Monthly Archives: September 2012

Eggplant and peppers salad

This salad is easy to prepare; I had a big eggplant (the last ones in the season) and needed to do something. If you have a gas grill you can use it to blacken the eggplant (just lay it over the heat diffuser), or throw the eggplant (skin and all) in your oven to blacken […]


The market stalls in Beirut are offering dates this time of year; all kinds of dates. Some are imported from the Gulf countries, some are local. I love to start my day with a few dates in the morning. What about you? To enjoy dates when fresh but still hard: wrap them in a plastic […]

Halvah toffee (Tabtab al-janna)

If you are a fan of halvah, you will like this candy. While halvah is nearly impossible to make in a home kitchen, this is not. Only three ingredients required: Sugar, tahini and flour. Flavored with cardamom.  INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups of sugar 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour 1/2 cup of tahini +extra to grease […]

The healthiest fruit in the world

  These are jujube fruits; they taste like apples and they are so full of nutrients and vitamins this title is well-deserved, (albeit emphatic). Available in fruit stalls here in Lebanon, they can also be found in the US and elsewhere in organic markets, Middle-Eastern stores, Chinese and other Asian markets, fresh or dried, and […]

Eggplant stems stew

The stems are the most delicious part of the eggplant, yet  they get discarded; this stew does not! Throw in the stems (after washing them) in the pot and let them cook alongside the veggies and meat (if using). You will be rewarded with tender, full of silky meat eggplant stems to suck on and […]