Food

Tahini Salad

Every Ramadan for as long as I can remember, this salad has been an iftar MUST. Whether we were having a full blown traditional Palestinian meal, or throwing together a BBQ, this salad made it’s appearance on a nightly basis.  But of course, even when Ramadan is over, Tahini Salad is still a popular dish… Read More Tahini Salad

Food

Simit – Turkish Bagels

Ingredients:  Makes 10 small simit or 6-8 larger simit. 3 1/4 cup all purpose bread flour or unbleached all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 warm water 3 teaspoons yeast 1/2 teaspoon sugar 3 tablespoons vegetable oil Topping: 1/2 cup pekmez (This is also known as “Grape Molasses” and can be found at your… Read More Simit – Turkish Bagels

Food

Sfeeha – Meat Pies

Sfeeha has always been one of those savory treats that I craved. I still remember coming home from school to the smell of fresh baked sfeeha. My siblings and I  would run over to the kitchen and it would be a matter of minutes before half of the sfeeha was devoured. As as soon as I… Read More Sfeeha – Meat Pies

Food

Fresh Tomato Puree/Sauce

Each time I visited my relatives in Palestine, I noticed that they never had tomato sauce in canned form. Instead, I watched as my grandmother and aunts used to cook tomato-based yakhni (stews), pasta sauces, and pizza sauces using homemade jarred tomato sauce. I recently had the urge to learn how to make and can… Read More Fresh Tomato Puree/Sauce