In the Middle East, breakfast is a big deal, especially on the weekend. Trust me, we take the most important meal of the day to a whole new level. It is almost a fiesta of flavors, colors and textures. If you have never started your day, Middle Eastern style, you are in for a treat!

For the July daring cooks challenge, Kouky from “Cuisine à 4 mains“,challenged us to make Griwech, a popular Algerian dessert that is a full flavoured delicacy that has both a melt-in-the-mouth and a crispy texture

“Griwech” in Algerian Arabic means” crunchy”. These beautifully shaped pastries are made from a yeasted dough that is shaped, fried and then sweetened with orange blossom water flavored honey. The golden exterior is crunchy but the center is soft and chewy. .They are kind of similar to awameh if you have ever tried it.You bite into them, the crunchy outside crackles and you get a little burst of orange blossom honey perfectly balanced by the light and fluffy cooked dough. Simply addictive!

We are obviously not in Autumn, so why am I posting apple recipes?
Well, I love apples! and this apple pie spice mix was one of the recipes on my homemade herb and spice blends  challenge. But those are not the main reasons why I am posting the recipe now.

After writing my post about the things I could not have prepared for when I moved the UAE a while back a major sandstorm hit the whole Gulf area. Heat and humidity can be annoying but a sandstorm is a completely different ball game!

For the March Daring Cooks’ challenge, Ruth  from Makey Cakey invited us to start the day with something warm, nutritious and filling, . We got to experiment with different techniques and flavorings to create our own perfect personal porridge.

Before I started this blog, the word porridge would conjure images of a sloppy, pale , tasteless mass. Little did I know that, when properly made, porridge can be a tasty, flavorful and nutritious way to start the day

Baked  banana apricot oatmeal

For the January daring cooks challenge we got to make snow 🙂

Being an expat in the UAE, I dearly miss winter! It is now mid January and the temperatures during the day are still in the late 20s C! I am told this is as cold as it is going to get! and as enchanting as the phrase “eternal summer” may be, actually living through it eventually gets to you. Especially if you are someone who loves the rain and enjoys going for a trip through the seasons even if it happens in the space of one month.

So when this month’s challenge was announced with the promise “oeufs a la neige will ensure that you have a bit of snow wherever you are in the world” I was more than excited to give it a go.

I am horribly terribly late in posting my daring cooks and bakers challenges 😦 I make the challenges in time for the reveal but finding the time to sit down and write the post has proven to be an elusive task.So for this week,  I am trying to catch up on posting my challenges.

This month, the Daring Cooks challenged us to think inside the box – the icebox, that is! Audax taught us some really cool tips and tricks for stocking our freezers with prepare-ahead meals that can keep our taste buds satisfied even during the busiest of times.

back to school freezer meals from chef in disguise

This challenge could not have come at a better time, as we head back to school  (I can’t believe how quickly this summer has slipped by) a bit of organization can be  a life saver in those busy first few weeks.

10 great back to school freezer meals from chef in disguise

In this post I will share a collection of my favorite freezer recipes that I usually prepare around the end of summer to help me ease back into the busy school routine.