Spahis ? Kaki sfeeha.

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Japanese-Lebanese-Gourmande fusion : Lebanese sfiha (sfeeha, small meat pies) with Japanese kaki, and coconut tzatziki.

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Cut thinly lamb meat, season with salt. Cut a little kaki persimmon. Cut onion and kabocha pumpkin in small cubes, garlic thinly, stir-fry with lamb fat. Season with a little salt, cumin, cinnamon, nutgmeg, black pepper. Add the meat and fruit to the onions. Shred a few leaves of mint and some fresh thyme, add them.

Dough : flour, cumin seeds, a little baking powder, a drizzle of olive oil. Mix. Add just enough hot water to form a ball.

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Take a ball of dough, spread in a circle, put filling in the middle and pinch the squares to form a basket.

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Paint with olive oil and bake.

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Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, chili flakes and mint leaves. Serve hot.

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Tzatziki : cucumbers and a little goya (bitter squash), the sauce is made with coconut cream, garlic, mint and thyme.

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The perfect pair.

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Table tricolore. Three taboulés.

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Too hot to cook… Let’s just mix, wait and eat.
Taboulé is the king of Summer.

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Or couscous ? Both.
To make bulgur green tabouleh (click here).
For the couscous, I simply mix all the veggies, dressing (lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, minced onion and garlic) to the dry grain. I complete liquid with water (for 1 cup of grain, 2 of liquid). I let at least 2 hours in the fridge.

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Yellow.

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Turmeric, raisins, red bell pepper, chick peas, herbs.

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Red.

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Tomato paste, chick peas, sweet corn, green bell peppers, herbs.

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Green.

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Lots of fresh herbs. All the herbs I had that day (parsley, oregano, mint and a little lemon balm).

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Yuzu tabouleh and nira falafels

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Chunky texture falafels, with a creamy tahini sauce. The local twist is the addition of nira (garlic chives).

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Citrus flavored tabouleh. What is special is I’ve used yuzu, the Japanese citrus and different herb. That was really delicious.

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Overnight soaked chickpeas pasted with some bigger chunks, littles bits of onion and chopped nira (garlic chives), salt, pepper. I thickened them with oatmeal. Pan-fried.

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Home-made tahini in the blender. I’ve added salt and lemon juice to make it a creamy dip. Harissa on the side.

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I slightly precooked the bulgur in water (when I have more time, I soak it one night in plenty of water instead), then added everything to the drained grain. I let flavor mix overnight.

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A side of cucumber kimchi.

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Tabouleh


Mini-mezze. OK, 2 items only… Well that should be 3. I have to confess what happened to the third.

Ah la la… In the name of culinary science, I tried to cook falafels in the waffle maker. Verdict : FAIL !
Oh they did cook, but they were glued there and split in 2. I had to eat directly from the molds.

Back to tabouleh. This is the Lebanese style. Far away from its remote French cousin.

Made with bulgur and all the herbs I had to use or lose. I though I had lots of herbs but I could have used 3 times more.

Bulgur takes longer than couscous to rehydrate.

It’s crunchy and solid under the teeth, delicately fresh and fragrant.

Served with a veggie mix, chick peas, favas, red paprika, seasoned with mace.