M’tabbak – Sweet Cheese Pastries

If you have been to Jerusalem’s old city, you may be familiar with m’tabbak, puffed pastries stuffed with sweet cheese and drenched in syrup. The traditional dough used for this recipe is often thinly rolled, filled with an unsalted goat’s cheese, folded into an envelope, brushed with butter, and baked in a hot oven. My…

Kunafa Nabulsi

Kunafa. I could talk about this luscious 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…

Roasted Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with Tahini

It’s still winter and what better way to cozy up than with healthy and delicious comfort food. This vegan roasted sweet potato and lentil soup with Eastern spices and a tangy tahini sauce hits all the right spots. It’s also the perfect way to make use of sweet potatoes while they’re still in season. Simple,…

The Sacred Olive Tree

Ah… the sacred olive trees. Many of them, thousands of years old, have stood throughout the years in the holy lands to provide and to serve. They have witnessed humanity’s peaks and downfalls, history’s breakthroughs, and the future’s developments. Yet, every year, they stand still for the same purpose; to provide and to serve. There is…