Monthly Archives: May 2009

Bride’s purses (Traditional Agerian almond cookies)

The May 2009, Challenge is brought to us by Khadidja Zehani from www.dessert-world.blogspot.com. Khadidja worked on two recipes to give us two choices; one for a wonderful savoury dish and one for outstanding dessert…. What can I say? First of all, Khadidja’s work is amazing. Her photographs are  so beautiful, I had to try making them! And […]
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Fish Kibbeh

We did not grow up eating this type of kibbeh  in our household in Beirut.  This kibbeh  hails from Tripoli, our Northern capital and a large seaport. On one of my visits to Lebanon, a friend  ordered it from a caterer. I found several recipes for it and tried them all! This one is my […]
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Spaghetti Ischitani

My dad was in Dallas for a short period in the late eighties and he used to always  lunch at  an Italian restaurant Tommaso. He loved the pasta there so much that he used to go every single day. Soon, he met the Chef, Mrs. Laura Orso, who would converse with him in her native […]
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Apricot and milk pudding (muhallabiya amardeen)

Love apricots! However, I have not had good luck with the  fresh  apricots sold in supermarkets. They  are so often bland and pasty that I stopped buying them.  I remember my excitement the first time I found the amardeen of my childhood in a middle-eastern store…  we used to tear off pieces and  lick them […]
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Jew Mallow stew (M’lookhiyeh) Coptic-style

… m’lookhiyeh?  I remember:  How everyone would swoon at the mere mention of that word. An invitation at so and so to a m’lookhiyeh? Teta Nabiha making it  for Sunday lunch and  inviting Tante Wadad and Khalo Nkoola…always an event.  Teta’s double-sized bed would be covered with a clean sheet and on it would lay […]
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