Chef Ammal's version of bisteeya, an appetizer ($7) of chicken, eggs, onion and crushed almonds flavored with orange blossom water and baked inside a round phyllo pastry
crust, was absolutely authentic in every detail save one: Traditionalists would have expected pigeon rather than chicken.
It also includes chicken bastilla, a traditional Moroccan dish with layers of chicken, eggs and crushed almonds in phyllo pastry
1 (17-ounce) package phyllo pastry
, thawed to room temperature
Of course, all of these tributes to good luck need a strong close to seal the deal, such as Fruit and Nut Baklava, with phyllo pastry
brushed with olive oil and layered with the lucky ingredients of dried cranberries, nuts and figs.
And for fun, we offer up ''Elvis cups'' -- mini phyllo pastry
cups filled with bacon, peanut butter and banana slices.
It is a phyllo pastry
stuffed with chicken ( the Moroccans have pigeon meat) that is slow- cooked in a broth of onion, herbs and spices, then shredded, chilled and kept overnight, and finally mixed with eggs and toasted almonds.
The outdoor Zhenski Pazar, or Ladies' Market (Stefan Stambolov Boulevard), and the neo-Renaissance-style and neo-Byzantine Central Hall market hall (25 Knyaginya Maria Luiza Boulevard), built in 1909 on the site of the Serdika fortress are colorful, if chaotic locales (and prime ground for pickpockets) where babushkas hawk everything from pottery to banitsa a a cheesy phyllo pastry
eaten for breakfast withA boza, Bulgaria's favorite malt drink.
Dessert was the one time where Baxevanis' modern Greek cookery took a strange turn, teaming candied aubergine with crisp rolls of phyllo pastry
and a spiced cream in his rendition of galaktoboureko (Dh30).
CHICKEN SALAD CUPS 3 chicken breasts, with skin and bone 1 tablespoon Cavender's Greek Seasoning 6 cups water cup celery, chopped cup sweet pickle relish cup Miracle Whip salad dressing Phyllo pastry
cups Boil chicken and seasoning in water for 1 1/2 hours.
Time for dessert - la surprise Phillips, caramelized apples on phyllo pastry
The Acacia honey and hints of saffron, for example, really inspired me to create my roasted peach in phyllo pastry
," says Pastry Chef Martin Howard.