This sweet (holy) bread is just good! According to Chef Ramzi, in The Culinary Heritage of Lebanon, this recipe is at least 100 years old; how about dating back to the Byzantine period?
In the town of Deir el Qamar in the Shouf where our family originates,we would buy this sweet bread at the store; […]
I think it was the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet) who emphasized that one’s children are their own people and will fly out of the nest like birds do, or something to that effect; I don’t know why but this thought of his stuck with me ! He was right, OF COURSE, and […]
My parents used to entertain frequently at home while I was growing up in Beirut; my mother would often serve this dessert when tangerines were in season; she would carve the flesh out of the fruit, make a sorbet and fill the fruit with it.
Yesterday, I stopped by the Vietnamese market on my […]
Please, please, please, dear reader, next time you grab a bunch of radishes with healthy, vibrant-looking greens, give this salad a try! Or any salad! These greens are good for you and taste great!
Just make sure to dunk them a few times in cold water to clean them out thoroughly. This salad has a […]
Did you know that a Lebanese man invented the iPOD? The Swatch? Conquered the Seven Summits?
These are sandwiches for a cocktail or happy hour. I have two different fillings to propose. One is simply mixing some blue cheese with labneh and the other is a tapénade, or a black olive paste with tuna. These […]
If you ask a traditional, die-hard Beiruti, one whose family has been residing for generations in West Beirut (called Ras Beirut, the oldest and original part of the city), what their favorite dish is,kibbeh arnabieh would be in the top three.
This dish is one of the great classics of Lebanese cuisine. It is usually […]
A quick version of a delicious but time-consuming recipe. I found these pre-cut sheets of a very thin, phyllo-like bread in the freezer section at the middle-easern store and grabbed them. They are imported from Turkey and evidently used in Turkish cuisine. In our cuisine, we have a pastry that is similar to phyllo, […]
A delicious tea made with simply a piece of ginger. I have been drinking gallons of it this week to help me with a cold. Ginger is supposed to help with nausea and a host of other problems.
It is so easy to make a pot of ginger tea. Peel and cut in small pieces […]
I was watching Chef Elie on Soufra Daymeh, the daily cooking segment on LBC; he made a similar salad. Beets are so healthy to eat, since they almost cure you of all major diseases (anemia, cancer and the like); I vote to have all American public schools ban tater tots from their cafeterias and […]
This recipe is adapted from Chef Ramzi’s The Culinary Heritage of Lebanon; it comes from the district of Bint Jbeil in South Lebanon.www.bintjbeil.com/index.en.html The area was subjected to so many bombing operations over a span of so many decades that I find it amazing that it managed to survive and boast a remarkable cuisine […]