious and unique dish that deserves to be tasted and enjoyed. The ingredients, spices, and cooking techniques used in its preparation create a flavorful and textured dish with an attractive and appetizing presentation. Bon appétit!

The bell pepper

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Do you like bell peppers? You’re right, because these colorful and flavorful vegetables are also true allies for your health. Discover in this article how bell pepper can benefit you, how to use it in cooking, and where to enjoy it in an exceptional setting. Bell pepper, a powerhouse of vitamins and antioxidants  Bell pepper is a champion in vitamin C content. Just behind parsley, it surpasses cabbage and spinach, which are also well-endowed. 100g of bell pepper provides an average of 126mg of vitamin C, so a small portion of only 50g can cover 75% of the recommended daily intake. The vitamin C content increases as the bell pepper ripens and is almost twice as high in red peppers compared to green ones that have not reached their full maturity. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties, meaning it protects the body’s cells against damage caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that can promote premature aging and certain chronic diseases. Vitamin C also strengthens the immune system, promotes wound healing, and facilitates the absorption of plant-based iron. But bell pepper doesn’t just offer you vitamin C. It also contains other antioxidants such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin) and flavonoids (quercetin, kaempferol). These substances help prevent cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and age-related vision disorders. Bell pepper is also a good source of dietary fiber, especially soluble fiber. Dietary fiber is important for digestion and digestive health as it can help maintain intestinal regularity, promote satiety, and regulate blood sugar levels. Finally, bell pepper provides essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, and copper, as well as B-group vitamins, including vitamin B6 and folic acid. Bell pepper, a versatile and delicious ingredient Bell pepper comes in several colors (green, red, yellow, orange, purple…) and varieties (sweet, hot, horn-shaped…). It can be consumed raw or cooked, according to your preferences and recipes. Raw, it adds crunchiness and freshness to your salads, sandwiches, or dips. You can cut it into strips, cubes, or slices and season it with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. You can also blend it with cream cheese, yogurt, or tahini to make a creamy spread or dip. Cooked, it reveals its full flavor and sweetness. You can roast it in the oven or sauté it in a pan with a little olive oil and herbs. You can also stuff it with minced meat, rice, or quinoa and bake it in the oven with cheese. You can also add it to soups, ratatouilles, or curries to add color and flavor. Bell pepper pairs well with other vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini…), as well as with fruits (mango, pineapple…), cheeses (feta, mozzarella…), and spices (paprika). However, there is no specific reference in the provided search results indicating this precise combination. Nevertheless, the idea of combining sweet fruits with bell pepper can create an interesting flavor contrast. Regarding cheese pairings, bell pepper can be accompanied by cheeses such as feta and mozzarella, depending on your preference. Unfortunately, the search results do not provide specific information about these associations. In conclusion, bell pepper can be successfully combined with various vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants, and zucchini. Although there are no specific references for associations with fruits and cheeses, bell pepper can be combined with fruits such as mango and pineapple, as well as with cheeses like feta and mozzarella, to create interesting flavor combinations. Additionally, the spice paprika pairs well with bell pepper. Come quickly and discover bell pepper in all its forms at Quantum Isoraka! We invite you to come and savor this delicious and colorful vegetable at Quantum Isoraka, one of the best restaurants to explore bell pepper-based dishes in Antananarivo, Madagascar. At Quantum Isoraka, you will enjoy a friendly atmosphere and a unique ambiance, with attentive staff, talented chefs, and great music at the lounge bar. Whether it’s a family meal, a gathering with friends, or a romantic outing, you will find happiness at Quantum Isoraka. The restaurant can also accommodate events such as weddings, baptisms, birthdays, or any other special occasion. You can reserve the basement room 007, equipped with a connected high-definition television and internet. Feel free to contact Quantum Isoraka at 038 03 888 03 or 038 03 888 04 to book your table or room.

