Slow Cooked Lebanese Lamb Stew

I recently spent five weeks in Beirut, Lebanon, creating recipes and consulting for a new restaurant there called Eat Sunshine. Beirut is a lovely and very charming place. It’s also a place with amazing food! So here’s a recipe with a special spice mix that I picked up there, which includes cumin, sweet pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, basil, and cloves. It’s not a traditional Lebanese recipe. I’m just naming it this way because of the spice mix and the inspiration.

Slow Cooked Lebanese Lamb Stew

  • 1.5 pound bone-in lamb leg
  • 2 small eggplants
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 small onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 bunches cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons Lebanese spice mix (2 teaspoons cumin, 1.5 teaspoons sweet pepper, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoons basil, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper)
  • Salt to taste

The process…

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Royal Persian Salad w. Saffron Tahini Dressing

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This salad features some tastes of Persia, including pistachio and barberries. It also has a delicious creamy dressing made from saffron and tahini.

Royal Persian Salad w. Saffron Tahini Dressing

  • 2 large handfuls baby arugula
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 small cucumbers, peeled and grated
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 4 radishes, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup slivered pistachios, pan roasted
  • 3 tablespoons barberries

Saffron Tahini Dressing

  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

The process…

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Legends of Nutrition and Medicine: Herophilos (330 to 260 B.C.)

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Legends of Nutrition and Medicine: Herophilos (330 to 260 B.C.)

During the 3rd century B.C., the epicenter of knowledge and scholarship was Alexandria, a city on the northern coast of modern-day Egypt, founded by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C.. Alexandria hosted the most prominent philosophers and medical practitioners of the day, including Herophilos, who is known as the Fathers of Human Anatomy.

Herophilos was one of the first physicians in medical history to perform systematic dissections of human cadavers for the purpose of gaining anatomical knowledge. About 250 years after his death, Herophilos was accused of performing dissections and experimental operations on living people – prisoners who were awarded to him. These accusations, however, remain speculative to this day.

During the 3rd century, dissection was strictly outlawed throughout the ancient world. Only in Alexandria was the prohibition lifted for a period of about 30 years, which paved the way for great scientific and medical advances. After this 30 year period, dissection was again banned for another 1,800 years! It wasn’t until the 14th century A.D. that doctors and scientists were able to learn about anatomy through this revealing practice.

Herophilos made many unprecedented discoveries. Some of the knowledge attributed to him includes,

  • Distinguishing the brain from the cerebellum and describing the brain as the seat of intelligence
  • Differentiation between motor and sensory nerves
  • The first research conducted on the pancreas
  • The distinction between arteries and veins
  • The understanding that arteries carry blood, rather than air
  • The synchronicity between the pulse and the beating heart
  • The description of the anatomy of the heart valves
  • The recognition that the testicles produce sperm
  • The description of the phases and duration of pregnancy, as well as causes of difficult childbirth

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Herophilos the Physician

Herophilos was among the first physicians to emphasize the importance of proper diet and exercise. The following quote is attributed to him:

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.

Some of Herophilos’ work was destroyed in the fire at the library of Alexandria, but much of his work remains. As you can see, the knowledge that good food is essential to health is as old as antiquity (and even older).

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Bacon Duck Spring Rolls w. Spicy Tahini Sauce

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Here’s an awesome spring rolls recipe for leftover duck. But of course, you don’t always have leftover duck on hand. So you can do the same thing with chicken or steak. Be creative.

Bacon Duck Spring Rolls w. Spicy Tahini Sauce

  • 1/4 pound precooked duck
  • 5 pieces precooked bacon
  • 2 handfuls arugula
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 tablespoons spicy mustard
  • 5 or 6 spring roll wrappers

Spicy Tahini Sauce

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

The process…

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Cauliflower Bacon Jalapeño Egg Drops

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Here’s a fun recipe to prepare with kids or to have as snacks or for breakfast/lunch on the go. You can make this ahead of time and leave it at room temperature for the day.

Cauliflower Bacon Jalapeño Egg Drops

  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 5 pieces of bacon, precooked and diced small
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 jalapeños, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons bacon fat or fat or your choice
  • 1 tablespoon mixed Italian herbs
  • Salt and pepper

The process…

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Paleo Chocolate Pie Recipe

It doesn’t get much better than this Paleo Chocolate Pie, folks.

Paleo Chocolate Pie

Pie Filling

  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 3 eggs

Pie Crust

  • 1.5 cups dry almonds, soaked overnight
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 egg

The process…

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Mango Peach Crumble

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Here’s a delicious dessert that is very low in added sugar (only 2 tablespoons of maple syrup plus the natural, fiber-intact sugars of the mango and peaches). It’s super easy to make and sure to impress.

Mango Peach Crumble

  • 1 mango
  • 3 peaches
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup activated almonds *
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

The process…

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