10 dessert apples (I prefer jazz apples)
Juice of ½ lemon
100g melted butter (lightly salted) or margarine plus a little extra for greasing
230g semolina, fine
130g soft light brown sugar
130g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 large egg, beaten
50g pecans, chopped
This dish — known as Couscous Pkeila in Tunisia — works best in a pressure cooker. If you don’t have one cook it in a large, non-stick pot — the meat for 1½ to 2 hours plus another 45 minutes for the beans.
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: with pressure cooker: 1½ hours; without: 2 to 2½ hours
Za’atar is a spice mix used in Middle Eastern cooking; its ingredients can vary by region. You can find it in some supermarkets, online or in Middle Eastern grocers.
The za’atar mix that I use is made with wild thyme and sumac mixed with roasted sesame seeds and salt.
It’s great in marinades, and fantastic with yoghurt or as a dip for bread.
It is a Sephardi tradition to eat pumpkin on Rosh Hashanah, as a symbol for prosperity and happiness. This dip is a Libyan Jewish recipe usually served as a starter or to accompany couscous with a main course. Tuershi is the name for many Middle Eastern pickled dishes. This dish is slightly different as it is not purely pickled and it is simple and fat-free.
This version of harissa — also called Felfel uciuma — is a key ingredient in Libyan Jewish cuisine. It is simple, without many ingredients, with a real kick of hot spicy chilli. The lemon gives flavour and helps preserve it for a long time if chilled.
This is a refreshing summer dessert. For those who know the delicious Italian classic zabaglione — whipped egg yolks with Marsala wine, slowly cooked and whipped to make a cream – you are going to enjoy this one! And for those who don’t know it yet, then it is time to try it. And you can also use other toppings such as cinnamon or chocolate shavings. Or keep it plain.