You can pickle just about anything, but okra lends itself particularly well to this preparation. Nice and crisp, pickled okra!
When you feel like something spicy and cheesy try these cheesy buffalo chicken stuffed peppers.
Raw sesame seeds are great too, but there is no substitute for the roasted variety.
If you want a dessert that will make an impression then salted caramel macarons are for you.
A cup of coffee along with a generous slice of an orange chocolate cake, and one’s worries tend to slip away.
A fattoush salad is sensational with almost any meal, some might think this to be an exaggeration, but not in my eyes!
Chicken wings are a wonderful way to eat chicken with lots of different topping choices, and these salt and vinegar wings are no exception.
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.
There is nothing quite like pickled cucumbers to deliver sheer excitement of flavor to your mouth. Fermentation is life!
This Lazy Cake is definitely worth the not so extra effort to make!
It doesn’t get much purer or simpler than a recipe of harissa paste to delight your taste buds.
Halloumi is one of my favorite cheeses but have you ever wondered exactly what is halloumi cheese?
Lemon garlic chicken is a very common marinade, and flavoring, in the Middle East. The most popular way of flavoring and cooking chicken.
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.
Sumac onions add the finishing touch to so many dishes, especially meat and chicken cooked on the grill.
Making bread has to be one of the most satisfying things so I want to show you how to make homemade bread.
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.
Mujadara is a delicious warming dish of lentils, rice and crispy onions popular in the Middle East.
Scallions vs green onions – what’s the difference between them anyway? I explain all in this handy quick guide!
The simplicity and amazing taste of this red lentil soup recipe makes all the difference when making this dish.
The lamb breast is one of the lesser known cuts of lamb, but can be one of tastiest.
Sauteed mushrooms and onions are a wonderful combination that are a wonderful addition to so many foods.
This homemade spicy cayenne pepper sauce rivals any store bought pepper hot sauce you can find on the market.
These Lebanese desserts are shared in all the Arab countries of the Levant.
There are so many ways to make kebab, and kofta kebab is one that you definitely need in your wheelhouse as a chef.
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.
Qatayef is definitely one of the loveliest desserts from the Middle East. The recipe is a bit fiddly, but definitely worth making at home.
Musakhan is the national dish of Palestine, and it is as tasty as it is unique.
This has to be one of my very favorite meals in the world, dolmades is of course the Greek name most people know.
No matter if you call it halva or hallawa you are talking about a delicious sesame dessert.
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.
Sourdough English Muffins are one of the tastiest breakfast breads in my opinion, unique and delicious.
Labneh is more a cheese, and less of a yogurt, but still a lovely culinary experience.
Nothing like a good chicken pomodoro to remind you of how well the Italians like to eat.
These mini “Arab Pizzas” are perfect for parties and gatherings!
Lamb and mutton: what is the difference, and is one better than the other?
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!
Eggs and potatoes cooked in a skillet make the most satisfying breakfast, in the style of a shakshuka.
If you are ever looking for a wonderful addition to a dessert, then milk jam is what you are after.
Tabouli salad is definitely a staple of the Levantian kitchen, made slightly differently from country to country.
Arab people tend to be big fans of Indian food, not so different from most people around the world.
Booza is the predecessor to modern ice cream the way we are familiar with it today.
Popular right across the Mediterranean, this shish kabob recipe is the traditional preparation with a marinade for this timeless meal.
Tiger bread is easily recognized for its distinctive and unique crust.
Basbousa is dessert made from coarse semolina, and means small kiss in Arabic.
This homemade pita bread is simple to make and better than anything you can buy in the store.
An easy to follow Kaak recipe. Fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside, smothered in roasted sesame seeds. What’s not to like?
Sahlab is the name of a lovely and comforting warm creamy winter drink in the Middle East.
Known in the Arab world as tahinia, tahini sauce is a huge staple, added to many types of sandwiches in the region.
Foul Mudammas is a stew of cooked fava beans normally enjoyed at breakfast.
Add the taste of the Middle East to your cooking with my simple Seven Spices mix!
What comes to my mind when I think of chicken shawarma is one of the finest shawarma sandwiches ever made!
Couscous vs quinoa, two powerful foods that can hold their own as part of any meal.
Sometimes our gravy doesn’t come out how we would like, so here is how to thicken gravy the easy way.
Shakshuka, the one pan breakfast that is easy to make and tastes delicious!
Historically lobster is an expensive seafood, so alternatives are welcome, like this Poor Man’s Lobster.
