Soup

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White Gazpacho (Zouhair Zairi)

I wanted to try this soup, from Chef Zouhair Zairi’s Moorish Fusion Cuisine. One of the reasons is that I have not seen, to my knowledge, anything remotely like this in the Lebanese or Near Eastern cuisine; almonds are always used as a garnish in savory dishes; there is one pudding, called kishk of the […]

By |May 24th, 2014|Salty|5 Comments
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Cabbage and keshek soup

 

Keshek is a very nourishing food traditionally prepared in rural areas for sustenance year-round; it is a mixture of yogurt and milk fermented with bulgur, dried and ground into a powder. Urbanized Lebanese buy it commercially made; however, there are still plenty of people in the villages who still make it at home. It […]

By |March 31st, 2014|Salty|12 Comments
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Kibbeh in yogurt (Labniyeh)

This is one of the best (if not the best) kibbeh dishes; we grew up with it, with my grandmother patiently coring the hollow kibbeh balls and stirring the yogurt till thickened. The final kick of flavor was when the cilantro and garlic fried in oil was added to the sauce. In Lebanon, the […]

By |March 26th, 2014|Salty|15 Comments
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Onion soup, French-style

Happy New Year 2014!
Wishing everyone a great 2014. (Hope PEACE will prevail)

We did not have the spectacular fireworks that Dubai exhibited this year; (from what I hear, it  was a Guiness World record) Nevertheless, it was joyful and peaceful; a bit irksome was hearing the firing of blank cartridges nearby, despite an official governmental […]

By |January 1st, 2014|Salty|11 Comments
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Yogurt soup

 

If I had to make a sweeping statement about Middle-Eastern culinary taste,  I’d say ” You’ve got to love yogurt!”. Yogurt is an intrinsic part of our food. When I was a kid growing up in Beirut, we’d get our weekly supply of yogurt delivered by a man wearing a sherwal (traditional trousers) and wearing a […]

By |February 26th, 2013|Salty|22 Comments
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Cauliflower soup

 

My daughter has been sick for two solid weeks (flu, sore throat, constant coughing) spending her college Christmas break in bed; so when I saw Katie’s cauliflower soup, I was immediately inspired. Katie added turmeric to her soup which gave it a golden hue (very pretty) and some crunchy croutons. Mine is more austere, […]

By |January 28th, 2013|Salty|14 Comments
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Chickpea soup (Lablabi)

It has been really cold in Lebanon the last few days and this soup which is sold by cart vendors in Bagdad (Iraq) is hearty and simple to prepare. My Iraqi friend Wafa’ gave me her recipe during her annual visit to  Lebanon  this past Summer. She said she loves it most with a […]

By |January 12th, 2013|Salty|12 Comments
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Chestnut soup

 

This is the soup we ate on Christmas Eve, made by my cousin Nicole who had lived most of her life in Paris (France) and moved back to Lebanon recently. One taste of that soup and I knew I would make it that week, it is that heavenly. 

Read interesting stuff on chestnuts. Apparently North […]

By |December 28th, 2012|Salty|14 Comments
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Peas and radish greens soup

 

In my (mountain) home town of Deir el-Qamar, radishes are huge. Apparently, these are winter radishes; in the Summer, they switch back to their normal size. 

Radish greens are purported to be super nutritious; there are many ways they can be used (I have made pasta with them, salads, pesto). In a soup instead of, […]

By |December 16th, 2012|Salty|10 Comments
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Broccoli and cheese soup

 

It was exciting to see ambarees, that country-style goat cheese made in the Chouf mountains, at the village grocer. Broccoli is growing now and a nice change from cabbage and more cabbage every single week. This soup is popular and so easy to prepare. Purée it with this great invention, the immersion blender, to […]

By |November 27th, 2012|Salty|11 Comments