Fattah with yogurt

Foul and Hummus – a Lebanese restaurant located in Ankawa, the christian neighborhood of Erbil serves a variety of Levantine food including fattah. This simple appetizer consists mainly of chickpea, yogurt, Lebanese bread and butter and is usually served in the morning. It’s very popular in Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. Not many people know it here, in Iraq though. A chef who works for … Continue reading Fattah with yogurt

Lemon semolina cake

What makes a perfect brunch? Easy lemon semolina cake! Ingredients (20cm Φ form) 125g unsalted butter, softened 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind 1 cup caster sugar 2 eggs 2/3 cup semolina 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted 1/2 cup milk Preparation: Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C. Grease a cake pan. Line base and side with 2 layers of baking paper. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, lemon … Continue reading Lemon semolina cake

Sun-dried tomato spread

My sun dried tomato hunt in Erbil failed. It is nearly impossible to get them in Kurdistan. Even large supermarkets like Carrefour don’t bother to import them. Hence, I decided to purchase this unique ingredient in Amman and simply take it with me. Sun-dried tomato spread is a simple dish that can be used in so many different ways. You can have it with fresh … Continue reading Sun-dried tomato spread

Beetroot mutabbal

Mutabbal is a Middle Eastern dish usually made of roasted eggplant. Syria and Lebanon – well known for the best food in the region – developed also a beetroot mutabbal. It is frequently prepared with baked beetroots, however I prefer boiling them as it cuts preparation time twice.   Beetroot mutabbal 4 servings 3 large beetroots, washed but unpeeled (about 0,5 kg) 3 tbsp tahini … Continue reading Beetroot mutabbal

Syrian Mutabbal

Mutabbal is a Levantine dip/spread made of roasted eggplant. I love its smoked flavor. The best mutabbal I ever had in my life was prepared by my Syrian friends from Aleppo who were forcibly displaced due to the conflict. Currently, they live in Amman in a house overlooking the Roman amphitheater. They left everything behind but their hospitality and open hearts. I was fed every time … Continue reading Syrian Mutabbal