Letrea Recipe

Letrea Recipe

1 cup boiling water infused with a generous pinch of saffron (set aside)1/3 cup avocado or vegetable oil1 3-lb whole chicken, with skin1 onion, chopped1 tsp turmeric2 tsp consommé powder1 tsp white pepperKosher salt, to taste2 Tbsp oil1 lb bag of thin durum semolina egg noodles In a soup pot, warm 1/3 cup of oil…

Of Peace and Pasta

Of Peace and Pasta

It is especially customary to eat letrea as part of the meal before the fast of Yom Kippur. As a mother of three I have boiled hundreds of pots of pasta. Spaghetti with meatballs, rigatoni with olive oil, macaroni and cheese with a crispy topping, packaged Wacky Mac, spirals with butter, bowties with marinara sauce….

MEMBRILLO-CANDIED QUINCE

MEMBRILLO-CANDIED QUINCE

10-12 small quinces 1 lemon, sliced 3-4 cups sugar Juice of 1 lemon Cinnamon stick or 2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional, to taste) 10-12 cloves (optional, to taste) 2 star anise (optional, to taste) Juice of a small lemon Wash quinces well, cut into slices, leaving skin on. Place in large bowl with cold water…

Silan Stovetop Brisket

Silan Stovetop Brisket

Traditional Babylonian dishes for the holidays would include semolina kubbah stuffed with ground lamb in a sweet and sour broth with okra and ma’hasha, a colorful array of meat and rice stuffed grape leaves, zucchini, tomatoes and onions. There would be moist chicken slow simmered in a fresh broth and pilau b’jij, a chicken and red rice…

The Sweetness of Remembrance

The Sweetness of Remembrance

For many of our readers and followers, food transports them to the kitchens of their mothers and grandmothers.  The holiness of Rosh Hashanah permeates the air. The candles burn brightly. We are all dressed in white. The table is covered with a white tablecloth, bedecked with flowers, apples and pomegranates and set with my mother’s…

Kaye Israel’s Pastelikos

Kaye Israel’s Pastelikos

2 onions, peeled and diced2 lb ground beef5 tsp tomato saucea dash of cayenne pepper (or pepperflakes) and garlic powderSalt & Pepper to taste1/4 cup rice1 egg1/2 cup chopped parsley¼ cup water 1. Parboil rice. To do so, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil. Add 1/4 cup rinsed rice. Cook covered on stove approximately…

Precious Pastelikos

Precious Pastelikos

There are only a few ladies left in Los Angeles that know how to make these treats that date back to medieval times. I decided the time had arrived for me to master the pasteliko! Rhodes is a tiny island in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Captured from Greece by the Ottoman Turks, it…

Chicken Kebabs

Chicken Kebabs

Marinade Ingredients1 cup mayonnaise1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil2 tsp paprika½ tsp cumin½ tsp turmeric½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)Zest from one lemonJuice of one lemon1 tsp salt½ tsp freshly ground black pepper4 garlic cloves, minced 2½ to 3 pounds boneless skinless chickenthighs or chicken pieces with skin onVegetable oil, for greasing…

Arayes

Arayes

4 large pita breads, cut into quarters1 ½ pounds ground beef3 cloves garlic, crushed1 onion, finely chopped1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped3 Tbsp olive oil2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses1 teaspoon salt½ tsp black pepper½ tsp cumin (optional)1 large tomato, peeled, seeded and choppedOlive oil (for brushing) Preheat the grill or oven to 425°F.Combine all the…

Ajja J’bin Recipe

Ajja J’bin Recipe

8 oz Feta or other salty white cheese3 Tbsp all-purpose flour4 eggsAvocado oil or vegetable oil for frying In a medium bowl, mash the cheese.Mix in the flour.Add eggs and beat until mixture is thoroughly blended.In a small frypan, warm oil over medium high heat.When oil is hot, pour in half the egg mixture.When the…

Date and Walnut Meringue Cake

Date and Walnut Meringue Cake

8 egg whitesPinch of salt1 teaspoon cinnamon1 teaspoon pumpkin spice, optional200g powdered sugar in350g walnuts, roughly ground, leaving some pieces a little larger300g dates, finely choppedAdditional powdered sugar for garnish Preheat oven to 350°F.Prepare a springform spray and flour sides.Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a medium bowl until stiff. Add salt and…

GAYINA CON BERENJENNA:(BRAISED CHICKEN WITH EGGPLANT)

GAYINA CON BERENJENNA:(BRAISED CHICKEN WITH EGGPLANT)

2 medium eggplants2 medium red bell peppersCoarse salt1/3 cup olive oil, more if needed1 chicken cut into 10 pieces (breasts intotwo) Or about 2 pounds bonelessskinless thighs or breasts2 large sweet yellow onions, thinly slicedor chopped2 large garlic cloves, grated or finelychopped1 tablespoon sweet paprika1 teaspoon cumin (optional)3 tablespoons tomato paste1 cup chicken stock or…

Peanut Ghriba

Peanut Ghriba

4 oz butter/vegan butter at roomtemperature or avocado oil1/2 cup powdered sugar and more fordusting cookies1 cup all natural unsalted crunchy peanutbutter1 tsp cinnamon1 cup all purpose flour1 tsp baking powder Preheat oven to 350°F.In a large bowl, use a fork to combine the butter and sugar until creamy.Add the peanut butter and combine well.Add…