Saved by Dolly DA. Mexican garbanzo’s just aren’t the same even when peeled…but still delicious! I didn’t realize Lebanon was considered a good terroir for wine. Mezze Platter for Two and Roasted Garlic Hummus — Madeline Hall Last weekend, we discovered two great things in our hood: Baklovah Bakery and the international food market right next door. When people ask me if I miss living in Paris, my answer is always no – but that restaurant is one of the few things I really do miss having in my life! And it’s fun to mix ’em up. If having a drink by the sea, you might get pickled seaweed, marinated in a salted brine with a bit of lemon to go along with your cocktail or “Mexican beer”, which sounded odd to me as I couldn’t understand why beer from Mexico was so prevalent in Lebanon. Reply, Glorious – wish I has this waiting for me for lunch today – thanks!! Make sure you go hungry! But the wines in general were quite good – at least the ones I had. Everyone I met said it was an amazing country, with great food as well, and people spoke quite fondly of Syria. Which seems like a pretty pleasant life if you ask me. Today I cooked Mezze (lebanese platter) for dinner and on my platter I had served Garlic dip-it is a simple preparation of garlic, lime and olive oil.It is used in the form of dip, sauce or spread. Unfortunately, I cannot find them in Paris… Reply, Lovely write-up, David. It’s really tasty, cheap, street food. I used to eat that up like there was no tomorrow! Almost all the meze I had were vegetarian and would certainly fall into the “healthy” category, as most contained, nuts, seeds, olive oil, fresh herbs and cheese, and vegetables. Although how are all lebanese people not obese? One curiosity I liked was Chanklish (or Shanklish), a blue-molded cheese whose fermented flavors are best enjoyed crumbled, with olive oil poured over the salad and leaves of za’atar, an herb with flavors reminiscent of thyme and savory, get scattered here and there over the top. I provided the terms that were written on menus in Lebanon or those that seemed to be the most commonly used. Emile Zola). Bron: aangepast recept van Jamie Oliver uit ‘The Naked Chef’. Reply, Super interesting post, thanks ! 14 Vegan Lebanese Mezze recipes. We were first taken there by a Lebanese friend and it is seriously good. They weren’t my favorite, nor were the tiny, green underripe plums, which were too sour for my taste. I want to move. I go back as often as I can. Le Cèdre d’Or Het originele recept is met bulgur, maar dat kan ik hier (in Malaga) niet vinden. (Such as hummus, labne, and moutabal.) Still no name. Reply, @David: Many thanks, esp for the tip about avoiding vegetables that are too juicy. Your mezze platter can be as simple as hummus, cheese, olives and pita. Reply. The proprietor is more than happy to bring in new items. They season theirs with a touch of cinnamon and some bay leaf, then serve it in a sort of chausson, with either hummus or labneh (your choice). I think I prefer the nut option! When I walked in, I was immediately drawn to the glowing glass and stainless-steel bins, radiating with the heat coming off the piles of freshly roasted nuts. In Lebanon and Cyprus, meze is often a meal in its own right. So now to the Mezze platter! Other dips include eggplant-based mutabal (also spelled moutabal), which is what we often refer to as Baba Ganoush in the west. that’s where my family is originally from, fantastic fresh produce and so many home made delights. I picked up a few bags to bring home and it’s fun to choose your own from the dozens of nuts and seeds they offer. Ursula Albrecht Reply, I can just picture everyone sitting around the table after eating that bowl of tabouli with their green toothy smiles! Reply, I am enjoying Lebanon vicariously! I just returned from Israel and they too are snackers. Lebanese mezza. All of these bites look wonderful…..some I have tried, some not. :) Reply, Wow that all looks delicious! Or sometimes, none at all – it can be offered as just a big bowl of dressed, shredded flat-leaf parsley with bits of tomatoes. A popular drink for an aperitif, or even to accompany the entire meal, is arak, a high-test distillation flavored wtih anise seeds; the arak-maker of Domaine de Tourelles told me the best were from Syria, but due to the unfortunate strife in their neighboring country, they weren’t going to be able to get more in the future. I think I see olives, tomato and cucumbers. It was republished a few years ago, but I still have my original copy. Reply, wow what a culinary trip. Doe de yoghurt erin en laat een nacht uitlekken in de koelkast. Lebanese Mezze Photography. I will be adding this to the roster! Lebanese Mezze Recipes. Reply, Doesn’t Paris have a middle-eastern neighbourhood? The only one we didn’t like was a grated carrot dish that had an unwelcome fish essence added! Reply, I wonder