For people who have a long tradition of believing that dishes without meat are not real food – in medieval times, such dishes were named muzawwarat (‘fake, simulated’) – it is not surprising to learn that such a healthy and delicious dish as dolma bil-zeit is not given the due attention it deserves. It is usually presented warm or cold as a side dish, or as mezze (small platters to be had with drinks). I myself can never have enough of it; it is deliciously succulent, and packed with goodness. Under refrigeration, it stays good for about 5 days. For vegetarians, I guarantee this dish is heaven.