Hello My Feasting Friends! Ask people from any Middle Eastern country where Baklava originated, and they will all claim to have invented this popular dessert. It is widely believed however, that the Assyrians at around 8th century B.C. were the first people who put together the concept of chopped nuts between layers of thin bread…… Continue reading 30 Minute Baklava Recipe!
The weather is still freezing (even by California standards), but as we get closer to spring, I tend to crave warm yet light meals that will energize me throughout the busy days. Shorbat addas, otherwise known as lentil soup in Arabic, is perfect because the soup is hearty and comforting, yet doesn’t make your feel…… Continue reading Lowcarb Za’atar Rolls and Adas (Lentil Soup) – A comforting Vegetarian Feast!
There is a fun element in vegan cooking that you just don’t get with meat based dishes. You get to tap into the fruits and vegetables of the season, and think of using them in creative and fanciful ways to appeal to the whole family. You can even get children engaged in vegan cooking by…… Continue reading Middle Eastern Lentil Lettuce Cups with Butternut Squash & Tahini Dipping Sauce
In PART III of my Pomegranate Molasses Series, I focus on dessert! Growing up, did you ever eat that throwback ice cream pie that had hideous ingredients in it like Cool Whip and Jello? When I got older and realized what Jello and Cool Whip were made of, I vowed never to eat that junk…… Continue reading Strawberry Pomegranate Molasses Ice Cream Pie (Yeah it’s a Mouthful)
In PART I of my pomegranate molasses series, I shared with you my recipe for a quick and easy vegan bulgur pilaf with pomegranate molasses dressing. While that can be a main dish for most vegans, I know the carnivores be asking me: “Where the protein at?” Thankfully the protein is just as quick and…… Continue reading Pomegranate Series Part II: Molasses Glazed Chicken
Sometimes, the time spent cooking with loved ones is just as gratifying as eating the final dish. I don’t think there has ever been a time when my “baby” brother hasn’t made me bust a gut laughing so hard, so it’s no wonder this artichoke video turned out to be a bit um….unconventional for a…… Continue reading Garlicky Herb Roasted Artichokes
My love affair with Layali Lubnan began when I was 10 years old. My mother brought me along with her to a bridal shower, and to be honest the endless conversations and gift opening of fine china bored me to tears. However, the lavish dessert table I eyed in the corner of the room redeemed…… Continue reading Layali Lubnan- “Lebanese Nights” Semolina Custard with Rose Flower Water
These buttery shortbread cookies seem to appear in various parts of the Middle East with different names. Throughout the Arab world they are known as Ghraybeh, shaped either as the letter ‘S’ or as a diamond. In Greece these are known as Kourabiedes. In Armenia they are known as Kourabia. When my husband was a…… Continue reading Ghraybeh- Arabic Shortbread Cookies (S Cookies)
There is a tiny Palestinian village called An’arreeck, where a famous dish called Musakhan originated. Musakhan means “warmed” or “heated” in Arabic. It’s a gorgeous dish of roasted chicken baked on bread topped with caramelized onions and toasted pine nuts. To this day you can find older women baking the bread in a “taboun” or…… Continue reading Easter Menu: Musakhan- Palestinian Chicken Made Easy!
Hello Everyone, how are you all doing? I am still recovering from the insanity of the Christmas and New Year’s season–I am sort of in hibernation mode 😉 With the incessant California rain I thought it would be a good time to share with you my experience at the Rumi Awards! I was excited to be…… Continue reading The Rumi Awards! And other updates