Mama's Lebanese Kitchen - Traditional Lebanese Recipes Traditional Lebanese Recipes Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:13:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Original Lebanese Ashta Recipe – Clotted Cream With Rose Water Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:46:31 +0000 Lebanese Ashta RecipeWhat is Ashta (Kashta)? If you’re familiar with Arabic and Lebanese sweets, you would know that “Ashta” is a major ingredient and is considered as the king of fillers.  Ashta is a slang word for “Kashta” in classical Arabic, which refers to clotted cream prepared with rose water and orange blossom water. Ashta is used […]]]> 9 Simple Fruit Salad Recipe: Lebanese Style Tue, 09 Apr 2013 04:08:48 +0000 Lebanese Fruit Cocktail RecipeJust Fast Food For the FOB When I first got off the boat in the US in the mid 90′s, one of the things that surprised me was the lack of healthy food options around. In fact, virtually all stores and restaurants in that small Midwest college town served what seemed like chain-grade processed food. […]]]> 0 Baked Fish With Sumac and Oregano Spices Fri, 04 Jan 2013 18:20:47 +0000 oregano-baked-fish-6Whenever I think of this dish my mouth waters! It sure teases the tongue with a barrage of complex flavors from earthy spices like Oregano/Thyme, Sumac and garlic along with green and red peppers. Mom has been baking this fish for a long time yet she doesn’t have a consistent official name for it. For […]]]> 21 Baba Ghanouj – Roasted Eggplants With Garlic and Tahini Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:50:25 +0000 Baba Ghanouj RecipeWe just came back from a visit to Lebanon and in the process captured a whole bunch of recipes straight from Mama’s kitchen. This Baba Ghanouj recipe is our first installment for now. Baba Ghanouj is made by mashing roasted eggplants with Tahini paste, some garlic, and a bit of white vinegar to help lighten […]]]> 12 Juice Fast Days 11-15: Going Back to Normal, and Conclusions Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:11:11 +0000 Juice Diet Fruits Veggies RainbowLast night I concluded my 15-day Juice Diet journey and it feels good to go back to normal life, almost. The next few days I need to ease back into my normal diet, with slowly introducing animal-based fats and proteins otherwise I could shock my body and get sick if I go at it at […]]]> 0 Juice Fast Days 7-10 of 15: Facing Temptations Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:22:10 +0000 Sarah's PlateI didn’t drop off the fasting I’m still on, and so is Lino (Lee). We just had an issue with the website over the past few days and couldn’t make an update so for now we’re going to update days 7-10 in one post. As those 4 days went by, I personally felt lighter inside […]]]> 4 Juice Fast Day 6 of 15: Saggy Pants! Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:44:35 +0000 purple-juiceI wore one of my regular jeans today and was walking around the house when I heard my wife’s sweet giggles at my saggy pants.   Apparently, and even though  I haven’t lost that much weight yet, however the juice fast seems to have put me in a position of needing a belt for my current […]]]> 4 Juice Fast Day 5 of 15: Afghan Food Temptations Wed, 05 Sep 2012 22:21:13 +0000 Jug of Mean Green Juice - Juice FastDay 5 marks the end of phase I of this dieting where solid veggies and fruits are allowed. Over the next 5 days, the goal is to have nothing but pure juices, and no solids, and then end with another 5 days where solid fruits and veggies are introduced back. Today I felt a relatively […]]]> 0 Juice Fast Day 4 of 15: Feeling Thinner And Lighter Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:40:05 +0000 Mean Green Juice DietI thought that I finished with the bumpiness however Day 4 wasn’t super smooth, but it also was not that terrible either. Overall, I felt weaker, with lesser energy, and my weight had gone up a couple of pounds as measured in the morning. However I felt this “cleanliness” inside, you know, the tummy felt […]]]> 0 Juice Fast Day 3 of 15: Reaching a Cruising Altitude Mon, 03 Sep 2012 22:37:22 +0000 grape-juicingDay 3 is over. And I feel as if we’ve just crossed above 30,000 feet of altitude on a long haul flight. Rough turbulence from the takeoff has subsided, my stomach’s fullness sensors seem to have been re-activated and the captain (my subconscious food habits) has turned off the seat belt sign.  I feel less strapped and confined now. Day Summary Things […]]]> 0