So, in keeping with my ongoing fetish for Lebanese food and culture, I have recently developed a more specific fetish – for fattoush. Yes, that’s right, a fetish for fattoush.
What is fattoush you ask? It is a delicious salad made from greens and toasted or fried pita bread. The special ingredient, which makes it taste different than other salads you may have had, is sumac – a spice used in the Middle East which adds a bit of a lemony taste. You will love it!
Since my little fetish has started to become an expensive one because I am constantly going to Lebanese restaurants for a quick fix, I recently decided that the time had come for me to make some homemade fattoush. It is actually quite easy to make and the only tip I have is to not overdo it with the sumac. Be somewhat generous, just not overly generous. Contrary to what I had previously thought, it is possible to have too much sumac. 🙂
- a head of romaine lettuce chopped up
- diced tomatoes
- diced radishes
- green onions, sliced
- a handful of chopped Italian parsley and a handful of fresh mint
- green pepper
- 1 large pita
1. 2 small lemons, juiced
2. 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
3. 2 tablespoons of sumac
4. 2 or more cloves of garlic mashed in a dash of salt in a mortar
1. Brush the pita bread with oil and sprinkle plenty of sumac on top
2. Toast in a 325 F oven until the bread is crispy and golden – break into small pieces and set aside *Note – if you forget to brush with olive oil and sumac – you can just mix the bread in with the salad later and it will absorb the dressing and sumac*.
3. Prepare all the salad ingredients; mix the dressing; when ready to serve, toss the salad with the dressing and mix in the pieces of pita bread.
So I haven’t been that great with my blogging in the past couple of weeks – mostly due to a previously mentioned insane busy period at work. I am glad to report that that period is over! I am happy to be back to blogging and will have a few fun posts up this week – stay tuned for my first attempt at making fattoush!
I recently returned from a business + pleasure trip to Toronto and when I looked back at my pictures, I realised that a lot of them were of food. Let’s face it, there’s some good food in Toronto. This particular shot was taken at Amato Pizza, possibly one of the best pizza spots in the city. Nothing fancy, just good pizza.
While we’re on the topic of food – another great spot that I visited during my trip was Fressen – definitely the best vegan restaurant that I have been to so far. My cousin and I ordered this fabulous zucchini appetizer and I had the seitan and veggies for my main. No regrets whatsoever. For desert, we shared a chocolate avocado tartine. Besides the food being delicious, we were both extremely impressed with the presentation of the food.
Two other blog-worthy restaurant visits in Toronto this week were Grazie and Tabule, both mid-town around Yonge and Eglinton. Grazie has got to be my favorite Italian restaurant in TO. I highly recommend the Penza (penne à la vodka). Tabule is great if you are in the mood for really good Lebanese food. I am glad this place opened up because Toronto doesn’t have a ton of Middle Eastern restaurants. This one is definitely a good spot.
All in all, such an amazing and refreshing week in Toronto. I am ready to be back home to J and to return to daily life in the O-town. Thanks for reading!