Lebanon Recipes – Hummus

I used to make hummus the old fashioned-way, using dried chickpeas, which I soaked overnight before cooking and mashing. I didn’t mind the time spent as I really didn’t like the taste of tinned chickpeas. However, there are now excellent ready-cooked chickpeas that are preserved in glass jars in only water and salt with no added artificial preservatives.

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Baalbeck – City of the Sun

Baalbeck (or Baalbek) is the historic highlight of any trip to Lebanon. Located 60 miles from Beirut, the site was a symbol of opulence and decadence in the ancient world. Until the mid 1990s, Baalbeck was off-bounds to tourists, as it was the seat of the radical anti-Western Hezbollah party. The political situation is a lot less volatile these days, and as visitors flock to the site once more Baalbeck has reclaimed its reputation as one of the great wonders of the world.

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