A very tasty and nutritious vegetarian meal, even though it is not very colourful. Use any green or brown lentil that holds its shape when cooked (i.e. not the red split lentils, which cook to a mush). Please note that the "pint" I mention is a British pint of 20 fl oz. This recipe comes from David Scott's "Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookery". Posted in the hope of joining the North African and Middle Eastern Zaar Tag game.
The spices make this version of the Lebanese salad special--and it's important to use good olive oil and lots of fresh lemon juice. Prep time does not include overnight soaking of the bulgur and herb mixture.
A very pleasant and rather unusual infusion of spices. I couldn't find any anise seeds, so I used fennel seeds instead, and it tasted lovely. The recipe is modified from David Scott's "Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookery". Posted in the hope of entering the North African and Middle Eastern Zaar Tag game :-)
Carrots rich and sweet, a Moroccan side dish that goes well with middle eastern-style dishes. Very quick to make. If you don't like the idea of combining raisins with carrots, leave them out--it will still taste good. To feed more people, just add a carrot per person. I also like to make this for holiday meals sometimes, because they seem a little "special."
Peppers grown in abundance throughout the Mediterranean. This salad from Tunisia and Morroco uses them to their best advantage with roasting - a preparation that heightens their natural sweetness. You can serve this as a first course salad or the centerpiece of a lunch or light dinner.
For those Moroccan dishes. Optional Safi Mixture: 1 cinnamon stick 3 cloves 5 to 6 coriander seeds 3 to 4 black peppercorns 1 bay leaf can be added in between layers of lemons.The addition of olive oil to act as a sealant on top of the lemons but is not necessary.
Turkish coffee is not just limited to turkey, but is a traditional drink all over the middle east. You can buy freshly roasted and prepared coffee beans while you wait Turkish coffee from most middle eastern grocers in the united states. They usually use a combo blend of light and dark coffee beans and grind cardamom up in it at the same time.You can even purchase Turkish coffee pots that Turkish coffee is made in at most grocers. If you don't have a Turkish coffee pot, don't worry, you can use any pot. This recipe is the next best thing.*Measurements are approximate, so you may add or decrease according to taste buds*
If you like coconut, then you'll love this Egyptian dessert!
I substituted almond extract for the vanilla and added a little bit of rosewater for flavor. Adapted fromt the cookbook Taste of the Middle East by Soheila Kimberley. You can find semolina in bulk at your local natural food store.
This tea is commonly used in Mid East and Puerto Rico, especially for upset tummies, and it is commonly given to colicky babies. If you like anise try this tea and you will be pleased that it makes a nice light tea.
This delicious dip is actually a healthy and quick appetiser that can be made a day or two ahead of time. The recipe is based on one from Alex Raij, chef of a tiny tapas bar, Tía Pol, in New York City. WINE: We enjoyed these tapas accompanied by a dry Riesling and I was quite surprised at the great match. The walnuts and the chili pepper's flavors were actually heightened and enjoyable. Try a 2005 Riesling Firestone Vineyard Select or a fruity, off-dry Riesling like 1999 Kiona White Riesling.
Versions of this are cooked in many parts of the Mediterranean area--Greece, West Asia and North Africa. Before juicing, I microwave the lemons about 20 seconds to increase the amount of juice. If you prefer, oregano can be substituted for the mint.
Adapted from the oh-so-useful The Healthy Kitchen cookbook by Andrew Weil and Rosie Daley, which especially focuses on the healthy Mediterranean cuisine. I omit or reduce the olives (too much sodium), reduce the cheese (same reason) and omit the extra salt. People who don't have to watch their blood pressure probably don't have to follow these restrictions. I do use plenty of pepper. I also add a bit of minced bell pepper (any color, because I love it). Sometimes I add oregano, basil or rosemary. It's a great lunch stuffed into a whole wheat pita. The passive "cooking" time is actually the chilling time. P.S. The original recipe only has 1 clove garlic.