Tag: Gluten free

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’!

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 […]

Sweet potato and beans bake
Vegetables

Sweet potato and beans bake

Sometimes all you need is a simple, filling and tasteful dish without too much hassle. In such cases, I usually turn to oven dishes, especially the ones where combine most of ingredients all at once and bake! They are also perfect for sharing, especially if you’re cooking for a group, […]

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.