Smoky Eggplant and Vegetable Salad

  A taste of bliss. Smoky eggplant salad with pomegranate molasses, spices, plenty of lemon, slowly cooked pine nuts, tahini, and really good olive oil. It tastes so indulgent despite being such a light dish. With smoky, sweet, fresh, and hearty flavors, each bite is terribly comforting. This salad is great spread on hot bread,…

Chickpea, Bulgur, Mint, and Vegetable Salad

A bulgur, chickpea, mint, and spring vegetable salad inspired by North African and Levantine flavors. Tossed in a delicious orange juice and lemon dressing, it is a most refreshing meal or starter for a heated summer day. And if you’re looking for an accompaniment, this salad pairs well with seared salmon or chicken. INGREDIENTS/ SERVES…

Hummus with Roasted Chili and Carrots

This hummus recipe, like many of the other dishes on my site, involves playing with flavors. Growing up in a Palestinian and Spanish/Puerto Rican home, I always knew that my palate was a little different. With a pantry stocked with tahini, zaa’tar, sazón, and sofrito, our cooking was often a melting pot of our multicultural…

Smoky Aubergine and Lentil Dip

As the days get warmer, one of the most comforting things to do is to pull out a cool and creamy dip from the fridge and dunk some toasty bread in it. For such an occasion, it doesn’t get any better than this smoky aubergine and hearty lentil dip. It only keeps getting richer in…

Muhammara | Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Muhammara is easily one of my favorite dips of all time. My first experience eating it was a few years ago during a research expedition to Jordan. A was interviewing a lovely Syrian lady who had just fled from her war-torn country. She stopped in the middle of our conversation and led me into her…

Roasted Beetroot and Garlic Dip

This vibrant starter is, like many of the best of things, quite simple. It lets you focus on the intensity of the beetroot without masking any flavors. Try not to be alarmed by the large amount of garlic in the dish, it will caramelize beautifully in the oven and turn into sweet, chewy, and utterly…

Tomato, Chickpea, and Vermicelli Noodle Soup

This slightly spicy chickpea and vermicelli noodle soup has all the things I love; lots of warm Middle Eastern spices, hearty greens, plenty of herbs, and chili. It also happens to be the soup that I make most often. I especially love the combination of turmeric, cumin, and the lemon juice added at the end….

Leek, Potato, and Pea Soup

  Soups have always been one of my specialties. I started making them as a child impressed by the little effort they required and the delicious reward they provided. There is something so comforting about knowing that by simmering a couple of fresh and simple ingredients, you will have a pot to provide warmth on a…

Roasted Cauliflower and Aubergine with Dukkah and Chili – Cilantro Sauce

Cauliflower cooked the right way can be a revelation. When roasted, they caramelize in way that enhance their flavor, making them succulent and tasty with both soft and crispy spots. Combine them with aubergine chunks, dukkah, chili, cilantro, and a tangy tahini sauce for the ultimate burst of flavors. Dukkah is an ancient nut and…

Winter Pomegranate, Mint, and Tomato Salad

Happiness is this juicy cherry tomato salad with mint, pomegranate jewels, herbs, nuts, and seeds tossed in a sweet and sour vinaigrette. The balsamic vinegar really brings out the sweetness of the fruits and makes for pleasant bursts of sweet and tangy flavors. Like many of my favorite recipes, this salad was born out of the…

Pomelo and Avocado Salad with Sumac

This is the perfect salad for those craving some freshness after the holidays. At this time of the year, the Palestinian market stalls are laden with all kinds of fresh citrus. Amongst the variety, you will find what appears to be a giant green grapefruit. It has a very thick outer layer that protects its…

Freekeh Salad

Freekeh. If you’ve been following my posts, you’ve probably noticed that I use this ancient grain quite often, a few times a week in fact. I grew up eating it in my grandmother’s soothing chicken and freekeh soup, the Middle Eastern version of chicken noodle soup. It wasn’t, however, until I began experimenting in my…