Category Archives: Thirty-minute dish

Bulgur pilaf (Burghol mufalfal ma’al joz)

This bulgur pilaf is a Turkish recipe from Sima Othman Yassine’s Al tabekh al-terkey. It is light, easy, versatile;  this version caught my eye because I had all of the required ingredients waiting to be used: Walnuts, green pepper, raisins and (white) coarse bulgur.  One important point to note is bulgur has more protein and more […]
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Zaatar salad (salatet zaatar akhdar)

Zaatar comes in many varieties in Lebanon; heard from a couple of sources that the total count was in excess of 133! The one above is called green (akhdar), and gets foraged and used in salads. The equivalent could be wild savory. It is pungent and good with grilled meat as well. Chef Mattar has […]
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Spaghetti with tuna, Asian-style

 I tend to cook Mediterranean food most of the time (duh).  I just had a can of tuna and spaghetti in the pantry, nothing else, and figured I’d make  spaghetti Asian-style, with a splash of soy sauce and lots of toasted sesame seeds. Luckily,  the garden in the mountain was in full bloom and vigor. […]
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Tuna sauce on pasta

This is a poor man’s pasta dish that delivers a refined taste that will have you begging for more. If you can, use spinach tagliatelle or the best egg pasta you can find; luckily here in Beirut boxed pasta comes straight from Italy and this one cooks in 2 minutes. That leaves you 20 minutes […]
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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 […]
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