Khubz Arabi (Pita Bread)

Last night was sabich night at our house. Sabich is a fried aubergine (eggplant) sandwich which has its origins in Iraqi Jewish cuisine. While I count us very lucky to live a short-ish drive from an Arab supermarket, I didn’t have time to go there to buy bread and…

Mujadarrah

Colorado has decided that in May it is still actually winter (it snowed yesterday), and thus instead of summery salads and grilled things I’m making comfort food (that is to say, delicious carbs). Mujadarrah is a basic ‘peasant’ dish of rice and lentils, and is traditionally topped with caramelised…

Syrian Almond Macaroons

My husband and I attended an Easter gathering at a friend’s house, which happened to fall during Passover. I brought these kosher for Passover macaroons (mostly for me, so I’d have something for dessert) but also in case anyone else happened to be sensitive to gluten or dairy (as…

Lebanese Talami Bread

Lebanese talami bread could be described as a Middle Eastern focaccia. It’s perfect paired with soup, sliced for sandwiches, or simply dipped in olive oil and za’atar. The dough is not your typical bread dough, however – it is much softer / wetter than a typical bread dough, and…

Chai Spice Pound Cake

My daughter’s teacher is celebrating her birthday today and her favourite drink is a vanilla chai – so C and I decided to make her a chai-infused cake to celebrate. I’m a bit of a spice hoarder, so we already had everything we needed to make our own chai…

Muhallebi Two Ways

Muhallebi (sometimes called malabi or muhallabia) is a Middle Eastern milk pudding. Traditionally made with rice flour, most modern muhallebi recipes feature cornstarch to give the pudding its thickness. It is lightly sweetened, and beautifully delicate and fragrant as its main flavour comes just from the milk and the…

Pistachio Rose Water Pound Cake

This easy pound cake recipe blends classic American baking with the flavours of the Middle East.

This rich but delicately flavoured cake pairs beautifully with a hot cup of tea, or with a cup of thick spiced Turkish coffee. The recipe makes two full size loaves, so you may…

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