Middle Eastern Cooking
Sharp spices and condiments accent simple, yet beautiful foods like hummus, tahini and tabouleh in Middle Eastern cooking. Tahini is a great example of this, often used as a dip, dressing or in marinades, this versatile condiment is made using only sesame paste and lemon juice, parsley, garlic and olive oil. Add some chickpeas and you have hummus to go with your falafel.
Beans, like ful medames or fava beans and other legumes are prominently featured in Middle Eastern dishes. Fresh salads and unusual, but surprisingly delicious items like pickled turnips also make this delicious cuisine one to experiment with when seeking culinary inspiration at mealtime.