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!
Posted in Appetizers, Recipes, Vegan & Vegetarian
Tagged Garlic, Lebanese, Lebanese Food, lemon, Potato, Potatoes, Sumac, Taro, Vegan, Vegetarian
I know this is a long due recipe, I have made it a few weeks ago and I even made it another time after before posting (insert ashamed face here :$).
Since I came to the USA, among other things I discovered Costco. I think I can fairly say it is on the list of my favorite stores ever. Especially in the food department; for those of our readers who don’t know Costco (for the simple reason of living across the world), it is a store where you must have a membership to be able to make your purchases because initially it is aimed at small businesses and they sell things in bulk for great prices.
You are probably wondering about this Costco intro, but this is what brings me to my Lobster Ravioli: Costco has the most amazing fresh ravioli… Lobster is one of them, we have bought other flavors since, they were equally amazing. But this is another story…
Posted in Entrees, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes
Tagged Basil, Cream, Garlic, Italian, Italian Food, Lobster Ravioli, Pine Nuts, Ravioli, Truffle Oil
Pizza is probably one of the most consumed dishes of all here in the USA. This is probably because it is relatively cheap and there are such a variety of ways to prepare it that there is bound to be a combination of crust, sauce, and topping selections to please nearly anyone. There are thin, crispy crusts for those who enjoy a New York style pie; thicker, doughier crusts for those who like the West Coast style; and even the infamous Chicago style with another layer of crust on top of the entire pie. Sauces range from pesto to ranch to creamy-garlic to marinara, while the list of possible toppings are too many to list here. Continue reading
Posted in Breads & Baking, Cooking, Main Dish, Poultry, Recipes
Tagged Chicken, chicken-garlic, chicken-garlic pizza, creamy garlic sauce, Garlic, garlic pizza, garlic sauce, Italian, marinara, Mozzarella, Onion, pepperoni, pizza, pizza crust, pizza sauce, tomato, Tomatoes
Friday in Dubai is a weekend day or as I would like to call it, “Lazy Day”. I usually spend it at home on the couch watching TV or I hit the pool and lay down under the sun reading gossip magazines. Last Friday, I decided to change my habit and invite my friend, Jana, over for lunch to cook pasta or something nice and quick. After checking my fridge -that turned out to be empty- I asked Jana to shop while I made the cooking preparations. We decided that our menu would have a salad with cheese and a pasta with tomato sauce.
Posted in Cooking, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Salads
Tagged Basil, bread, Bruschetta, Garlic, garlic butter, Italian, olive oil, Pasta, Salad, tomato, Tomato Sauce
I have been feeling the cooking bug this week for some reason. I made a few unique dishes over the course of the week that might have been nice to post, but I have been too crunched for time to snap photos and make a blog entry. Today was a little different. I went to my parents’ house with the kids and realized they were both going to be working for the next several hours. This was the perfect opportunity to prepare dinner for them and to give my cooking fiend mom a night off.
Posted in Cooking, Fish and Seafood, Main Dish, Photos, Recipes
Tagged basted, broiled, dolphin fish, dorado, Fish, Garlic, grilled, halibut, key lime, lime, mahi mahi, mango, marinated, orange juice, salsa, Seafood
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!).
Posted in Appetizers, Desserts & Sweets, Events and Contests, Recipes
Tagged appetizer, Cheesecake, dip, Falafel, Garlic, hamos, hommos, hommous, hommus, homos, honey, houmous, hummos, hummus, Italian, jordanian, lavash, Lebanese, lemon, levant, mascarpone, Mediterranean, olive oil, orange, Paprika, potluck, Ricotta, shortbread, syrian, Tahini, zest
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