The Falafels

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Hello everyone! Today, I invite you to discover a delicious and easy-to-prepare dish: falafels. Falafels are herb and spice-infused balls made from chickpeas and fava beans, which are then fried in oil. They are a typical dish in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, found in many countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Israel. Falafels are often served in pita bread, accompanied by tahini sauce, hummus, salad, and fresh vegetables. They are a delight for both the taste buds and your health! If you’re eager to taste the best falafels in town, I highly recommend visiting Quantum Isoraka, a restaurant that blends tradition and modernity. Quantum Isoraka offers a diverse and flavorsome cuisine that will take you on a culinary journey around the world. Whether you’re a fan of kebabs, couscous, shawarma, or tagines, or if you prefer Indian cuisine with its curries, naans, and samosas, you’ll find something to satisfy your cravings at Quantum Isoraka. And, of course, you’ll be able to savor their famous falafels—crispy on the outside and tender on the inside! But where do falafels come from? What is their history? What are their ingredients? How do you prepare them? That’s what I’m going to explain in this article, with a humorous and friendly tone. Follow the guide! The origin of falafels Falafels are a very ancient dish with uncertain origins. Some say they were invented by the Copts of Egypt, who were looking for a plant-based alternative to meat during Lent. Others claim they originate from Yemen or India. What is certain is that falafels spread throughout the Middle East thanks to merchants and travelers who appreciated their ease of transport and long shelf life. Falafels are also linked to the Islamic religion, which forbids the consumption of pork. As a result, falafels became a source of plant-based protein for believers, particularly during Ramadan. The name “falafel” actually comes from the Arabic word “filfil,” which means “pepper.” Falafels are indeed quite spicy, giving them flavor and character. The falafel recipe To make falafels, you will need: The night before, soak the chickpeas and fava beans in a large bowl of cold water. The next day, drain and rinse them thoroughly. In a food processor, blend the chickpeas and fava beans until you obtain a coarse paste. Add the peeled and quartered onion, peeled garlic cloves, washed and destemmed parsley and coriander, chopped chili pepper, cumin, ground coriander, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Blend again until the mixture is smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon or your hands. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Shape the falafel mixture into balls using an ice cream scoop or wet hands. You can lightly flatten them to give them an oval shape. If desired, roll them in sesame seeds for added crunch. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large pot. When the oil reaches the right temperature (180°C/350°F), fry a few falafels at a time and let them cook for about 5 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Drain them on paper towels. Tips for successful falafels: Tasting falafels  Falafels are typically enjoyed with yogurt or tahini sauce (sesame paste), hummus (chickpea puree), pita bread or Lebanese flatbread, green or mixed salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, onions…), raw vegetables (radishes, carrots…), or pickles. You can also add other ingredients for variety, such as fresh cheese (feta), black or green olives, fresh herbs (mint), or dried herbs (za’atar), preserved lemon, or lemon juice. Falafels can be eaten as a sandwich (stuffing the bread with your choice of ingredients), as a salad (arranging the ingredients on a large platter), or as a plate (presenting the ingredients separately). Falafels are a delicious dish that will delight all food lovers! They are easy to make at home with simple and healthy ingredients. They are also budget-friendly and satisfying. If you want to indulge without the hassle, I invite you to come and enjoy falafels at Quantum Isoraka! It is one of the best restaurants in Antananarivo, Madagascar, to savor this dish! Quantum Isoraka welcomes you in a friendly and unique setting, with attentive staff and talented chefs. You can enjoy a warm ambiance at the lounge bar, where you can listen to good music while sipping a drink. Quantum Isoraka can also host your events such as weddings, baptisms, birthdays, etc. They have a basement room called “007” equipped with a high-definition connected TV and internet. Don’t hesitate to reserve your table at Quantum Isoraka! You can contact them by phone at 038 03 888 03 or 038 03 888 04. I hope you enjoyed this article! Feel free to leave your comments or questions! And if you feel like

