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!
If you’re trying to watch your weight but still love steak, the leanest cuts of steak are for you. Let me show you how to make them tasty!
Roasting hazelnuts enhances their flavor and gives them a lovely crunch.
The first time I made Dutch oven bread, I was overwhelmed with how well the bread turned out.
What comes to my mind when I think of chicken shawarma is one of the finest shawarma sandwiches ever made!
It seems most cultures around the world have some form of creamy rice pudding, and not only one type of rice pudding, but many. The thing I like about this particular recipe is the subtlety of flavors and a very creamy rice pudding. I cook it much like one would when making a risotto, with…
I love this one pot chicken recipe. Sometimes it’s nice to just pile all your ingredients into one pot, put it in the oven for an hour, and be done with it. Nice and easy.
Struggle with getting the perfect white rice? Follow my easy guide and learn how to cook white rice like a pro!
Arab people tend to be big fans of Indian food, not so different from most people around the world.
This homemade spicy cayenne pepper sauce rivals any store bought pepper hot sauce you can find on the market.
Only a few dishes come to mind when you think about Arab grilled meats, and shish tawook is a favorite.
Maybe this is why Egyptians are generally such happy people!
Breaded mushrooms can be delicious – crunchy on the outside, with a lovely mushroom on the inside.
Spices, nuts, seeds…dukkah is a little bit of all of that in one bite, that was first invented, and mixed by the Ancient Egyptians.
When you want something light, delicious, and spicy, there is no other way to go. This fills all the senses!
When you are in the mood for a good vegetarian meal, eggplant meatballs are sure to fit the bill.
When you want to add an extra touch to a dessert, try candied orange slices for an added bit of sophistication.
Chicken wings are a favorite all around the world! Let me show you the best way to reheat these morsels of goodness.
With an ancient and delicious herb at its center, this zaatar salad is a blend of local ingredients that will give your diners something new and different to enjoy.
Vinegar based bbq sauce is a very North Carolina thing that goes back a very long way when making pulled pork or grilled chicken.
The thing about this milk pudding recipe that I like is that it is a dessert that is understated when well made. Not very sweet, with a hint of rose water as a flavor and a rich custardy texture, it is a better version of creme caramel in my opinion. When topped with crushed pistachios it’s…
There’s nothing better than making your own healthy snacks. Here are my easy to follow steps for roasting your own pumpkin seeds!
Enjoy the national dish of Saudi Arabia.
Easily one of the tastiest mixes of herbs and spices you’ll eat when you are in the Arab world. Za’atar will wow you!
The simplicity and amazing taste of this red lentil soup recipe makes all the difference when making this dish.
An easy to follow Kaak recipe. Fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside, smothered in roasted sesame seeds. What’s not to like?
Baking lamb chops in the oven is the best way to seal in all the goodness and flavor!
This Lazy Cake is definitely worth the not so extra effort to make!
Sourdough biscuits are one of those foods that I love. Many of us have a favorite memory of our treasured biscuit moment.
Artichokes are very tasty regardless of how they are cooked, but I especially like fried artichoke hearts.
Everyone loves butter cookies, and these are no exception. Easy to make, and even easier to eat!
Upgrade your lunches with this authentic sourdough sandwich bread recipe. Great with nearly anything, this bread recipe is lovely.
Sourdough English Muffins are one of the tastiest breakfast breads in my opinion, unique and delicious.
Laban immo literally translates from the Arabic as ‘his mother’s milk’ reflecting on the cooking method.
Impress your friends and family with something new and distinctive, something delicious and memorable. Baked Kibbeh!
Two ingredients that compliment one another really well, with all the subtleties of their flavors. The simplest dishes can be the best.
One of the most traditional Arabic dishes is rice, and Lebanese rice is one of the most traditional.
You know what I’m talking about, a buttery flaky crust on a slice of pie, get it right and it’s heaven.
Mansaf is definitely a unique dish in so many ways, from its ingredients to the way it tastes.
These Lebanese desserts are shared in all the Arab countries of the Levant.
A comprehensive collection of conversion tables you’ll need when cooking.
If you want a treat that is gluten free and still delicious, look no further than these almond flour brownies.
Active dry yeast vs instant yeast – what are the differences? Anyone who knows me knows that I love bread, like I really love bread, and consider yeast a friend because it, along with gluten, allows for bread to be as good as it is! The answer is really very little. It comes down to…
Burghul, also known as bulgur wheat, is made of partially boiled, dried and ground wheat.
This humble spinach pie from the Middle East is anything but ordinary.
This is one cookie dough you will want to keep in your freezer for whenever you want a fresh cookie!
Baklawa (Baklava) is a wonderful dessert that when made well will just melt in your mouth.
Nothing like a good chicken pomodoro to remind you of how well the Italians like to eat.
