Author: Olilo

Tomato with aïoli
Vegetables

Tomato with aïoli

In a couple previous recipes, I had included this little side dish but I think it deserves a little more attention because it’s just really good! Three ingredients, no cooking needed, done in 5 minutes and you have a delicious little dish.

Halloumi with zaatar and dates
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Halloumi with zaatar and dates

As you probably already know, I’m a sucker for halloumi. Simply grilling it is enough but a few variations are irresistible. The following combination is taken from Nadia and Merijn’s lovely book Souq. Zaatar is mixture of oregano, sumac, sesame and salt. Nowadays it’s quite broadly available, although it might […]

Grilled Halloumi
Vegetables

Grilled halloumi

So this is probably the first recipe I post with only one ingredient. I wonder if you can still call it a recipe 😉 But that’s really besides the point because this is halloumi and halloumi is everything. It is a white, salty and firm cheese which is perfect for […]

Baba Ghannouj
Vegetables

Baba ghannouj

Ah! The baba ghannouj! Or moutabbal, as it is more commonly known in Lebanese restaurants. Simply put, baba ghannouj is hummus with aubergine instead of chickpeas. My mom used to grill the aubergines whole on the stove and the entire house would smell of smoke! And that’s really key for […]

Kale fattouch
Vegetables

Kale fattouch

I have to admit right from the start: I was never a big fan of kale. I never really enjoyed its texture and how it feels in my mouth. That changed completely when my friend Jelle came for a visit and brought with an amazing kale salad! I just couldn’t […]

Spinach and lentils stew
Vegetables

Spinach and lentils stew

Mulukhiah is a green leafy vegetable of which you make a dish of the same name, very common in the Middle East and North Africa, served with cooked chicken (or other meats) and rice. It’s a lovely, hearty meal. The following recipe is loosely based on the mulukhiah where I […]

Butternut squash soup
Vegetables

Butternut squash soup

There is really not much to say about this recipe except that it’s really, really good. It has all the elements of a perfect dish: smoothness, crunchiness, saltiness, sweetness, sourness. The addition of the tarragon makes this soup beautifully fragrant. So let’s get cookin’!

Bean Burgers
Vegetables

Bean burgers with homemade ketchup

I’ve been working a while now on a good, flavoursome vegetarian burger recipe. From wet to dry, bland to way over-spiced, it’s all about finding the right balance of flavours and making sure the burger holds together. So after some tests and trials, I present to you my vegetarian burger […]

Labneh
Vegetables

Labneh

Certain dishes are omnipresent in every household in Lebanon. Labneh is one of them; one must always have some in the fridge. Whether you’re just a bit peckish and need a snack, or you want to add to your mezze selection, labneh is just great! I love having it on […]

Pumpkin kibbeh
Vegetables

Pumpkin kibbeh

Kibbeh is one of the cornerstones of the Lebanese and Levantine kitchen. I think you can fill a whole book with only kibbeh recipes and stories. With many variations in ingredients and flavours, the base is the same: a dough made with vegetables or meats mixed with bulgur. This could […]