Baklava

Baklava, or baklawa as it is known as in the Levant, is a staple Mediterranean dessert that can be found in Western Mediterranean countries such as Greece and Turkey to the Eastern Mediterranean in Lebanon and Palestine. Growing up, we often had it on our table for holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. It was not,…

Tahini, Lemon, and Cardamom Energy Bars

These bars are perfect to snack on while on the go or simply to enjoy on a quiet afternoon with a cup of tea. They are chewy, crunchy, and wholesome – the ultimate snack trifecta, in my opinion. Flavored with lemon, cinnamon, cardamom, and deliciously nutty tahini, you will get a burst of flavors with every…

Helba – Fenugreek Cake

Helba, which literally translates to ‘fenugreek,’ is a sweet, rich, and sticky Palestinian cake made with fenugreek seeds, semolina, and olive oil. The nutty seeds are simmered away until tender and then kneaded into the dough along with the water infused with their flavor. After baking, the cake is drizzled with a lemon sugar syrup…

Pumpkin Loaf Cake with Tahini Swirl

I have been posting many sweets lately and I promised myself that my next recipe post would be savory, but just a few days ago I experienced a revelation. And I knew that it would be difficult to keep it to myself – plus, it is the season for these types of indulgences after all. The combination of sweet…

Happy Holidays!

This is the time of year when we seek to keep our toes warm, our kitchens aromatic, and our homes full; full of laughter, full of love, and most importantly, full of our loved ones. It is a time that inspires people to wind down, relax, and share. And because giving is such a wonderful…

Flourless Peanut Butter and Tahini Cookies

Oh my. These 4 ingredient peanut butter and tahini cookies are rich, slightly gooey from the inside, and addictive, oh so addictive. This recipe is foolproof and great for those who are not accustomed to baking. And I know that some may see such few ingredients with suspicion (myself included), but peanut butter and tahini add a…

Pistachio, Sesame, and Black Seed Cookies

These cookies/biscuits have become my favorite treat to dip in my tea. Filled with the romantic flavors of the Levant, you will find it difficult to stop yourself after taking the first bite. My recipe is a cross of Levantine pistachio and sesame cookies (barazek) and Australian Anzac biscuits. And while this is not a traditional…

Rose and Clementine Cake

Desert rose. A luscious and moist clementine cake with a rose water and vanilla bean cream cheese frosting. This sponge is charming, enticing, and fragrant. A splendid way to brighten up a pale and gloomy day. Top with silvered pistachios and pomegranate seeds for a romantic finishing touch. INGREDIENTS For the Cake 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1/2 teaspoon…

Spelt Flatbreads with Zaa’tar

When I was a child, my grandfather would often tell me that zaa’tar made people smart. “Eat, eat, you are getting smarter,” he would say. I would giggle away thinking that he was just saying that to get me to eat the tangy greenish powder. These days I need no excuse to devour the delicious spice blend…

Double Chocolate Muffins with Orange Blossom

Double chocolate muffins. But not just any double chocolate muffins. These are made with orange blossom water, yogurt, and olive oil for a rich flavor and moist texture. They are chocolatey, soft, and utterly delicious. Each bite provides a distant taste of the orange blossom just to remind you it is there. I like the…

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Yes, that’s right. On this occasion, cookies for breakfast are indeed suitable and good for you! These pumpkin, oat, and chocolate chip cookies are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and unbelievably easy to make. Flavors are soft, mellow, and jazzed up by the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin. The texture is tender and almost cake-like, although…

Rustic Peach and Almond Galette

  A delicious and most rustic galette stuffed with fresh local peaches, sugar, and spice. The crust becomes crispy from the outside and soft, flaky, and buttery from the inside. Feel free to use your fruit of choice, such as apples, plums, pears, blueberries, apricots, or nectarines. On this occassion, fresh peach slices seemed ideal and…