Qirfeh bil jooz (qirfeh is Arabic for cinnamon and jooz is walnuts) is a warm and comforting cinnamon drink topped with nuts -usually walnuts- traditionally served in colder months in Palestine and throughout the levant.

Summer is not officially here yet but the temperature in Ras Al Khaima has crossed the 40 C mark weeks ago! Add the pleasant humidity and you can understand why refreshing drinks are a top priority in this house.

Fresh fruit juice and laban ayran are always available but to keep things from becoming boring, I am always on the look out for fun smoothies, mocktails and frappe recipes.

strawberry mojito mocktail

How to make the perfect cup of coffee with a french press

My relationship with coffee is complicated and hard to explain!

I love the smell of coffee, love iced coffee and frappuccino but won’t go near hot coffee! Why am I writing  a post about coffee then? Well that is meant to say that even if you are not a coffee person, there are so many other ways to enjoy coffee, especially good quality coffee.

Before we can get to the different ways to enjoy coffee, I thought it would be best to start with the way to make the perfect cup of coffee. Once you have made your coffee to perfection there is a world of options on how to enjoy it. One of my favorites is coming in an upcoming post

iced coffee