You can’t beat a delicious, nourishing Baba Ganoush in your mezze!
Cauliflower is a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional rice. Today, I’ll show you my method for how to make cauliflower rice.
Dynamite shrimp, made with a crunchy batter, and smothered in creamy spiciness and a bold flavor.
Garlic herb butter has to be one of the most amazing flavorings that has ever come along in the world.
With a combination of smell, warmth, crunch, and softness all hitting your senses at once in a way that is hard to replicate with any other food, this bread is a winner!
In which country should you let people feed you? Or where should you get naked? Find out with these 15 fascinating cultural differences!
This is a superfood grain that is easy to cook and is delicious.
Scallions vs green onions – what’s the difference between them anyway? I explain all in this handy quick guide!
It doesn’t get much purer or simpler than a recipe of harissa paste to delight your taste buds.
When you feel like something spicy and cheesy try these cheesy buffalo chicken stuffed peppers.
If you are ever looking for a wonderful addition to a dessert, then milk jam is what you are after.
For a very nice gluten free dessert, try this almond flour peanut butter cookies recipe.
Ceramic is by far my favorite cookware to use. These 5 tried-and-tested sets are ones I recommend!
Tiger bread is easily recognized for its distinctive and unique crust.
Sage tea is something I remember from childhood. Anytime someone had a stomach ache they would be given it to drink.
Olive oil pizza dough is my favorite kind of pizza dough to make because it’s moist and crunchy! Let me show you how easy it is!
This vegetable tahini salad pops with the added flavor in the dressing. It’s an easy, flavorful, and nutrition packed dinner!
When you make Lebanese garlic sauce, you will be making one of the most popular recipes in the Middle East.
An egg pudding that will remind you of a delicious creme caramel with its depth of richness and flavor.
Making bread has to be one of the most satisfying things so I want to show you how to make homemade bread.
There’s no tastier vegetable side dish than roasted beets!
Once you know how to dry basil, you’ve got on of the most important herbs needed in your kitchen.
One of the things that can make all the difference on a dessert is a garnish like candied lemon slices.
Want to make delicious sourdough? You’ll need a starter!
In this quick quide, I’ll show you how to make potato salad as well as sharing with you my favorite potato salad recipe that I use!
Sometimes you want something special to eat, like this melt in your mouth chicken recipe.
Pure lemon extract is one of those things in cooking that makes a difference and yet not everyone can put their finger on what it is.
The result of this recipe is a beautifully baked meal of succulent chicken with a huge amount of flavor. Dig in and enjoy!
Almond flour biscuits are a really good option for a gluten free diet.
Harira soup is a wonderful combination of meat, broth, vegetables, and spices with a tomato base.
If you have ever wondered how to peel a pomegranate, follow my guide and you’ll become an expert.
When you are in the mood to jazz up your dessert, just add a strawberry coulis and your dessert will immediately go from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Keep your zucchini fresher for longer by freezing it. Let me show you the best way to do it!
Basbousa is dessert made from coarse semolina, and means small kiss in Arabic.
Musakhan is the national dish of Palestine, and it is as tasty as it is unique.
The original comfort food! Perfect for warming the soul.
Muhammara is a deliciously spicy mezze dip made from roasted red peppers.
Looking for a healthy and tastier alternative to traditional sausage on your breakfast?
No matter if you call it halva or hallawa you are talking about a delicious sesame dessert.
Lamb, potato and tahini bake is simply meat and potatoes, Arab style!
A full flavor tomato experience!
Wild oregano is what gives za’atar its distinctive flavor; here is how to dry oregano.
Add the taste of the Middle East to your cooking with my simple Seven Spices mix!
Cashews are a wonderful nut in all kinds of foods, especially when roasted.
The lamb breast is one of the lesser known cuts of lamb, but can be one of tastiest.
The combination of flavors is lovely especially given they are bundled in a rough puff pastry.
Sometimes our gravy doesn’t come out how we would like, so here is how to thicken gravy the easy way.
Manoushe, manakeesh, manoush, manakish, manaeesh, regardless of how you spell it phonetically it means one thing.
Frozen spinach is something I often use for cooking and so I thought I would share with you how to freeze spinach.
Molokhia is a deep green leafy vegetable that is used to make this delicious stew.
Roasted garlic hummus is one of my very favorite ways of making hummus.
A moist cake is something that most of us have tasted at some point in our lives, usually leaving us wanting more.
This BBQ shrimp recipe is great for one of those beautiful days when a barbecue is a must.
The dark red sumac spice is a common flavoring used in a lot of Middle Eastern countries. Let me show you how to use it.
A glass of wine, a piece of flatbread with herb butter equals heaven!
Fig jam on a nice piece of toast, with or without butter is one of the purest ways to eat this delightful food.
