Thanks for coming back! On Friday I shared your top five poem choices from my blog during the calendar year of 2015. As promised, it’s time for the top five recipes. Here they are in no particular order: Macaronis bil Laban (Noodles with Yogurt). Ironically, this is a recipe I can’t eat. But you all loved it, and I’m delighted because when I could eat gluten and dairy I loved it too. It’s a simple, quick meal that can easily be adjusted for picky palates. Maqluba: Lebanese Eggplant and Rice Casserole.
I learned this on the balcony in Kayfoun. My grandmother sat facing the sun. My aunt came to find me. “Tayta is coring the zucchini. You can learn from her,” she said. Heritage is as much nostalgia as tradition. I sat at one corner of Tayta’s small table and she pointed at the ingredients, naming them one at a time. “Riz, benadoura, cousa, wara’ ‘anab, milleh . . .” We never could communicate in sentences, but we both spoke food in any language. I used to regret that I was unable
The submissions for #LinkYourLife are a delightful bunch this week. If you are new to this hashtag, take a look at the roundup below. Then meander through weeks past. We tweet every Friday. If you don’t have a post you think fits (but really, what doesn’t?) then I challenge you to put together words or images that you believe tell who you are right now or who you have been at any point in your life. Maybe even who you are trying to be. Maybe it’s just five minutes of
If there is a salad I miss, this is the one. Yes, I could make it without the bread, but what’s the point? That crouton-like crunch, the way the bread soaks up the dressing, the beautiful mix of texture and flavor in your mouth . . . Well, I don’t know that I can do this salad justice. It only take a few minutes to throw together. This is the type of dish you can throw grilled chicken on top of and feel like you’ve had a gourmet meal. Another
In conjunction with sharing a bit about my beloved Jido, here is a dish I had the pleasure of enjoying with him. This meal is soft and flavorful and pairs well with greens. This dish is naturally gluten-free. Rice with Meat and Chicken Serves: 8 Preparation time:30 min Cooking time: 90 min 1/2 lb Ground Beef 1 Whole Chicken, cleaned and separated 2 cups White Rice 1/8 cup Olive Oil 1 t Black Pepper 2 T Salt 1 t Allspice 1/2 t Cinnamon 1 Bay Leaf 1/2 cup Pine Nuts