Kunafa Nabulsi

Kunafa. I could talk about this decadent dessert for days. If you haven’t had it yet, it’s a wet, gooey, hot, and rich pastry made with shredded fillo dough and baked with a stretchy sweet cheese stuffing, and as with most Levantine desserts, it’s topped with a generous drizzle of orange blossom syrup. Palestinians defend…

White Chocolate Sahlab

Sahlab is a rich, dreamy, creamy, and flavorful concoction flavored with orange blossom water and cinnamon. And it is perfect for the colder months of year. I must admit, however, that I cannot help but enjoy it year round as it fills me with a nostalgia difficult to explain. It takes me back to my…

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…

Strawberry and Olive Oil Tea Cake

It is officially the much anticipated strawberry season in the Eastern Mediterranean and I can barely contain my excitement for all the recipes that I have in mind. That is the beauty of eating fruits in season. Not only are they naturally more delicious and flavorful, but they are also appreciated more. My strawberry and…