Mottos are a great way to create ‘signposts’ that remind, inspire and challenge us as we make our way towards the things we want out of our lives.
Roasted walnuts can be found in a variety of recipes when an extra crunch is required.
There is nothing like the meal that gives you that warm and happy feeling!
Qatayef is definitely one of the loveliest desserts from the Middle East. The recipe is a bit fiddly, but definitely worth making at home.
This garlic soup is one that everyone has to eat. 100 cloves of garlic can pack a powerful punch!
Sliders became a lovely new way of eating something that was no longer a whole meal on its own. Try these for something delicious!
Flavored olive oils are a delicious addition to any home chef’s kitchen.
You’d be surprised about just how many dishes you can use cilantro garlic sauce in. This sauce is creamy and delicious!
Labneh is more a cheese, and less of a yogurt, but still a lovely culinary experience.
The nectar of the gods or as close to it as you can get anyway, how is maple syrup made?
There is nothing like a good homemade pizza sauce recipe to enhance the flavors of your chosen toppings.
You will come to love this simple yet very tasty recipe. The foolproof breakfast frittata – try it, you’ll love it.
Beets are such a wonderful vegetable that deserve to be center stage like they are in this cold beet salad.
Pine nuts are one of the most delicious nuts you can find out there in the world of nuts. Often used as a garnish to finish a dish.
This is a lovely and hearty Middle Eastern lentil soup. When I think of soup this is the one that first comes to mind. The defining flavor in this recipe comes from the cumin. Believe it or not cumin is part of the parsley family. Native to the Mediterranean area and east to India, it…
Buttermilk can add a lot to your baking; here’s how to make a decent buttermilk substitute when you have none.
Musakhan in a wrap! Brilliant! All the flavors in one neat package!
Sahlab is the name of a lovely and comforting warm creamy winter drink in the Middle East.
Whether you’re allergic to peanuts or just break out, don’t panic as there is always a peanut oil substitute.
In Arabic Ras El Hanout means “head of the shop”, and refers to a mixture of the best spices the merchant has to offer.
Garlic paste is a fantastic way to add a concentrated taste of garlic to your cooking. An important ingredient valued for its health benefits, garlic has long been prized for its widely varying flavors.
This eggplant salad is a dish to savor!
The sumac flavor makes this chicken casserole delightful!
Lucky for us there are so many types of cheese in the world to enjoy.
From rye bread to a loaf filled with dried fruit, to a soda bread, they all bring something to the table.
Fennel is one of those herbs that perplexes people so in this post I will show you how to cut fennel.
Lamb is a very common meat consumed in Middle Eastern cooking so I thought I’d share the different lamb cuts.
A cup of coffee along with a generous slice of an orange chocolate cake, and one’s worries tend to slip away.
A lovely layered dish that is full of the flavor of ground lamb!
Lamb and mutton: what is the difference, and is one better than the other?
Maamoul is a Middle Eastern date filled cookie that is popular around the holy month of Ramadan. Date or nut filling, you choose!
When was the last time you had a piece of homemade meatloaf?
Kibbeh is one of the stars of any Arab mezze with its lightly fried crust, and luscious filling of meat, onions and spices.
Pizza crust is always such a wonderful tasting food, but wait until you try sourdough pizza crust.
Ready to try your hand at some Middle Eastern recipes? Here’s a guide to all the Middle Eastern spices you’ll need!
You will taste a slice of heaven as you feel the outer crunch in your teeth followed by the soft salty, minty cheese flavor in your mouth.
These Lebanese grilled beef kebabs are perfect for entertaining all year round.
One of the incredible street foods of the Middle Eastern world, this falafel recipe is the authentic one to try.
Lemon garlic chicken is a very common marinade, and flavoring, in the Middle East. The most popular way of flavoring and cooking chicken.
Couscous vs quinoa, two powerful foods that can hold their own as part of any meal.
I remember as a child how delighted I’d be when my mother made us cornbread muffins.
This homemade pita bread is simple to make and better than anything you can buy in the store.
Chicken wings are a wonderful way to eat chicken with lots of different topping choices, and these salt and vinegar wings are no exception.
Before the discovery of yeast, the very first baked loaves in history were loaves of unleavened bread.
In cooking, we use a variety of oil and vinegar, and they each have their own unique uses.
Historically lobster is an expensive seafood, so alternatives are welcome, like this Poor Man’s Lobster.
Pumpkin custard pie is such the perfect Thanksgiving dessert to have any time of year!
There is nothing like watermelon feta salad to let you know summer is finally here.
Enhance your salad with nutty burghul and you won’t be disappointed!
Rose cupcakes are one of the illustrations of the skill set and artistry of the pastry chef. I’m going to teach you how to make these at home.