Tag: Side dish

Potato pie with black beans
Vegetables

Potato pie with black beans

From time to time, I like to take a meat-based dish and try to create a vegetarian or plant-based version of it. This one is based on my potato pie recipe and 100% plant-based. Beans, in all shapes and colours, are perfect as a substitute for minced meat. They have […]

Causa stuffed with white beans
Vegetables

Causa stuffed with white beans

Right here is some Peruvian inspired goodness: stuffed causa. As mentioned in another recipe, causa is a traditional Peruvian dish made with mashed potatoes and flavoured with lime juice and aji amarillo or yellow chili paste. Causa is very commonly stuffed with tuna or chicken salad. As I like to […]

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 […]

Halloumi with zaatar and dates
Fruit

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Grapefruit and avocado salad
Fruit, Vegetables

Pink grapefruit and avocado salad

A simple, refreshing and surprisingly fragrant salad. Tarragon is a wonderful herb that adds a lovely anisy flavour to dishes. The combination of the sour/bitter from the grapefruit, creamy from the avocado and almost sweet of the tarragon is amazing! Not to mention the vibrant colours that add a great […]

Chickpeas in hummus sauce
Vegetables

Chickpeas in hummus sauce

As I mention in the Chicken in Hummus Sauce recipe, my first taste of hummus as a sauce happened at Abu Hassan’s in one of Beirut’s busiest neighbourhoods Burj Hammoud. It actually was this recipe right here: a warm hummus sauce with chickpeas. It’s very easy and quick; with a […]

Roasted cauliflower
Vegetables

Roasted cauliflower

This is a very easy, quick and flavoursome side dish or a simple snack with some bread and hummus or aioli. Make sure not to bake it too long so that the cauliflower keeps its crunchiness. You can spice it up with a pinch of chili pepper.