Lebanese seven-spice powder—a mix of allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, ginger, and nutmeg known as baharat—flavors the lamb patties as well as the tomatoes in this richly spiced dish from Lebanese chef Fouad Kassab’s mother, Isabelle. SERVES 6-8 Ingredients 2 lb. ground lamb 1⁄2 cup minced parsley 1⁄3 cup

Eggplants are stuffed with a mixture of spiced lamb and rice, then simmered in tomato sauce in this rustic, cinnamon-scented Lebanese dish. SERVES 6 Ingredients 1⁄2 lb. ground lamb 3 tbsp. long grain white rice 3 tbsp. tomato paste 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 small white onion, minced 1⁄2 tsp.

By Silvena Rowe Yield: Yields 24 pastries Börek is a Turkish pastry, made with either filo or yufka pastry, then stuffed with various fillings, such as cheese, vegetable or meat. It can be a perfect snack, a light lunch or a main course. This recipe is excerpted from Purple Citrus

By Jack’s Creek Difficulty easy | Cooking time less than 15 minutes | serves 4 Lemon and garlic kebabs made with quality rump steak for a gourmet mid week dinner INGREDIENTS 750g Jack’s Creek rump steak, cut into 2cm cubes 1 lemon, juice and finely grated rind 3 cloves garlic,

By The Shahrouk sisters Difficulty not too difficult | Cooking time more than 1 hour Serves 10 or more Zucchinis rarely get the spotlight they deserve, but this Lebanese dish—direct from the episode one winning table of Family Food Fight—will make you think twice about about this humble green vegetable.

By Rodney Dunn Difficulty not too difficult | Cooking time more than 1 hour | Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 1.5 kg minced lamb 105 gm (1½ cup) fresh coarse breadcrumbs 5 garlic cloves, finely grated 1 egg, lightly beaten 1½ tbsp ground cumin 1½ tsp ground coriander 1 tsp each of