Nick and his Grandma (Teta in Arabic)
Post lunch beer and figs
Nick's aunts on the balcony at Grandma's house
One morning we came into the kitchen and eggplants were roasting on top of the gas burner! Much easier than getting the oven heated. That lunchtime we had the most delicious eggplant dip (Baba Ghanouj).
Most mornings Teta and Nick's Aunts made yoghurt (below) and Labneh (above), a soft cheese made from yoghurt.
Kibbeh in yoghurt (kibbeh labniyeh)
Probably the biggest misunderstanding we had in Lebanon was telling everyone that we love kibbeh and would love them to make it for us. Turns out that there is more than one type of kibbeh and everyone assumed we meant kibbeh neyh and made that. Kibbeh neyh is raw kibbeh. It was not what we meant. I tried it, it tasted like kibbeh, just a little too raw for my liking. A few days later Nick's aunts made kibbeh labniyeh - delicious and cooked.
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