Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artichoke hearts and Mushroom Casserole - Yakhnit Ardé Chawké - Vegan Challenge Day 18

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I love how this casserole is just so simply sophisticated. It's one of those dishes that I almost feel like serving them in a vevlet lined jewelry box instead of a plate, because that's how delicate and precious they are. 
 
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While I wouldn't go as far as to say that Lebanese cuisine lacks refinement and sophistication, but one has to admit that our culinary repertoire is more of a folks food more than anything else! It's a cuisine that celebrates fresh and seasonal produce, prepared simply but in an intricate and balanced seasoning which showcases the main ingredient of the dish in all its splendor.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Green Beans in Tomato and Olive Oil Sauce - Loubye Bzeit - Vegan Challenge Day 17

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There's something about green beans that makes me feel so good when I eat them. Maybe it's because of the color, or the fact that they remind me very much of France but these little babies are such a treat I can eat them any way imaginable.
And guess who loves this dish even more than I do? Mini H. 
That's right, baby's inherited mama's taste for greens, and I couldn't be any happier!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sweet Pea and Carrot Stew with Vermicelli Rice - Bazella w Rez - Vegan Challenge Day 16

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Since I've started this blog almost two years ago, I have dreaded the idea of a day like today to come. 
A day when I come here and see myself so squeezed with time that I barely have two minutes to put the meal on a plate, point the camera at it, shoot and publish. No props, no stories, no fancy wordings.
Yep, today is all like this.
So without further a due, ladies and gentlemen, Day 16 of the challenge's recipe, sweet pea and carrot stew with vermicelli rice!  
Enjoy!   


Monday, June 23, 2014

Balila - Warm Spiced Chickpea Salad- Vegan Challenge Day 15

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When it comes to middle eastern food and chickpeas, the first thing that comes to people's minds is the world famous, Hommous spread. 
While its fame is well justified (I mean come on, it's Hommous!), I think the other chickpea based Mezzes of the Lebanese cuisine deserve equal attention and adoration!Dishes like our traditional Beiruti recipe for today, Hommos Balila.
     
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Man'ouché - Lebanese Zaatar Pizza - Vegan Challenge Day 14

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The French have their croissants, the English have their baked beans, and to the Americans their pancakes and bacon for breakfast. 
Us Lebanese? We have our Man'ouché. Aka, the Lebanese pizza.

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I must admit I'm feeling a little bit embarrased to have waited this long before posting a Man'ouché recipe here you know being Lebanese and all, and the Man'ouche being our national breakfast dish. 
But this vegan challenge is the perfect opportunity to make my amends to you and to my countrymen. 
Now for those of you who have been to Lebanon, there's no way you could have missed the Furn's (Lebanese bakeries) at every corner of each street selling hundreds if Man'ouché pies everyday, and that's by noon alone! 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fool Mdammas - Fava Beans and Chickpeas breakfast bowl - Vegan Challenge Day 13

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When I was a child, my mum used to take me and my brothers with her to work during the summer vacation, when she wasn't on holiday too. Oh the fun we had! 
We used to run from office to  office, climb on the parking lot's trees and raid the supply room for treasures (that would usually be an odd shaped eraser or pen) As we got older, we learned how to use the typing machine (yes young readers, I come from a different era) and the copy machine! You could obviously imagine the things we did with it and all he body parts that went through the Xerox scan! 





Some other days, and for reasons I can't remember, we had to spend the day with our father instead, in his small textile shop downtown. We were too young to care for the endless shopping street where the shop was located in. Instead, we somehow managed to occupy ourselves with some textile scraps and thread. 
But on the days when business was going slow, dad used to take us for a morning treat. A hefty bowl of Fool Mdammas. A spiced lemony mix of fava beans and chickpeas.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pumpkin Kebbeh Pie with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts - Kebbit La'teen bel Basal wel Joz - Vegan Challenge Day 12

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When I told you I was going to turn you into Kebbeh experts, I wasn't kidding. And when I said that us Lebanese take our Burghol (bulgur) seriously, that wasn't a joke either!
I truly believe that if you take Burghol out of Lebanon, the whole nation would be in despair! How else would we be making endless Kebbeh variations?
 
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If you would ask me which Kebbeh is my favorite, I really wouldn't be able to tell you. Because to each kind, there's a uniqueness that cannot be compared to others!
Now while I don't have a story about this pumpkin kebbeh to tell you here today (like I almost always do in my other posts), it doesn't mean it is any less dear to my heart, or tummy.