Hamud is a delicious lemony vegetable broth or sour sauce flavored with mint and filled with kibbe (haven’t heard of kibbe yet? Look at all thethingsyou can do with it!). It’s a traditional Shabbat dish that we love eating on Friday night over rice. You see different families make it with different twists. Some people use citric acid, or sour salt to make theirs tart. I use fresh lemon juice.
This is really a simple recipe that comes together quickly on the stove. Just chop your celery, carrots, and potatoes, cover with water, and let simmer until the vegetables are soft and the water is fragrant. Add lemon juice, garlic, and mint, and you’re done! Now all you have to do is add the kibbe and make sure they’re cooked through. For years, my aunt used to deliver her hamud to us on Friday afternoons, since she made the best hamud, but now everyone in the family knows how to make it.
Another great thing about hamud? The broth with the veggies freezes well. Just defrost, simmer on the stove, and add fresh kibbe. Easy dinner!
1 quart water
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
2 stalks celery, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons dried mint leaves
1. Fill a medium pot with water and diced vegetables.
2. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Add the crush garlic and salt to the vegetables.
4. Add lemon and mint leaves.
5. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
6. Add kibbe (I usually put around 12, but depends on how many people you’re serving and how much other food you made. Figure 2-3 per person) and simmer for 10 minutes longer, this time uncovered.
7. Serve hot over rice, as a sauce or even as a soup (yum!)
I bet you’re all in the kitchen, getting ready for Shavuot? Well, my favorite part about this Shavuot is the dairy desserts, since it’s our minhag to eat dairy during this chag, instead of the traditional meat holiday meals. But I’m not sharing a dessert with you now, wehaveplentyofthose. I’m going to share a simple side dish instead. (Note: you can never have too many recipes for desserts! Especially ones loaded with cream and butter. But alas, we’ll share those with you some other time.)
I’d like to introduce to you my new obsession: braised leeks!
Now that we have a baby, it’s hard to go out as much as we used to (duh!), so we have to invite our friends over to our apartment instead. It’s always nice to lure people over with some good food. On the weekends, husband can be on baby duty while I’m in the kitchen—and while I’m on baby duty, he can clean up; no complaints there! And this is how we maintain a social life with a newborn…
I really like couscous, but it can get very boring. So I decided to layer it with some healthy stuff and make it sorta like a lasagna. I thought it was a hit! And so did Richie, who ate two bowls of it for dinner.
I was inspired to make this dish when my friend Danielle told me about a great couscous dish her mother made. Her ingredients were pretty much the same, but she used canned tomatoes and mixed everything together, more like a traditional couscous. When Danielle called it a couscous lasagna, I knew I had to try it. Plus, I’m on a healthy greens kick, so I was excited to use kale and spinach in the same dish. Continue reading …
Lamb chops are not something you can make very often. They’re very expensive for a very little bit of meat (maybe you’re paying for the bone, so save it! Make stock!). That being said, they are a perfect “special occasion” food. Is it someone you love’s birthday? Add a couple of lamb chops to make it extra special. Or, maybe you’re celebrating your graduation after five years of graduate school? Whatever your reason for celebrating, these lamb chops are easy and amazing. Make sure to buy good lamb, too. Don’t want to spend all that money just to have an okay treat. Continue reading …
Aha – I got you! you’re wondering why a kosher blog is featuring a sandwich with the main ingredient as bacon! Well, Jack’s Gourmet has an awesome new-ish product on the market called facon, which is dry cured beef! I’m not sure how it compares to the real stuff, but I do know it’s awesome. We baked it up to make it crispy and put it on a fresh, toasted sourdough bread with some lettuce and thick slices of tomato – voila! an easy, delicious, and filling dinner! Continue reading …
Spring is here! And spring means asparagus is in season. No more boring roasted or grilled asparagus, we’re going gourmet here. Now, gourmet doesn’t mean hard. Actually, while there are a few steps in this recipe (you should read it over once before actually attempting it – you’ll need to do a bit of juggling), it’s quite easy! and impressive looking. Feel free to use store-bought pie crust or even puff pastry, as in the original recipe. Continue reading …
Adele’s back to finish off her Friday night meal with some dressed-up rice, because what’s a Shabbat dinner without rice in a Syrian household? Did you miss her chicken and braised carrots from earlier this week? Catchup!
I copied this recipe so long ago out of I-cant-remember-which cookbook, and have been meaning to make it ever since (ed note: we always do that! Do you?). So simple, so delicious. Continue reading …
Remember Adele? She made something to serve on the side of the ginger chicken. Check it out:
I thought I was making mechshi cusa (stuffed zucchini), but when I went to get it from my freezer, I realized that I had only had dairy meschi, not meat. I decided to braise baby carrots in the mechshi sauce I already made. They turned out so good!
Please welcome Adele, our favorite brother’s wife, who knows we’re busy so is helping us out on the blog this week with three recipes that make up a great Shabbat dinner!
Hosting Friday night dinner is not as easy as my mother makes it look; especially when you have a baby who loves to climb all over the place. To make it easier, I decided that my recipes needed to have five ingredients or less—and no fussy stuff!