Mediterranean cuisine

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If you love Mediterranean cuisine but want to try something different from the classic couscous, tagines, or pizzas, no problem! I invite you to discover some typical dishes from the northern Mediterranean that will make you travel and tantalize your taste buds. If you enjoy meat, you’ll adore these typical dishes from Madagascar and France. France In France, the southwest is renowned for its magret de canard, a fatty duck breast that comes from the force-feeding of geese and ducks for foie gras. The magret is cooked in a pan or in the oven and is served pink, with a wine, honey, or fruit sauce. It pairs beautifully with pommes sarladaises, potatoes cooked in duck fat with garlic and parsley, or with a green bean and walnut salad.In Madagascar, zebu meat is highly appreciated and consumed in various forms. Zebu entrecote is a tender and flavorful cut. It can be grilled or cooked in a sauce with vegetables. Zebu carpaccio is one of our specialties, consisting of thinly sliced meat seasoned with lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper. It is a fresh and light dish served as an appetizer or main course with a green salad. Zebu is the most consumed meat and can be found in various forms. Zebu entrecote is cooked in a pan or on the grill and is enjoyed with a sauce of choice: pepper, tomato, or ibiza (a spicy sauce made with chili peppers). It is often accompanied by pickled vegetables (carrots, cabbage, cucumbers), rice, fries, potatoes, vegetables, or pasta. Another Malagasy specialty is masikita, zebu skewers marinated in a mixture of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, tomato paste, oil, and fruit juice or rum. They are grilled over charcoal and served with a voanjo sauce, a peanut sauce prepared with tomatoes, onions, ginger, and chili.The unmissable Belgian-style steak frites is a classic that pleases everyone. Simply cook the steak to your liking (rare, medium, or well-done) and serve it with crispy and golden fries, prepared by cutting potatoes into batons and frying them twice in hot oil. Whether it’s magret de canard or zebu skewers, these dishes are a delight for the taste buds and guarantee a culinary journey. Spain Spain has many culinary surprises, such as its famous paella. This delicious dish comes from Valencia and combines rice, saffron, chicken, rabbit, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes chorizo. It is prepared in a large pan called a paellera, over a wood fire or gas. Paella is a warm and colorful dish that is enjoyed with family or friends. Greece Next, we head to Greece and its delicious moussaka. It is a gratin made with eggplants, minced lamb or beef, tomatoes, onions, and béchamel sauce. Moussaka is prepared in advance and reheated in the oven before serving. It is enjoyed with a green salad or a yogurt sauce. Italy Finally, let’s conclude our culinary tour with Italy and its famous spaghetti Bolognese. This popular dish consists of long, thin pasta noodles topped with a sauce made from minced beef or pork, tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and aromatic herbs. Spaghetti Bolognese is generously sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese and savored with a glass of red wine. I hope you enjoyed this text and that it has made you eager to taste these northern Mediterranean dishes. Bon appétit!

Halal cuisine

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Halal cuisine is an important aspect of Islamic culture. The term “halal” means “permissible” in Arabic, and it is used to describe foods and drinks that are allowed according to the principles of Islam. Halal food is prepared in accordance with religious standards, which include restrictions on the types of animals that can be consumed, the way they are slaughtered, and how ingredients are prepared. The word “halal” means “lawful” in Arabic. Halal cuisine is a culinary practice that adheres to the principles of Islam, the religion of Muslims. The word “halal” refers to foods and drinks that are in accordance with Islamic rules. Halal cuisine is an essential element of the culture and identity of Muslims, who represent an important part of the identity of Quantum Isoraka, a certified halal gourmet restaurant. For food to be halal, it must meet several criteria. Firstly, it must not come from a prohibited source, such as pork, wild animals, carrion, or animals sacrificed to other deities than God. The rules of halal cuisine are based on the Quran The sacred book of Islam, as well as the traditions and teachings of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. According to these rules, halal foods and drinks must be prepared and consumed in a way that does not harm the health, dignity, or spirituality of individuals. The dhabiha (Arabic: ذَبِيْحَة, dhabīḥah) method is used for the slaughter of animals that can be consumed. This method involves slaughtering the animal with a sharp blade in one swift motion while pronouncing the name of God. The purpose of this specific and well-regulated practice, called “dhabihah,” is to minimize the suffering of the animal and to drain its blood, which is considered impure. Finally, it must not be mixed or contaminated with non-halal ingredients, such as alcohol, gelatin, or animal fat. Animals that cannot be consumed include pork, carnivorous animals, birds of prey, and animals that died before slaughter. Alcohol-based products are also prohibited, as they are considered harmful to health. Ingredients used in halal cuisine must be clearly identified and should not contain any forbidden ingredients. The gourmet restaurant at Quantum Isoraka offers a diverse and original menu of halal specialties. The halal cuisine reflects the cultural and geographical influences of different regions covered by the Quantum Isoraka’s cuisine. The menu includes dishes with meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, grains, spices, and dairy products. The gourmet restaurant at Quantum Isoraka offers a varied and unique menu of halal specialties inspired by Lebanese, Turkish, Algerian, and French cuisines. You can enjoy couscous, including the famous Kabyle-style royal couscous, tagines, kebabs, salads, soups, oriental pastries, and many other delights. The restaurant also has a cocktail bar, a jazz bar, and a private room for events. The setting is luxurious, the service is impeccable, and the prices are reasonable. Whether you are looking for a friendly meal, a romantic dinner, or a festive evening, the gourmet restaurant at Quantum Isoraka will satisfy you and take you on a journey through the flavors of the halal world. Halal cuisine is also rich in flavors and colors, and it is appreciated by many non-Muslims who consider it healthy and delicious.

