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 […]

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, […]

Apricot tart

This tart was probably born out of the realization that there should be other uses for the homemade apricot jam besides making the children “aroosseh” (pita roll-up) for an after-school snack. I have made the pastry hundreds of times, it is foolproof. I used the jam I made but any good jam will be perfect […]

Eggplant dip (Baba Ghanouj)

Eggplant is one of those vegetables that you start out hating as a kid and as an adult you can’t get enough of.  Lebanese cuisine has many outstanding eggplant dishes. This one is by far the easiest to produce and the most popular. It is served at every mezze. Actually the best m’tabbal I had […]