Rediscovering Palestinian Cuisine

Category: Vegetarian

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 […]

Strawberry Mint Sharab, or, “Shrub”

Strawberry Mint Sharab, or, “Shrub”

I was recently browsing the shelves of a local specialty market with a friend, when she suddenly picked out a plum-hued glass bottle and proclaimed, “they have shrub!” Because I am quite literal, I looked around for low growing plants to no avail. Fortunately my […]

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 […]

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 , […]

Maftoul: Palestinian pearl “couscous”

Maftoul: Palestinian pearl “couscous”

Winter is coming, and I am not happy about this. It’s October and I’m already bracing myself. My Mediterranean genes did not evolve to withstand cold weather, okay? There is a reason I lived in California for a decade. Regardless, here I am, settled in […]