Category Archives: Appetizers

Purslane Fatayer

Greetings readers!

After being away for a while, I missed the  blog, I hope you missed it too. I don’t know if I can call my long time away a vacation, but I was not cooking anything spectacular or worth sharing. I was just going quick and convenient. I guess no matter how much you love cooking, when you have to do it every single day, it loses a bit of its luster. But with my return, I have a delicious recipe to share with you.

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Taro and Potatoes with Garlic, Lemon and Sumac

Taro is one of my favorite root vegetables. In Lebanon, there are many regional variations to cook it, for instance there is a recipe for taro and chickpeas stew that was a staple in my dad’s side of the family, but my mom’s side of the family knew nothing about. They lived about an hour apart and belong geographically to the same region!

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Mini Meat Pies: Sfiha

Clint had one of his potlucks at work again, this time it was to say goodbye to a colleague who was moving to another department.

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The Lebanese Take on Pizza: Mixed Man’oucheh

It is amazing how the Mediterranean cuisine can be similar in many countries but never be the same.

If the Italians can claim the pizza, the Lebanese can claim a similar concoction: the Man’oucheh. Typically eaten for breakfast, but if made in mini it can be used as an appetizer or as party finger food.

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Potluck Fatayer

I cannot believe how the weather turned from cold to nice in less than a week. I have been waiting for it for a while now; winter lingered and lingered to the point where I thought it was never going to end.

Fatayer are a Lebanese doughy goodie, perfect for anything. Well, almost anything. They can be great party appetizers, great for lunch and they make an awesome breakfast. In Lebanon they can be sold in the Mana’eesh bakeries in a big size for breakfast or lunch. They are great as holiday food or parties when made at their smallest. As far as the medium size they can be a good variety in any occasion. This is why we chose to make them for Clint’s latest potluck.

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Yay! I Finally Nailed Spring Rolls Making

Attempting spring rolls again has been on my mind for the last few days. Although it was not possible for me to make for dinner since I usually get hungry after coming back from my walk and spring rolls need to be eaten right away.

Also after walking, as a rule, I crave some sort of protein. I know it is not the toughest exercise out there but my body has its word to say and I often listen. It always worked for me that way.

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Spring Rolls Project

Spring rolls are one of the things on my culinary to-do list. I know we all have those to-do lists and mine extends to basically any cuisine. Sometimes it is a dish I like, sometimes it is something that is not easily found around and sometimes it is just because it offers a challenge.

Back to Spring Rolls, crunchy or soft, Chinese, Thai or Vietnamese these babies rank high on my favorite foods list.  Eating Chinese is never complete for me if I don’t have spring rolls. Not to mention they are fun to eat, always something new to discover. Whether it is with the stuffing or the dips the possibilities are appealing.

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Hummus and Italian-style Cheesecake

How do food lovers give good wishes to someone who leaves work to go on an overseas trip?  Well, we have an international potluck of course!  Today, we did just that and so I decided to make a couple of Mediterranean contributions to the event.  I decided to make two items for this simply because I had several leftover ingredients I knew I could use before they reached their expiry dates.  Also, I recently got a new Cuisinart food processor for a birthday present and so decided I would make good use of my new kitchen addition (so far, I love that thing!).

 

Hummus

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Saj Bread Cheese Rolls

Everyone who has had the chance to try Lebanese mezzeh, has certainly come across cheese rolls. I don’t know what it is that I like about rolls, whether it was spring rolls, cheese rolls, grape leaves… Maybe it is the fact that it is a little like a surprise and that you won’t find out what is there till you actually try them.

Cheese rolls are similar to spring rolls in shape, only they are thinner. The variety of the kind is actually huge, as huge as there are cheeses. I have tried several fillings that differ from region to another and sometimes even from a home to another.

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