Maqluba aka ‘Upside Down’

This traditional Palestinian dish is spelled differently throughout the levant: Maqluba, Maqlooba, Makloubi, Maglooba, Magloubeh are all variations of the words ‘upside down’ in Arabic. This is typically served for the family at the weekend and won’t fail to impress. Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 60-70 minutes. Ingredients (serves 4 people) 2-3 chicken breasts…

Cabbage Salad

This beautifully simple cabbage salad is so easy to make and improves digestion. It contains lots of vitamin C and keeps your heart healthy. It keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days. Preparation time: 15 mins Ingredients 1 cabbage (red or green) shredded or finely chopped 1/2 cup of olive oil 1-2 lemons juiced…

Lebanese Okra & Coriander Stew

This is one of my favourite dishes. Known as ‘Bamia’ in Arabic, it is sometimes referred to as ‘Lady’s Fingers’ and is served throughout the middle east (usually cooked with lamb but this is my vegetarian version). Okra is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants as well as being low in calories. I buy the…

Feta, Beetroot & Coriander Salad

Preparation time: 10 minutes Ingredients (serves 2-3 people) 1 romaine lettuce chopped 2 tomatoes chopped 4 cooked beetroot chopped 1/2 red onion finely sliced Feta cheese (more or less as you prefer) 1/2 cup of chopped coriander 3-4 tbsp. olive oil for dressing Juice of 1 lemon Half a tsp. of Dijon mustard Salt and…

Tomato, Artichoke & Tuna Salad

This simple summer salad is delicious. It reminds me of Spain and the food served at the tapas bars that line the streets in Malaga. Preparation time: 10 minutes Ingredients (serves 2 people) 1-2 large Spanish tomatoes sliced 1 tin of tuna in olive oil 1/2 red onion sliced 6-7 mint leaves chopped 4-6 marinated…