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Middle Eastern Cuisine With A Twist

Posted on 09 Jan 2011 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

Middle Eastern cuisine is in my top three of favorite cuisines. Bulghur, hummus, couscous, falafel, eggplant dishes, dates, nuts & sweets (halva, baklava, etc.)... these are just a few of the foods/dishes that jump to mind when I think of the Middle East. When I think of hummus, I think of the vacation my father and I spent in Jordan and Israel. Oh how I feasted on hummus almost every day, sipping sweet mint tea afterwards and trying not to eat my weight in sweets. Driving through sizzling hot deserts, watching castles rise up amidst sand and rock, plunging into the Dead Sea, walking through the pink city (Petra), riding a camel from the desert police in Wadi Rum... sigh, those were the days! If you are pondering a destination for your next holiday, I highly recommend you visit Jordan!

What brought me on the subject of the Middle East was the November issue of Delicous magazine, which featured quite a few Middle Eastern (inspired) dishes, including a cauliflower 'couscous'. Intrigued by the simplicity of it, I had to try it, with a few modifications of course.

Cauliflower Couscous (serves 4-6)


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, stalks and stems discarded, cut into florets
  • zest and juice of 1 organic blood orange
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ~ 50 grams pine nuts, toasted in a pan


  1. Using a food processor, chop the cauliflower florets until you get something that resembles a coarse couscous structure, like so:

  2. Mix the cauliflower couscous with the orange zest, juice, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the pine nuts before serving.

On my To-Make list is baklava. Although it is readily available in stores, the store-bought variety is often overly sweet and syrupy, overpowering the nut filling. Time to make some myself ^^


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