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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Listen to Your Mom on Mother's Day

It is not chicken soup, it is not a stew. It is called Hrisseh (not to be confused with the Tunisian spicy paste Harissa). The word Hrisseh means something along the lines of "mushed". I have made it before, using barley. It never came out right. But mothers know best. This is what I was not doing right.

The right ingredient is Pearl Wheat (which looks like barley, a bit more oblong and takes longer to cook). Mom's advice is to soak it for at least two days, then pour boiling water on it before cooking. I'm so glad I listened to mom, this dish is deliciously addictive.

Apart from finding the right grain and the intensive soaking, the recipe is simple. 2 cups pearl wheat, 2 cups chicken broth, 2 cups water, 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, salt, all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Bring to boil, simmer on medium-low heat (it needs to keep on boiling), add water as needed. When the pot looks like its almost mushy, you know the Hrisseh is ready.

So boys and girls, always ask your mom and listen to your mom. Moms always know best. 

Happy mother's day best mom ever, from human and cats.

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