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Beetrisotto

Beetrisotto

Whether you like beets or not, this looks incredibly good, right? And it is. Red wine, red onions, beets… And some garlic and dill. So incredibly delicious. So fresh. So earthy. And so tasteful.

Kale with …. spicy mushrooms

Kale with …. spicy mushrooms

‘Stampot’ (mashed potatoes with kale) belongs to the Dutch ‘cuisine’. It’s part of our winter. And of course, stamport traditionally includes bacon and sausage. But not here, of course. And with these amazing spicy mushrooms, you have a whole new ‘stampot’ experience. One that overrides the other. It’s better. More tasteful. Really great.

Persian caramelized fennel salad

Persian caramelized fennel salad

Fennel is so good. Raw very refreshing, but in this salad where you caramelize it, the fennel has become butter-soft and sweet. Ab fab. In combination with onion, garlic and the fresh coconut yoghurt really tasteful. The pomegranate is a very common guest in Persian cuisine. And sames goes in this salad.

Palestinian beetroot salad

Palestinian beetroot salad

It’s a beetroot salad, but as the picture reveals, it’s more than that. Beetroot with carrot from the oven, cherry tomatoes, mint (mmmmm), pine nuts and red onion. A delightful combination from the Palestinian cuisine.

Batata à la Abu Julia

Batata à la Abu Julia

The combination of potato and thyme and garlic in the oven is … tasty and not surprising. But the tangerine peel, on the other hand, is the secret ingredient here. And it’s a perfect combination. A very tasty potato dish. From Palestine. And Abu Julia – Mr Julia – is a Palestinian… and why his name is Julia … or that he calls himself Julia… no idea…. he just cooks really well, that’s the main thing…

Musakhan of mushrooms

Musakhan of mushrooms

I am always a huge fan of mushrooms, provided they are well prepared. I simply love them. They are always taste-enhancing, happy making, making things better… They may even dominate a dish, if I’m concerned. But this Palestinian dish swepped me off my chair. And Joris and his mother also at the same time. We were almost fighting for the last bite. We kept our dignity at the table though, don’t worry.
It is mushrooms revisited, reinvented, adding an extra flavor layer … I go one for many more sentences about it and carry on, but just make it yourself once. And you’ll understand. It’s going to have the same effect on you anyway.

Truffle bitterballs to die for

Truffle bitterballs to die for

It’s one of those bites that’s going to be talked about for a long time. It’s one of those things your guests will talk about for years: the other day I was at a place and I ate the most delicious truffle bitterballs ever. It’s uncomparably delicious. It’s worth the effort. Hands down.

Pissaladière

Pissaladière

This isn’t pizza, it’s a pissaladière. And that’s really something else. Yes, it looks the same, but it really tastes different though. It’s incredibly delicious, it’s irresistible. Delicious for lunch, delicious as a snack, delicious as an evening meal with a good salad…

Spinach dip

Spinach dip

If only it were happy hour all day long. A toast, a cracker, a piece of carrot or cucumber together with this dip… It’s always exactly the right time for it. And because it’s so good, you’re always looking forward to it.

Baba ganoush

Baba ganoush

Baba ganoush should not be missing in a mezze. It’s a dip with comfort food traits. Deliciously soft, melts on the tongue. Still fresh and the tahini gives it a good foundation. Baba ganoush is delicious at lunch, just delicious with a spoon… or ehhhhhhh with your finger….

Arabic butternut squash from the oven

Arabic butternut squash from the oven

Butternut squash from the oven. It’s so good. But it needs a little extra to charm me. Because let’s face it, butternut squash is actually very boring in taste. But fortunately it is very welcoming when it comes to spices. Also in this case. By the way, delicious to serve with the oranges rice. In terms of taste super complementary. And in terms of colour of course a mega match anyway.

Oranges rice

Oranges rice

A delicious rice dish, in addition to your vegetable dish(s) is such a feast. That’s even more important in a vegan menu. This rice is really deliciously light, subtle, tasteful. And also a nice picture to look at.

Festive Palestinian Maklooba

Festive Palestinian Maklooba

You want something festive. You want something good. You want san eye catcher at your table and a sensational tasting experience at the same time. Maklooba is a truly classic Palestinian dish. A dish that requires some delightful patience and that is special to make. It is layered and comes out of the pan upside down. Spectacular, yes. And of course also very tasty.

Egyptian spinach-tomato rice dish

Egyptian spinach-tomato rice dish

It’s actually incomprehensible how spinach, tomato and rice can be so delicious. If I still had small children, I knew I would give them so much of these fresh vegetables. It is a very soft dish. And very tasteful though. Really complete, super complete. In every way.

Palestinian spinach

Palestinian spinach

You take a bite, every small muscle in your face immediately gets into a happy position. Totally surprised that this way of preparing spinach is very tasty. Lemon-fresh, but still very creamy. Deliciously creamy. Incredibly creamy. And yet fresh. Just make it some day.

Bulgur chicory salad with kalamata olives and pistachio

Bulgur chicory salad with kalamata olives and pistachio

This salad will keep you going after lunch. Deliciously spicy because of the fresh thyme and rosemary. Crunchy because of the chicory and roasted pistachios. And the kalamata olives give off the delicious olive taste. The bulgur is nutritious and light at the same time. It sucks up the delicious flavours in this salad beautifully. After that, it’s up to you.

Spicy Turmeric Cayenne Fenugreek Garlic Kohlrabi

Spicy Turmeric Cayenne Fenugreek Garlic Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is a new discovery of mine. I love it. It’s grown around here and I buy it from locals. And this Dutch vegetable can certainly be prepared in an Arabic way. The proof is in the pudding and in this recipe. Deliciously spicy. And kohlrabi itself is also really great. And light. And nutritious.

