middle eastern


When Yotam Met Sami

The story of how a chance meeting between an Israeli and a Palestinian led them to open some of the most popular food shops in London.
February 2009

Lamb Kofte with Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Kofte, cigar-shaped lamb meatballs, are popular throughout Turkey. This version calls for mildly hot and intensely flavorful Maras and Urfa dried red pepper flakes.
January 2009

Orange Pistachio Crescents

Inspired by the Persian fried-turnover cookies called ghotab, food editor Shelley Wiseman used a simple dough to enfold fragrant candied orange peel and pistachios.
December 2008

Roasted Winter Vegetable Baklava

Traditionally, baklava is a Middle Eastern dessert, but we fell head over heels for this savory rendition.
December 2008
chefs + restaurants

First Taste: 1897 Konyali

One of Istanbul’s most treasured restaurants goes from hole-in-the-wall home cooking to white-tablecloth dining.

Spiced Lamb with Eggplant Yogurt Sauce

In this traditional dish, smoky eggplant purée is swirled with tart yogurt and topped with succulent lamb cooked in butter.
October 2008

Pistachio-Cardamom Macarons

Contemporary Paris chefs use a lot of Persian flavors like cardamom, apricot, and pistachio, which we used here to modernize the classic macaron.
September 2008
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