RECIPE: Ghorabeya Cookies for Purim


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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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 […]

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RECIPE: Artichoke Dip


Thorns and thistles make delicious eating if you know know  Middle-Eastern ways to cook them. Snooping around the open-air market in my town, I was glad to see thistles and thorns piled up on the wooden stands. (See our post about Israeli open-air markets.) Spiky artichokes and bristly cardoons, to be exact. If you’re looking […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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RECIPE: Middle-Eastern Noodles with Lentils


A fine Mideast winter dish with protein-rich lentils and comforting noodles. According to author of The Book of Middle Eastern Food Claudia Rodin, flour noodles have been known here since ancient times and owe nothing to Italian pasta recipes. It’s pasta all the same, but known in the Middle East as rishta, from the Persian […]

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RECIPE: Grilled Arak Oranges


Piquant with booze and naturally sweet, these grilled oranges are a quick, sophisticated dessert for a winter dinner. It’s still officially winter in the Middle East, although spring is making a premature appearance with warm, windy days and scanty rain.  Orange trees shed their heady fragrance over sidewalks and gardens, while open-air markets display piles […]

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100 Lebanese recipes on an iPhone


Classic Lebanese recipes for a tiny token price. Green Prophet has covered at least a dozen recipes from Lebanon. And now the LebGuide site is featuring a culinary opportunity — 100 classic Lebanese recipes you can download to your iPod or iPhone for $1.00. Very delicious! You must download iTunes in order to download the recipes. […]

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3 Ways to Cook With Fennel


Miriam offers three recipes for the liquorice-flavored fennel. From spring to the onset of fall, wild fennel Ferula communis waves feathery leaves and bright yellow flowers in open fields all over Israel. The aromatic seed-like fruit are sometimes used as seasonings (read about uses for fennel seeds in Part II of our spice medicines series). […]

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RECIPE: Home-Pickled Olives


The tastiest olives are the ones you pickle yourself. Read on for ways of upgrading store bought olives too. Olives are eaten with almost every meal in the Middle East, sometimes even at breakfast. Organically grown olives are the most delicious. Dried and salty or plump and succulent, glowing in gem-like green, black, brown, and […]

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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 […]

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RECIPE: Saudi Arabian Spiced Eggs


Spice up your breakfast egg with this easy recipe from Saudi Arabia. Eggs are back to being the heroes of the breakfast table. Today’s wisdom decrees that one large egg daily gives you healthy amounts of  protein, vitamins and minerals – all for about 72 calories. The cholesterol in the yolk, it’s said, doesn’t raise […]

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RECIPE: Moroccan Sfenj Donuts for Hannukah


Still frying for Hannukah but ready for something different? Try these light, crisp North African doughnuts. Two more candles to light for the Hannukah holiday, and maybe we’re running out of ideas for fried delicacies. Try these  Moroccan donuts. Traditionally served at family get-togethers, they’re lighter than most fried sweet things and so easy to […]

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Hannukah Sufganyot (Jelly Donuts) Recipe


It’s almost Hannukah, and Hanukkah means sufganyot. Delicious jelly doughnuts dripping with jam, a once-a-year indulgence. Sufganyot weigh in at about 300 calories per wicked, tempting little piece, but who says you have to eat more than one? Consider taking our Hannukah eco-challenge, then fry some sufganyot for the kids. They have enough energy to […]

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RECIPE: Turkish Meatballs And Swiss Chard


A surprising, savory green twist that takes meatballs out of the ordinary. Foodbridge, a blog featuring cross-cultural Middle Eastern recipes, was the source of this recipe. (See our review of Foodbridge here). It’s become a favorite dish in our house. Even the little ones will eat chard when it’s served with meatballs this way. Include […]

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Vegetarian Haricot Bean Stew Recipe


Feel like eating something flavorful and satisfying, but not heavy? Stewed haricot beans answer your hunger – and they’re easy to make. A hearty vegetarian stew, aromatic with herbs and spices (see our series on Middle Eastern spices). Great with rice or fresh pita and a simple protein like cheese or an omelet on the […]

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RECIPE:Lebanese Lentil Soup


What’s more comforting on a chilly day than a cup of soup? Try our twist on a traditional Lebanese recipe. When fresh vegetables are scarce in remote areas of the Middle East, people rely on dried pulses stored for the winter in ceramic jars or burlap bags. Onions harvested in summer add piquancy. Samneh, clarified […]

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