Middle Eastern

UT students collaborate in The Cookery to create meatless meal

The Cookery serves as a subliminal classroom for our family, but last weekend, we opened it up to a mixed group of graduate and undergrad UT students who rinsed, chopped, blended and tasted a sampling of Middle Eastern dishes to create a meatless meal. The menu: saffron rice, hummus, bread, and cucumber yogurt sauce (jajik in my recipe binder). This fabulous meal …

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Couscous carbo load

Can you tolerate a few more carbs in your diet? If you’re on board, try the couscous carbo load. My family lines up for second helpings when we prepare pearled couscous. Prep your own or take a shortcut with Near East’s version of pearled couscous.

Hummus dries up in Southwest Austin

We knew the owners were facing a make-or-break situation at Dimassi’s Southwest location in Austin, and unfortunately, we found a farewell notice on the doors of the restaurant when we arrived to take in a buffet meal this week. I’ll miss the convenient location as well as the hummus and Arabic music feeds. It’s back to making hummus if I want it …

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Two-day Baba

More or less, it took two days to prepare Baba Ghannouj this week, though active time clocked at just under 30 minutes. We grilled out last night, and I roasted a plump eggplant in preparation for another meal. Today, I reached for the roasted eggplant (from the refrigerator) and blended it with my remaining baba ingredients. Here’s my basic baba recipe: Two-Day …

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