Tag Archives: tahini

Halvah toffee (Tabtab al-janna)

If you are a fan of halvah, you will like this candy. While halvah is nearly impossible to make in a home kitchen, this is not. Only three ingredients required: Sugar, tahini and flour. Flavored with cardamom.  INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups of sugar 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour 1/2 cup of tahini +extra to grease […]

Eggplant with yogurt sauce (Fattet al-Makdoos)

In what city in the world can you get this meal delivered to your door? That is what happened today when I called my caterer/friend/neighbor, Rima @RimRam Gourmet and asked her to help me out.  Rima, whose is a true Beiruti, specializes in many traditional dishes and cooks herself once a month at Tawlet, Kamal […]

Cauliflower salad (Arnabeet w tarator)

This is the perfect salad if you are stuck with a cauliflower and not sure what to do with it.  It only takes minutes to prepare. It tastes fantastic and you will forget you are eating cauliflower.   The cauliflower is just boiled or steamed till tender, cut up and covered with the sauce.  The sauce […]

Beet dip (Mama Dallou’ah)

  The recipe for this dip was graciously given to me by Kameel Abu-Hatoum, a great cook and connoisseur of traditional Lebanese cuisine,  from Baakline (Chouf mountains). He coined it mama dall’ou’ah. A counter to the now world-famous baba ghanouj. Explanation: Baba is daddy and ghanouj means cuddly ( or someone who likes to spoil […]

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. INGREDIENTS: 1 large shiny eggplant, about 1 pound 1 lemon 2 cloves of garlic salt 1 tbsp of tahini olive […]