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…

Tahini, Lemon, and Cardamom Energy Bars

These bars are perfect to snack on while on the go or simply to enjoy on a quiet afternoon with a cup of tea. They are chewy, crunchy, and wholesome – the ultimate snack trifecta, in my opinion. Flavored with lemon, cinnamon, cardamom, and deliciously nutty tahini, you will get a burst of flavors with every…

Helba – Fenugreek Cake

Helba, which literally translates to ‘fenugreek,’ is a sweet, rich, and sticky Palestinian cake made with fenugreek seeds, semolina, and olive oil. The nutty seeds are simmered away until tender and then kneaded into the dough along with the water infused with their flavor. After baking, the cake is drizzled with a lemon sugar syrup…

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…

Pumpkin Loaf Cake with Tahini Swirl

I have been posting many sweets lately and I promised myself that my next recipe post would be savory, but just a few days ago I experienced a revelation. And I knew that it would be difficult to keep it to myself – plus, it is the season for these types of indulgences after all. The combination of sweet…

Happy Holidays!

This is the time of year when we seek to keep our toes warm, our kitchens aromatic, and our homes full; full of laughter, full of love, and most importantly, full of our loved ones. It is a time that inspires people to wind down, relax, and share. And because giving is such a wonderful…

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…

Flourless Peanut Butter and Tahini Cookies

Oh my. These 4 ingredient peanut butter and tahini cookies are rich, slightly gooey from the inside, and addictive, oh so addictive. This recipe is foolproof and great for those who are not accustomed to baking. And I know that some may see such few ingredients with suspicion (myself included), but peanut butter and tahini add a…

Pistachio, Sesame, and Black Seed Cookies

These cookies/biscuits have become my favorite treat to dip in my tea. Filled with the romantic flavors of the Levant, you will find it difficult to stop yourself after taking the first bite. My recipe is a cross of Levantine pistachio and sesame cookies (barazek) and Australian Anzac biscuits. And while this is not a traditional…

Fried Halloumi

A world without halloumi is not a world that I am prepared to live in. I fondly remember how our Sunday family breakfasts in the States consisted of a variety of mezze dishes ranging from dips to shakshuka to zaa’tar. I found comfort knowing that halloumi would always be amongst those foods. The luscious cheese has always…