Red Lentil and Rice Porridge

This lentil and rice porridge / soup is one of my favorite dishes at the moment. It is so simple and pure, but incredibly comforting. I discovered it recently through family members and have been making it ever since. Msalwa’a, as some know it by, is one of those humble Palestinian comfort foods meant to…

Irkak – Lentil and Noodle Stew

Irkak ‘addas or ‘rushtayeh’ is a vegan Palestinian and Levantine dish as old as time. It’s a stew made of tender lentils, noodles, plenty of caramelized onion, lots of warm spices, fried garlic, cilantro, lemon, and pomegranate molasses. Wholesome, tangy, and deeply satisfying, it hits all the right spots. The noodles are traditionally homemade, but…

Mouhalabiyeh – Levantine Milk Pudding

Dreamy mouhalabiyeh, a creamy and aromatic pudding flavored with orange blossom, rose, pistachios, and honey. This was one of my favorite desserts as a child and it always brings back festive memories. Such as many Levantine sweets native to Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey, this custard-like pudding is characterized by the combination of dairy and…

Spiced Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

This butternut squash and lentil soup is here to remind you that fall is the best season of all. Golden sunsets, crisp air, and the many shades of golds, yellows, and reds show us the beauty of letting things go. They keep us grounded and help us better appreciate the present and all its splendor….

Flourless Chocolate and Olive Oil Cake

A flourless dark chocolate and olive oil cake that is as simple as it is divine. It is officially my favorite season, and that means plenty of baking and autumnal harvest. In respect to olive season, I thought I would share this treat with you. It is a dense, rich, and fudgy cake that’s very much…

Roasted Eggplants with Green Chili Sauce and Vegetables

These roasted eggplants with a green chili sauce and summer vegetables were nominated by the James Beard Foundation for their summer contest, and I am so excited to finally share the recipe with you all.  This dish is perfect for bringing some freshness into the last days of summer. Satisfying, vibrant, and loaded with character,…

Date, Chocolate, and Rose Water Truffles

Sublime chocolate and rose water truffles. These are made to be consumed slowly and with no regrets. Sweetened with the delicious caramel flavor of dates, they just melt in your mouth at once. Here is an instant recipe for instant pleasure. P.S. these truffles are also, coincidentally, guilt-free. INGREDIENTS/ MAKES 8 TRUFFLES 6 medjoul dates,…

Zaa’tar and Cheddar Biscuits

The last of the season’s fresh zaa’tar, cheddar, and buttermilk biscuits. Oh, they are pillowy, soft, and infused with comforting flavors. I will say that this recipe is mostly characterized by the flavors of the American South. Growing up in Florida for many years, I developed an appreciation for regional foods such as fried chicken…

Classic Hummus

Good, old-fashioned, classic hummus. Whether it’s for your falafel sandwiches, the dip for your bread, or simply for eating straight from a spoon, it’s bound to make everything better. Any time. Any day. My quest to find the perfect hummus is never-ending. I am always looking for ways to make hummus creamier, richer, smoother, and…

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…

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…