what they do with all the food. I never get when people make derisive comments about vegetarian cooking because I could eat this way for the rest of my life and be happy. Even if it is one o’clock in the morning and we’ve just come home from dinner and argyle, I was just offered fresh almonds, full akdar, some labneh, pita, zaytoune and nuts. Now I really want to go. Mediterranean Mezze Recipes. I’ve only seen them in the grocery stores once where I live in NY now. Spreid de uitgelekte yoghurt op een platte schotel, bestrooi met een beetje olijfolie, sesamzaad en tijm. Until a half a head of raw cabbage was plunked down in front of me, I didn’t realize this, but tabbouleh is absolutely delicious eaten by tearing off a cabbage leaf and using it to scoop up and eat the herbal salad. The main-stay of Lebanese cuisine. Maak de tahin aan met een eetlepel warm water en een theelepel zout en roer het citroensap en de uitgeperste knoflook erdoor. Foto's Stefania van Lieshout, recepten Marjo Hendriks. Now that I’ve googled it, that seems to describe a lot of Lebanese chocolate. One question, if I may, what is the greenery in the center of the labneh in the very first picture? Zet in de koelkast en meng de tomaten vlak voor het serveren door de salade. Reply, There are a number of Lebanese and Iranian places in the 15th and some épiceries scattered around Paris. But it was very easy to eat all these foods ~ Reply, These pictures are breathtakingly beautiful: they make my mouth water but also give me an ache inside. Once I entered the shop I was just floored. And now, I’m officially just as hooked as the Lebanese are. Sissy: Yes, that’s one of my all-time favorite books. This all sounds like a fantastic trip!! I was over-the-moon happy to discover Fatteh, a dish named after the crumbled bread (fattat), which is a baked casserole cooked with deep-dried crumbled pita chips, and sometimes chicken, eggplant, or hummus, then can be served with pine nuts and dried mint scattered over it. Reply, Adding my praise for this entire series on Lebanese food–so well done with great photos and wonderful stories. Anissa Helou grew up in Lebanon, where her family meals were always made up of mezze dishes. Fabulous flavor. Reply. Reply, I haven’t found a very good one, which is unfortunate (and odd) because there are a number of Lebanese people here. Mezze Arabic Food. Here are some of her favourite recipes, not only from her … Mezze zijn niet alleen super lekker, de hoeveelheid schotels, sauzen en kleurrijke ingrediënten zorgen voor een visueel feestje. So if you like vegetables as much as I do, it’s definitely a pleasure to be in a place where they are celebrated and served in abundance. Friends coming to visit always know that is the only thing I ask anyone to bring me. And thanks for the commentary re: vegetarians. David, my favorite Lebanese restaurant is Le Bois Le Vent in the 16th, near the Mozart metro. Reply, I like your ‘oof’ that’s very français! There are vegetarian, meat or fish mezes. There’s plenty of culinary adventure to be had without eating animals :) Reply, Thanks Dave reminds me of the 20 wonderful years I had in Lebanon . david did you head to the north(mountains?) Besprenkel met citroensap en zout, bewaar in de koelkast tot het serveren. Note: You’ll notice certain dishes and ingredients are spelled a little differently in various places in this post. It seems as if all they do is eat. The Arabic word for chickpeas is “hummus” (spelled various ways in English, as are other dishes) and it’s rare that you see hummus flavored with anything; additions are added to the shiny olive oil pooled in the middle. He was over the moon when we ate at Le Zyriab at the top of Institut du Monde Arabe, My chicken was a little dry, but everything else was very tasty. Big, generous, leafy salads figure into Lebanese cuisine and I couldn’t get enough Fattoush, a mixed bowl of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and fried or toasted pita chips, all seasoned with a dusting of sumac and pomegranate molasses. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. It was so good I was glad I went to Al Balad the last day because I had to have it one last time. (As always, these things can change so I urge people to read official government websites to obtain the correct information before entering any country to make sure they can travel wherever they visit.) Did you pick that up there as well? I want it NOW! Meet Mezze. And there’s Labneh a spreadable fresh cheese, eaten like a dip, made by draining yogurt for several hours or overnight. Spécialités Libanaises Doe de ui, komkommer, peterselie en munt in een kom bij de couscous Roer goed door elkaar, breng op smaak met peper, zout, citroensap en olijfolie. Wish you would turn these mezze into recipes Reply, I included links to recipes on my site for many of these dishes, and linked to other sites as well so folks could reproduce them at home – give ’em a try! Lebanese Mezze Table. Since they were translated from Arabic, there are variations in how they read and are pronounced in English. I’d love to try some of those green almonds. Reply, Yes, I am with Meg, Le Bois Le Vent in Passy is really excellent! Reply, Try Liza. Authentic Lebanese Food – HUGE MEZZE + MEAT PLATTER in Beirut, Lebanon! Reply, I love your fresh photos and am currently working through your latest book, Ready For Dessert. Dit is een lekker romige yoghurt dip, een soort hangop maar dan met een Arabisch tintje. I thought it was a nice way to live instead of having crazy huge meals like you do in America. 