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…

Freeform Tomato Pie / Galette

As expressed by Food and Wine, when they featured my tomato pie on Instagram recently, “it really wouldn’t be summer without plenty of fresh tomatoes.” And what better way to make your tomatoes shine than with a beautiful tomato pastry that is just as delicious as it is photogenic? This recipe will be sure to…

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…

Fig, Apricot, and Spice Cake

This fig, apricot, and spice cake is a treat made to stir up the senses. Each bite offers an entertaining glimpse of the Mediterranean. Fresh figs and apricots, creamy yogurt, toasted walnuts, lemon, cardamom, cinnamon, and bit of love go a long way here. In summary, this is my kitchen in form of a cake….

Rustic Strawberry and Almond Galette

As spring comes to an end and summer approaches, the smell of strawberries comes to mind. And what better way to welcome the summer than with a farm fresh strawberry galette?  If strawberries are in season where you are, make the most of them. Otherwise, feel free to use any variety of fruit that is…

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….

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,…