When asked what kind of cake she would like for her birthday, Melay replied that she doesn’t like dessert and would much rather have her very own Seniyeh, the Palestinian beef casserole that I learned how to make over the summer with my uncle Menny and that I made two weeks ago for dinner. And so, that’s what she got. Here’s a step-by-step:
Sautee a very large onion in olive oil
Layer the beef and tomatoes in an oven safe dish and cover with Tehini sauce (which I made from Tehini from Nablus that I brought back with me, lots of garlic, salt and lemon juice). Wrap in foil, and bake this concoction in 300 degrees for 20 minutes. If we all just ate this there would be peace in the middle east.