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Beth Lee
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Cooking up recipes and stories that nourish and satisfy
Cooking up recipes and stories that nourish and satisfy

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So who bakes baklava out there? Pistachios? Walnuts? Both? Favorite recipes? Felicity Cloake and the The Guardian weigh in in this 2015 article:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2015/feb/26/how-to-make-perfect-baklava-felicity-cloake

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Last night I made these lamb meatballs using toasted pistachios in the mix but I think walnuts would have worked really well also. What are your favorite uses for nuts in Middle Eastern cooking?
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My first attempt at Muhammara - the red pepper and walnut spread - used inspiration from Maureen Abood 's recipe and Ottolenghi 's. Who has made this and has recipe tips to share? My tasters last night thought it was authentic (they are from Israel). I loved the depth of flavor from the pom molasses and Aleppo pepper.
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Walnuts - so ubiquitous in cooking - are our August featured ingredient! Did you know how central they are to Middle Eastern cuisine? It is the oldest fruit tree and in Syria, they are known as the "nuts of Aleppo" because of where they are grown in abundance (myhalalkitchen.com). What is your favorite way to use walnuts in Middle Eastern cooking?
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Cook it Eat it Blog it Brum (+Jay and Dee) show us how to use fenugreek seeds in a savory and sweet way -- both recipes from the The Jerusalem Cookbook: Shawarma and the Helbeh (Fenugreek) Cake. Really great write-up - head over and learn about fenugreek!

http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/tasting-jerusalem-38-fenugreek.html

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Announcing our July ingredient: Fenugreek! And this month there's a bonus because we're also exploring a dish it's used in: Hilbeh, a traditional spiced dip from Yemen. Here's Sarene's Hilbeh (with fenugreek on the wood.) Here's the recipe:

http://www.food.com/recipe/hilbeh-traditional-spiced-fenugreek-dip-from-yemen-385725
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While Sarene and I get ready to announce a great topic for July, check out Alon Shaya's hummus recipe w lamb ragu! Wow!

https://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/recipe-hummus-with-lamb-ragu-and-harissa

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Sarene here: Finally took Ottolenghi's suggestion to add urfa biber peppers to scrambled eggs. (Added the urfa to the melted butter in the pan.) I'm a fan. Next time I'll add some chopped tomatoes and spinach to the mix.
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