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Saffron rice
Fruit, Vegetables

Saffron rice

If you want to summarize the wonderful Iran with one flavour, the final battle will be between saffron and pomegranate. I think it will be a photofinish but saffron will win! It gets the edge because you can smell it while strolling through the colourful bazaars, walking past a teahouse or […]

Pumpkin khoresh
Vegetables

Pumpkin khoresh

This wonderful wintery recipe is inspired by Jila Dana-Haeri’s version in her book From a Persian Kitchen. It was love at first make! It’s so lovely and rich that you almost have the idea that you’re eating meat, even though my version is 100% vegan. Khoresh in persian mean ‘meal’, […]

Walnut and almond cake
Sweet

Walnut and almond cake

In Lebanon during Easter, we make wonderful pastries called ma’amoul. The whole family was involved in the making: kneading, rolling, filling, shaping (that was my specialty :-)) and of course baking. The heavenly smell filled the entire house and the hardest part was: you weren’t allowed to eat them if you […]

Roasted aubergine with chickpeas
Vegetables

Roasted aubergine with chickpeas

Aubergine takes centre stage again! This dish brings so many memories of the wonderful smells from my mother’s kitchen that filled the whole house. You can prepare the aubergines in different ways for this recipe: roast it in the oven (like below), roast on your stove (for some smokiness) or […]

Kafta tortilla
Meat

Kafta tortilla

As mentioned in a previous recipe, the kafta mix changes from one country to another. My version is the Lebanese one. In short, kafta (also called kofte) is minced beef mixed with herbs and spices. For me, this is serious comfort food without being unhealthy! There are so many variations possible […]

Shawarma brochettes
Meat

Shawarma brochettes

Shawarma (or shoarma) is one of those dishes that you can find all over the world, especially in Middle Eastern countries. It consists of layers of meat (beef, lamb, chicken…) on a spit, slowly grilled; shavings are then cut off and served as a wrap. The Lebanese marinade is truly […]

Vegetables

Hummus

I think I could eat hummus everyday. You can buy it everywhere these days and the best hummus was, is and ever will be: the one you make yourself. And why shouldn’t you? It’s as easy as boiling an egg. The great thing about it is that you can serve […]

Chicken brochettes
Meat

Chicken brochettes ‘Chich taouk’

No matter the weather, it’s always time for barbecue. Because there’s really nothing more delicious than a succulent piece of grilled meat, right? Especially when it’s beautifully marinated like these Lebanese-style brochettes. In Lebanon, these are called ‘Chich Taouk’ and are a kind of street food, usually wrapped in flatbread with […]

Eggless Mayonnaise
Vegetables

Mayonnaise (eggless!)

My good friend Billy from CrumbleUpon posted a recipe a while back of eggless meringue. He used this magic ingredient: juice of drained jarred chickpeas! And it worked with hardly any noticeable difference. Who would have thought it possible? So I thought, what if I try to do the same […]

Cured ham with melon
Fruit, Meat

Cured ham with melon and drunken plums

Cured ham and melon is a true classic and the perfect appetizer to your dinners. This is my take on this dish, adding a little twist to give it extra depth. A while back, I received a jar of dried plums soaking in port; so good! As I didn’t want […]