Tag: Lebanese

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 […]

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 […]

Meat

Chicken in hummus sauce

Hummus is not just a (heavenly) spread, you can also turn it into a sauce. I first tasted a similar dish in Borj Hammoud, one of Beirut’s busiest neighbourhood, at Abu Hassan’s for breakfast. Their dish is made of chickpeas in hummus sauce. I thought it’s a brilliant idea! So […]

Potato pie
Meat

Potato pie

Besides the fact that it’s a very flavoursome dish, you can serve it in several different ways. You can do it like me, as shown in the picture, on individual plates; in small, 1-person oven dishes; in small ceramic pots; or in a large oven dish and serve it at […]

Cardamom ice cream
Fruit, Sweet

Cardamom ice cream

Cardamom is one of those spices which flavour makes you dream away into faraway lands. With its citrusy notes, it is also very versatile: you can use in savoury dishes like shawarma or to make incredibly fragrant desserts like this amazing ice cream. I love making ice cream at home. […]

Batata harra
Vegetables

Batata harra

‘Batata harra’ in Arabic simply means ‘spicy potato’. If you ask me, no mezza (or mezze) table is complete without batata harra. It is – dare I say – even better then fries. There. I said it. The traditional version is originally without tomato paste; it’s only garlic, coriander, chili […]

Tuna tajen
Fish

Tuna tajen

Tajen, not to be confused with tajine or tagine, is a spicy side dish with fish and tahin, sesame sauce. It is used as a dip, a mezze dish or even a sauce. You can spice it up as much as you want and you can enjoy it warm or […]

Meghli ice cream
Sweet

Meghli ice cream

Meghli is originally a lovely pudding made with spices and rice flour. It is traditionally made in Lebanon to celebrate the birth of a child. For this ice cream, I am using the same spices to recreate the flavour of the traditional Meghli. The combination of cinnamon, anis and caraway […]

Fish shoarma
Fish

Fish shawarma

During one my recent visits to Lebanon I discovered this wonderful shawarma variation at one of the best fish restaurants there, Babel Baher. It was one of those moments when you go: why didn’t I think of that?! So, as you would, I came back home and gave it a […]