Tag Archives: lemon juice

Potato hummus with lamb

This should conclude my hummus week (unless I feel the urge to make yet another hummus mañana); this is a classic potato with tarator (tahini) sauce, except I used (organic) sweet potatoes. The lamb chops are marinated briefly in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic paste, Aleppo pepper and  wild zaatar or thyme. INGREDIENTS: Per potato […]

Taro fries with cilantro pesto

This dish is based  on a popular mezze item on the Lebanese table called batata harra or spiced potatoes. In this plate, cubed potatoes are fried and coated in a cilantro, garlic and chile pesto and served lukewarm with quartered lemons. I figured I would do the same here, except I cooked the taro thoroughly […]

Mehshi (Stuffed veggies)

A common denominator to all people who live around the Eastern Mediterranean: They love to stuff their veggies! In Lebanese cuisine, they are stuffed in two major ways: One includes meat and is served hot; the other is meatless and is served at room temperature. The vegan variety of stuffed veggies is  used a lot […]

Winter tabbouleh

After this past National Tabouleh day contest in Beirut’s souk el tayeb, where tabboulehs of all stripes were entered, including a lovely one with pink geranium petals, I thought I would introduce my version of winter tabbouleh. Tabbouleh is the national salad of Lebanon and our pride and joy; unfortunately most often than not misrepresented […]

Kafta balls with tahini dip

The traditional way to make this dish is to spread the kafta on a pan, slice potatoes, bake the meat and potatoes; then a tahini sauce (aka tarator) is poured all over and the dish is baked again and presented with the layer of potatoes and kafta smothered in tahini sauce. Scrumptious, hearty, wonderful, but…. […]