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Fava beans in yogurt sauce (Ful bel-laban)

This is a popular stew made especially in the Spring season when fava beans are freshly picked and offered on the side of the road going to the mountains or in the city’s greengrocers.  A vegetarian version can be prepared by simply omitting adding the meat (and stock) to the stew and replacing them […]

By |April 29th, 2014|Salty|16 Comments
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Fava beans in the stalks with cilantro sauce (Ful akhdar ‘ateh)


Fava beans, pronounced fool in this part of the world, are a much beloved vegetable. They are made into a delicious salad when still young (and their pods still tiny), using the entire stalk. They are stir-fried in a garlic and herb sauce, smothered in olive oil, then boiled till tender. The stalks turn […]

By |April 9th, 2014|Salty|10 Comments
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Chicken Asian-style


A  large number of Filipinos  reside in Lebanon  and this dish is inspired by  a recipe from an article  featuring  Filipino cuisine in Fatafeat magazine (12/09 issue).

This chicken and veggie dish  belongs to the category of no-brainers, with minimum fuss and maximum flavor from the coconut milk, ginger and garlic trio.

INGREDIENTS: 6 servings

1 Chicken, […]

By |April 16th, 2012|Salty|10 Comments
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Zucchini fritters


A great way to use some leftover zucchini; in Lebanon, these fritters are made with the zucchini pulp leftover after they have been cored for stuffing. Simply grate or shred the zucchini in a food processor, add a bit of grated onion, garlic paste and lots of chopped herbs and fry them in olive […]

By |April 3rd, 2012|Salty|21 Comments
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Green tea and broccoli soup


My mother subscribes to a French magazine, Femme Actuelle, which is always full of recipes. This is where I plucked the idea of making a broccoli soup with some green tea. Why not? Just substitute the chicken broth for the steeped green tea (minus the leaves) and that’s it!

INGREDIENTS: 6 servings

1 1/2 pounds (or […]

By |March 23rd, 2012|Salty|19 Comments
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Red lentil and chard soup


This soup is so easy to put together and delivers the kind of homey flavor that is the hallmark of a great winter soup.

The ingredients are thrown in the pot and left to simmer slowly; right before serving, a burst of flavor is added (garlic, olive oil and fresh lemon juice).


Recipe courtesy of […]

By |December 6th, 2011|Salty|24 Comments
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Eggplant dip (M’tabbal)


Will not speak for other expats, but this is the one dish that beckons after arrival. Something about that  lemony, silky, garlicky, smokey eggplant cream is all that one needs to feel acclimated once again.


1 large shiny eggplant, about 1 pound
1 lemon
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of tahini
olive oil


Char the eggplant over an open […]

By |December 2nd, 2011|Salty|37 Comments
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Eggplants in a pomegranate and walnut sauce


This eggplant dish is meatless however it will leave you totally satiated. The walnuts and bulgur do the trick: Paired  with fresh pomegranate juice, pomegranate molasses,  garlic and a touch of cinnamon, they deliver depth of flavor and a sweet/tart taste.

I came up with this last summer but go back to it whenever […]

By |October 21st, 2011|Salty|31 Comments
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Squash hummus

So many varieties of squash are out there for us to enjoy; I like the so-called turban or Turkish turban squash for their interesting shape and colorful orange and green hues. INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 pound (or 3 pound) squash
1/2 cup of tahini
1/2 cup of lemon or orange or citrus juice (fresh)
2 cloves of garlic, […]

By |August 25th, 2011|Salty|19 Comments
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Hatch green chile hummus


Hatch chiles are in season now, and some stores will even roast them and seed them to save us the trouble;  I bought a container and set out to make  hummus.

Pick hot or mild chiles depending on your preference. If you have no access to the hatch chiles (produced in the town of Hatch, […]

By |August 23rd, 2011|Salty|18 Comments