Monthly Archives: July 2012

Kibbeh tartare (Kibbeh nayyeh)

I was invited to a (fancy, classy) wedding  and lo and behold I see this lady sitting in the buffet line, making kibbeh the traditional way, in the jurn. That is what this huge stone mortar is called. She was pounding away to produce the silky smooth kibbeh that is eaten raw with fresh onions […]

Peach cupcake

  Carole, at Alter Gusto,  is one of my favorite French bloggers (she edits her blog straight from Marseille); she  made a classic loaf cake with apricots, olive oil and orange blossom water. I simply substituted peaches. We are blessed with a glut of peaches this Summer.  You will not detect the taste of the […]

Hibiscus snack (Karkadeh)

I love the idea of snacking on flowers, don’t you? Especially when these flowers are supposed to be so beneficial to one’s blood pressure and all kinds of other conditions. I found these in a Beirut supermarket sold in bulk. They are chewy, sweet and sour. Perfect to snack on anytime, especially in a car […]

Pasta with shrimp and avocado sauce

Summer is a perfect season for relaxed, no-fuss, cooking; this salad was prepared at the last minute with ingredients in my pantry and freezer; shrimp, whole-wheat boxed pasta, broccoli, avocados, and a medley of basic spices. Hearty but not heavy. Served with an avocado sauce just because I had some avocado laying around, and figured […]

Date cake with milk sauce

I love dates and I never tire of them; here in Beirut one finds in all the pastry shops (especially now during Ramadan) dates stuffed with all sorts of goodies and beautifully packaged for gift-giving. This cake is a great way to use leftover dates; you simply chop them up and cook them in a […]