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It’s a bread, it’s a bag, it’s kaak!

I know the title sounds cheeky but it’s better than WTH that crossed my mind when I learned about this purse-shaped loaf studded with sesame seeds. A bread that you can tote around and eat it too? How cool is that! It all started when I was looking into the round-shaped kaak (middle eastern version of Greek pita), and from there I discovered that kaak/ka’ak is Arabic for cake and comes in both sweet and savory variations. Apparently the bread bag version is a common sight around the streets of Beirut as vendors suspend them from food stalls or trucks.

The best thing to come out of this is that I am now hooked on getting the hang of baking in a Weber. It’s a steep learning curve, but bread done in a kettle grill has its own particular flavor and gets me spending more fun time outdoors before summer comes to an end.

Round ka’ak pocket breads baked in the kettle

A taste of what’s to come: criscioletta di Cascio

Video credit: Mauro Bertoncini’s Cottura Criscioletta

We’ll be in for a change of scenery when we head out to Tuscany for some food festivals, and here’s a taste of what to expect: criscioletta, a specialty exclusive to Cascio (Lucca). It’s a very thin pancake made with corn flour, durum wheat flour, and water. Cooked between 2 steel plates, the flat rounds are embellished with pancetta to produce a very tasty snack. I found this youtube video and couldn’t help but mentally reach for a bottle of Sangiovese (at 10am!) as I watched this.

Weather update: this will be the year that everyone (by now) will have wondered what the heck happened to summer. We were doing just fine a few days ago at 28°C, but now we’re back down in the lower digits and it hasn’t changed since this morning.

Temperature 7.24.2014