Monthly Archives: August 2009

Tahini and Carob molasses (Debess u tahineh)

Move over peanut butter and jelly, move over dulce de leche, I got me my dibs wa tahini! I am going to sit down somewhere and savor that creamy, dark, sweet,nutty, earthy, intensely satisfying combination of tahini and carob molasses. It is going to take me all of five seconds to open the jars, pour […]

Falafel sandwiches

There is a good measure of excitement when one decides: ” That’s it! today, let’s make homemade falafel” You will actually need plenty of enthusiasm for this project, because it is, shall we say it? time-consuming! So, set aside a couple of days and you will make falafel that you can be proud of! Now, […]

Cardamom and almond cookies ( Shakar Lama)

Our August Challenge is here – Representing the Iraqi Cuisine Iraq for me is a word that elicits simultaneously happiness and sadness. I was extremely lucky to visit Iraq  in the early seventies with my family. My dad’s close friend lived in Baghdad. He had a  beautiful rose garden. I loved eating masgoof by the […]

Garlic from China

Cooking mainly Lebanese food, as I do, I end up buying garlic on a weekly basis. I noticed that in the last few months (or was it years?) I was  not having good luck with garlic. It is more often than not old. So, I dump it and hope for better luck next time. Well, […]

Beef shawarma sandwich

There are times when a serious longing for a shawarma sandwich has to be satisfied. My daughter texted me from school to let me know all her friends had been talking about shawarma, and could we please go get some!? Shawarma comes from the root verb shawee which means to grill. It is found at […]