Recipes

Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamjajeon)

  This recipe is the equivalent of Korean latkes. The only main difference is the texture of the potatoes. In traditional ladkes, you would grate the potatoes on the side of the grater with the biggest holes and then squeeze out any excess liquid. For this recipe...

Crunch Crunch Bulgur Salad

This salad has a lot of ingredients but its deliciousness is not dependent on all the ingredients being included.

Chewy Coconut Pineapple Cake

  This cake is not a traditional fluffy poundcake.The inside is chewy,  sticky, and completely addictive. I was attempting to make a run-of-the-mill dry pound cake and cover it with frosting but ended up substituting a few ingredients and inventing this. It was...

Cinnamon Chicken Rice Soup

This is one of my mom's go-to recipes when she needs a quick soup. I have been eating this dish for years and only after I asked for the recipe did I realize how much cinnamon was in it. It is probably not what you are imagining. It is not a cinnamon roll soup, but...

Pesto Parmesan Burger

Much like Italians themselves, this burger is packed with flavor, style, and Italianiness. This recipe makes two burgers, double or triple as needed. 1/2 pound ground beef1 teaspoon pesto 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheesepinch of salt, and pepper To serve: 2 buns 2...

Curry Egg Salad Sandwich

It is surprising how well the flavors of curry and eggs go together. This recipe is a great variation on the typical egg salad sandwich.

Maangchi’s No-Bake Chestnut Cookies (Yul-lan)

These Korean chestnut cookies are delicious, healthy, adorable, and you don't even have to bake them. You can find the original recipe by clicking here. Maangchi is my favorite food blogger that inspires me to cook Korean food fearlessly. I deviated a little from the...

Pesto Panzanella

    This is an Italian bread based salad; literally every carb addict's dream. Panzanella  is even better when it is made with stale bread. I added a few tablespoons of pesto because I had some already prepared but you can simply add fresh basil instead. 1 cup...

The Big Greek Slider (Lamb Burger)

The Big Greek Slider sounds like an ouzo-laced cocktail that will have you braking plates on the dance floor by the end of the night. But it’s actually a burger heavily dressed with greek ingredients. It is so good it might also have you barking plates on your kitchen floor.

Warm & Zesty Olives

Make sure you have a lot of good bread at home when you make this recipe. You are going to want to do a lot of dipping, dunking, and sopping up.

Black Olive Tapenade

This black olive tapenade is fast to prepare and keeps for days in the fridge. Actually, much like a good wine, it gets better with age.

Puttanesca Penne Pasta Salad

    According to the interweb, the dish 'Spaghetti alla puttanesca' is an Italian dish invented in Naples in the mid-20th century that translates into "spaghetti in the style of a whore." There are multiple myths surrounding the dish's name. Some say prostitutes would...

Marinated Beetroot Strawberry Salad

This is the quintessential tacky pairing of beetroots and goat cheese that every non-vegetarian makes for vegetarians. But this recipe is actually delicious.

Green Gazpacho

This retro-green soup is the color of a 70’s carpet, but has the flavor of a summer garden in bloom.

Strawberry Puff Pastry Tart – Only 5 ingredients

These strawberry tarts are quick, easy and oh so satisfying. This is more of a concept than a recipe, so I didn’t add any measurements. You can make tiny tarts, family size tarts, Guinness-book style tarts; your call.

50 Shades Of Green – The Salad

  Who says a salad has to have an array of different colors to be delicious? A dish that only highlights one color is not only sexy, it's confident.  "I'm bright, I'm green, and you're going to love me" is what this salad would say if it could talk (sassy but...

Basil Almond Pesto

This is not your traditional basil pesto. It is made with almonds instead of pine nuts, it has no parmesan cheese, and I add a bit of vegetable oil to lighten it up. Italian food purists look away.

Bestest Chocolate Crackle Cookies Ever!

They are called crackle cookies because of those unique cracks that happen all over the cookie.  A more appropriate name would be choco crack cookies because they are that addictive.

Dilly Yogurt Cucumber Salad

  This is a quick and healthy salad that goes great as a side for grilled meats, on rice, or simply as a healthy snack. The measurements are more like suggestions; this is definitely a recipe you can eyeball. I like to make it a few hours ahead to give the ingredients...

Saffron Cardamom Tea

    I don't know if I can actually call this a recipe, but I'm going to. This can get a little pricy due to the saffron, so it can be your special celebration tea. You know, the times when champagne is not an option. 1 tea bag (English Breakfast is great here) 3...

Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

    These cupcakes are way more adorable than a full-blown carrot cake. They are moist and covered in sweet cream cheese frosting: I don't hate that! 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons cinnamon Pinch of salt 1 1/2 heaping cups of grated...

Maple Strawberry Banana Bread

  This recipe can get a little expensive as maple syrup is the only sweetener used. And being Canadian, I only use the best (A.K.A. Canadian maple syrup). Also allowed here: Vermont maple syrup. 1/2 cup butter, melted 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 egg 1 ripe banana 1/3 cup...

