Rediscovering Palestinian Cuisine

Category: Mezze

Arabic Summer Dinner – Samak Mashi

Arabic Summer Dinner – Samak Mashi

What to do when it’s 99F in Boston? Cook in your apartment that has no central AC, of course. Cover all the windows with sheets to keep out the sun, old country style. Get your scientist friend (who is also your resident bartender) to make […]

Easy Arabic Summer Lunch

Easy Arabic Summer Lunch

A few weeks ago I had some friends over for Arabic food. Though I’ve known them a few years, busy schedules and life responsibilities have prevented us from getting together for a meal in quite some time, and homemade lunch/dinner seemed like the perfect opportunity […]

Lamb & yogurt stew (laban Immo)

Lamb & yogurt stew (laban Immo)

Rasha S. made a special request for this one because it reminds her so much of her childhood in Jordan. This lamb and yogurt dish is made across the Eastern Mediterranean in Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and Syria. Having never made laban immo (literally, “milk of […]

Labneh: Strained yogurt cheese

Labneh: Strained yogurt cheese

Lush, creamy labneh

Ode to Tahina, the ultimate nut butter

Ode to Tahina, the ultimate nut butter

Oh, tahina, the raw paste of the toasted, hulled and ground sesame seed (simsim, in Arabic). You are slathered on kifta like an Arabic ketchup, whisked into a sauce for falafel and shawarma or dressings for salads, cooked with stuffed vegetables, make hummus hummus , […]

Mezze: Small plates of jewels

Mezze: Small plates of jewels

Mezze Mezze is a staple in the Middle East Its not just a meal, but a full on feast! To eat through it take some time, to finish it takes a beast! (All poems courtesy of baba Srouji) Mezze is a famous Middle Eastern tradition […]

Falafel–like a Boss

Falafel–like a Boss

Falafel done right is a difficult thing. We can’t tell you how many recipes, boxed mixes, and restaurants we’ve tried in our search for the perfect falafel. You will find this super nutritious dish all over Palestine, whether it’s eaten at home or as street […]

Kubbeh (Lamb & Bulgur Wheat Meatballs)

Kubbeh (Lamb & Bulgur Wheat Meatballs)

Crunchy, savory kubbeh looks simple but is in fact an intricate dish, usually served as part of mezza, or starters before a meal. Because it is labor intensive, it is typically prepared for special occasions. Kubbeh comes from the Arabic word for “round” or oval, […]