طبيخة بازيلاء Pea and Carrot Stew (Tabikha)

Ingredients Stock: 1 Tbsp butter or oil 500g beef meat preferably with bones 2 bay leaf 1 onion (optionally add a carrot, celery and a clove or two of unpeeled garlic) Stew: 400g chopped tomato (can) 1 Tbsp tomato paste 300g peas 2 carrots (or mixed bag of frozen diced peas and carrots) 2 garlic … More طبيخة بازيلاء Pea and Carrot Stew (Tabikha)

Pistachio Cookies

2 cups almond flour 1 cup pistachio flour* 200g grated almond paste 2 tbs orange blossom water 3 egg whites A few drops green food colouring (optional) * Alternatively, put roasted pistachios in a blender until very fine.   The resulting dough will be quite sticky. Add almond flour if too sticky, and orange blossom … More Pistachio Cookies

A Tale of Two Eid Sibrs

When your family is both shergawi and gherbawi, you will have two traditions for Eid. In our household we make two stews, the white bean stew representing the gherbawi side, and the pumpkin and raison stew representing the eastern side. Plus, of course, ejja with the ftat flatbread.

Libyan Stuffed Vine Leaves: Abrak محشي ورق عنب

Abrak are vine leaves wrapped around the typical Mahshi stuffing of rice, meat, and herbs. In Libya abrak is more spicy than in the East of the Arab world, were Abrak are called Mahshi Waraq Enab and often made with a vegetarian filling. Ideally Abrak should be made with fresh vine leaves, the popularity of the dish being  one reason most … More Libyan Stuffed Vine Leaves: Abrak محشي ورق عنب

Tanor Bread – Khubzet Tanoor خبزة تنور

Tanor bread is of course traditionally made in a tanor clay oven, which is similar to the tabun and also the tandoor, but here is a simplified version that you can make quickly in a regular oven. This bread is perfect with warming winter soups and also works wonderfully with iftar soups for Ramadan. Ingredients … More Tanor Bread – Khubzet Tanoor خبزة تنور

Vegan Tabikhet Silq, Spinach and Chickpea Stew

This is a vegan take on the more traditional Tabikhet Silq which is usually made with chicken or meat (see recipe here). Serves 3-4 Handful of chard or spinach, roughly chopped 1 can chopped tomatoes 1 cup chickpeas 1 large tomato, chopped 2 tablespoons chopped onions 1-2 chillies (or more if you want!) 2-3 garlic cloves … More Vegan Tabikhet Silq, Spinach and Chickpea Stew

Tomato Salad with Garlic and Cumin Marinade

A simple Libyan Salad bursting with flavour: ripe but firm tomatoes are sliced and rubbed with a paste of garlic and cumin mixed with vinager and lemon juice The vinager, garlic amd cumin cuts any greasiness, making this salad the perfect accompaniment to fried fish or grilled oily fish, and is delicious with boiled prawns. It … More Tomato Salad with Garlic and Cumin Marinade

Spicy Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – Abraq Kronb Malfuf ابراك الكرنب بالطريقة الليبية

Mahshi Kronb is one of a seemingly endless variety of rice stuffed vegetable dishes in all Arab cuisines, although the spices and other ingredients in the filling differ from country to country. The combination of herbs and spices in this Libyan stuffed cabbage recipe with meat and tomatoes means that there is absolutely nothing dull about these cabbage rolls. In … More Spicy Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – Abraq Kronb Malfuf ابراك الكرنب بالطريقة الليبية