Monthly Archives: February 2009

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Zucchini Fritters (Ejjeh Koossa)

This is an absolutely scrumptious dish. We usually ate it the day after having the koossa mehche (stuffed zucchini in meat)  as it is made with the flesh gathered after coring the zucchini for koossa. It is eaten at room temperature stuffed in pita for a quick lunch or as an appetizer  before […]

By |February 24th, 2009|Salty|9 Comments
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Spinach and rice quiche

In Beirut, growing up, we used to go out for Italian food all the time; either for pizza (around the Corniche) or at a cafe in Hamra for lasagna or escalopes milanaise. My mother’s friend who left Egypt after Nasser started nationalizing everything even opened a tiny hole-in-the wall in Hamra making fresh pasta.

This […]

By |February 23rd, 2009|Salty|0 Comments
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Zucchini stuffed with lamb (Koossa Mehchi)

I was in the mood for some koossa Mehche …We used to have it once a week, either in tomato sauce or in laban (yogurt sauce). Those were the days…comforting and homey food. The neighborhood’s middle-eastern grocery sells Mexican zucchini and these will have to do. In Lebanon, the zucchini are tiny, no more […]

By |February 20th, 2009|Salty|3 Comments
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Fig jam cookie roll


Today is Valentine’s day. 

Hence this cookie, a combination of rugelah and maamool of sorts. I used a recipe from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s book Rose’sChristmas Cookies and given it a Lebanese touch by stuffing it with fig jam, walnuts, anise and sesame. The richness of cream cheese in the dough and fig jam and walnut […]

By |February 14th, 2009|Sweets|1 Comment
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Milk Pudding (Muhallabiyeh)


I read one time the results of a study on what taste men in general were drawn to:  it was “creamy” things, like vanilla ice cream or whipping cream. The study concluded by stating that it was certainly derived for the primal longing for mother’s milk that accompanies men throughout their lives!!

No pudding equals […]

By |February 6th, 2009|Sweets|6 Comments