Discover the flavors of Mediterranean cuisine from the South and the North.

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Mediterranean cuisine, particularly Algerian cuisine, and its importance in the global culinary scene. Mediterranean cuisine is characterized by a wide variety of dishes made from fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, olives, olive oil, fish, and seafood. The dishes are often seasoned with spices, herbs, garlic, and onion, and are considered healthy due to their low saturated fat content. Hospitality and shared meals are also important features of Mediterranean culinary culture. The Mediterranean region has played a significant role in the history of cuisine, exporting many ingredients and culinary techniques worldwide, influencing numerous other cuisines and giving rise to new dishes. The text also explores some of the most well-known culinary specialties from the South of the Mediterranean, such as couscous, legumes, aromatic herbs, and dried fruits, as well as spices like cumin, cinnamon, and saffron. Immerse yourself in a unique culinary journey and discover the exquisite flavors of the Mediterranean! Let yourself be seduced by the richness of Algerian cuisine, renowned for its wide variety of flavorful dishes abundant in spices and aromas. Whether you’re a fan of couscous, chorba, tajine, brik, Merguez, or Chakchouka, our Mediterranean restaurant inspired by Algerian cuisine promises you an unforgettable gastronomic experience. 1 Introduction to Mediterranean Cuisine  Mediterranean cuisine is a cuisine that originated in countries around the Mediterranean Sea. It is characterized by a wide variety of dishes and ingredients, as well as a strong influence from the region’s culture and history. The staple foods of Mediterranean cuisine are fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, olives and olive oil, as well as fish and seafood. The dishes are often seasoned with spices, herbs, garlic, and onion. Mediterranean cuisine is also characterized by a moderate use of red meat and dairy products, and a preference for protein sources such as nuts, seeds, and legumes. This cuisine is considered healthy due to its nutrient-rich nature, low saturated fat content, and use of olive oil, which is considered beneficial for cardiovascular health. Mediterranean cuisine is also marked by a strong emphasis on conviviality and shared meals. Meals are often enjoyed with family or friends and are an opportunity to spend time together and share stories and traditions. Importance of the Region in Global Cuisine The Mediterranean region is considered one of the cradles of human civilization, and it is no wonder that it has also played a significant role in the history of cuisine. The region’s ingredients and culinary techniques have been exported worldwide, influencing many other cuisines and giving birth to new dishes. For example, the use of olive oil and aromatic herbs in Mediterranean cuisine has had a significant impact on European cuisine, especially Italian and French cuisine. Similarly, the presence of products such as citrus fruits, dates, and spices in Mediterranean cuisine has influenced North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. Mediterranean cuisine has also inspired many famous chefs and cooks who have adapted and modernized the region’s techniques and ingredients to create new dishes. This influence is particularly evident in fusion cuisines, where Mediterranean ingredients and techniques are combined with elements from other cuisines to create new flavors and culinary experiences. Furthermore, Mediterranean cuisine is often associated with a healthy and balanced lifestyle, making it a popular choice for those seeking to adopt a healthier diet. Many countries in the region have lower rates of heart disease and cancer than other countries, leading scientists to study the benefits of Mediterranean cuisine for health. 2 Flavors of the South Mediterranean A region known for its delicious and diverse cuisine, this geographical area encompasses countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, all of which have rich culinary traditions with a wide range of spices, flavors, and traditional ingredients. South Mediterranean dishes are often prepared using local ingredients like couscous, legumes, aromatic herbs, and dried fruits, as well as spices such as cumin, cinnamon, and saffron. In this paragraph, we will explore some of the most well-known culinary specialties from this region, along with the key ingredients that give them their distinctive flavor and unique character. • Arab and North African Influences Mediterranean cuisine is the result of many influences, including those from Arabs and North Africans. Invasions and trade exchanges between Mediterranean countries have allowed the transmission of culinary techniques and recipes, spreading from the Iberian Peninsula to Turkey, passing through the Maghreb and the Middle East. Arabs introduced numerous ingredients and spices to Mediterranean cuisine, such as cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and saffron. They also brought the use of lamb and mutton, as well as sauces made with yogurt and tahini. Additionally, the use of phyllo pastry in both sweet and savory dishes, such as baklava and börek, also has Arab origins. North Africans have also made significant contributions to Mediterranean cuisine by introducing ingredients like couscous, tagine, and ras el hanout, a spice blend used in many dishes. North African dishes are also characterized by the use of aromatic herbs like thyme, mint, and parsley, as well as dried fruits like raisins and figs. Arab and North African influences can be seen in many Mediterranean dishes. For example, Moroccan tagine is a slow-cooked dish made with meat, vegetables, and dried fruits, typically prepared in a clay pot. Couscous, originating from North Africa, is often served with vegetables, meat, or fish and is seasoned with cumin and coriander. Eastern pastries like baklava and Turkish delights are also highly popular in Mediterranean cuisine. • Use of Olive Oil, Tomatoes, and Eggplants Olive oil, tomatoes, and eggplants are iconic ingredients in Mediterranean cuisine, widely used in numerous dishes and recipes. Olive oil is a crucial source of fat in Mediterranean cuisine. It is used for cooking, frying, marinating, dressing, and even in baking. Olive oil is appreciated for its fruity flavor, intense aroma, and health benefits, as it is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. It is also used to infuse flavors into dishes by infusing herbs and spices into the oil. Tomatoes are also extensively used in Mediterranean cuisine, particularly in Italian cuisine. Tomatoes are […]

