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 –…

Palestinian Okra Stew/ Bamia

While I love developing new recipes with twists and fusions of flavors, there are times when traditional recipes, those that have been barely altered throughout the ages, become a necessity. Such foods are capable of transporting us back in time and connecting us with loved ones in ways that may no longer be possible through…

Stuffed Roasted Aubergine

Betinjan mashwi, which translates to roasted aubergine in English, is a Middle Eastern dish that consists of aubergine halves roasted in a high heat and then stuffed with an aromatic, hearty, and meaty tomato sauce. A version of this dish made its way from the Levant to Moorish Spain centuries ago and is today considered…

Roasted Chicken with Pomegranate and Sumac

Happiness is… Chicken roasted in a flavor bursting, tangy, and sweet pomegranate juice reduction with sumac, caramelized onions, and herbs. This dish is close to my heart in so many ways, and full of the flavors of love, sharing, and ultimately, home. I have incorporated various of my favorite traditional Levantine flavors with a modern, tangy, and…

Paella Valenciana

Olé! Today, I am returning to my Spanish roots with an enchanting and delicious Paella Valenciana. With so many different flavors and influences, it has so much to offer those with the privilege of enjoying it. Every herb and spice plays a valuable role; the saffron, paprika, oregano, and rosemary all make a mark leaving…