Category Archives: Breaking Bread

…feast of simple dishes from the Middle East region

French 1: The Joys of Rote

My friend C.M. is a poet, a translator, and a teacher.  He is also a very good cook whose offerings are as delectable as they are visually pleasurable.  He spends a lot of time preparing his dinners.  From the shopping … Continue reading

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Breaking bread with Mtabbal (Weekend reprise)

Mtabbal~~ In Jordan and Palestine, this heavenly eggplant dish of several layers of taste is called mtabbal. The Lebanese call it baba ghannoush. I go with the former. Mtabbal is a simple but subtle dish which should be consumed at … Continue reading

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Breaking bread with Tabboulé/ (Weekend reprise)

Before the Breaking Bread page moves to a regular category and is archived, I’ll run the two recipes once again for a festive table. First, the modest tabboulé made with an abundance of the the princely parsley. Tomorrow evening, mtabbal … Continue reading

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Meditations on Phyllo

“Phyllo and anxiety go hand in hand, ” says S., as he plunges his fork into a bountiful piece of spanakopita.  I am told by the other guests at our table that he is a very good cook, especially of … Continue reading

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