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Eggplant and Yogurt Spread with Saffron

Posted On: Jul 27, 2018   |   Posted By: David Lebovitz

Eggplant and Yogurt Spread with Saffron

When Anissa Helou told me she was writing a book on the foods of the Islamic world, I was surprised, and a little curious. I didn't know much about the food, but I am always drawn to the flavors, and ingredients used: Lots of vegetables, olive oil, pulses, grains, olives, spices, handmade cheeses and flatbreads, fresh fish, and grilled meats. In short, the kind of food I could live on, and sometimes, I do.
A few years ago, Anissa invited us to dinner in her loft when she was living in London, and started with a spectacular, but simple, puree of eggplant and labneb with orange saffron juice resting in pools over the top. I was familiar with Eggplant Caviar , Moutabal , and Baba Ganoush , but the idea of mixing eggplant with tangy fresh cheese was a revelation.
She gave me the recipe, which I'd planned to make since that evening, but it got buried in the bulging folder of recipes called “Recipes to Make” that's part of a larger stack of folders in my kitchen, and office, that keeps growing and growing and...

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