The landscapes between the county of Nice and Lebanon are strikingly similar; the ingredients used in the respective cuisines are nearly identical; the cuisine is different. For instance, the way chickpeas are used. In the county of Nice, chickpeas are made into flour and turned into pancakes and savory breads (socca, panisse, crêpes), or made […]
I am sorry. I cannot tell you to go out and get this from your health food store or Arabic store. It is an ancient food, made with grape juice, boiled to death and then whipped (called debs el-3enab madroob). Even in Beirut, most of the people I ask have never tasted it. It is […]
The sight of freshly puffed marshmallows on chocolate cream, served on a plain cookie elicits delight on a universal scale.
Then, why not serve s’mores on a holiday table, for a dessert made in a jiffy? You can whip these in under 5 minutes flat and make adults and children happy, without having to […]
This bread is truly quick (I don’t even bother measuring the ingredients) and, according to my son (who ate one mini loaf in one sitting), truly delicious. The bread is fluffy, light, and loaded with fresh cranberries.
A perfect holiday hostess gift too, and you can freeze them for a couple of weeks.
It is amazing how homesickness manifests itself by reaching out for certain foods; both my daughter and I have our popcorn cravings and she also managed to single out the best Lebanese brand for peanut butter. She was doubtful first when I told her of my idea; after all, popcorn is supposed to be […]
This pumpkin jam reminds me of my grandmother, Nabiha Aftimos, who lived in a world that had not succumbed to speed obsession, cell phone dependency or internet. Whatever she made in the kitchen took time, and it was fine and natural by her. She used to make these types of sweets with bitter orange peels or […]
Ms. M. Khairallah is a lady in her eighties living alone in her family’s ancestral home in the village of Ghineh in the Lebanese mountains. Her memories of the olden days is crisp and clear; she recounts how back then every family had a small plot and was growing wheat to sustain them throughout […]
I am not sure how or why it happened, but I suddenly found my fridge, freezer and cupboard bursting with packages of dried fruits and nuts. These are the solution; made in minutes and perfect for a breakfast on-the-go or a case of the munchies at eleven PM. INGREDIENTS:
2 cups assorted dried fruits ( […]