Cream Cheese, Lemon, and Poppy Cake

It’s sweet, dreamy, and delicate. And there is something about the preparation that makes it quite therapeutic to work with. Lovely scents of fresh vanilla, soft lemon, and a hint of coconut make this cake a true pleasure to make. The flavors are exquisite with smooth and melt in your mouth cream cheese, chewy and nutty poppy seeds…

Date, Oat, and Nut Superfood Bars

Rich in fiber, protein and healthy fats, you would never think that something so delicious could also be so good for you. Sweet and chewy Medjool dates, crispy oats, crunchy almonds, flax seeds, and all those healthy mediterranean flavors in one delectable and naturally sweet vegan and gluten-free granola block. I also added a bit of…

Palestinian Couscous with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

What happens when you combine the cuisines of two rich Mediterranean culinary traditions? Nothing less than a fusion food delicacy. These are the types of dishes that I enjoy making for they journey me through time and space in a way that even travel can’t compete with. This soul-warming maftoul, also known as Palestinian couscous…

Citrus and Saffron Loaf Cake with Orange Blossom Drizzle

A wet and sweet delicacy enriched with exotic flavors and drizzled with a fragrant orange blossom syrup. With a bit of Palestina, a bit of España, and a bit of of love, this cake represents the flavors of my upbringing. Palestinian citrus and orange blossom water paired with rich Spanish saffron and you have got a fusion…

Lemon and Cardamom Apple Cake

After several gloomy and chilly days, today’s weather surprised us with a beautiful amount of sunshine. It lifted my spirits and got me in the mood to bake a treat that combined both winter and spring flavors. The result, a moist and lemony apple cake deliciously spiced with cinnamon and cardamom, a most glorious combination…

Olive Oil, Pistachio, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here is my twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie and the Italian Bocconcini al Pistachio di Bronte. These crispy and chewy treats are made of extra-virgin olive oil, crushed pistachios, and creamy chocolate chips. The olive oil is distantly tasted in a way that only enhances the overall flavor of the cookie. Perfect and utterly…

Nutella Cheesecake Fudge Bars

I know that it sounds quite mischievous, but it is the season for these types of indulgences after all. Unless, you are like me and lack the willpower to avoid making them after the holidays. In that case, your addiction may require some intervention. Nonetheless, I have a feeling that you will be quite pleased…

Honey, Nut, and Date Chocolate bars

  Ah chocolate… It comforts us in times of  joy, despair, and need. And there are few things more satisfying  and rewarding than making your own, especially if it requires only minutes. This recipe is the quick and effortless route to rich, smooth, and flavorful gourmet chocolate. It is quite versatile and you can customize it as…

Gourmet Stuffed Honey Figs

My favorite foods are those that have character, history, and culture. They are also the ones that bring me the most pleasure to make. It is almost like taking a mental a spiritual vacation for a moment. I find it quite therapeutic to work with ingredients that speak about a people, lifestyle, and tradition. My…

Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles

I have been attempting to create a recipe that combines two of my favorite desserts; cheesecake and pumpkin cake, and all while requiring little time and effort. After some experimenting, I found just the perfect combination of ingredients. Here are my absolutely decadent pumpkin cheesecake truffles. Made with smooth cream cheese, pumpkin, cookie crumbs, and rich spices, you…