Tabbouleh

 
 

Tabbouleh

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup fine white bulgur

  • 3 bunches of parsley

  • 3 scallions

  • 3 tomatoes, finely chopped

  • ½ english cucumber

  • 3 lemons, juiced

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl, place bulgur and cover with room temperature water. Let it sit for 20 minutes, it should double in size.

  2. Meanwhile, wash and finely chop parsley and place in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Wash and peel cucumber, slice in half. Using a spoon, de-seed the cucumber. Slice the cucumber length-wise into thin strips and chop it into small dice. Add to the parsley.

  4. Small dice tomatoes and add to the mixing bowl.

  5. Thinly slice scallion and add to the bowl.

  6. Drain and squeeze bulgur – make sure it is completely dry.

  7. Add to the mixing bowl. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Mix until fully incorporated.

  8. Taste and adjust seasoning. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and pomegranate molasses.

Chicken & Fig Tagine

Chicken & Fig Tagine

The perfect winter stew, made to satisfy everyone. Full of different flavors and spices it opens up the smell of the house. It can be made in a crockpot and forgotten about, or cooked for 1-2 hours with a result of tender chicken, and vegetable goodness. Tagine has a long history in Moroccan cuisine, and here I have simplified it for the average cook without stripping any flavors away.

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup flour

  • 5 tbsp tagine spices

  • 2 tbsp salt (or more to taste)

  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 3 tbsp EVOO

  • 3 medium sized onions, peeled and large diced

  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 cup raw chickpea, soaked overnight and drained

  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and large diced

  • 1 quart chicken stock

  • 2 cups warm water

  • 3 tbsp fig jam

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 lemon, juiced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, mix flour, 2 tbsp of tagine spice, and 1 tbsp of salt. Pat dry the chicken thighs and combine them with the flour and spice mixture.

  2. In a large heavy bottom pot, melt 2 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of EVOO over medium heat. Once it’s hot, increase the heat and cook the chicken, for 4-5 minutes, until each side is brown. Once the chicken is all brown, set them aside.

  3. In the same pot that you cooked the chicken, cook onions and garlic with 2 tbsp of EVOO over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until the onions are translucent. Make sure to scrape the chicken bits while you are cooking onions.

  4. Add the chickpea to the pot. Cook them for 3-5 minutes. Then, add carrots, 3 tbsp of tagine spice, and 1 tbsp of salt. Cook everything together for another 6-8 minutes until vegetables are getting tender.

  5. Add the chicken stock, and bring the mixture to a simmer.

  6. In a small bowl, mix warm water with fig jam. Once the tagine is simmering, add the fig water, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaves and simmer for anoter 30 minutes.

  7. After simmering, add the reserved browned chicken to the pot and cook for another 30-45 minutes.

  8. Transfer the tagine to a serving bowl and finish it with a squeeze of lemon. Enjoy!

Garlic & Thyme Roasted Potatoes with Brown Pearl Onions

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GARLIC & THYME ROASTED POTATOES WITH BROWN PEARL ONIONS

Potatoes are my favorite vegetable, and this is my go-to Mediterranean way to prepare them. They are fantastic side dishes along roasted chicken, branzino, and even lamb.

 Total Time: 30-35 minutes
Serves: 4 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs mini potatoes, cut in half

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 6-7 sprigs of thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 4 tbsp EVOO

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 1 bag of frozen pearl onions

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Set your oven to 425F.

  2. Mix cut-up potatoes, garlic, thyme, juiced and zested lemon and EVOO in a bowl, and throw them on a parchment-covered sheet tray. Season them with salt and pepper.

  3. Bake them in the oven for 25-30 minutes until potatoes are golden brown.

  4. While the potatoes are in the oven, melt the butter on a pan over medium heat and sauté the pearl onions until the outside gets brown for around 15 minutes.

  5. Once the potatoes are done, combine them with pearl onions.

  6. Enjoy!

Moroccan Couscous

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MOROCCAN COUSCOUS

An easy and healthy side that goes with any chicken, fish, or lamb dish! It’s an alternative to rice and will spice up your dish.  

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 people
Yield: 4-5 cups 

INGREDIENTS

·     3 tbsp EVOO

·     1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped

·     ½ cup shallot, peeled & chopped

·     2 cups couscous

·     1 tbsp turmeric

·     3 cups water, or chicken stock

·     ½ cup raw pistachio, crushed

·     3 tbsp mint, chiffonade

·     salt, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1.     Heat olive oil, in a medium saucepan over medium heat

2.     Add chopped shallot, cook for 1 minute then add garlic.

3.     Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until translucent.

4.     Add couscous, turmeric and salt, stir until the couscous is a bright yellow color.

5.     Add water or stock, cook with lid on, for 15 minutes or until the couscous has absorbed all the water.

6.     Stir in the pistachio, taste for seasoning.

7.     Serve the couscous in a bowl, finish with a drizzle of EVOO, squeeze of lemon, and fresh mint!

8.     Enjoy!

Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Dressing

Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Dressing

You know I love a good challenge - well this January one of my clients asked me to cater everything under the whole 30 diet. I was excited to take on the challenge and be able to basically protein and vegetables but with enough flavors to satisfy the palate. This is how this recipe came about. Cauliflowers steaks - it saves time by using the whole cauliflower, and has zero food waste. The lemon, tahini, pomegranate molasses, and nuts give the cauliflower the kick, sweetness, and crunch it needs. What’s beautiful about this dish is that it can be served as an appetizer or main entrée. Here’s to eating more veggies!

Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 heads of cauliflower

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp coriander

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp EVOO to drizzle

  • 1 cup tahini

  • 3 lemons

  • 1 cup water

  • pomegranate molasses, to garnish

  • mixed nuts, to garnish

  • parsley, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F. Chop off the stem and greens from the cauliflower. Slice the cauliflower vertically to form 4-5 large steaks.

  2. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper. Drizzle EVOO, and place the cauliflower steaks on top of the EVOO.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the coriander, cumin, and salt together. Season the cauliflower steaks with the spices, and drizzle olive oil on the cauliflower.

  4. Bake them in the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until they are golden.

  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, pour the tahini and squeeze 2 lemons on top. Whisk together. At this point, tahini will be thick and lumpy, and this is the consistency you want.

  6. Start adding the water little by little until fully incorporated. The tahini sauce should be silky smooth.

  7. Once the cauliflower steaks are ready, place them on a platter. Squeeze the remaining lemon and drizzle with tahini sauce and pomegranate molasses. Top off with toasted mixed nuts and chopped parsley.

Sous Vide Lamb Chops with Mint Sauce

Sous Vide Lamb Chops with Mint Sauce

I love sous vide cooking! It makes my catering life so much easier. Sous vide cooking has several advantages. First, it ensures that anything you place in the water bath gets cooked evenly, which means you will NEVER get dry food. Secondly, it’s consistent. You can control and set the temperature precisely, which means you will always get the same results every single time. Lastly, you can cook things in large quantities. I can make perfect poached eggs or juicy chicken breast in a big batch without worrying about anything!

And, lamb chops are one of my favorite things to sous vide. They come out a perfect medium rare, and because they get cooked with all the aromatics, the flavors really get penetrated into the chops. After a quick sear, you have a perfect lamb chop that will be the show stopper for your upcoming dinner parties.

Total Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS

THE LAMB CHOPS

  • 2 racks of lamb

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

  • 1 tsp coriander

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, divided into 2 tbsp

  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme

  • 4 leaves of sage

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

MINT SAUCE

  • 1 bunch mint

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 2 lemons, juiced

  • 2 scallions

  • 1/4 cup, extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 ice cubes

  • salt, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

LAMB CHOPS

  1. Heat the sous vide bath to 131F for medium rare.

  2. Pat dry the lamb chops and salt all around, including the back of the lamb chops.

  3. Mix freshly cracked black pepper, coriander, and cumin and season the lamb all around the mixed spices.

  4. Place your lamb chops in an airtight bag and put 2 tbsp of butter, garlic, thyme, sage, and olive oil. Seal the bag with a plastic straw in the corner of the bag. Slowly drop the bag into the water, letting the straw do its job taking any excess air in the bag out. Slowly take out the straw as you complete the seal of the bag. The lamb chops should be submerged in the sous vide water bath.

  5. Cook the lamb chops in the sous vide bath for 3 hours.

  6. Once done cooking, take the lamb chops out of the bag. Pat them dry and discard the aromatics.

  7. On a large skillet, preferably cast iron, heat up the rest of butter on high heat. Make sure the butter doesn’t burn.

  8. Sear the whole lamb chop on each side for 1 minute. It should take about 3-4 minutes total. Let it rest at least for 5 minutes before slicing.

  9. Slice and serve the chops with mint sauce (optional).

MINT SAUCE

  1. Put mint, garlic, lemon juice, scallions, extra virgin olive oil, and ice cubes to a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth.

  2. Season with salt and serve it with the lamb chops.

Salted Tahini Brownie

Salted Tahini Brownie

A super easy, but super delicious twist on your every day brownie. Even though I am using the boxed brownie mix, the addition of Greek yogurt, tahini, and salt add extra flavors and moisture.

If you are short on time and skills, but want to make an impressive dessert, this is the way to go!

Total Time: 1 hour
Serves: 10 - 12

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

  2. Follow the package directions of your brownie mixes. It will typically ask you to mix water and vegetable oil with the dry ingredients that come in a package.

  3. Add the greek yogurt and salt to the brownie mixture, and mix until fully incorporated.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared, parchment-lined baking pan. Swirl tahini throughout the batter as you smooth it out.

  5. Bake the brownie for between 45 minutes and 55 minutes.

  6. Serve with sprinkles of flaky sea salt. Enjoy!

Warming Moroccan Lemon Tea

Warming Moroccan Lemon Tea

While walking the streets of Beirut during my recent trip to Lebanon, I saw an old man, sipping on a Moroccan tea. I stopped by a little bodega and asked the guy how to make one. And I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy it was to make it. It was as simple as steeping fresh spearmint in hot water, so say no to buy prepackaged tea bags!

This tea is soothing for the soul, and a touch of lemon adds just a right amount of zing to the drink. Naturally decaffeinated, and absolutely tasty. It’s a perfect way to end your long day with a hot cup of tea.

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1L water

  • 2 bunch of spearmint

  • 1 lemon, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Boil water.

  2. When ready, pour over mint in a tea pot. Let it steep for 8 minutes or longer, if desired for a darker, stronger flavor.

  3. Garnish with sugar cubes and lemon slices.