Hummus is a friendly and generous dish, ideal for sharing a moment of pleasure with your loved ones.

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Are you looking for a tasty, healthy, and easy-to-prepare dish? Do you enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, rich in flavors and colors? Then you’ll love hummus, a specialty made from chickpeas and tahini (sesame paste) found throughout the Middle East and beyond. Hummus is a vegetarian dish suitable for all dietary preferences, including halal. It can be enjoyed with pita bread, raw vegetables, or falafels. It can also accompany grilled meats or kebabs. Hummus is a friendly and generous dish, perfect for sharing a moment of pleasure with your loved ones. The word “hummus” comes from Arabic and means “chickpea.”  It refers to both the main ingredient and the resulting dish. Hummus is a very ancient recipe that dates back to antiquity. Traces of its consumption can be found among the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It is also mentioned in the Bible and the Quran as a blessed and nourishing food. Hummus is part of the culinary culture of Levantine countries (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan), as well as Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and the Maghreb. Each region has its own way of preparing and seasoning it, with various spices, herbs, or toppings. The recipe for hummus is simple and quick. Just blend cooked chickpeas with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and a little water. This creates a creamy and smooth puree that can be seasoned to taste. For example, you can add cumin, paprika, chili, parsley, or coriander. Hummus can also be garnished with olive oil, sesame seeds, pine nuts, or olives. It can be stored in the refrigerator for several days and should be taken out a few minutes before serving. To make a good hummus, there are a few tips to know. First, choose quality chickpeas, either dried or canned. If you opt for dried chickpeas, soak them overnight in cold water with a teaspoon of baking soda. This helps soften them and aids in digestion. Then, cook them in a large pot of salted boiling water for about an hour, until tender. Next, drain and peel the chickpeas, removing the skin that covers them. This will result in a smoother and softer hummus. You now have all the keys to make a delicious homemade hummus! But if you don’t feel like cooking or if you want to discover other Mediterranean specialties, we invite you to come and enjoy hummus at Quantum Isoraka, one of the best restaurants to savor this dish in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Quantum Isoraka is a restaurant that combines tradition and modernity.  It offers a diverse and refined cuisine inspired by Arab, Indian, and Malagasy cultures. Whether you’re a fan of kebabs, couscous, shawarma, or tajine, or if you prefer Indian cuisine with its curries, naans, and samosas, you will find something to satisfy your cravings at Quantum Isoraka. Quantum Isoraka is also a friendly and unique place where you can enjoy a warm and festive atmosphere. You will be greeted by attentive staff who will guide you and ensure you have a pleasant time. You can also appreciate the talent of the chefs who prepare delicious and authentic dishes right in front of you. Additionally, you can relax at the lounge bar, where original cocktails and great music await you. Quantum Isoraka can accommodate events such as weddings, baptisms, birthdays, and more. It has a basement room called “007” with a connected high-definition TV and internet, where you can organize private or professional meetings. Don’t hesitate any longer! Contact us now at 038 03 888 03 or 038 03 888 04 to reserve your table or event space at Quantum Isoraka! You won’t regret it! We hope to see you soon at Quantum Isoraka to taste our famous hummus! See you soon!

