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labneh

Labneh and zaatar breakfast

Back when I was blogging constantly, I was hearing this recurring background noise “you’ve got to be on Facebook, or Twitter”. I am now posting daily on Facebook and Instagram (several times a day) and have barely time to blog anymore! No more whining. This is an all-traditional Lebanese breakfast and my favorite. It even turns into dinner or lunch...
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rahat loukoum

Rahat Loukoum (Turkish Delight)

I have been away from blogging for a while to tend to some pressing business back in Dallas. Now I am back and as usual, with my head brimming with ideas on meals, desserts, places to see, the list is nearly endless. Since it is National Dessert Day today, how about some choice Turkish Delight or what is know here...
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Fattoush

Fattoush

Heat and humidity definitely affect one’s appetite. One can easily spend the day drinking juices or slurping on slushes, smoothies and sorbets. For a meal option, how about fattoush? Just throw-in all the veggies leftover in your fridge, dice them up, toast some pita croutons, and sprinkle good sumac, olive oil and lemon juice. For a detailed and authentic recipe,...
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Baba ghanouj

Baba ghannouj with zaatar

Eggplant is the Summer vegetable head-to-head with the zucchini. As much as I love a good (well-seasoned, light) baba ghannouj, the creative urge in the kitchen takes over more often than not. I had bought some really good zaatar  in the town of Baakline (in the news  lately because it is where George Clooney’s wife’s family comes from). I thought, with a bit...
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cauliflower stir-fry

Cauliflower stir-fry

Cauliflower is everywhere and this is delicious and easy. I wanted to veer away from the traditional Lebanese cauliflower mezze, which is parboiled then fried and served with tarator (tahini-based dressing). This is inspired by Iraqi and Indian cuisine with the use of turmeric, but without ingredients which may be hard to find like fresh curry leaves. In Lebanon, cauliflower...
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Saffron fish

Grilled fish in saffron sauce

The Iranian Bazaar comes to Lebanon once a year for a week, and I try not to miss it. First of all, it is fun, it takes place in the basement of the former Holiday Inn and gets lots of traffic. Some stands are more popular than others like the nuts and spices or the rugs, displayed in hundreds.  Last...
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