Zhoug is an aromatic Yemenite hot pepper and cilantro paste, which is known all over the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It is mostly used as a condiment, but it is also added to soups and other dishes. In the dish here, I’ve decided to use it to flavor a raw onion relish, along with sweet Harrisa, a spiced North African hot peppers paste, which was served with broiled beef kebabs. Continue reading
Chicken thighs are my favorite part for roasting; once roasted, the meat is flavorful and juicy, while the skin turns crispy and tasty. Continue reading
The weather is cooling down and the time for heavier dishes is almost here. However, it’s still not the time for very heavy dishes, so here is an easy to assemble solution. Continue reading
This fresh and tasty dish is quick and easy to prepare, making it perfect for a hot summer day lunch. Continue reading
With wonderful abundance of fresh corn from the farm stand, I can’t help but buy and cook it often. On top of enjoying the corn on its own, I also end up incorporating it in assorted dishes. Continue reading
These little chickpea fritters are known around the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and other countries, as a tasty street food. Every country has its own version, but aside from Egypt, where the dish is made with Fava beans, all others use chickpeas as the base for the dish.
The recipe here follows the Israeli version, which was introduced by Yemenite Jews. To this, other flavors were added with time, such as the spicy Moroccan Harissa (red hot peppers paste) and other seasonings.
In Mediterranean and North African cuisines, there are many versions for eggplant salads that start with roasted eggplant that is further cooked with additional vegetables and flavorings, and served at room temperature.
In the recipe here I “mixed and matched” my own version. Continue reading
Chilean Seabbass is actually a commercial name for the Patagonian Toothfish, which is a type of Cod. The fish has a wonderful firm, yet smooth texture. A short cooking will turn the opaque flesh into a beautiful deep white color fillet and enhance its natural sweetness. Continue reading