The Mediterranean Week’s Winners

Wow, eating and cooking Mediterranean was fun!  It was a little complicated because of the number of dishes, but the prep was relatively quick and easy.  The best dish we ate was a delicious Sicilian-style grilled squid, which, unfortunately, we didn’t photograph.  Our favorites are listed here:

White Beans and Green Onions in Olive Oil

I drastically reduced the amount of olive oil in this recipe.  The intro to the recipe explains that this is quite authentic and one of the Turkish “olive oil foods,” but I just couldn’t do it.  I also found that I had to use quite a bit more water to get my beans softened, but it was still very flavorful.



Olive Oil-Bathed Fava Beans with Tomato and Lemon Juice in the Palestinian Style

I used my pole beans instead of favas, and therefore did not cook them nearly as long as the recipe called for.




Cabbage Salad with Lemon and Garlic in the Syrian Style

I probably could have rinsed the salt off this more thoroughly, but the salt was not entirely unwelcome in the final dish.




Cucumber Cups with Eggs and Radishes 

So this was a little fussy, but it was quick and easy and fun.  I used zucchini for the cups instead of cucumber.  If you’re not a “fishy” person, then this is one to avoid.  But if you love anchovies, as I happen to, this is a tasty morsel!



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