Moroccan spicy heartwarming white beans

Moroccan spicy heartwarming white beans

Heartwarming, I say this for a reason. On a chilly evening or perhaps just on a hot day, this is a heartwarming dish. The herbs make it a smashing dish. The combination of Ras el Hanout, Turmeric and Cumin…. and those in combination with the moisture of the tomatoes is incredibly tasty. And the taste continues to surprise you until the last spoonful. And it stays with you for a while.

Roumania à la Nazeera

Roumania à la Nazeera

Nazeera was at our home in Beyrouth almost every day. She took care of us, in many ways. She was Palestinian. And brought in the Palestinian kitchen. Roumania is one of those dishes. A delicious way of preparing lentils. A way you’ve never tried before, right? But once you’ve made it, you keep making it.

Moroccan spinach soup

Moroccan spinach soup

Spinach soup. Savoury because of the spinach, sweet because of the dried apricots, a spicy edge because of the harissa, nice herbs with the coriander and the flat-leaf parsley. A fatal combination. You keep on eating. And the chickpeas make sure you have some delicious to chew on. That’s nice as well.

Red hot chili cauliflower

Red hot chili cauliflower

The smell of cooked cauliflower is synonymous with musty, boring, not tasty, old-fashioned … And I can go on like this for a while. This cauliflower dish will get rid of this image in a wink. Radically. It’s exciting. It’s delicious. It’s different. It’s hearty. Cauliflower deserves that.

Tunisian spinach

Tunisian spinach

If I continue like this I could make a recipe book just with all my Arabic spinach dishes. In the category ‘Arabic’ and ‘spinach’ this is a hit, again. And completely different from the other spinach recipes. Otherwise, it wouldn’t deserve a place here either. It’s spicy, it soft, it can stand on its own two feet. But most of all, it’s really, really good.

My Lebanese ‘kaak’ with za’atar

My Lebanese ‘kaak’ with za’atar

Yes, these are the breads I am always raving about. The loaves of my childhood, but now home baked. In many different places on the site I elaborate on my true obsession for these loaves. And after several weeks of trial and error I am now very satisfied with the result. I did make my à la Damaris version with za’atar on the outside and some extra sesame. It’s Delicious with a capital D. It’s Smelling with a capital S. It’s just a feast. And that for someone who actually does not like bread at all …

Passata di pomodoro à la Giancarlo

Passata di pomodoro à la Giancarlo

The excuse to just hang out in the kitchen for a few hours. Usually on Sunday afternoons, by the way. Making tomato sauce for later this year. Slow cooking to the max. Sterilizing bottles. The promise that that delicious sauce will be in the pantry waiting for you. For that day where you do not know what to prepare. Or exactly know what you want to make. And you decide that this is the perfect occasion to open up this bottle or jar. Yes, that sounds like the perfect day.
It’s according to the recipe from the kitchen of our Italian friend Giancarlo from Napoli. It doesn’t get any more authentic. Nor classic. Typical à la Damaris.

Spicy sweet bulgur with grilled green asparagus

Spicy sweet bulgur with grilled green asparagus

Sweet and spicy at the same time, it’s a classic combination. A fatal attractive tasty combination. Because of the sweetness, the sharpness is actually even tastier, even more addictive. Dried figs, date syrup, cinnamon, cumin… together with the red peppers and the soothing effect of the bulgur are simply delicious. And i haven’t even mentioned the green asparagus that are lying there so beautifully on the bulgur. Eye-catching and together with the bulgur they are also mouth-watering.

Stuffed tomatoes with raisins and pine nuts

Stuffed tomatoes with raisins and pine nuts

We eat this together with one or more other vegetable dishes. The tomato itself is deliciously soft, but the rice is really the winner here. It has a great taste itself, but is also great together with another vegetable dish. The rice is so delicious that it deserves this special ‘packaging’. And… in the pan, most of the time there is some rice left that does not fit in the tomatoes… always a pleasant surprise the next day…

Cauliflower soup with cumin and pine nuts

Cauliflower soup with cumin and pine nuts

It can be so cold and windy outside sometimes, and then soup is your best consolation once you’re back at home. All cold and wet. Soft, warm. You can eat it without thinking. Your mind takes you back to half an hour ago when you were still outside. You’re coming back to life. The energy is coming back. And in the meantime, you’re just enjoying the delicious flavors you’re tasting.

Egyptian spinach

Egyptian spinach

Syrian, Moroccan, Algerian, Spinach pilav…. the Egyptian variant was still missing on the website. And that needed to be mended. Because this variant will keep you eating until the bowl is empty. The well-fried garlic, the ground coriander, it’s just a completely different taste sensation. And one to really put on the table. And chickpeas, yes that’s obviously a classic ingredient of the Middle East and almost always exactly right, making a difference. And certainly here, too.

Spinach with tomatoes and almonds

Spinach with tomatoes and almonds

Spinach, if you are familiar with my recipes, you know how much I love this vegetable. Always looking for new variations with this great vegetable. Here the tomatoes make it a little sweet, the almonds nice and crunchy. The Arabic cuisine is perhaps the reason I love spinach so much. Because they know how to prepare it in so many ways.

Home made pickled lemons

Home made pickled lemons

DIY, that’s me. Very much so. And then a long wait to turn something into somehting incredibely tasteful. I love it. Especially when it comes to cooking and delicious flavors. Pickled lemons, you buy them everywhere these days. But it’s great to make your own, right? Your own jar of pickled lemons. Who wouldn’t want that? Exactly. Well, I’ve waited six weeks and they’re not just nice. They are obviously not comparable to those from a jar, those from the supermarket. So much better. And it’s also incredibly easy to make. So….