Sabanich (Spinach with Rice)

One of the healthiest recipes my mom makes. When I eat it  I feel like Popeye eating a can of spinach. 1/4 cup Vegetable oil 1 Onion finely chopped 1/4 Pound lean ground beef 2 Tablespoons raw pine nuts 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 box of frozen...

Pomegranate Lentil Tabouli

I used a can of lentils in this recipe because I was way too lazy and hungry to boil dried lentil. Don’t judge me.

Grilled Corn Salsa

  Once you make this recipe, or a version of it, you will never eat another bottled salsa in your life. You can also omit the grilled corn if it is not corn season, or simply use slightly boiled corn. Do not use canned corn. Why? Because I said so, and it does not...

Watermelon Gazpacho

This recipe is summer in a bowl. You would think that a gazpacho made with watermelon would be sweet, but it is surprisingly savory. 

Stuffed Zucchini In A Tomato Sauce (Kousa Mahshi)

  Stuffed zucchini (kousa mahshi) in tomato sauce is one of my top five favorite Lebanese dishes. You won't find it in Arabic restaurants, it is more of a come home from school, as a kid, and find it on the stove top slowly bubbling away. Stuffing 1 cup short grained...

Lynn’s Lovely Lavender Lemonade

  My friend Lynn made me lavender lemonade and it was lovely #alliteration, a delicious alliteration. This is the basic recipe, it can be doubled or tripled as needed. 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers 4 cups water 3 tablespoons honey Juice of 2 lemons Put the...

Endive Blue Cheese Salad (No Forks Needed)

  Ever wanted to serve salad at a canapé party but didn't want to bother with all those forks? Never spent much time thinking about that because no one ever hosts canapé parties anymore? That's okay, you can serve this salad on a day all your forks are dirty.   1/4...

Falafel Club Sandwich (The Arab Veggie Version)

This club sandwich has all the layers of fun and flavor without all that heavy meat and mayo. This recipe will be told to you though pictures; as most good things in life are. Place a piece of toast on the plate and strategically arrange the falafels so they fit in...

Za’atar Avocado Halloumi Toast

This is an avocado toast with a Mediterranean twist. It is creamy, salty, and za'atari; perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a Californian dinner. This amount is for two toasts. 2 slices of bread, toasted 2 Avocados 1  tablespoon of za'atar 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1...

Mujadara Hamra (Red Mujadara)

This recipe does not have many ingredients but is intense in flavor. The onions are cooked until they are as dark as your soul. I'm just kidding, I don't know how dark your soul is. The great thing about this dish is that it is vegan, healthy, and easy to make....

Osso Buco On Saffron Mashed Potatoes

Did you know that the plural of Ossobuco is ossibuchi? Well now you know. Also I'm not sure if it is two words or just one (osso buco or ossobuco). Not important. What is important is that when done right, this dish is the most fall-apart, tender meat you will ever...

Eggplant Dip (A.k.a Mutabal A.k.a Baba Ganoush)

This Middle Eastern appetizer is known by many names, but has one delicious taste. Depending what country you are in, it is either called Baba Ganoush or Mutabal. I never understood why its cousin (Hummus) gets all the fame, when Mutabal packs a bigger flavor and...

Quick Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

This quick and easy sauce is an Arab staple. In Arabic it is called Cucumbers in Yogurt (khiyar bil laban). Not a complex name, but it makes up for it with a fresh and complex taste. It is usually eaten with rice and meat dishes. Its freshness cuts through the...

Cinnamon Caraway Pudding (Meghli) 

Meghli is a Lebanese dessert that literally translates into boiled. Okay so poetry and creativity is lost on Arabs when it comes to naming dishes, but its taste far outshines its name. This sweet is usually served when a baby is born. You typically go over to the new...

Super Greeky Avocado Toast

It's the salad you eat with your hands. You are basically eating a Greek salad on your avocado toast. I do not hate any part of that. There are no real measurements because it all depends on how many toasts you are making, how high you are going to build these toasts,...

Coco Shrimp Mango Rice Roll

This dish came about the day after I posted Coco For Coconut Shrimp and I had leftover coconut shrimp. I also had rice paper, vegetables, wasabi, vodka, and mangos just lying around; It was a crazy weekend Okay? The shrimp: 1 egg 2 tablespoons flour ½ glove crushed...

Chickpea Crumble (Fattet Hummus)

Fattet Hummus is a savory Arabic dish which loosely translates to chickpea (garbanzo) crumble. Yup, that's right, we call the chickpeas hummus and we also call the internationally vegan adored dip hummus as well. And no, it does not get confusing; well maybe sometimes...

My Dad’s Feta Salad Concoction

It was a boring Friday afternoon (thats the weekend in Kuwait, the equivalent of a Saturday morning everywhere else) and my father and I were hungry yet lazy. My mom refused to make anything as she had had a big breakfast and was not hungry yet. We had a fresh...

Thai Coco Mango Rice

Full disclosure: I did not use glutinous rice, because I couldn't find any. I live in the south of Spain where gluttonous rice is not very available. I'm sure I could have gotten my hands on some had I tried, but I had paella rice lying around, so I just used that....