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Recipes from Ingredient: Black pepper

Sautéed Gem Lettuce

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Gem lettuce is a small and sweet romaine variety. It is usually used raw in salads. Wanting to change from their normal use, I innovated and made this simple but really tasty side dish. If you don’t have Gem lettuce, using romaine hearts should be as good.

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Mdardara – Lebanese Rice with Lentils and Caramelised Onions

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I have already posted the recipe of Mjadara which ingredients are the same but not the proportions. Mjadara is made mainly with lentils and only a tiny bit of rice to make the dish creamy whereas this recipe, Mdardara, is a pilaf of cooked rice and cooked lentils topped with ...

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Lebanese Flat bread stuffed with minced lamb and grilled – Arayess Kafta

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The original recipe contains ground lamb but beef or other meats can be also used. I would advise to use some fatty cuts for the mince as it will help keeping the bread from completely drying when grilling and will impart more umami. It’s easy to prepare and quick to ...

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Potato & Chicken Pie

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This recipe is similar to the shepherd’s or cottage pies. Instead of minced meat, it is done with small chunks of chicken (breasts or thighs) or turkey leftovers, and some vegetables. It is particularly convenient for those who like white meat but not red.

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Chicken & Olives Tagine

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Chicken and green olives tagine is best known as a Moroccan dish but originally both the recipe and the earthenware pot in which it is cooked is Berber and, therefore, cooked also in other North African countries. in Algeria, for example, it is known as Tagine Zitoune (the latter is ...

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Ladies’ Fingers or Okra in Tomato Sauce – Bemieh Bil Zeit

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This vegetable is also known as Gombo in West Africa. It has many health benefits such as vitamins A and C and is also a good source of magnesium. It’s a common ingredient in some creole and Cajun dishes. It’s not liked by everyone because of the “slime” that generates ...

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Crab Claws, My Way

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Crab meat is packed with protein, vitamin B12 and other healthy nutrients. It’s slightly sweet and has no fishy aftertaste that some of us dislike. Crab is sustainable and is supposed to have lower levels of Mercury. I usually buy pre-cooked crab claws, fresh or frozen. Historians believe that crab ...

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Spinach, Cheese & Puff Pastry Tart

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It’s a classic combination of fresh or frozen spinach, white cheese (Feta, Akkawi, Nabulsi…) and hard cheese such as gruyère or cheddar. I used the Akkawi and the cheddar cheese. It’s easy to make with ready made puff pastry and it’s ideal for brunch, lunch or light dinner. The best ...

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Authentic Chili Con Carne

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This famous Texan-Mexican dish was the #1 dish on my Tex-Mex restaurant’s menu, in Africa. The name in Spanish means “Chili with meat”. We cooked this spicy stew from scratch and served it in big bowls, with homemade fried tortillas. It’s an ideal dish to serve to family and also ...

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Smashed Potatoes, My Way

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You will love these potatoes. They are crispy, garlicky, buttery, peppery and damn delicious! And they are perfect to accompany any main dish. The addition of shredded mushrooms will add more umami and crisp to this dish.

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