At Grandma's House - Chiekh Taba

Friday, November 19, 2010

We spent a few very relaxing days in the village where Nick's father's family is from, Chiekh Taba.
Nick and his Grandma (Teta in Arabic)

Each day Nick's aunts made us a huge delicious lunch. Eaten around 2:00, lunch was the main meal each day (a great way to eat lots of fabulous food without feeling too stuffed). On the table this particular day was cabbage rolls, lemon chicken, fattoush and vine leaves.

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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