Pomegranate molasses gives this salad a refreshing and unique flavor!
Out of all of the many recipes I make, I love Maqluba the most for its simplicity and flavor.
There is nothing as good or satisfying as homemade hummus, served at your very own kitchen table.
Mansaf is definitely a unique dish in so many ways, from its ingredients to the way it tastes.
When a recipe calls for a cheesecloth but you haven’t got one – what can you use instead as cheesecloth substitutes?
One of the incredible street foods of the Middle Eastern world, this falafel recipe is the authentic one to try.
A comprehensive collection of conversion tables you’ll need when cooking.
You can’t beat a delicious, nourishing Baba Ganoush in your mezze!
These Lebanese grilled beef kebabs are perfect for entertaining all year round.
Buttermilk can add a lot to your baking; here’s how to make a decent buttermilk substitute when you have none.
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.
An egg pudding that will remind you of a delicious creme caramel with its depth of richness and flavor.
This garlic soup is one that everyone has to eat. 100 cloves of garlic can pack a powerful punch!
Roasting hazelnuts enhances their flavor and gives them a lovely crunch.
In which country should you let people feed you? Or where should you get naked? Find out with these 15 fascinating cultural differences!
With all the splendor, and show-stopping appearance of a special occasion dish, a Mushroom Wellington will always deliver.
Looking for a healthy and tastier alternative to traditional sausage on your breakfast?
Ready to try your hand at some Middle Eastern recipes? Here’s a guide to all the Middle Eastern spices you’ll need!
Want to make delicious sourdough? You’ll need a starter!
No Christmas is complete without some kind of festive Christmas salad, and this is a good one.
Breaded mushrooms can be delicious – crunchy on the outside, with a lovely mushroom on the inside.
Enjoy the national dish of Saudi Arabia.
This beautiful shortbread dessert in the form of lovely cinnamon cookies will leave you asking for more.
Baklawa (Baklava) is a wonderful dessert that when made well will just melt in your mouth.
When we consider fresh vs dried herbs in our cooking, it is usually because we are searching for the best flavors.
This humble spinach pie from the Middle East is anything but ordinary.
From rye bread to a loaf filled with dried fruit, to a soda bread, they all bring something to the table.
Pumpkin custard pie is such the perfect Thanksgiving dessert to have any time of year!
Keep your zucchini fresher for longer by freezing it. Let me show you the best way to do it!
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!
Cranberry stuffing is by far my favorite kind of stuffing at Thanksgiving, and a must for my table.
Sponge candy is a delicate, light toffee candy that will be a hit with your friends and family.
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.
An egg wash on a pastry will make the pastry stand out and shine, showing off your work.
There are very few things better in life than a good homemade chocolate cake.
All the refreshing flavor of mint packed into a steaming cup of tea.
Buckwheat is a relatively unknown food for many, but one you’ll be glad you tried.
Roasted garlic hummus is one of my very favorite ways of making hummus.
Roasted walnuts can be found in a variety of recipes when an extra crunch is required.
Baking lamb chops in the oven is the best way to seal in all the goodness and flavor!
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.
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.
Malfouf is cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and meat, creating an explosion of flavor delivered directly to your mouth!
When you first look at the Koshari recipe, it appears to be a hodgepodge of different ingredients.
Sage tea is something I remember from childhood. Anytime someone had a stomach ache they would be given it to drink.
Orange juice cake is a very quick and simple way to make a very tasty cake.
Only a few dishes come to mind when you think about Arab grilled meats, and shish tawook is a favorite.
You know what I’m talking about, a buttery flaky crust on a slice of pie, get it right and it’s heaven.
Pizza crust is always such a wonderful tasting food, but wait until you try sourdough pizza crust.
One of my favorite fish is salmon, raw or cooked in fact, and this lemon salmon recipe is amazing.
If you have ever wondered how to peel a pomegranate, follow my guide and you’ll become an expert.
Cream cheese stuffed peppers are lovely in so many ways, with so many different peppers.
Sometimes it is nice to have a different kind bread, and that is where semolina bread is a great alternative.
How to soften cream cheese is a good thing to learn, especially if you are into making cheesecake.
Blueberries are some of the best fruit ever, this recipe will show you how to make easy blueberry muffins.
When you make Lebanese garlic sauce, you will be making one of the most popular recipes in the Middle East.
If you are ever looking for a nice healthy treat for yourself, here is how to make banana chips.
I remember as a child how delighted I’d be when my mother made us cornbread muffins.
