What’s cooking this winter?

Winter usually changes our cravings. This means that we prepare other dishes at home to put on our dining table. Even though Dubai has a warm climate there are many days in the winter that make you feel like eating something more heavy than a typical summer salad or small bite.

Some nice dishes that you can try this winter when you have a hearty appetite are: chicken wings, grilled hamburger, fish and chips, Ravioli, pasta and meatballs, or a nice lasagna.

The kitchens in the various countries surrounding the Mediterranean offers some truly delicious dishes that typically stimulate your senses.

Chicken wings
Always popular are the finger-licking chicken wings suitable as a starter or as a main dish. All depending on the size of the portion. A lot of the good taste hinges on the marinade used in which the wings are prepared. Instead of trying out wings in a barbeque sauce, how about some a ginger & honey marinade or maybe some hot and spicy chicken wings? To make them a bit lighter, put them in the oven or on the barbeque instead of frying them.

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Grilled Hamburger
Who can resist a freshly grilled meat patty on white bread with lettuce, tomato and crispy French fries on the side? It may be heavy by nature, but just too good to ignore. Of course for the cheese lovers, a slice of melted cheddar cheese is something that goes without saying. To add some variation try a burger with sautéed mushrooms: satisfaction guaranteed.

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Fish and Chips
A world famous dish that is difficult to decline is Fish and Chips. This known dish originates from mid-19th century Great Britain: It was served in small joints to the working class often in a wrapping of old newspapers, dripping of fat. Nowadays, due to European Union rules, this practice largely ceased with plain paper, cardboard or plastic being used instead. If you order this dish in one of your favorite restaurants in Dubai, make sure sauce Tartar is served on the side.

A classic belly filling dish from the Italian kitchen is Ravioli, prepared in Southern Italy since the 14th century. It is best described a small pillow or dumpling composed of various fillings sealed between two layers of thin pasta dough. Usually served with a pasta sauce. The filling varies according to the area where they are prepared: from ricotta cheese, spinach, nutmeg and black pepper in the capitol Rome till ricotta and grated lemon rind in Sardinia. The variation with pumpkin seeds and cream is also delicious.

Pasta and meatballs
An all-time favorite with children is Italian meatballs with pasta. A dish that can also be found in many other Mediterranean kitchen such as Spain, Greece and Turkey. Of course the Italians defined it and made it world famous. Available in most Italian restaurants in Dubai and of course other good Mediterranean restaurants. Best served in a red sauce with fine spaghetti, with shredded parmesan cheese of course. Definitely something word ordering when you feel like a big bite.

Finally a lasagna is an excellent dish when you want to give in to your winter cravings. Today, lasagna has become such a mainstay that recipes for fusion lasagnas can be found everywhere. Actually, any country can apply their unique style of ingredients. Modern lasagna is, of course, a by-product of the traditional Italian cuisine. And like many Italian cultural and intellectual achievements, it can be traced down to ancient Greece. That is why many Greeks would try to convince you that they are the ones that actually invented it. A nice twist to the lasagna Bolognese is a variation with ricotta and spinach.

It goes without saying that all of the dishes above are quite enjoyable all year round, but they especially nice when temperatures are low outside and you really crave a heavy meal. The only thing that remains to do is to find a top restaurant in Dubai that can prepare it the way you like!

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