After weeks of restrained eating prior to the Easter feast, we are finally loosening up with a simple, yet luscious lasagne stuffed with fresh steamed spinach and coated in a creamy white sauce. This is Italian-style cuisine at its finest, the way I learned to prepare it with the late Marcella Hazan as a […]
Tripoli is Lebanon’s largest Northern city. I remember spending a weekend there as a teenager with a family whose father was a business associate of my father’s. I thought the city was magical. My friend Aboud took me on long walks through the old city. I was mesmerized ! the Citadel of St. Gilles […]
The name of this dish, harak osba’o, literally means “he burnt his finger” ; in other words, it was so irresistible, he (or she) could not wait for it to cool. In American terms, finger-licking good! There are several dishes bearing that name in both Lebanese and Syrian cuisine but this one really deserves it. […]
Manti or mante is a traditional Armenian dish; the closest Lebanese or Syrian equivalent to manti is shish barak, yet they are definitely not the same!
To make manti, you need the patience of an angel or (in my case) willing helpers; there were four of us filling these tiny little boats of dough with […]
This is pasta in a jiffy with only 4 ingredients. The sauce is like the Italian vodka sauce, except I replaced the vodka with arak (Lebanese national drink with a strong taste of licorice); here only a teaspoon was enough. I switched to labneh (drained yogurt) instead of cream. Happy Eid el-Futr to everyone who celebrates! […]
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 […]
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 […]
This crop of eggplants just won’t quit. A pasta dish was in order. This one was inspired by a recipe in an ELLE cookbook for an eggplant gratin called la Bohémienne (the gypsy). The recipe called for eggplants, tomatoes, onions and anchovies. Add whole-wheat penne in the mix and you’ve got dinner covered. INGREDIENTS: […]
Summer is a perfect season for relaxed, no-fuss, cooking; this salad was prepared at the last minute with ingredients in my pantry and freezer; shrimp, whole-wheat boxed pasta, broccoli, avocados, and a medley of basic spices. Hearty but not heavy. Served with an avocado sauce just because I had some avocado laying around, and […]
This is probably the easiest pasta to prepare and frankly one of the tastiest. Simply cook some pumpkin, mash it and combine it with the pasta. Sprinkle cheese, some toasted nuts and dinner is ready!
6 oz. of shell or tube pasta
1 pound of cut-up and peeled pumpkin
6 oz. of cheese (could be any melting […]