Bethany Kehdy

A Champion of Middle Eastern Food & Recipes

Mussels in Arak – The Milk of Lions

Majd, an old college friend from Lebanon, was visiting London last week. It's been nearly a decade since I last saw him, and I was so glad to see him. As is customary with Lebanese, the traveler will always ask "badeek shee" (addressing a female) or do you need anything from here? And the person being posed the question should ideally respond: "toussal b salemeh" (addressing a male) or "your safe arrival" But I just went straight for the kill...

Portuguese Fish Stew

This week, I was lucky enough to pin down Arlette, a family friend of Portuguese origin, and get her cooking with me in the kitchen. She shared a delicious Portuguese fish recipe while I tried my best during the whole lovely experience to snap a picture of her, but to no avail. She said she would rather remain mysterious, like the 'dark side of the moon'. I was not prepared to argue with this tough Portuguese cookie. This is one of those...

Wild About Mushrooms- A Rich Risotto

I love risottos...almost any kind. They make my heart beat fast. One of my ultimate favorites is a simple, classic mushroom risotto with truffles. I'm a sucker for it. You can get me to do just about anything- laundry, back-bends and I'll even dance with snakes- for a creamy, luscious bite. I know that some are very frightened by the thought of making risotto and see it more of a punishment than a labor of love. I assure you, it is really easy...

Chestnut Veloute

Alright! So I'm doing a terrible job at getting these posts up before the 31st as I was intending on doing! Many welcomed and un-welcomed factors have been standing in my way; my brother's arrival, new internet router's inability to arrive on time, some wicked sales I can't get my eyes hands off, and now I'm working on a quick last minute NY eve menu... So I'll get the rest of the recipes up as soon as humanly possible! I've been wanting to try...

La Ratatouille

My Lebanese grandmother would often make something very similar to this ratatouille which we knew in Arabic as mtab'a. About age 15, I finally had a "French" ratatouille in Provence, made by my French step-mom's father. I always loved my grandmother's mtab'a and so embraced ratatouille immediately. It's very satisfying served as a main meal with some rustic bread (Pain de Campagne), or goes well as an accompaniment to fish, meat or rice....

Ginger and Coriander Carrot Soup

My father-in-law Jim is the inspiration behind this post- he can make an mean carrot soup! Now, I am big on soup and this carrot soup has to be in my top 10 soups to love. It's delicious and wholesome and so simple to make. Here's what you'll need:   Ginger and Coriander Carrot Soup   Author: Bethany Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 35 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients Knob of butter 1 onion, roughly...