Tag: lemon

Baked Cod with Lemon Dill Sauce

Baked Cod with Lemon Dill Sauce

Baked cod with a lemon dill sauce is a family favorite. Flakey, buttery cod is brightened up with lemon and dill, and has a touch of roasted garlic. It is like spring in a bite, but really is a perfect dish all year round, and 

Lemon Rosewater Loaf Cake

Lemon Rosewater Loaf Cake

This lemon rosewater loaf cake is inspired by both my grandmas. It has a bright lemony flavor, and is laced with a hint of rosewater. The texture is delicate and velvety. And, per usual, it is perfect with a cup (or two, or three…YOLO, this 

Asparagus Fattoush

Asparagus Fattoush

This Asparagus Fattoush is proof that you can use whatever is in season or what you have on hand to make this beloved middle eastern salad. It is so fresh and the perfect addition to your Memorial Day Mediterranean Mezze Table. Along with some other stellar contenders like hummus, borek, potato chop, lahm bi ajeen, tabouleh! Or maybe on the side with kabob. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

What is Fattoush?

Basically, it’s fried bread in salad. Um, yum. The dressing is a lemon sumac dressing. Add vegetables…truly whichever you have or are feeling that day…and BOOM you have fattoush! Some common herbs and veg that are in fattoush are cucumber, tomato, lettuce, radish, parsley, green onion, mint – but all these can be added or subtracted to your liking.

Fattosh
Fattosh

Lets chat about the pita

Pita is a critical part of fattoush, so lets take a moment here. You may remember a previous (and one of our first!) post on how to make pita chips. Well, same thing applies here. Basically cut up pita, place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Pop it in a 375F oven for about 15 minutes, and you have the perfect pita for your fatoosh. Sooo good, I dare you to not to eat it all off the sheet pan.

Pita Chips
Pita Chips

Seasonal Spin

As we are at the imaginable line of spring and summer, aka Memorial Day, I wanted to use a little from both seasons. I saw some beautiful asparagus, radish and butter lettuce at the market and could not resist. These all pair really well with the lemony notes from the sumac and dressing. Like many middle eastern salads the dressing has a 1:1 ratio of lemon to olive oil, making it very zippy and fresh. I also added some lovely Persian cucumbers, tomatoes, green onion and fresh mint.

Want more Mediterranean Salads?

We are gearing up for summer here. These delicious salads are the perfect way to welcome the season. You can find them all on the blog by going to “recipes” at the top and clicking on “salad” from the drop down menu. But here are a few to get you started!

Tabouleh

Jajeek

Potato Salad

Lubia Salad

Tata’s Signature Salad

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Spiced Watermelon and Feta Salad

Not Your Average Pasta Salad

Middle Eastern Salad

Einjarada

Asparagus Fattosh

Asparagus Fattoush

This beloved Middle Eastern salad can have so many seasonal additions/modifications, like asparagus! It is dressed with a lemony, sumac vinaigrette. Topped off with pita chips, this will be a hit at any dining experience!
Course Salad
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Dressing*

  • cup olive oil
  • cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ tbsp sumac
  • ½ tsp salt, more or less to taste

Salad

  • 1 bushel of asparagus, cut on a diagonal into pieces, and then blanched
  • 1 head of butter lettuce, or whatever lettuce you have
  • 2 vine tomatoes, or whatever tomato you have
  • 2 Persian cucumbers
  • 4 radishes, sliced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • pita chips **(recipe linked here)
  • cup parsley, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped (optional)
  • sumac for garnish on top

Instructions
 

  • To blanch the asparagus bring a pot of salted water to a boil. In meantime prepared an ice water bath. Once boiling add the asparagus and cook for 1 minuet. Remove asparagus and place in ice water bath for a couple minuets. Drain and remove. Place asparagus on a paper towel to remove excess water.

Pita Chips

  • Follow this link on how to make the best pita chips!

Dressing

  • Mix lemon juice, olive oil, sumac and salt in a bowl or mason jar.

Salad Assembly

  • Place lettuce, tomato, cucumber, radish, asparagus, green onion, pita chips, parsley & mint (if using) in a bowl or platter.**
  • Add enough dressing to your liking and toss.
  • Sprinkle a little extra sumac on the salad. Enjoy right away!

Notes

Three Teas Tips:
*This makes a little more dressing than you may need for this salad. Its great to use on another salad or marinade for meat over the next few days. 
**If you plan to prepare this salad in advance, do not add pita chips until right before serving as it will get soggy. You can store the pita in a ziplock bag until ready to use. Once you are ready to serve add prepared dressing and pita chips to vegetables. 
Keyword asparagus, lemon, pita, sumac, vegetables
Tahini Ranch Romaine Salad

Tahini Ranch Romaine Salad

Say hello to this tahini ranch dressing slathered over romaine salad! Not sure about anyone else here, but more recently in quarantine, I have been leaning into some fresh greens. It could be because of all those borek, comforting rice dishes and middle eastern cookies….but 

Manhattan Beach Cocktail

Manhattan Beach Cocktail

There is nothing better than sitting with a refreshing drink while the sun is shining and hearing ocean waves. For the past few years, I have had the luxury of living in the beautiful Manhattan Beach. When moving to LA, we chose this neighborhood to 

Mulukhiyah

Mulukhiyah

The following guest blog post was written by no other than the hubs, Auddie, (or All Day, Auddie -if you recall). I think he did a pretty good job – maybe even good enough to quit his day job?? Just kidding! This recipe is delish though!

