Food

Shakshuka

I have such fond memories of eating Shakshuka with my late grandfather during my summers in Palestine. He used request that the shakshuka was made extra spicy. I found it pretty silly of him to make such a request, especially because it didn’t take long before his face would turn bright red from the heat and… Read More Shakshuka

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Nescafé Cake

I’m no coffee drinker. But if I must have caffeine, I’ll have it in the form of a cake.  Cake Ingredients:  3 cups all purpose flour 6 teaspoons baking powder (Be sure that the amount of powder you use is level with your spoon. Use your finger to level it. You don’t want a mountain of… Read More Nescafé Cake

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Maqloobeh: Fava Beans

Maqloobeh. While each Palestinian family may have subtle differences in their recipe, one thing is always the same: You must flip the Maqloobeh upside-down to enjoy it.  Growing up, Maqloobeh was my mother’s go-to recipe for family gatherings and parties. The pots she would use to cook her Maqloobeh were HUGE. I remember seeing some… Read More Maqloobeh: Fava Beans

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Rosemary Sea Salt Bread

Ingredients 2 cups bread flour (I used the King Arthur Flour) 1 1/4 cups warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast 2 teaspoons sugar 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (You’re going to be adding olive oil to the recipe a few times so it’s easiest to divide it up into tablespoons) 1 tablespoons sea salt + 1/2 teaspoon… Read More Rosemary Sea Salt Bread

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Turkish Bulgur Salad

Okay, I’ve mentioned before on my Instagram, this Turkish Bulgur salad looks like the cousin of Tabbouleh. But let’s talk about the differences… Tabbouleh is well known and recognized across the Middle East as the salad with two main ingredients: parsley and bulgur. The parsley, is the star ingredient, of course (and it also the… Read More Turkish Bulgur Salad

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Hariseh Bil Ishta

Summers in Palestine have always consisted of two things: family and food. At every ‘azomeh or gathering, the tables are usually dressed with traditional dishes such as mansaf, ma’lobeh, and knafeh for dessert. But every once in a while we get treated to something new and without, a doubt, delicious.  During my last trip, new… Read More Hariseh Bil Ishta

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Sambosak

If you’re Arab, you know them as sambosak. But most know them as samosas.  They make amazing appetizers, such a crowd pleaser! Best part of all, they’re really simple to put together. And if you make a large batch of them and freeze them, they will save you one day. I promise you that.  Prep Time:… Read More Sambosak

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Warbat

While Knafeh is the true king of Middle Eastern desserts,  I would like to consider Warbat to be its Queen. It’s quite an impressive dessert: creamy filling, flakey crust drenched in orange blossom-y simply syrup, and the crunch of pistachios.  Warbat will absolutely be a huge hit wherever you serve a tray of it.  Ingredients: 1… Read More Warbat

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Qatayef

I’ve always considered these delectable treats as the “Dessert Pancake” of the Middle East. Of course, these pancakes get stuffed and fried and then dipped in syrup…so it takes a few more steps than making a typical pancake…but hey, it’s worth the time and the effort! Ingredients:  Qatayef Batter 3 cups of water 2 cups flour… Read More Qatayef

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Tabbouleh

A while back, my favorite Michigander, Khalto Samah, dropped off some of her homemade tabbouleh and I was absolutely floored! It was the lightest, freshest tabbouleh that I have ever tasted.  It wasn’t before long that I was asking for her recipe and thankfully she was kind enough to share it with me and has… Read More Tabbouleh