She had a taste of two different worlds living in Lebanon with her family on a dairy farm on the foothills of Mount Sannine during the war and on the other side having an American mother discovering fast food and tinned soup in the States. She will always try to cook for you — feeding you is what she loves the most.
As I wrote in my post about my other friends book , reading a book from someone you know is a special thing. The books arrived just in time and we all chose a recipe to cook. I went for the Date Fudge. It is a gorgeous book filled with intriguing food, and beautiful photography by another talented friend Sarka Babicka.
A must have, a book to enjoy. Toast the walnut halves in a heavy-based pan over a medium heat for minutes until golden brown and fragrant, shaking the pan often. Stuff a toasted walnut into each date and then pack them tightly in a 20 cm baking tin, 3 cm deep. Melt the butter in a deep heavy-based saucepan over a medium- low heat, then add the flour, icing sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and salt and stir constantly for minutes, until the mixture resembles a smooth golden caramel.
Pour the mixture over the dates and smooth out with the back of a metal spoon.
Leave to set for 20 minutes. Grind the walnut pieces, pistachios and almonds separately using a pestle and mortar. Sprinkle a thin layer of pistachios over the top of the fudge, then one of walnuts and finally almonds, then repeat until all the nuts have been used. Press the nuts down with your hands so that they stick to the fudge. Leave to cool completely, then, using a sharp knife, cut into small squares or diamonds to serve.
This is the healthiest fudge I've ever seen…and where did you get that tray?! Beautiful book and your version of this is stunning.
'The Jewelled Kitchen' by Bethany Kehdy & Levantine Spice Tin, 10 Spices & Handmade Silk Sari Wrap
Thank you darling for such a warming review and for taking part in the virtual launch. Hi Sally! I got the tray from a little antique shop in Antwerp. Glad you liked it Beth x Miguel has eaten the most from it I think, he really really loved it!
Lamb rice with crispy potato base by Bethany Kehdy
All my colleagues did! Middle Eastern food tastes so good! I find the cuisine of this part of the world so bedazzling and intriguing.
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It's a great book! I don't have a sweet tooth myself but have plenty of people around me who do! I can't wait to make this, looks so moreish! Lovely choice to showcase middle eastern cuisine Regula! Oh lovely lovely.
The Jewelled Kitchen: A Stunning Collection of Lebanese, Moroccan, and Persian Recipes
Thanks for a stunning introduction! Just perused Bethany's site and am ready to troll the depths. I am now a confident pomegranate deseeder, and using the seeds all over the place. No spoilers here — buy the book and see. Not all the recipes are accompanied by pictures, but most are. But they are no less impressive for that. The book will provide anyone with a range of ideas for simple light meals, banquets and buffets, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes — basically any type of meal you could want. Helen S, Educator. A beautiful and mouthwatering book for anyone interested in or with a taste for North African and Lebanese cookery.
Kehedy has set this book out in the normal fashion of starters, chicken, meat, seafood, vegetarian and sweets interspersed with amazing photography of many of the finished dishes taken in authentic table settings. The photos alone make you want to get straight into the kitchen and plan a meal. I have quite a few books about North African cooking as I love the food and I would highly recommend this one as it is written by someone who has grown up with the cuisine, learning first hand from her family in the kitchen. Although there are ingredients and spice mixtures which are not always easy to find in the western supermarket, I liked how there are instructions for producing these and alternatives are also given such as the use of cranberries in place of barberries.
There is also a glossary of terms at the back which is a useful addition. I particularly liked the vegetarian recipes which look amazing and sound so tasty. Now, all I need to do is decide which recipe to make first! Polly K, Reviewer. A very well-laid out book filled with the author's observations and experiences in Lebanese, Persian, and Moroccan cuisine. Beautiful photographs, especially in the salad section, encourage you to try your hand at these well-explained recipes. Definitely a jewel for your cookbook shelf.
Account D, Reviewer. A breathtaking collection of recipes that showcase the wide selection of ingredients that abound in these North African and Middle East countries. I recommend the Fish Tagine from Morocco!
Warning - Don't read on an empty stomach! Very highly recommended.
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Leyla J, Reviewer. There are a lot of Middle eastern cooking book out at present, this one is up there with the best of them. The recipes are easy to follow and very well explained, including a little about the actual dish. The photographs are amazing, and the book is beautifully presented. At the end of the book, there is a short explanation of the more exotic ingredients, which is very useful.
I will certainly be making some of these fabulous authentic dishes. I was amazed at the authors short bio at the start of the book, what a full gambit of experiences, it is easy to see why this is such a great book that show her love and understanding of the meaning of food. Liz D, Reviewer.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. A former Miss Lebanon and Texas born, Kehdy's blog, Dirty Kitchen Secrets, has long been a favourite of mine because of its spirited reinterpretation of what people in North Africa and the Middle East eat.
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