Creamy Cucumber and Herb Soup

If you have never tasted cooked cucumber before, this soup may seem a bit odd. But it works beautifully and provides for a silky, smooth, and revitalizing bowl of calm. After being cooked, the taste of cucumber itself is perceived only distantly. You do, however, get the instantly refreshing feel of fresh cucumbers and mint. And it’s…

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…

Date and Banana Breakfast Muffins

What do you do with a bunch of over ripened bananas? There are actually various options. Any sweet or bread that you choose to make with bananas is much better off with the flavor, sweetness, and intensity that very ripe bananas provide. I used mine to make a heartwarming batch of date, banana, and wheat…

Date and Rosewater Chia Pudding

  This date and rose water chia pudding is inspired by Palestinian cuisine and my love for plant-based foods. Sweet and creamy Medjoul dates, almond milk, a subtle touch of rose water and apricot pieces characterize this nourishing treat. It will provide you with the sustenance and energy you need for your mornings, middays, or late…

Lentil, Pomegranate, and Herb Salad

Bustling marketplaces, rainbows of fresh and seasonal produce, and the sounds of locals hurrying to their different destinations are all part of my daily grocery shopping experience. This is the start of the day that I look forward to, for it gives me an understanding of the world too vivid for words. This recipe, like…