Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fattoush, Lebanese Salad with pomegranate and sumac (Fattoosh in Arabic)

Love the fresh mint from my garden

Diced Radishes and green pepper

Sumac spices

I love this salad especially in the summer time with the fresh vegetables from my garden. I make it every time I have company over, its healthy and filling at the same time with the pita bread, the fresh mint and thyme. The most important ingredients in this recipe is the ground sumac spices and the pomegranate molasses. ground Sumac spice has a citrus taste to it and the pomegranate molasses has the combination of sweet and citrus taste. You can substitute the pomegranate molasses with lemon and white wine vinegar.

Dressing Ingredients:
1 teaspoon ground sumac
2 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
2 to 3 tablespoon of fresh lemon
2 small gloves of garlic, minced
1/2 to 3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Combine spices with the rest of the ingredients and add salt and oil gradually. Add more lemon juice, vinegar or pomegranate molasses if desired

Salad Ingredients
2 to 3 cups parsley leaves (equivalent to one whole parsley). if leaves are too big you can it but not too thin
2 to 3 cups to romaine lettuce
5 radishes cut thin slices
11b Persian cucumber or what you have available at home
4 tomatoes on the vine cut into medium size pieces
1 small size green pepper cut into medium size pieces
6 or 7 scallions thinly sliced
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh thyme leaves
3 8" diameter pita bread cut into square shape and toasted in the oven with olive oil or fried with vegetable oil.

Prepare the pita bread ahead and set aside. prepare and cut all salad ingredients then add dressing and mix all together. Add pita and toss gently and you can add more sumac or salt if desired. Enjoy

Bon appetit
Sahtain (arabic)

Both ground sumac spices and pomegranate molasses can be found at any Middle Eastern market food. Ground sumac can be found at Williams-Sonoma stores or online, Khanapakana.com.
Pomegranate molasses can be found at Wholefood Market, Trader Joe Market or Amazon.com.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Kitchen shelving ideas

Warwick Black floating shelves- Home Depot

Accent piece for $5.99 from Marshalls

Plate on sale for $3.50 from Homegoods

Instead of installing a new kitchen cabinet, I decorated this empty wall with these 2 beautiful shelves from Home Depot and I ended up buying 2 more for my TV room. I found some accent plates from Marshalls. They were on sale for about $5.99. I also had these three beautiful Arabic coffee kettle that I brought with me from a visit to Egypt. The tea kettle is from a trip to the Amish - Pennsylvania.
Check out also these stylish storage boxes post that we added later

a beautiful maison: Lebanese Hummus Recipe

a beautiful maison: Lebanese Hummus Recipe: I have a really easy and delicious recipe that i like to share with you. It's a recipe for hummus. You need: - a can of chick peas -on...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lebanese Hummus Recipe

I have a really easy and delicious recipe that I like to share with you. It's a recipe for hummus. You need:
- a can of chick peas
-one garlic clove
-2 tablespoons of tahini sauce
-half a lemon juice fresh
-One tablespoon of olive oil for mixing and more for garnish
-1/4 teaspoon of cumin

Put the chick peas drained in a blender along with the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and mix well for about 3 minutes. pour into a deep plate, sprinkle with olive oil and add cumin for garnish. you can also add shopped tomato pieces in the middle as a garnish also.