هندبة بالزيت / Hindbeh bel zeit
Dandelions in oil
A cooked salad made with extra-virgin olive oil, crushed garlic, caramelized onions, coarsely chopped dandelion greens, lemon juice, and a dash of salt. Served garnished with pine nuts, lemon slices, and an extra topping of caramelized onions. (To reduce the bitterness of the dandelion greens they were first soaked in a large bowl of water then later boiled in a pot of water.)
Beverage: Spiced dandelion root coffee served with a splash of milk.
(The dandelion roots had been thoroughly cleaned and dried before they were coarsely ground up and roasted. The roasted grounds along with fresh ginger slices, cinnamon, anise, and honey were added to a pot of water and brought to a boil, then allowed to simmer and steep until it reached a dark, coffee-like color.)