The mystery dip again:
Of the Sahara's vegetarian mezze, there were only two items I didn't like back then: their tabouli (still not my favorite thing, though I've had much better versions since) and their lebaneh. Well, I would eat it, but it just never really moved me... a big bowl of sour yogurt dip?! WHY? And so it was an utterly bizarre bolt of nostalgia that provoked me to scribble 'lebaneh' on my list of dips to make during MoFo...
But I'm really pleased with the result. Is it sour? Yes. Is it yogurty? Yes. (Despite not having any yogurt in it. More on that in a sec.) It's not as smooth or as pale as the Sahara's, but the flavor is highly reminiscent-- so I guess my palate's changed because I literally used my fingers to get the last bit out of the bowl. I used the recipe from one of my favorite blogs from last year's MoFo, One Arab Vegan, with a bit of apple cider vinegar instead of citric acid (which is somewhere in my house, but I didn't want to dig yesterday). It's actually much easier to make than dairy lebenah (faster, anyway) and really good-- highly recommended.
Originally I thought the men would have leftovers of this & the hummus tonight without me-- but the lebenah is all gone. So they're just having leftover hummus with the following dippers:
Baked falafel, based on the recipe in Appetite for Reduction. These go like hotcakes (if hotcakes were made out of chickpeas, and love) in my house so I always do a double batch, and rather than putting the ingredients in my pathetic food processor, I grate the onion with a box grater and then mash everything that's supposed to be pureed. Oh, and I put a little garam masala in this time because I ran out of cumin...
And of course, a big bowl of vegetables. Tonight's dipping veg include cauliflower, celery, and carrots (plain old boring baby carrots).
Finally, my lovely boys. The Emperor waved me away every time I tried to get his picture today-- because he was busy playing with this birthday present from his aunt and uncle:
It's a toy power screwdriver, and I think they're BFFs now. (Also, he turned 3 last week. How can this be?)
And here's the Magician, always thinking of how to get the next celery stick:
Tune in tomorrow for another dip!