Soft boiled egg mixed with olive oil and za’atar for a delicious bite!
Fish is a wonderfully healthy food we should enjoy more of. It’s low in fat, high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin D, the list goes on. I highly recommend eating fish for good health several times a week. This recipe is a good option to have in your repertoire alongside oven-baked, pan-fried, or poached…
A cucumber and mint yogurt is a must in any mezze! Wow! What a flavor. A flavor that goes along with so many foods, from meats to savory bread and rice dishes. My favorite is always the mellow taste of sheepâ€™s yogurt, but any plain yogurt will do. I do not like flavored yogurts, mainly because they are usually full…
Known in the Arab world as tahinia, tahini sauce is a huge staple, added to many types of sandwiches in the region.
Why is Vermont maple syrup better than all the rest? Because it holds itself to a higher standard than is required from them.
I don’t know if you can beat a freshly made falafel wrap in the morning, with freshly fried falafel.
There is a certain memory that comes to mind when I eat this homemade flatbread from when I was a kid at school during lunch. It was common that we brought our own food given the schools did not provide any meals. My mother would often send me to school with a pita sandwich filled…
There is nothing as good or satisfying as homemade hummus, served at your very own kitchen table.
Just like sun-dried tomatoes, a homemade tomato paste can be a wonderful thing to behold.
Cream cheese stuffed peppers are lovely in so many ways, with so many different peppers.
This has to be one of my very favorite meals in the world, dolmades is of course the Greek name most people know.
A fattoush salad is sensational with almost any meal, some might think this to be an exaggeration, but not in my eyes!
Sauteed mushrooms and onions are a wonderful combination that are a wonderful addition to so many foods.
Eggs and potatoes cooked in a skillet make the most satisfying breakfast, in the style of a shakshuka.
One of my favorite fish is salmon, raw or cooked in fact, and this lemon salmon recipe is amazing.
Is it possible to make tasty meatballs without breadcrumbs? It certainly is!
When I am in the mood for an outstanding dessert, I always go for my to die for carrot cake.
I love hot peppers, one of the best ways to preserve them and their heat is by drying – here is how to dry peppers.
Looking to use white wine in your cooking but not sure where to begin?
Buckwheat is a relatively unknown food for many, but one you’ll be glad you tried.
Vanilla Macarons are delicious little desserts that melt in your mouth.
I love olive oil, and I consume a large amount of it every year! Here are my recommendations for the best olive oil brands in the world.
When a recipe calls for a cheesecloth but you haven’t got one – what can you use instead as cheesecloth substitutes?
How to soften cream cheese is a good thing to learn, especially if you are into making cheesecake.
Raw sesame seeds are great too, but there is no substitute for the roasted variety.
You can pickle just about anything, but okra lends itself particularly well to this preparation. Nice and crisp, pickled okra!
Pay attention to how to make fermented garlic because once you taste this wonderful food you will want to make it for yourself.
You may never have encountered the combination of sausage and cream cheese before, but cream cheese sausage balls are delicious.
Booza is the predecessor to modern ice cream the way we are familiar with it today.
Adana kebab has to be my very favorite kebab preparation. It is delicious, and has been adopted as a Middle Eastern delight!
If you are ever looking for a nice healthy treat for yourself, here is how to make banana chips.
Almonds are some of my favorite nuts, so let me show you how to blanch almonds.
Not everyone is necessarily familiar with this vegetable, but in my opinion it is a good one to have on hand.
An egg wash on a pastry will make the pastry stand out and shine, showing off your work.
A hummus platter is such an easy thing to put together, it creates a mini mezze in a jiffy.
Maqluba means ‘upside down’ being a one pot dish that when done is flipped over on a big plate.
Pairing the deep taste of garlic in this labneh recipe creates the perfect partnership.
Pita chips are a wonderful innovation created for dipping and crunching on.
Sold in supermarkets, but making your own beats anything store bought.
Cranberry stuffing is by far my favorite kind of stuffing at Thanksgiving, and a must for my table.
There is nothing quite like pickled cucumbers to deliver sheer excitement of flavor to your mouth. Fermentation is life!
This beautiful shortbread dessert in the form of lovely cinnamon cookies will leave you asking for more.
No Christmas is complete without some kind of festive Christmas salad, and this is a good one.
I’m a huge fan of this honey cake recipe! The desserts in the Middle East are quite varied in nature. From the incredibly sweet to ones with the slightest hint of sweetness, and of course everything in between. The use of cheese, nuts, semolina, honey, shredded wheat, simple syrup is widespread. This allows for a…
What herb substitutes can you use while staying as close to the original flavor as possible? Here’s a full list with the most common herbs!
I never thought that there would be 50 types of basil to add to your cooking, or even to grow in your herb garden.
When I need warming up on those cold, wet or snowy days, Ghormeh Sabzi comes to mind immediately.
This roast lamb just falls off the bone, giving you a juicy and luscious meal!
Sometimes it is nice to have a different kind bread, and that is where semolina bread is a great alternative.
