I'm traumatized. I use Tracksy (tracksy.com) to monitor traffic to the blog. Great tool. Anyway, with all the politicizing and religious-izing on this blog, the highest hit was on Mjadra Hamra A La Sud Libanaise. Continuous hits over the last few months. Turns out people care less about politics and people's rights to exist, and pay more attention to what they will have for dinner.
I have to concede, they are perfectly right.
I am in a good mood for Christmas/New Year/Adha Holiday. Although this has been a sad year for
This comes from Mum's Notebook. She wrote tens of recipes for me when I moved house, and moved country. Recipes are made for complete cooking idiots (I am number one), but I can assure you they work just fine.
Batata Harra بطاطا حرّة
(Lebanese Spicy Potatoes with Coriander/Pomme Frites au Coriandre a la Libanaise)
4- medium sized potatoes
4- garlic cloves
2 – tea spoons of Dry Coriander (or green chopped coriander)
Lemon Juice – half a Lemon
Oil (and why not, an tablespoon of virgin olive oil)
Chop potatoes into small cubes (not too small – preferably 1.5 cm cubes – 1/2 inch)
Fry in very hot oil (only half time). Remove from oil, let cool down, then refry until brownish and well done (that will get the potatoes crispy – same technique can be used for the Pomme Frites – French Fries).
Crush the garlic with some salt, and stir fry with some oil, then add the coriander and stir fry for a minute or so until the green coriander shrivels a bit (use your eyes, then nose, if you smell something good, stop after you count to 15).
Add the fried potatoes, then squeeze some lemon and lift. Serve Hot.
My favourite combination is Bata Harra, with Hindiba (Chicory - a green herb thing made into a salad like format: boiled quickly, then stir fried with onions/lemon, salt.. will check the recipe.. don’t have it in the notebook!! So, don’t cook anything until I get the right things to do).