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sesame & tahiné bites for unorthodox Christmas truffle cookies

 

سمسم [simsim]: For centuries, the heavenly seeds of sesame have constituted an indispensable ingredient in the pantry of the levantine household. Let it be seeds, paste (tahiné) or oil, with a light nutty flavour to them, sesame seeds are an important component for the making of many of the levantine dishes.

The famous tahiné, which is made out of sesame seeds, is a wonderful thick and rich runny paste used for the preparation of different levantine dishes varying from sweet to savoury. Tahiné is a traditionally versatile ingredient, and so, while it can work its magic in sweets, it is also a wonderful companion of savoury dishes such as fish and meat.

And besides all the magic that comes along with tahiné, it happens to be one of my favourite ingredients to use in the preparation of different kind of foods. And I can tell you our pantry never runs out of tahiné, things are that serious! 🙂

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fried cauliflower with tahini dressing mezze

It is rather hard to imagine that a recipe with such simple ingredients can make a beautiful levantine dish that just tastes so good. But it actually does! And once you have your first bite of this mouthwatering mezze plate, you won’t be able to stop.

This vegetarian dish can be enjoyed as a snack on its own or as part of a beautiful palate of levantine mezzes. Serve it with some lebanese arabic bread and let the taste take you elsewhere! Enjoy!

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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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muhammarah: bell pepper and walnut dip, a true levantine taste

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A pure Levantine treat, Muhammarah is yet another celebration of the magical world of walnuts. And besides being a perfect vegetarian choice, its rich flavours and texture make Muhammarah extremely hard to resist. So my guessing is, once you try it, you would always want to serve this delightful mezzé on top of your food menu next time, and every time, you have guests.

With the right ingredients, muhammarah is extremely easy to prepare yet so impressive serve. Make it in advance and keep it refrigerated till served sprinkled with good quality olive oil and pomegranate arils.

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the heavenly food of pomegranate jewelled aubergine mutabbal

 

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Mutabbal is one of my all-time favourite food, and when well prepared, I will have it anytime, anywhere…and all the time! An incarnation of simplicity yet richness, aubergine mutabbal is fresh, healthy, and needless to say, yummy.

You can prepare this mezze dish one day ahead, and thus save time for the preparation of other food, if any, on the actual day of serving it. As well, you would need to taste the aubergine to make sure it is not too bitter for food preparation. And while you may come across different ways and ingredients used in the preparation of this beautiful levantine mezze treat (different recipe here), mutabbal will always contain its one and only main ingredient, aubergine.

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For the Recipe

Ingredients

mutabbal:
1 medium to large eggplant, roasted
1/3 cup yogurt
1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 cup chopped parsley
salt & pepper to taste

topping:
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup chopped sparsely

  • Start by cutting the roasted aubergine into halves or quarters and then removing the skin using a knife. Move the aubergine onto a chopping board and chop it roughly (you can process the aubergine in a food processor, though not too much. But I personally love the bulky texture created by chopping the aubergine rather than processing it). Once chopped, move the aubergine onto a sieve and allow it to drain for about 15 minutes in order to get rid of the maximum amount of its juice.
  • Meanwhile, mix the yogurt, tahini, and lemon juice in a small bowl, till you get a smooth paste.
  • Move the chopped aubergine into a medium bowl. Add the yogurt and tahini sauce, crushed garlic, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Then mix all the ingredients till well combined. Keep it refrigerated, up to one day, till serving it.
  • To serve the mutabbal, move it onto a serving bowl or relatively deep plate. Sprinkle with olive oil, chopped parsley and pomegranate seeds. Enjoy!

Bon Appétit!