Monthly Archives: September 2009

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Pear Cupcakes


I made this in Beirut last summer when we received a bushelful of pears from our orchard. It is really easy to make and taste delicious and light. I made it again yesterday in the shape of cupcakes. Apparently, the cupcake craze has reached Beirut too, which prompted an article in the online […]

By |September 30th, 2009|Sweets|8 Comments
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Bulgur salad with tomatoes and herbs ( Kammoonet al-banadoora)


A fellow  taxi driver in Beirut was describing the kammooneh (from kammoon, cumin) and talking about his village in the south, near the border with Israel. He was  mentioning the delicious cumin spice that goes in that dish. My curiosity  was piqued  and I was planning to try it. Luck would have it that […]

By |September 27th, 2009|Salads|12 Comments
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Kibbé, Besharri-style

This past summer, I sat down with  Thérèse,  who works as a cook for a few lucky families, and watched her make kibbé, Besharri-style. This is the town that she comes from and this is where she learned this method. Besharri is a village in the north of Lebanon, most famous because it […]

By |September 24th, 2009|Salty|9 Comments
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Spaghetti Squash in Sage and Pistachio sauce


I know: You are off carbs and that’s it! Well, here is a way to eat a delightful vegetable and feel healthy doing it! Ever had spaghetti squash? Unassuming, when you cut it open it will reveal strands of spaghetti-like filaments. The taste is subtle and fresh and light. Perfect for a first course […]

By |September 23rd, 2009|Salads|8 Comments
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Pumpkin Hummus


In the US, when you say pumpkin, one immediately pictures a creamy sweet and luscious pumpkin pie. In the Levant, although we do have a pumpkin confection, pumpkin is also savory.

This is a dip and is prepared just like the hummus be-tahini. It has the same lilting flavor of garlic and lemon and […]

By |September 22nd, 2009|Salty|9 Comments
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Pico de Gallo


Living in Texas I have grown quite fond of Mexican and so-called Tex-Mex cuisine. I love it. So, as I was preparing this mujaddara it occurred to me that a fresh pico de gallo to eat it with  would be the most compatible pairing. I mean, mujaddara is supposed to be eaten with a […]

By |September 21st, 2009|Salty|17 Comments
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Orange jelly

بمناسبه عيدالفطرالمبارك كل عام وانتم بخير
This is  a recipe that I clipped from a French weekly magazine Femme Actuelle of last month called Gelée d’orange au miel et fleur d’oranger. The recipe could not be simpler and uses fresh orange juice, honey, orange blossom water and agar-agar. Turns out agar-agar is a fabulous gelatin […]

By |September 20th, 2009|Sweets|7 Comments
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Cake with molasses (Sfoof)


What would you say about eating  a slice of cake that was rich, moist, and tasted of butterscotch,without worrying about raising your blood sugar, or rotting your teeth?

The answer is sfoof , but made with carob molasses. Sfoof is one of those popular cakes that used to be sold in the streets of Beirut […]

By |September 19th, 2009|Sweets|12 Comments
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Spinach and bulgur cake


They say necessity is the mother of invention; I needed to use up some eggs and spinach and thought of making a country-style omelette inspired by the book on Lebanese rural recipes compiled by the AUB by Marek Battal. Well the recipe calls for whole wheat flour and water added to the eggs and […]

By |September 17th, 2009|Salty|5 Comments
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Spicy chickpeas



Hummos means chick peas in Arabic.

I picked up this recipe from Eating Well magazine, October 2009 issue. It caught my eye because I love hummos (chick peas), I love spices and I love to snack. It made me hopeful I could substitue this recipe for the Qdaameh we used to eat as a snack […]

By |September 15th, 2009|Salty|6 Comments