Olive Oil

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Hello to all the readers of the culinary blog of the Quantum Isoraka restaurant! Today, I’m going to talk to you about an ingredient that I use a lot in my cooking: olive oil. You will discover why this vegetable oil is an excellent ally for preparing tasty and healthy dishes, and how to choose and use it to its best advantage. I will also share some recipe ideas inspired by Mediterranean, Indian, and Southern European cuisine that showcase the qualities of olive oil. What is olive oil? What are the advantages of olive oil in cooking? How to choose and use olive oil? Some recipe ideas using olive oil What is olive oil? Olive oil is a vegetable oil obtained from pressing olives, the fruits of the olive tree. This tree has been cultivated for millennia in the countries of the Mediterranean basin, as well as in India and certain regions of Southern Europe. There are numerous varieties of olives, which yield olive oils with different flavors and colors. Olive oil is divided into three main categories based on the extraction method and quality: What are the advantages of olive oil in cooking? Olive oil is a highly appreciated ingredient in cooking because it adds flavor and texture to dishes. It can be used both raw and cooked to season salads, vegetables, pasta, rice, fish, meat, or even desserts. Olive oil is also known for its health benefits. It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (omega-9), which help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). It also contains antioxidants (polyphenols, vitamin E) that protect cells from aging and cardiovascular diseases. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Olive oil is an integral part of the Mediterranean diet, considered one of the healthiest in the world. This diet emphasizes the consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, fermented dairy products, and a small amount of red meat. It is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and certain cancers. How to choose and use olive oil? To fully enjoy the qualities of olive oil, it is important to know how to choose and use it correctly. Here are some tips: Here are some recipe ideas using olive oil: Greek salad Mix tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, black olives, and feta cheese, all cut into pieces. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt, pepper, and sprinkle dried oregano. Tandoori chicken Marinate chicken pieces in a mixture of plain yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, tandoori paste (or curry), crushed garlic, grated ginger, salt, and pepper for at least two hours in the refrigerator. Cook the chicken in the oven or on the barbecue, basting regularly with the marinade. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread. Ratatouille Sauté sliced onions, diced eggplants, and zucchini in a large pan with a little olive oil. Add peeled and crushed tomatoes, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot or cold with toasted bread or rice. Paella Heat some olive oil in a large pan or casserole. Brown pieces of chicken, rabbit, or pork. Add chopped onions, crushed garlic, paprika, saffron, salt, and pepper. Pour in chicken or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Add round-grain rice and mix well. Reduce the heat, cover, and let cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cleaned mussels, peeled shrimp, sliced squid, and frozen peas. Continue cooking until the rice is tender and the mussels have opened. Garnish with lemon wedges and chopped parsley. A cake A cake with olive oil is an original and flavorful recipe that allows you to create a moist and fragrant dessert. Olive oil adds a fruity touch and a melting texture to the cake while making it lighter than if using butter. To prepare this cake, you will need: 4 eggs 200g of sugar 200g of flour 1 packet of baking powder 150ml of olive oil The zest and juice of one lemon Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar until the mixture turns pale. Add the flour, baking powder, olive oil, lemon zest, and juice. Mix well to obtain a smooth batter. Pour the batter into a greased and floured cake pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the cake is golden and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack before removing it from the pan. You can enjoy it as it is or drizzle it with a lemon glaze. In conclusion, olive oil is a food with multiple benefits for health, beauty, and cooking. It contains unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that help prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and aging. It can also be used as a natural treatment for the skin, hair, and nails. Finally, it adds flavor and freshness to many Mediterranean or exotic dishes. There is a wide variety of olive oils available, depending on their origin, production method, and taste. Therefore, it is important to know how to choose and store them to fully enjoy their qualities. We hope this article has allowed you to learn more about this exceptional product and that you will not hesitate to incorporate it into your daily diet.