Syrian Ice Cream

Ingredients

•  9 cups plus ¼ cup whole milk, divided

•  1 cup heavy cream

•  4 medium pieces (about ¼ teaspoon) mastic gum (also called Arabic gum)

•   2½ cups sugar

•   5 teaspoons sahlab

•   ¾ teaspoon rose water

•   Chopped pistachios, for serving

Tabbouleh

Ingredients

3 large bunches of fresh parsley

¼ cup fine bulgur wheat

  Juice of 2 lemons

¼ cup chopped fresh mint

Green Beans Stew

Ingredients

•   2 lbs fresh green beans or 2 (16 ounce) packages frozen green beans

•   1 -1 1⁄2 lb lamb stew meat (or beef stew)

•   1 large chopped onion

•   3 -4 garlic cloves (crushed or minced fine)

•   2 cups water

Grilled Chicken with Spicy

Ingredients

    2.5 lbs. chicken

    2 tablespoons honey

    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

    1 tablespoons chili paste

Samaka Harra (Syrian Spiced Fish)

Ingredients

•  6 large garlic cloves, peeled

•  1 1/2 teaspoons salt

•  2 fresh red or green long chili peppers, seeded

•  1 small onion, cut into pieces

•  1 large ripe tomato (9 to 10 ounces), peeled and seeded

•  3 tablespoons tomato paste