Chai Poached Pears, Mouhalabia & Crunchy Almonds

Chai Poached Pears, Mouhalabia & Crunchy Almonds

Recently, I visited a Lebanese sweets shop with my husband and kids (I won’t name the place simply because this post isn’t about naming and shaming anyone). This wasn’t a place where I usually buy my Lebanese sweets but I’d heard about it. It seemed quite popular and was pretty busy for a Saturday night so I assumed it would be a good place to check out whilst in that area. To put it mildly, I wasn’t overly impressed. The shop itself needed a serious make over. The tables were wobbly and the chairs were those uncomfortable plastic ones that all Arab families buy at a bargain price from Bunnings for their outdoor ‘bbq areas’ (no offence to all owners of those plastic chairs, my parents included haha). And then they had displays where they sold little Minion toys and another with deodorant gift packs. So completely random! I mean when have you ever gone out for dessert and thought, ‘I wish I’d remembered to buy deodorant!’ Back to the sweets. The kids didn’t really know what they wanted. I, on the other hand, was craving everything! So we eventually decided on a plate which had a variety of desserts to share. Perfect, I thought. Well, no, not really. The sweets themselves tasted okay but nothing to write home about. Which brings me to my biggest disappointment of the evening…the way they just threw the sweets onto the plate with neither love nor attention. Why I ask? Why? Everyone knows that you eat with your eyes first. I’m a firm believer in presentation and the role it plays in...
Ful Medamas – Fava Bean & Chickpea Porridge

Ful Medamas – Fava Bean & Chickpea Porridge

Over the years I would ask my mother for a recipe and her response would always be, “just put a little bit of this, a handful of that & spoonful this.” I would find this very frustrating because I couldn’t cook that way & whenever I tried I (almost always) got it wrong. Over time and with a bit of experimentation it started to work for me and I could taste my Mum’s cooking coming through. After all no Lebanese dish tasted right if it didn’t taste the your mother made it! Ironically, though, I now cook all my Lebanese dishes this way with mostly no recipes throwing in a little bit of this and a little bit of that! And for that reason I have been reluctant to post a recipe for this Fava Bean & Chickpea Porridge until I had it right. Now those who already make this dish may very well make it slightly differently. Many may also use fresh beans and chickpeas, soak them overnight and all that jazz. I do do this on the odd occasion but more often than not I use cans because four hungry kids on any morning are not going to wait 1 – 2 hours for breakfast. So here’s my recipe which is enough for about 5-6 people and leftovers keep really well for a couple of days in the refrigerator. Just reheat & drizzle with more extra virgin olive oil. Fava Bean & Chickpea Porridge Ingredients 4 x 400g cans fava beans 2 x 400g cans chickpeas 1 teaspoon cumin 2 cloves crushed garlic 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup extra...
Visit Us On YoutubeVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On Twitter