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Olla Gitana – Spanish Gypsy Stew

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This Spanish Gypsy stew is one of Spain’s most iconic dishes. It’s loaded with flavours and easy to make. It is said that this autumnal and hearty stew originated with the Romany travellers who arrived in Spain in the 1450s, settling mostly in Andalusia, Southern Spain. It was a stew ...

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Hmiss – Roasted Peppers and Tomatoes’ Salad

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Hmiss or Felfla is an Algerian salad of roasted peppers and tomatoes and is one of the most popular appetisers during the month of Ramadan. It can be served warm or cold. It’s usually enjoyed with a good bread. In the other parts of North Africa, such as Tunisia or ...

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Batata Chtiha – Algerian Potato in Tomato Sauce

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This Algerian potato stew is usually made with a paste of garlic, chili and spices called Dersa. It’s delicious as a vegetarian main or a side dish. NB: I have added some boiled eggs (entirely optional) to make a wholesome dinner dish! The boiled eggs are added at the very ...

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Baked Aubergine (Eggplant), My Way

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This a delicious and easy dish to prepare! All you need are 3 main Ingredients. Done in more or less 30 minutes in the oven, at 200 degrees Celsius. If you like it spicy hot, smear the aubergine with some Harissa paste before baking. Let’s cook!

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Hummus Musabaha – Warm & Chunky Chickpeas in Tahini Sauce

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The main ingredients of this Lebanese and Levantine dish are the same as the regular smooth hummus but different in : 1) texture: one part of the cooked chickpeas are crushed into chunky pieces and the other part left whole. 2) presentation: the chickpeas are “swimming” (Arabic name of this ...

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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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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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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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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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Salad of mashed potatoes – Batata Mutabbaleh

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This is another Lebanese recipe, unusual in its form but so tasty and simple to make. When I first prepared this dish for my British husband, he was surprised that it had to be eaten cold or at room temperature and not pipping hot😊! It is served as a side ...

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