01 42 77 79 25 Reply, OMG! And such an enjoyable post. The lady there is so nice too! I’m sure i’m not alone when i hope that there might there be a vegetarian middle eastern cook book in your future :-) Reply. Yesssss. All my favourite sorts of food! My sister and I are always getting razzed for that. thx for sharing! Good thing they didn’t weigh me on the way out, because I’m pretty sure I ate as much as I bought. Reply, All of these foods look delicious. If only I could get the variety of garbanzo’s they use – the small ones! Could you tell me what vegetables are in the Labneh al Balad. Like most places, there are fast-food restaurants and so forth. It would be similar to the Spanish tradition of eating “Tapas”. The Lebanese are very hospitable and love to eat! Reply, I am from Lebanon and was born their this article hits the nail on the head its been my dream to bring a restaurant that serves these foods for a long time. Doe de citroensap erbij en afhankelijk van de dikte voeg olijfolie toe. Can I ask what kind of vegetables they include in it? And then serve it with romaine leaves. 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted Really enjoying this series of posts. Reply. Enjoyed learning about serving hummus with the additions placed in “the shiny pool of oil.” Also intrigued by the Labneh al Balad–what vegetables were included in what you had? So it’s no surprise I went nuts, so to speak, at Al Rifai, considered one of the best nut roasters in Beirut. Mezze is Lebanese appetizer, it is more like a party platter. Reply, I absolutely love your blog. I’ll never eat my tabbouleh without lettuce or cabbage again! It can be hard to track down some of these things – especially on Sunday! The rule I learned when you eat with the Lebanese, whether in a restaurant or in someone’s home, is to not to eat everything the is first set down on the table. : ) Reply, You can easily make your own organic and low fat labneh if you wish so. :( Reply, love, love the Lebanon posts! I especially enjoyed a vegetable-rich version of labneh known Labneh al Balad, where finely diced fresh vegetables were mixed into the thick, white spreadable cheese. Reply, A culture of snacking where all the snacks are healthy and delicious….I need to move there. £25.00 Price. Metro Bourse. Beautiful chocolates and pastry! Raw meat is commonly eaten in Lebanon, and it’s a delicacy and it’s incredibly delicious. Is there laws or something that keeps foods out? So you can find some of the products – however I’ve yet to find a really great Lebanese place, although am sure they are out there. Instead, if you can’t make it, you say “Next time.” Reply, Suggestion for a future post: best Lebanese restaurants in Paris. And I always seemed to have my hand in a dish of them. It was incredible. haloumi is one of the best things in life…but unfortunately can’t get it here in Burgundy. Lebanese Mezze Board. Get recipes and blog posts sent right to your Inbox! Reply, Thanks for another wonderful post! Some are plain, other spiced or glazed. When staying in Paris many years back, my husband and I visited a Lebanese restaurant several times to enjoy a spread of numerous small dishes of beautifully prepared vegetable dishes. Hummus-it is one of the must have on a lebanese platter.It is made of chickpeas and seasonings. Een frisse salade, die de smaak van de andere hapjes neutraliseert. Mezze Platter Ideas Meze Platter Plateau Charcuterie Vegetarian Recipes Healthy Recipes Lebanese Recipes Food Platters Middle Eastern Recipes Appetisers Grilled Mezze Platter This mezze platter has all the flavor profiles I love: bright, sour, herby and savory. And I’ve been getting purslane by the bunch from my local health food market for its omega 3 content – and am so happy to have a new salad idea! Place Tzatziki sauce in the cored bell pepper right at the center of the platter. Les delices d’orient also have a good take away sandwicherie next to their shop. Lebanese people seem to eat them, well…everywhere. I think we’ll be eating a la Mediterranean/middle eastern for a while now… Reply, fabulous! There are a lot of so-called Lebanese restaurants but which ones are the best?