It’s not my fault you don’t like cake

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

Mix together black pepper, allspice, cumin, coriander, and turmeric

Add to onion


Add ground beef and salt and sautee

When it’s all nice and brown take it off the heat

Toast some pine nuts


Chop up some parsley

Mix those in

Chop up some tomatoes and let the juice run a little bit

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.


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3 thoughts on “It’s not my fault you don’t like cake

  1. I am totally going to make this.
    Wasn’t planning any fish in particular, just regretting a lack of it in my cooking— and I am a bit timid around the HKG ‘monger. You will have to show me what to buy.

  2. Personally, I highly recommend trying the extra-virgin olive oil from
    Holy Food Imports.
    It is imported to the US from Israel, and it is produced using cold presses,
    as was the method over 3,000 years ago; so it has a really unique taste to it.

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