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burgul-à-humus: topped with sautéed garlic & coriander and served with goat yogurt

 

The last few months of our life have been totally crazy; we moved homes, countries, and even continents; we left an extremely hot weather to live in an opposite extremely cold weather; we left everything we knew and set on a journey full of the unknown far from those closest and dearest to our hearts, into a world where we hardly knew anyone.  All the changes, uncertainties, disappointments and emotional ups & downs that came along have been challenging and what has felt as the bravest thing we’ve ever done as a family with two kids felt at times as the craziest thing ever…

Our adventurous journey is still at the very beginning , but we have come a long way in learning how to embrace the little wonders and joys that our new life has to offer…after all, there is some foolishly romantic charm in not knowing where exactly you are heading…

And on this note, I’m hoping to be able to charm you with this simplest of all recipes; a beautiful dish that consists mainly of bulgur and chickpeas topped with a heavenly delicious قدحة – [qadha], which is coriander and garlic sautéed in olive oil, and served with some yummy goat yogurt (goat yogurt has a different yet particular taste to it, and I do believe that once given a chance, goat yogurt will become an all time favorite).

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MINCED MEAT MAKHLOUTA SOUP

Makhlouta, which literally means ‘mixed’, is a levantine traditional vegetarian soup that is typically made of a mixture of dried vegetables such as lentils and beans. With the addition of some meat, this beautiful soup is best enjoyed during the cold season of autumn and winter.

Recipe

ingredients:

about 100 g minced meat 2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped or crushed
1 cup red lentils, washed and drained
1/4 cup rice, washed and drained
1/4 cup bulgur, washed and drained
2 tsp ground cumin
salt & pepper, according to taste
4 – 5 cups water
Lemon juice & slices (optional)

preparation:

In a medium to large saucepan put over medium heat, sauté the minced meat for a about 7 – 10 minutes, stirring often. Set sautéd meat in a small bowl aside.
Using the same saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes stirring often. Add the lentils, rice, bulgur and stir frequently for another few minutes.
Add the cumin. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour about 4 – 5 cups of water to the lentil and rice mixture. Couver the saucepan with a lid. Lower heat and cook for about 15 minutes.
Once the lentil and rice mixture has been thoroughly cooked, you can add the minced meat to it. Cook for a few minutes further.
Serve the soup hot with a slice of lemon (optional: add a few drops of lemon juice to the individual serving bowls).
Enjoy!

chickpea and bulgur salad

 

I’m so happy to finally get back to the blog and to be able to share with you a new post. Even though, a short one. The last few weeks have been so busy and hectic that I hardly got the chance for any proper blogging or sharing new recipes, despite all the ideas that I would really really love to share with you…Hopefully soon!

Left with some extra cooked chickpeas, it was time to make some hummus salad (hummus is the arabic word for chickpeas) using some simple and fresh ingredients already available at home. This salad is so yummy and will make you feel happy…oh wait, is not it what healthy comfort food is all about? 🙂

Give it a try when you can, and drop me a line, or two, or more ;), and let me know what you think!

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