These mini “Arab Pizzas” are perfect for parties and gatherings!
Orange juice cake is a very quick and simple way to make a very tasty cake.
When we consider fresh vs dried herbs in our cooking, it is usually because we are searching for the best flavors.
Sumac onions add the finishing touch to so many dishes, especially meat and chicken cooked on the grill.
Country fried chicken made well is a comfort food for many around the world. The most popular fast food outlets globally are those that serve fried chicken.
Shish Barak consists of meat dumplings cooked in a yogurt stew. A comfort food for many in the Middle East, it is very similar to tortellini in shape and size.
The tomato is a wonderful thing with so many uses, so in this post I thought I would show you how to make homemade tomato passata.
When you first look at the Koshari recipe, it appears to be a hodgepodge of different ingredients.
Jerusalem is a city that has been around for a long, long time, and I’m going to wager Jerusalem Salad has been around even longer.
With all the splendor, and show-stopping appearance of a special occasion dish, a Mushroom Wellington will always deliver.
Rice stuffed chicken is a wonderful dish with tons of flavors and textures to satisfy any palate.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love bread of every kind and Tuscan bread is no exception.
There are so many ways to make kebab, and kofta kebab is one that you definitely need in your wheelhouse as a chef.
Across the Middle East a simple salad known as shepherd salad is common to many countries, Arab speaking and otherwise.
Blueberries are some of the best fruit ever, this recipe will show you how to make easy blueberry muffins.
There are very few things better in life than a good homemade chocolate cake.
A slice of bruschetta pizza in one hand, and a glass of chilled white wine in the other. Sounds like a little bit of heaven to me!
Foul Mudammas is a stew of cooked fava beans normally enjoyed at breakfast.
A marvelously appetizing recipe that gives you vegetables in the morning along with your eggs.
This Eggplant and Goat Cheese Flatbread is quickly becoming one of my favorite recipes! It’s safe to say that I love bread. Regardless of how it arrives on my plate, or in my hand, as long as it makes its way to my mouth. I love it! Bread is a miracle to behold. Flour, water,…
50 States. 50 Weeks. 50 Dishes. Discovering American food one State at a time.
Lamb burgers are an extremely popular choice for burgers in the Middle East.
A Middle Eastern take on fried okra. This tender and crunchy side dish will spice up any meal!
Sponge candy is a delicate, light toffee candy that will be a hit with your friends and family.
My beef shawarma recipe allows you to make this beloved, and delicious street food at home.
Mujadara is a delicious warming dish of lentils, rice and crispy onions popular in the Middle East.
There are several vanilla extract substitutes that will work in a pinch, and will still provide nice flavor.
If you want a dessert that will make an impression then salted caramel macarons are for you.
What exactly is this delicious dark alternative?
All the refreshing flavor of mint packed into a steaming cup of tea.
What I do know is that I consume a huge amount of olive oil, but let’s take a look at avocado oil vs olive oil.
I will never forget the smell of my mother making us sourdough cinnamon rolls when I was a kid.
Malfouf is cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and meat, creating an explosion of flavor delivered directly to your mouth!
To celebrate Veganuary, I decided to make a vegan version of one of my favorite dips.
Popular right across the Mediterranean, this shish kabob recipe is the traditional preparation with a marinade for this timeless meal.
The oven roasted cauliflower combined with spices and yogurt delivers a refreshingly spicy taste to the mouth that revels in the intricacy of the flavors of the dish.
An unusual stew cooked in yogurt, giving it a twist like no other.
Knafeh is an amazing thing to behold, and like no other dessert I know. Made far and wide right around the world, Knafeh is something you definitely want to try.
Halloumi is one of my favorite cheeses but have you ever wondered exactly what is halloumi cheese?
Batata Harra is a wonderful addition to any mezze, with its combination of crunch and heat from the pepper, it really is to die for.
Tabouli salad is definitely a staple of the Levantian kitchen, made slightly differently from country to country.
Shakshuka, the one pan breakfast that is easy to make and tastes delicious!
Cabbage salad is a favorite in my house! Just like its name implies, this is a salad using raw cabbage as one the main ingredients.
This will ensure you get the most out of cooking and baking, and being sure foods are done.
Not only does turmeric have a long list of health benefits, it also enhances the color, smell and taste of any recipe it is added to.
This oven roasted eggplant recipe is sure to become your go to method for its simplicity.
Out of the many cookbooks I’ve read, ‘The Palestinian Table’ captures the essence, culinary heritage and history of the Palestinian people.
I am a big fan of natural style rice so I’m going to show you how to cook black rice – one of my favorites!
Kibbeh Nayeh, most often known as a Lebanese dish, is one of those foods that’s like Marmite, you either love it or hate it.
A wonderful twist on baking fish, that will definitely get people talking!
Tomato, za’atar, olives, feta cheese, all brought together on a crunchy bit of toast, explodes with flavor in your mouth.
Pomegranate molasses gives this salad a refreshing and unique flavor!