A Lebanese Plate: D Style

Lebanese food would have to be my favourite. It’s simple and tasty!

There’s a bit of chopping though. I would suggest starting early in the day as by the time you have helped with fencing, sprayed weeds and traveled to Berridale to pick up a furniture item, you might not feel so inclined. Of course the other benefits of starting early in the day is to develop the flavours.

We have an abundance of parsley, mint, lemons and eggs at the moment not to mention the side of beef in the freezer that we are working our way through. Kofta and Tabbouleh seemed the obvious solution. And Hummus….died and gone to Heaven.

I did this for our meal tonight however it is a crowd pleaser. It can be done on a much larger scale to feed lots of people. Tell them to bring a bib. It is messy!

Kofta

600 grams mince (lamb traditionally however I used beef as that’s what was in the freezer)

1 onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 egg

1/3 cup parsley leaves, chopped

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Roll into balls. The size will depend on whether you are serving as a main or as an appetiser. Cook on the barbie.

Make the kofta at least 6 hours before cooking to allow flavours to develop.

Tabbouleh

1/3 cup cracked wheat (soaked in hot water for 30 minutes)

2 large tomatoes, guts removed and finely chopped (eat the guts while you continue on)

1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 cups parsley leaves, chopped

1 cup mint leaves, chopped

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

Chop, chop and more chopping. Drain the cracked wheat and combine with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Take out of the fridge an hour before serving.

Hummus

1 tin chickpeas (400 grams)

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup Tahini

1 heaped teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

Place all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth.

Honestly, it’s all worth it. Your taste buds will love you!

Mrs D x

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