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the olive oil banana cake loaf…

We all know that bananas and walnuts are two quite different ingredients that work  together beautifully. Now, imagine adding the magic of olive oil to them! It is when great food becomes divine.  A super easy recipe to a super yummy cake. Enjoy!

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slices of an unorthodox Palestinian Moussakhan

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One of my favourite and most beloved dishes is the Palestinian Moussakhan. A flavour-rich dish that is traditional to the Palestinian country-side. And with only a few but very rich components, the Moussakhan, prepared with a traditional type of nan bread (taboun), olive oil, onions, chicken, and the yummy and lemony soummak spice, has been a source of pride to many many people of the Palestinian countryside as it reflects at once, their generosity and the rich produce of their sacred land: olive oil.

And even though I truly believe that there is no better way to serve this dish than the traditional authentic way, I’m sharing with you today an unorthodox way to prepare it in the hope that soon, I will be able to share the real thing 🙂

Recipe

Ingredients

Onion Topping:
2 medium onions, halved & sliced
4 – 5 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp soummak
juice of 1 lemon
salt & pepper according to taste

Chicken Topping:
400 g of boneless chicken, cut into rather small pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp soummak
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt & pepper according to taste

a few slices of country bread
3 tbsp olive oil
a few parsley leaves to garnish with

Onion topping: pour the olive oil in a medium frying pan put on medium heat. Add the sliced onions and sauté, stirring often, for a few minutes till all onions have been sautéd evenly. Lower the heat and the soummak and stir to mix well with the onions. Remove from heat. Add the lemon juice for a more lemony taste to the soummak. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep the sautéd onions in a well-sealed container to keep it warm.
Chicken topping: using the same pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat before adding the chicken pieces and sautéing it for a few minutes till they all have cooked thoroughly. Remove from heat. Add the soummak, lemon juice and season with salt & pepper according to taste.
Toast the bread slices. Then, using a food brush, spread some olive oil on the bread (and remember the more oil, the better :)). Top with the sautéd onions followed by the chicken. Sprinkle with parsley leaves and serve right away!
Tip: Optional, sprinkle with some roasted almonds and / or pines for a richer taste.

Bon Appétit!