Adana kebab has to be my very favorite kebab preparation. It is delicious, and has been adopted as a Middle Eastern delight!
Cashews are a wonderful nut in all kinds of foods, especially when roasted.
One of the most traditional Arabic dishes is rice, and Lebanese rice is one of the most traditional.
Once you know how to dry basil, you’ve got on of the most important herbs needed in your kitchen.
Sometimes you want something special to eat, like this melt in your mouth chicken recipe.
Lucky for us there are so many types of cheese in the world to enjoy.
Artichokes are very tasty regardless of how they are cooked, but I especially like fried artichoke hearts.
One of the things that can make all the difference on a dessert is a garnish like candied lemon slices.
I love hot peppers, one of the best ways to preserve them and their heat is by drying – here is how to dry peppers.
Molokhia is a deep green leafy vegetable that is used to make this delicious stew.
The first time I made Dutch oven bread, I was overwhelmed with how well the bread turned out.
Harira soup is a wonderful combination of meat, broth, vegetables, and spices with a tomato base.
If you want a treat that is gluten free and still delicious, look no further than these almond flour brownies.
Fennel is one of those herbs that perplexes people so in this post I will show you how to cut fennel.
Dynamite shrimp, made with a crunchy batter, and smothered in creamy spiciness and a bold flavor.
I don’t know if you can beat a freshly made falafel wrap in the morning, with freshly fried falafel.
This is a superfood grain that is easy to cook and is delicious.
When you are in the mood for a good vegetarian meal, eggplant meatballs are sure to fit the bill.
You’d be surprised about just how many dishes you can use cilantro garlic sauce in.
Lamb is a very common meat consumed in Middle Eastern cooking so I thought I’d share the different lamb cuts.
A hummus platter is such an easy thing to put together, it creates a mini mezze in a jiffy.
A slice of bruschetta pizza in one hand, and a glass of chilled white wine in the other.
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.
There is nothing like watermelon feta salad to let you know summer is finally here.
This BBQ shrimp recipe is great for one of those beautiful days when a barbecue is a must.
Garlic herb butter has to be one of the most amazing flavorings that has ever come along in the world.
Wild oregano is what makes za’atar and what gives it its distinctive flavor; this is how to dry oregano.
Just like sun-dried tomatoes, a homemade tomato paste can be a wonderful thing to behold.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love bread of every kind and Tuscan bread is no exception.
Almonds are some of my favorite nuts, so let me show you how to blanch almonds.
For a very nice gluten free dessert, try this almond flour peanut butter cookies recipe.
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!
I will never forget the smell of my mother making us sourdough cinnamon rolls when I was a kid.
What exactly is this delicious dark alternative?
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.
Upgrade your lunches with this authentic sourdough sandwich bread recipe.
Muhammara is a deliciously spicy mezze dip made from roasted red peppers.
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.
A popular breakfast all over the world is the simple egg, so what is the best pan for eggs?
Maamoul is a Middle Eastern date filled cookie that is popular around Ramadan.
Sumac spice is common in Middle Eastern cooking, but what exactly is it? Let me show you how to use this delicious flavor in your cooking.
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.
Vanilla Macarons are delicious little desserts that melt in your mouth.
I never thought that there would be 50 types of basil to add to your cooking, or even to grow in your herb garden.
This beef shawarma recipe will allow you to make this beloved and delicious street food at home.
Frozen spinach is something I often use for cooking and so I thought I would share with you how to freeze spinach.
The nectar of the gods or as close to it as you can get anyway, how is maple syrup made?
Whether you’re allergic to peanuts or just break out, don’t panic as there is always a peanut oil substitute.
Across the Middle East a simple salad known as shepherd salad is common to many countries, Arab speaking and otherwise.
Chicken wings are a favorite all around the world! Let me show you the best way to reheat these morsels of goodness.
Almond flour biscuits are a really good option for a gluten free diet.
In cooking, we use a variety of oil and vinegar, and they each have their own unique uses.
I am really very fond of Baladi Cookbook, which translates as my country, and is the second cookbook by the very talented Joudie Kalla.
Pay attention to how to make fermented garlic because once you taste this wonderful food you will want to make it for yourself.
When I am in the mood for an outstanding dessert, I always go for my to die for carrot cake.
Why is Vermont maple syrup better than all the rest? Because it holds itself to a higher standard than is required from them.
To celebrate Veganuary, I decided to make a vegan version of one of my favorite dips.
