Score One For The Kibbee

Monday 18/4/2005

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Diary and Notes

How better things, might have gone,
If Reagan was from the Lebanon.
No "Score one for the Gipper, Nancy,"
A plate of kibbee's more my fancy.

Crispy balls of meat and wheat,
All spiced up for a tasty treat,
Passed around the United Nations,
To aid Arab-Israeli relations.

And Yitzak might have raised a smile,
Then winked to Yasser down the aisle
"This feuding's never been my style,
Let's live in peace, least for a while."

And seeing how the food could cure,
Years of fighting, guns and war,
Pakora came from far Lahore
And Kashmir was in strife no more.

So Japan sent China sushi rolls,
And China, Russia, spiced rice bowls,
Then Russia sent to all the West,
Blinis and caviar, the best.

Around the world there was détante
Spread by the crusty fresh croissant
But when the Brits gave France a pasty
"Must we eat this, it tastes too nasty?"

Cake Blog

Mandarin and Pineapple Jelly: I didn't get a photo of this 'delight' as it was between me buying my new camera and using my new camera (yes folks, I am now Mr Digital Camera Man). I also think I deserve a treat today for managing (on my own) to transfer the photo of my dinner from my camera onto my computer (with its Linux operating system when the manual only mentions PCs and Macs). This involved quite a bit of work, mounting devices etc. with only the system's inbuilt manual to guide me. Do I win a prize? Oh and the jelly was from Sainsbury's and came in a pot and wasn't worth photographing anyway.


  • Kibbee
  • Tsatsiki
  • Pitta Bread
  • Rice


    100g Minced Lamb
    50g Chick Peas
    1/2 Onion
    1 Green Chilli
    Olive Oil
    1/4 tsp Cinnamon
    1/2 Clove Garlic
    Salt and Pepper
    1/4 tsp Dried Mint
    1/2 Egg
    Few Coriander Leaves
    Oil For Frying
    5cm Cucumber
    50g Greek Yoghurt
    1/2 Onion
    1/2 Clove Garlic
    1/2 tsp Dried Mint
    Black Pepper


  • Kibbee: Finely dice the onion and mince the chilli and garlic. Sweat in a little olive oil. Add the cinnamon, mint and a little pepper. Leave to cool. When the onion is cool mix in the lamb and chopped coriander leaves. Mash the chick peas to a paste and mix in. Then the egg. Season and form into egg sized balls. Fry in hot oil for about 5 minutes, then transfer to an oven and bake for 15 minutes at 160c.
  • Tsatsiki: Dice the cucumber and onion. Mince the garlic. Mix all the ingredients together and chill for at least 1 hour.


    *All quantities are very approximate and for a single person