Foraged wild greens and fatayer turnovers recipe

Foraged wild greens and fatayer turnovers recipe

In the Galilee’s Arab, Jewish, and Druze communities, life has a rural rhythm, slower than in big towns. You  can tell that people like to stop and sniff the roses, as each garden displays roses and other lovingly tended fragrant bushes. And the old foodways are still alive in the Galilee, preserved by middle-aged housewives.

Eat Like A Sustainable Israeli: Tajine of Sweet Potatoes and Prunes RECIPE

Eat Like A Sustainable Israeli: Tajine of Sweet Potatoes and Prunes RECIPE

A vegetarian slow-cooked casserole with a fine Middle Eastern blend of flavors. Sustainable cooking means healthy food from local sources and  fair worker’s wages. Sustainable agriculture not only maintains, but also enriches the natural resources that our food supply depends on. Join Green Prophet as we tour the Middle East region offering the quintessential sustainable dishes[.....]

Grow 7 Healing Herbs At Home

Grow 7 Healing Herbs At Home

You can grow a living medicine chest in your garden with little effort. The old song says, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Let’s add echinacea, garlic and basil. Most are culinary herbs with poetic histories. All are green medicines that you can harvest at will. The herbs don’t take up much space, if not much[.....]

Download Moroccan Recipes Based on Argan Oil

Download Moroccan Recipes Based on Argan Oil

33 exotic Moroccan recipes from the women who make and cook with argan oil. The argan tree is a Berber identity icon, and production of its oil is traditionally a woman’s job.  But as with many folkways, interest in argan began to dwindle. It’s a finicky process with low yield. Unless marketed wisely, it’s hardly[.....]

6 Slow Food Revolutionaries in Lebanon

6 Slow Food Revolutionaries in Lebanon

With so many reports of tainted, rotten food hitting the market, Lebanese consumers are desperate to source organic, pesticide-free food from responsible suppliers. And their options to do so are growing alongside their burgeoning demand. Our friends from Green Traveler Guides sent over a fabulous overview of the top cafes, markets and restaurants leading Lebanon’s[.....]

4 Fs of Eating for Optimal Sexual Health

4 Fs of Eating for Optimal Sexual Health

A plant-rich diet is best for your sexual and reproductive wellbeing. The Mediterranean Diet is often hailed as an excellent choice for those who want to ensure lifelong vitality, fertility and reproductive stamina. This diet is noteworthy for what’s it in – whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, fatty fish and[.....]

Tej, Ethiopian Honey Beer RECIPE

Tej, Ethiopian Honey Beer RECIPE

The authentic flavor of Tej beer made according to a centuries-old process. An Ethiopian friend supervised my making Tej at home. It’s a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. It requires Gesho, a dried leaf used instead of hops (Rhamnus prinoides, a relative of buckthorn).  But it’s as authentic a recipe as ever you’ll find, for  my[.....]

Mafroum, Moroccan Stuffed Potatoes: RECIPE

Mafroum, Moroccan Stuffed Potatoes: RECIPE

Mafroum potatoes melt in your mouth and fill your senses with truly Middle Eastern flavors. A festive dish, mafroum is one of those foods that reminds me of Moroccan grandmothers who bustle into the kitchen, don an apron, and lovingly conjure delicious food out of vegetables and meat fresh from the shouk.And one of the[.....]

GreenBo Helps Your Patio Garden Grow

GreenBo Helps Your Patio Garden Grow

Looking to build a city or vertical garden in a cramped space? These designer planters from Israel grow deep, and are good for carrots and tomatoes.  Gardens growing on your patio or deck can get a facelift this year with a new planter from Israel that just won a prestigious design award. The Greenbo concept[.....]

Eat Slower, Enjoy It More, And Eat Less

Eat Slower, Enjoy It More, And Eat Less

You eat more under stressful conditions. Did you ever notice that you eat much more popcorn during the tense scenes at the movies? It’s a self-comforting thing to do, a response to stress. Researchers Brian Wasink and Koert van Ittersum at Cornell University recently discovered a parallel in a study done at one of the[.....]

White House Honey Beer Recipes

White House Honey Beer Recipes

Drinking beer is definitely more of a Western tradition than one of the East where wine is preferred, but beer has its place where tradition allows. Miriam has covered beer expos in Israel where there is a rise in boutique breweries like the Dancing Camel and a demand for organic beers. My mom always said[.....]