-Tina 

Well, I never thought I would be blogging during my fellowship year of training in Philadelphia. Clinical duties have come to a screeching halt because of, yup you guessed it, COVID-19. The silver lining…more quality time at home as proven not only by being able to cook a dish that is being featured on Three Teas Kitchen but also by blogging this week and giving the three T’s this week off.

What is mulukhiyah? I found the answer to this question many years ago, as a child, on a cold rainy day, in a village far far away…jk jk. My wife’s humor is rubbing off on me. Back to business, it’s a stew centered around the mulukhiyah leaf. This almighty leaf not only tastes delicious but also is full of 30+ vitamins. Usually, mulukhiyah is prepared with chicken, doused with lemon, and served over a bed of rice.

Listen! It’s my favorite Middle Eastern dish. That’s all there is to it. If you don’t want to take my word for it, then listen to the additional testimonials of my four siblings, each of us having a very different palate, yet all equally diehard fans of mulukhiyah. The recipe is easy to follow, and as the ol’ Three Teas adage goes, #ilearneditfrommymama, who you may recognize from Madjedah’s Hummus, Potato Kibbeh, or Kufta

During your next essential grocery store run, put on that personal protective equipment and pick up the ingredients you need to make mulukhiyah.

Mulukhiyah

This stew is centered around the hearty mulukhiyah leaf. It is often cooked with chicken and served over a bed of rice with a fresh squeeze of lemon. A family favorite!
Course dinner
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 5 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 28 oz mulukhiyah, fresh or frozen*
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 2 x 2" cubes**
  • 1 garlic, cloves pealed and kept whole
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced into rounds
  • 1 Maggie bouillon, chicken flavored
  • water, amount varies, see instructions below
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut in half
  • 1 lemon, plus more for serving
  • white rice, prepared to your liking or package instructions

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the mulukhiyah leaves. If using frozen leaves, thaw out prior to starting the recipe. If using dried mulukhiyah, no additional prep is needed.
  • Squeeze lemon on chicken cubes and gently mix. Then rinse chicken with cold water.
  • Place chicken and both onion halves into a large pot. Fill pot with enough cold water to cover 2 inches above the chicken.
  • Turn heat on high and allow water to come to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cover the pot. Simmer until the chicken is fully cooked, about 20 minutes
  • While the chicken is cooking, heat up a small sauce pan on medium/high heat. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil. Once oil is glistening add whole garlic cloves. Cook cloves until just browned on all sides. Set aside.
  • Once chicken has finished cooking, remove foam from the top of the cooking liquid.
  • Keeping the liquid in the pot, ladle out the chicken and onions from the pot. The liquid will be the broth base for the mulukhiya. Place chicken to the side for later. Discard onions (onions were used to just flavor the chicken and broth).
  • Add a Maggi cube to the cooking liquid, and bring to a boil. Stirring occasionally until dissolved.
  • Mix in mulukhiyah. Reduce heat to medium and allow to cook for about 15 minutes.
    mulukhiyah
  • Meanwhile, heat water on the stove or in an electric kettle. This will be used as need to thin out the stew.
  • After the mulukhiyah has cooked for 15 minutes, taste the stew. If the stew is too thick, add in a cup or more of hot water. Season with salt to tase.
  • Next add tomato, garlic cloves, chicken and garlic powder. Simmer on medium until leaves are softened to your liking and tomato is slightly broken down. Adjust salt to taste.
  • This dish is best enjoyed by ladling the mulukhiyah over rice in a bowl. The family favorite is a 1:4 rice to mulukhiyah ratio. Squeeze about half a lemon over each person's plate of mulukhiyah and enjoy!

Notes

Three Teas Tips:
*The Mulukhiyah leaf can be found frozen or dried in most Middle Eastern grocery stores
**Make this dish vegetarian by removing the chicken from the recipe. The flavor will come from the other ingredients used to make the stew. You can also use vegetable flavored Maggie bouillon  instead
 
Keyword chicken, lemon, Mulukhiyah, rice, stew, tomato
Middle Eastern Salad

Middle Eastern Salad

This salad comes together quickly and is so refreshing and flavorful.The freshness comes from the mix of parsley, mint, lemon, cucumber and tomato. This is a common side salad that greets many Middle Eastern tables and can pair with about any dish, such as kabob, 

Tata’s Potato Salad

Tata’s Potato Salad

This is NOT your grandma’s mayo filled potato salad! This is our Tata’s refreshing and tangy potato salad. This potato salad is very light and crisp with its fresh ingredients of parsley, green onion, and lemon juice. It’s the perfect summer potato salad and will