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,…

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…

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 Lemon Chicken with Dates and Honey

Of all the culinary lessons that I have learned while living in Palestine, one that particularly stands out to me is that the world of flavor combinations is limitless. I have often found myself surprised at how well certain ingredients work together. It has taught me to be bolder and more open with regards to the unexpected –…

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…