Whole Eggs, the Whole Story on Vitamins

Eating only whites or buying Eggbeaters? Read more on the nutrients and benefits of whole eggs. (Above is Green Prophet’s editor Karin Kloosterman a few years back in her family’s chicken coop.) Eggs have been slandered, persecuted, and vilified for the last 50 years. However, in spite of their bad rap, eggs are a highly[.....]

Tahini Fuels the Countries that Fuel the World!

Tahini Fuels the Countries that Fuel the World!

Maimonides, a Jewish scholar, prescribed tahini almost 1,000 years ago. It’s a calcium food for vegans. When my friend Elia consulted her doctor complaining of debilitating pain in some of her joints, she was surprised to hear him suggest tahini (or tahina) paste rather than prescribing a pill. He explained that this cure came to[.....]

Preserving Olives the Green Prophet Way

Preserving Olives the Green Prophet Way

Call me Olivias de Maurico: This Syrian olive tree is loaded with fruit, most of which will fall to the ground, unpicked. The autumn olive harvest is still in full swing, and those of you who are now enjoying picking and preserving this ancient Middle Eastern fruit are surely aware that this year’s crop is[.....]

Picking Olives for Pickling

Picking Olives for Pickling

Smooth and heavy – a guide to choosing the best raw olives for pickling at home. There’s nothing like the sensation of running your fingers through a heap of smooth, heavy, fresh olives. And now is the season. Open markets of the Middle East display stands heaped with the green and purple fruit, perfect for[.....]

RECIPE: Herbed Baked Eggs on Toast

Celebrate early summer mornings with herby baked eggs and a pre-cooked sauce. In early summer, mornings are still cool and soft sunlight comes streaming into my room. I wake up feeling energized and optimistic, and ready to start the day really well.  If I feel like spoiling my family or just treating myself to an[.....]

RECIPE: Potato Salad with Fresh Fava Beans

RECIPE: Potato Salad with Fresh Fava Beans

Fresh, green fava beans appear in the Middle East for just a few weeks. Eat them as they are or accent another vegetable with them. Those fat, ungainly-looking pods conceal a fleeting vegetable delicacy: fresh fava beans. Maybe it’s a good thing that the season for them is so short – it makes the work[.....]

RECIPE: Chocolate-Nut Clusters

RECIPE: Chocolate-Nut Clusters

Make your own chocolate treats with this easy sweet recipe. Valentine’s Day is behind us, but love of chocolate lingers (see our post on why Fair-Trade or organic chocolate is the ethical way to indulge). These rich mouthfuls have no added sugar and are packed with chocolatey goodness – a real slow-food dessert (like our[.....]

RECIPE:6-Hour Skillet Tomatoes

RECIPE:6-Hour Skillet Tomatoes

Put up a tomato confit on your next day at home. Yes, fresh tomatoes are but a dream in  frozen Northern countries right now. But here in the Middle East, hot house tomatoes are abundant and surprisingly inexpensive. I had six fat ones on my kitchen counter, just at the cusp between very ripe and[.....]

Why One Should Linger in Sebastia, Near Nablus

Wander off the beaten trail in the West Bank, and find a treasure of a guesthouse in Sebastia, near Nablus The little town of Sebastia, near Nablus in the northern West Bank, was one a major city. Home to successive civilisations from its Canaanite founders to its modern-day Palestinian inhabitants (via Israelites, Crusaders and Alexander[.....]

RECIPE: Spinach and Mushroom Soup

RECIPE: Spinach and Mushroom Soup

Cook up a potful of fresh spinach soup for healthy winter comfort food. Cool, moist weather makes winter  prime season for leafy greens in the Middle East, and spinach is one of Green Prophet’s favorites. As with our creamy eggplant soup, it’s natural to turn turn this delicious local vegetable into soup. Featuring  fresh spinach[.....]

Are Superfoods For Real, or Just A Marketing Device?

Are Superfoods For Real, or Just A Marketing Device?

Maca, goji … what? Miriam shows how to buy local superfoods without the cost and fancy wasteful  packaging. Colorful, flavorful, wonderful, natural products  crammed with every natural antioxidant, mineral, micro-nutrient, essential fatty acid and protein you can think of. And I can get them for you, too – wholesale. What? These aren’t superfoods? You’re looking[.....]

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