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 dish wasn’t spicy to my tastebuds, but there was a definite warmth lent by white pepper. The other spices she included were black pepper, cinnamon, salt and allspice.
Lebanese cuisine boasts multiple lentil and rice dishes, ranging from this basic vegan recipe to porridge to dishes containing numerous spices and more than one meat. This dish is simple. Anyone can make it. It is as cost-effective an option as it is filling, works as a side or a main dish, and can be converted from stove top (if you tend to burn rice like me) to rice cooker cooking. This dish always has me in tears for two reasons. The first is that it gives off the comforting aroma
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