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20150411_021023096_iOS MEJADRA

')"> It’s temporarily gone back to chilly here, which is awesome for biking – less sticky unpleasantness on arrival!

Jerusaleum MEJADRA

')"> With the cooler weather, I was in the mood for something a little heartier, so BS and I made mejadra. I found this recipe in the fantastic Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi. The duo who wrote it, a Palestinian and Jew who co-own a restaurant, blend shared and different recipes from their respective cultures within Jerusalem.


The recipe itself is simple as heck but the different flavors come together beautifully. It is well accompanied by fish, but as it is a bit dry, I think the best addition is a soft-boiled egg or two. My only deviations from the recipe are mostly sloth related as I used all powdered spices. In addition, due to my pickiness (a defining characteristic) I reduced the cinnamon a smidge and did not add the sugar it called for. None of these are based on making the original recipe and finding it lacking, just on my personal preferences. The recipe below is my adulterated version, but if you want to go with the original just search Mejada Ottolenghi and I would guess it’ll pop up. Or buy the book! It’s a very nice one and, incidentally, has puffy covers like a childrens book which is somehow comforting.

Lentils et al MEJADRA


Let’s begin! As you can see, the ingredient list is short and simple – just grains, flour, spices, and onion. Continue reading