Labneh

Labneh is a popular spread/dip in the Middle East, prepared with yogurt. It is thick yogurt which looks like cheese. Yogurt is drained overnight or longer by hanging it in a cheesecloth. It is served as a dip with pita or with vegetables. It also makes a great spread for sandwiches. Labneh is usually prepared […]

Um Ali for #FoodOfTheWorld

This month Food of the World is traveling to Egypt. I made a popular middle Eastern dessert that originated in Egypt. Um Ali is an Egyptian version of bread pudding. Um Ali means Ali’s mother and this pudding is also called as Umm Ali or Om Ali. There are two popular stories on how this […]

Israeli Halvah for #FoodoftheWorld

This month, Food of the World is in Middle Eastern country of Israel. I made a very quick and easy halvah with tahini. I had some leftover store bought tahini from this hummus preparation and it’s sell by date was fast approaching. I used all of it to make this halvah. Tahini is a condiment […]

Israeli Hummus

Hummus is a middle eastern dip prepared with cooked mashed chickpeas and seasoned with tahini, garlic and lemon juice. It is a versatile dip served with pita bread and vegetables, and also is a great spread for sandwiches. Update – Images re-edited and updated in Dec 2017. We are into third week of Buffet on […]

Baba Ganoush with Pita Chips

Next combo for this week is an appetizer from Lebanon; baba ganoush with pita chips. Baba ganoush is an eggplant dip prepared with tahini. Pulp of roasted eggplant is blended with tahini and seasoned to taste. It is usually served with pita bread and I chose to serve it with some pita chips. Since I […]

Pita Chips

Pita chips are wedges of pita bread baked in the oven. These crispy chips can be served with baba ganoush, hummus or any dips. One nice dip to serve these chips is with white beans dip. I made these chips to serve with baba ganoush. These chips are quick and easy to prepare in less […]

Turkey – Sekerpare ~ Cookies in Sugar Syrup

Today we stop in Turkey for some dessert. Yes, you read it right. I finally caved in to my Mediterranean sweets temptation. For the past 6-7 weeks we were off sugars and did not eat any desserts until last Thursday. We ate Anzac cookies few weeks ago and a kit Kat once or twice, but […]

Lebanon – Manakish Zaatar

Today we are traveling to the Middle East to get a taste of Lebanon. The food in most of the Middle Eastern countries is similar with minor changes and Lebanese food is no except. Lebanese cuisine consists of whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruits and seafood. Chicken is eaten lot more than red meats. Olive oil, […]

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