When I need warming up on those cold, wet or snowy days, Ghormeh Sabzi comes to mind immediately.
50 States. 50 Weeks. 50 Dishes. Discovering American food one State at a time.
Is it possible to make tasty meatballs without breadcrumbs? It certainly is!
Not sure where to start with Key West bike rentals? This guide has you covered, from rentals to bike safety.
This will ensure you get the most out of cooking and baking, and being sure foods are done.
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…
Looking to use white wine in your cooking but not sure where to begin?
Sourdough biscuits are one of those foods that I love. Many of us have a favorite memory of our treasured biscuit moment.
Create the most delicious pizza dough using olive oil.
Ceramic is by far my favorite cookware to use. These 5 tried-and-tested sets are ones I recommend!
Flavored olive oils are a delicious addition to any home chef’s kitchen.
Heading to wine country in Michigan? Don’t miss these perfectly tailored Traverse City wine tours!
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!
There’s no tastier vegetable side dish than roasted beets!
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.
Enhance your salad with nutty burghul and you won’t be disappointed!
Looking for a cabin for your getaway to Asheville? Check out the 20 coziest cabins in Asheville NC!
Asheville isn’t the only local beers scene in North Carolina. Here are the best breweries in Wilmington NC that you need to try!
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!
Cauliflower is a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional rice. Today, I’ll show you my method for how to make cauliflower rice.
There is nothing like the meal that gives you that warm and happy feeling!
There’s nothing better than making your own healthy snacks. Here are my easy to follow steps for roasting your own pumpkin seeds!
Rice stuffed chicken is a wonderful dish with tons of flavors and textures to satisfy any palate.
Struggle with getting the perfect white rice? Follow my easy guide and learn how to cook white rice like a pro!
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.
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.
Musakhan in a wrap! Brilliant! All the flavors in one neat package!
Out of the many cookbooks I’ve read, ‘The Palestinian Table’ captures the essence, culinary heritage and history of the Palestinian people.
Pairing the deep taste of garlic in this labneh recipe creates the perfect partnership.
Calling all foodies! Here are the best resturants in Juneau Alaska.
A glass of wine, a piece of flatbread with herb butter equals heaven!
This roast lamb just falls off the bone, giving you a juicy and luscious meal!
A marvelously appetizing recipe that gives you vegetables in the morning along with your eggs.
Beets are such a wonderful vegetable that deserve to be center stage like they are in this cold beet salad.
This is one cookie dough you will want to keep in your freezer for whenever you want a fresh cookie!
Maybe this is why Egyptians are generally such happy people!
The sumac flavor makes this chicken casserole delightful!
A lovely layered dish that is full of the flavor of ground lamb!
The original comfort food! Perfect for warming the soul.
A full flavor tomato experience!
This eggplant salad is a dish to savor!
The combination of flavors is lovely especially given they are bundled in a rough puff pastry.
You will come to love this simple yet very tasty recipe. The foolproof breakfast frittata – try it, you’ll love it.
A wonderful twist on baking fish, that will definitely get people talking!
An unusual stew cooked in yogurt, giving it a twist like no other.
This vegetable tahini salad pops with the added flavor in the dressing. It’s an easy, flavorful, and nutrition packed dinner!
A Middle Eastern take on fried okra. This tender and crunchy side dish will spice up any meal!
The result of this recipe is a beautifully baked meal of succulent chicken with a huge amount of flavor. Dig in and enjoy!
Tomato, za’atar, olives, feta cheese, all brought together on a crunchy bit of toast, explodes with flavor in your mouth.
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.
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!
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.
Impress your friends and family with something new and distinctive, something delicious and memorable. Baked Kibbeh!
When you want something light, delicious, and spicy, there is no other way to go. This fills all the senses!
Everyone loves butter cookies, and these are no exception. Easy to make, and even easier to eat!
Manoushe, manakeesh, manoush, manakish, manaeesh, regardless of how you spell it phonetically it means one thing.
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.
Okra Stew is one of my very favorite meals. Known as bamia in Arabic. I love Okra, and I love how it is flavored and cooked to make this okra stew. Served with plain rice this recipe does it for me everytime. Okra is one of those foods that not everyone is necessarily familiar with….
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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,…
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…
Meat and potatoes, Arab style! Kofta is made up of ground lamb mixed with spices, garlic, parsley, tomato, and onion. It’s often cooked on skewers and is a type of kabob in the Levant. This lamb and tahini bake is an alternative method of cooking this wonderfully spiced meat. In many countries throughout the Middle…