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RECIPE:Watermelon Basil Granita

Can summer get much better than this? The good thing about the height of summer is watermelons with red, red hearts and lots of sweet juice. Green Prophet has some good ways to serve it, and here are some. Here in the Middle East they’re for sale everywhere right now.  Even the little neighborhood grocery […]

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RECIPE: Crunchy Chickpeas for Healthy Snacking

Quick to make and satisfying – roasted chickpeas answer the need for a healthy snack. When we casually dump a can-full of chickpeas into a pan, we’re thinking of dinner, not how the ancient world ate the little yellow grains. But chickpeas  found in Middle-Eastern archeological excavations have been proved to be eaten by folks […]

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RECIPE: Kanafeh, Arabic Cheese Pastry

Kanafeh: sweet cheese filling under a crunchy topping. A favorite Ramadan dessert. Ramadan 2011 begins after sunset on July 31st. One of the many luscious traditional pastries served during the night meals of Ramadan month is kanafeh. Subtly flavored with lemon and rosewater, doused with syrup, it makes up for all the calories burnt off […]

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Meat Glue: Is Anybody Talking About It?

The public was ignorant about the the dangers of smoking till the 1960s. The fashion for meat glue in food seems ominously similar. Finding a scientist to talk about meat glue wasn’t easy. I spoke to neurologists, biologists, pathologists, the head physician at a local hospital, and biochemists. None had even heard of transglutaminase.  When […]

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Human-Based Gelatin? Yum!

Human genetic material and human gelatin – coming to your marshmallows and Jello soon? Reading the ingredients list in any processed food is always thought-provoking. If you really want to know what those mysterious combinations of letters and numbers mean, you have to become adept at Internet research. So I suppose it could be argued that artificial […]

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RECIPE: Grilled Vegetables With A Middle Eastern Accent

Fire up your grill and cook  these aromatic vegetable chunks to delicious perfection. If there’s one favorite way to cook in the Middle East, it’s the outdoor grill. There really is no way to produce that smoky flavor. We’ve gotten away from the traditional picture of a paunchy, unshaven guy in a T-shirt taking gulps […]

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RECIPE: Moroccan Anise Flatbread

These warm, fragrant loaves bring Moroccan flavor to any meal. Karin’s stay in a beautiful eco-lodging high up in the Moroccan mountains, and Tafline’s intrepid hike up and down them, inspired me to find particularly Moroccan recipe. And I find that this flatbread, perfumed with anise and sesame seeds, puts dreams of Morocco in my […]

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Environmental Chemicals Pack The Pounds On You

It’s not just excess calories anymore. It could be that environmental chemicals are ordering your body to put on the pounds. We  live surrounded by synthetic chemical substances. They’re in our food, our soaps, in hundreds of thousands of things we handle daily. Like parabens, a preservative found in moisturizers and bath products. Exposure to […]

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Lebanese Okra in Olive Oil recipe

Call it Bamyeh in Arabic or Bamiah in Hebrew, but okra is relished all over the Middle East. Okra is a vegetable with an inferiority complex. Its delicious flavor hides under a certain goopiness, or mucilage released in cooking, and some people don’t like it. On the other hand, you may want the beneficial mucilage. […]

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Rose geraniums go from planters into cool creamy treats

Sweetly-scented rose geranium makes a delicate cream and a soothing tea. It’s growing somewhere near you. Peaches, melons, apricots, plums. All in season right now in the Middle East, all sweet and juicy. Cream infused with rose-like  pelargonium graveolens makes a delicious background for any of those summer fruits. I pick a few sprigs of […]

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Make Compost In Your Living Room

Nourish your garden or potted plants with compost made in your home. Praxxus55712. The nick of a mysterious Minnesota gardener. We’re given only his first name, Ray. He uploads excellent videos for home gardeners to YouTube, freely sharing his gardening expertise with a gentle, humorous touch. Although I’m all in favor of composting and would […]

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RECIPE: Eggplant Stuffed with Bulgur and Fruit

The Middle East’s favorite vegetable, served in a creative new recipe. We’re fond of stuffed vegetables here on Green Prophet. They’re satisfying to the appetite and pleasant to look at. Like our butternut squash stuffed with quinoa, this stuffed eggplant recipe is an elegant twist on a traditional dish. Among the myriad Middle Eastern eggplant […]

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Sefirat HaOmer: 49 Steps Upward

The 49 days between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot are a stairway to spiritual renewal. Sefirat HaOmer – the literal counting of seven week’s days in Jewish tradition- is drawing to a close with the upcoming Shavuot holiday (Tuesday night). Reflecting the Biblical commandment to sacrifice a measure of the new barley harvest at […]

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Recipe: Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

Just in time for Shavuot, a goat’s-cheese quiche stuffed with fresh greens and mushrooms. The Jewish Shavuot holiday, which occurs on Tuesday night this week, celebrates  receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai. All-night study sessions and prayer mark the holiday’s spirit. Other customs include decorating the home with fresh leaves and flowers, and eating dairy […]

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10 Ways to Eat Lentils

What’s tasty and vegetarian today? Why, lentils. Of course. I once saw a weight-loss article that began with one word: “Lentils.” I had to smile, but must say I agree. At 230 calories (cooked) per cup, full of protein and dietary fiber, they’re a natural for weight watchers. But for anyone who likes to eat […]

Herbed Baked Eggs on Toast Recipe

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 excellent breakfast, I fetch a pre-cooked mushroom sauce from the fridge – […]

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RECIPE: Za’atar-Flavored Tofu

Middle East meets Far East in this innovative tofu dish. Arabic/Japanese fusion cooking? As for marinating tofu in  za’atar, we’ve got an unusual za’atar pesto recipe that fuses the Middle Easts’ favorite herb with Italian cuisine, so why not? The recipe was adapted from the Tofu for Two blog, using a modified version of  our […]

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Innovative Israeli Burials Save Land Resources

A multi-level tomb in Tiberias, Israel, shows how one space may house the remains of several family members. In Judaism, respectful care of human remains entails burial of the whole body – discussed in our previous post. Islam’s funeral requirements are almost identical. (See Zaufishan’s post on Moslem conventional and sea burial.) Use of land […]

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Eco-Funeral? Jewish Burial Rites Are Green.

Traditional Jewish burials: guidelines to a green farewell. The recent controversy over arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea has piqued an interest in eco-funerals here at Green Prophet. It can hardly get more friendly to the environment than a biodegradable cloth  shroud in which to wrap the corpse, plus weights to ballast – then […]