Archive for March, 2013

Spiced Chickpeas & Fresh Vegetable Salad

March 29, 2013 2 comments

Vegetable & Spiced Chickpea Salad

I love the mixture of cold crunchy vegetables and warm toasty chickpeas. I like this salad because it tastes fresh and is very flexible. For example, I don’t like raw onions, so I excluded them.   Read more…


Open Kibbeh Pie

March 28, 2013 1 comment

Open Kibbeh Pie

I got the Jerusalem cookbook several months ago while wandering around my neighborhood bookstore, Omnivore. I picked it up, not because I had read a feature on the two chefs in Food & Wine magazine, but because the book’s cover was pretty. It has a silky gloss (similar to that of Barbara Kingsolver’s books 15 years ago) that’s uncommon for a cookbook and it was padded. Seriously, pick it up. Touch it!

Though I try not to buy cookbooks (too heavy to move and the internet usually has what I’m looking for), there were so many recipes I wanted to try! Of course, it has taken me several months to finally make something, but the purchase was definitely worth it and you’ll likely see more recipes soon.

This open kibbeh was probably the main reason I picked up Jerusalem. Almost 10 years ago, I worked for a start-up that provided lunch every Wednesday. Hands down, the popular favorite was food from Ali Baba. It was through those lunches that I was introduced to Middle Eastern food and kibbeh, delicious football-shaped fried balls of bulghur wheat stuffed with lamb, spices and pine nuts. I don’t know the correct way to eat them, but I always smeared them with tahini or hummus and chased it down with some tabbouleh. Read more…

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