Sfouf is a yellow cake by the addition of turmeric. It is commonly made during lent, as a dessert. It also is one of the easiest desserts to make all through the year.
Carob Molasses Sfouf is the version that omits turmeric and replaces the sugar with, wait for it because it is going to be such a big surprise, carob molasses!
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.
This soup is one of my favorites. It is fully made of vegetables, but the presence of the lentils makes it very hearty and the zing from the lemons makes it fresh.
The only risk is you might eat too much of it.
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.
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.
Posted in Appetizers, Recipes, Vegan & Vegetarian
Tagged Asian, Avocado, Cucumber, Lettuce, Peanuts, Rice Noodles, Rice Paper, Seeds, Sesame, Spring Rolls, Vegan, Vegetarian
Hello fans and fellow Taste Buds! I have really been anticipating my attempt at making this dish since the birth of our blog. My first time trying this spicy treat was actually just a few years ago at an Indian restaurant called the Punjabi Dhaba in a small town near my home. The chicken tikka masala I had there was so impressionable on me that immediately upon trying it I had made up my mind that it was among my all time favorite dishes! I hope some of you will have an equally enjoyable experience with this.
The origin of chicken tikka masala is disputed with some believing it came from the Punjab region of India, while others claim it was the creation of a chef in an Indian restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland several decades years ago. Its similarity to butter chicken gives rise to some of the ambiguity of its beginnings. Tikka literally means “small chunks” and masala is a “mixture of spices.” The chicken goes well with this curry masala, but I have had it with lamb tikka as well with similarly delectable results. I have also heard of other versions made with tofu and paneer (an Indian cheese), but I have not had a chance to try those for myself.
Posted in Cooking, Food Challenge, Main Dish, Poultry, Recipes, Vegan & Vegetarian
Tagged basmati, Chicken, Garam Masala, glasgow, Indian, Lamb, masala, naan, paneer, punjabi, roti, skewers, tandoori, tikka, Yogurt
I haven’t managed to submit a blog entry for our one year anniversary as I had computer issues. However, this is what I had done for it. Viviane and I were talking and she mentioned we had no beverages as yet on the blog. So, I decided to do one. We thought that a smoothie would be a good idea as I was on a “diet” to pick up weight. Smoothies would be a perfect healthy snack for me. I think it is a awesome snack for anyone. I had remembered that my friend Shawne had given me a recipe for a basic smoothie. I hadn’t written it down, so I had to ask him for it. A huge thank you goes to him for the recipe.
I was really looking forward to making the Lebanese Falafel over the weekend! I have heard about the dish quite a bit, but I had never really tried it, let alone made it. I had some free time to make a lunch on Friday and so I decided to do the challenge!
Posted in Main Dish, Vegan & Vegetarian
Tagged beans, Chickpeas, Falafel, fava, Fried, garbanzo, lavish, Lebanese, middle eastern, mint, sandwich, Tahini, Vegan, Vegetarian, wrap
When I posted the Falafel recipe, the preparation of the raw part was done. It was the only way I could take the recipe from my mom with specific measurements because she cooks on the feel and she cannot give you the right amounts after!
So bare with me, this is going to be a long post, but one filled with photos which will probably make things easier for those who never prepared Falafel before.
I will start with the base preparation, I went as per recipe.
I started with soaking the beans:
Posted in Main Dish, Vegan & Vegetarian
Tagged Falafel, Garlic, Lebanese, Lebanese Bread, Onions, Parsley, Pepper, Tahini Sauce, Tarator, Tomatoes, Vegetables