RECIPE: Kafta, Syrian Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce

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These big, savory meatballs satisfy big hungers. Certain dishes are considered working-man’s lunches in the Middle East. They’re foods you  find in small shuk restaurants or roadside eateries. Eggy shakshoukah (recipe here), mulukhiyah soup (recipe here), the classic lentil/rice combination, majadra. The favored meat in the Middle East  is lamb  and it’s most often prepared […]

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RECIPE: Homemade Pomegranate Molasses

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The Middle-Eastern pantry staple can be made at home easily. Pomegranates come into season now, just as summer fades and before the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Fresh pomegranate seeds are one of the traditional Rosh HaShanah simanim (symbolic foods) on the holiday table. Downtown juice stands everywhere in the Middle East offer glasses of […]

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RECIPE: Late-Summer Pickled Peppers

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Preserve plenty peppers to produce a plethora of piquant pickles. The late-summer peppers are excellent right now, firm-fleshed and plump, with smooth skins and that robust flavor that marries so well with vinegar.  Why not pickle some of them? Lemon season is just starting too, so try our recipe for preserved lemons while you’re in […]

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RECIPE:Watermelon Basil Granita

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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

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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

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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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RECIPE: Lebanese Okra in Olive Oil

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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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RECIPE: Eggplant Stuffed with Bulgur and Fruit

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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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10 Delicious Ways to Eat Lentils

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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 […]

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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

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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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Smen: Spiced, Aged, Middle Eastern Butter

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Smen, clarified goat butter, gives that authentic taste to traditional Moroccan food. Smen, made from goat butter, is becoming rare in Moroccan kitchens. Vegetable oils, so conveniently poured out of a bottle, are the preferred cooking fat of modern cooks. But as it is with our sourdough, so it is with fermented butter. The essences […]

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3 Easy Ways to Cook Asparagus

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Asparagus season is short, so rush out to the market and get your asparagus while you can. Then cook it in one of these delicious ways. It always gives me a lift when I’m trawling the shuk for local vegetables and see bundles of  delicate green and purple asparagus  spears. I love it for its […]

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RECIPE: Passover Granola

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Matzah in the morning, as granola. Miriam shows you how. I’m not a great fan of matzah meal- based food – always excepting our delicious matzah balls. Plain matzah, spread with cottage cheese or butter, makes unexciting but predictable Passover breakfasts. Since strawberries are in season, it’s easy to make strawberry jam from our recipe […]

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Recipe: Eggplant With Tahini/Labneh Sauce

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Grilled and drizzled with multiple Middle-Eastern flavors, this vegetarian eggplant dish gets raves every time. Eggplant is the poor man’s meat. There must be a hundred Middle-Eastern recipes featuring the purple vegetable, like the surprising eggplant soup and the ever-popular baba ganoush. I first ate eggplant with tahini and labneh in a tiny Jerusalem restaurant, […]

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Passover Recipe: Traditional Matzah Balls

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“Kneidlach” may be the only Yiddish word that an Israeli knows, but everyone knows that it means matzah balls. People tend to think of Israeli food as typically Middle Eastern, (like our labneh and potato salad with fava beans recipes) and so it most often is. Yet the culinary  influence of Eastern European immigrants is […]

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RECIPE: Ghorabeya Cookies for Purim

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Delicate Turkish cookies, easy to make and perfect for filling Purim baskets. If there’s one weakness we confess to, it’s cookies. We’ve posted about fruit-stuffed ma’amoul cookies and tehina cookies in previous posts.  Now meet Sephardic ghorabeya cookies, a delicacy with a simple nut flavor coming through in every sweet mouthful. This recipe comes from […]

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