How to Prepare Lupini Beans

All, Sides

Chances are, you’ve never heard of the magical little lupini bean. I hadn’t heard it either until A and I were at an Arab market and he saw a jar of preserved yellow beans: Termous!  It turns out, these little gems are nutritional powerhouses. One day after watching Cowspiracy my husband and I were talking about how to […]

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Cauliflower Pancakes : Karnabahar Mücveri (Vegan + Gluten-free)

All, Breakfast, Mains, Sides

Mücver in Turkey is a thick pancake (boulette?) made of grated zucchini, eggs, cheese, flour, and herbs. I didn’t think it was possible to come up with a vegan, gluten-free version of them (and they are really delicious), but I was quite happy with how these turned out. They’re jam-packed with yummy things like vegetables, […]

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Celery Root [Celeriac] with Quince : Ayvalı Kereviz

All, Salads, Sides

Living in Turkey and now in Germany has introduced me to several vegetables I had never seen in the United States. One of my favorites is the celery root, an odd looking stump of a vegetable with a crispy white interior. When peeled it resembles a light, celery-flavored potato. I’d mostly been eating it as […]

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Fava Bean Stew with Artichokes and Potatoes

All, Mains, Soups

Here is a lemony, garlicky stew that will brighten your day. A rich pot of artichoke hearts, fresh fava beans (also known as broad beans) and potatoes served up in a broth of lemon, garlic and lots of fresh dill. Unless you’re lucky enough to live someplace where you can find good, fresh fava beans […]

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Chickpea Flatbread with Parsley – Gluten-Free

All, Breakfast, Sides

Finally! A recipe for a chickpea flatbread! Enough of staring longingly as A uses Syrian bread to dip into hummus or mutabbal shawandar. I had tried previously to make something similar, and the lesson I learned is that chickpea flour really should be bought, not made at home. I was grinding my own chickpeas and […]

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Simple Beans

All, Mains, Soups

The vegan world is often occupied with new and exciting things, like various nut butters, and chia seeds, and aquafaba etc. All with good reason, of course – I’m not denying that these ingredients are useful and expanding the possibilities of veganism. But at the end of the day, being vegan for me just means beans. […]

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How to Prepare Lupini Beans


All, Sides

Chances are, you’ve never heard of the magical little lupini bean. I hadn’t heard it either until A and I were at an Arab market and he saw a jar of preserved yellow beans: Termous!  It turns out, these little gems are nutritional powerhouses. One day after watching Cowspiracy my husband and I were talking about how to […]

February 17, 2018

Fava Bean Stew with Artichokes and Potatoes


All, Mains, Soups

Here is a lemony, garlicky stew that will brighten your day. A rich pot of artichoke hearts, fresh fava beans (also known as broad beans) and potatoes served up in a broth of lemon, garlic and lots of fresh dill. Unless you’re lucky enough to live someplace where you can find good, fresh fava beans […]

February 10, 2018

Chickpea Flatbread with Parsley – Gluten-Free


All, Breakfast, Sides

Finally! A recipe for a chickpea flatbread! Enough of staring longingly as A uses Syrian bread to dip into hummus or mutabbal shawandar. I had tried previously to make something similar, and the lesson I learned is that chickpea flour really should be bought, not made at home. I was grinding my own chickpeas and […]

February 8, 2018

Simple Beans


All, Mains, Soups

The vegan world is often occupied with new and exciting things, like various nut butters, and chia seeds, and aquafaba etc. All with good reason, of course – I’m not denying that these ingredients are useful and expanding the possibilities of veganism. But at the end of the day, being vegan for me just means beans. […]

February 8, 2018

Anima Nera : Licorice Liquor + A Licorice Tour of Berlin


All, Drinks

warning: this post contains a lot of licorice.  One of the best things I’ve learned about Syrian cuisine through my husband is sous, a drink made from soaked licorice bark. A drinks it thick; it is black and viscous and incredibly flavorful. For me, it’s been an acquired taste, but I too am growing to love sous. […]

February 6, 2018

Syrian Beet Dip : Mutabbal Shawandar


All, Breakfast, Sides

Most mornings A and I eat hummus for breakfast. I get that many people will find that strange; breakfast is meant to sweet or mild, right? But I can vouch for hummus’s perfection as a breakfast food. It’s savory, nutritious, and surprisingly mild on the stomach if prepared correctly. It is full of energy and […]

February 5, 2018

Spiced Potato Salad with Olives


All, Salads, Sides

There are some days when all you need is a comforting potato salad. Especially if you’re vegan/gluten-free, and feel like most days comfort food is out of reach. Potatoes are such a perfect, humble food, and when boiled and cooled they’re even healthier as the fiber level bolts up (resistant starch, anybody?) I first read […]

February 3, 2018

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes – vegan + gluten-free


All, Breakfast

It’s snowing in Berlin!    Sun umbrella included for irony. Snow isn’t as common in Berlin as you would think. Winter here isn’t bitingly cold or snowy, it’s just consistently gray and dark. But when you wake up on a Saturday morning and see that it’s snowing, it’s time to make some weekend pancakes. This is […]

February 3, 2018