Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh salad is a popular Middle Eastern/Levantine dish. It is traditionally served as mezze, or appetizers, along with hummus, baba ghanouj, dolmas, and pita bread. Traditionally, it is made of tomatoes, parsley, mint, bulgur and onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. My recipe adds dried cranberries for sweetness, and cayenne pepper for some heat. I often prefer my salads to have sweet, salty, tangy, spicy, and a strong fresh herb component to it. It makes it more appetizing and satisfying, especially to someone who is watching…

Chunky Parsley Hummus

Chunky Parsley Hummus

A little background on hummus, it is widely eaten in the Middle East and Mahgreb region as part of the mezze, or cold appeitizers. It is often served alongside warm pita bread and drizzled with olive oil and/or spices like cumin and sumac. Herbs like parsley and mint are also often incorporated on the recipe. There are numerous regional variations that exist, but the base is always chickpeas, lemon, sesame, and garlic. In Egypt, it is sometimes topped with ful, or stewed fava beans. In Jordan, one of the variations…

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is one of those universally loved foods. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t swoon at the thought of a good shawarma sandwich. Even Tony Stark craved for it after winning the Battle of New York. I usually get my shawarma fix at this neighborhood joint around the corner from my apartment. Sadly, after 8 years of weekly Tuesday shawarma dinners, I moved to an area where there are no Lebanese or Middle Eastern restaurants. Driving back to my old haunt was time consuming and inconvenient, so…