When I shared my tips on how to create a middle eastern antipasto platter I got quite a few questions about the crackers in the background. There were two types of crackers, the first is the raincoast cracker and the other small square shaped ones are actually my favorite way to use up almond pulp.
Despite the fact that there is no such thing as Autumn here in the UAE (the temperature is still dancing around 40C and the humidity is still brutal), when October rolls around, it flips a switch inside of me. I start to crave the smell of warm spices and things in brown and red hues!
You see, in my book , fall is almost as magical as spring! I know this may sound crazy but think of it this way: spring carries the hope and promise of new beginnings while fall tries to teach you time and time again that sometimes you have to let go in order to grow and start over when your spring comes around.Letting go is not easy but even endings can be beautiful if you believe deep down that you have the potential to bloom again in spring
One of my favorite quotes of the late artist Hani El Masri is: In the life of every […]
Nostalgia is a funny thing!
Two year away in the UAE made me realize that the things I love the most in Amman are the small and simple details.The smell of jasmines in the morning, the unique and beautiful white stone clad buildings in the sunset,the buzz of the downtown markets, the calls of the kaek carts in the morning, the breeze that carries the smell of fig trees in the summer,the smiles and chatter of people in the streets on a cool summer evening, the carts and vans that sell all sorts of fruits and vegetables in the old neighbourhoods , a cup of tea with my mum and dad in their kitchen, My kids digging out potatoes that my dad planted months ago just for them.
All the small details that give a city its soul and transform it from a place on the map to a home..
Since I am in Amman on vacation, I thought I’d share a bit about Amman with all of you. If you are here for the recipe, simply scroll down to find it but if you are in the mood for a little virtual journey,read on 🙂
Ftoot is a type of bread popular in Palestine. The name ftoot means crumbled and it refers to the crumbled cheese infused through out the bread.
Last year, when I shared the Nabulsi recipe for ftoot ,I promised that I’d share my mum’s recipe for ftoot which is my go to recipe for this bread and it is a little different from the Nabulsi version. Well I’m finally doing that today 🙂 but before I do, allow me to take you on a little trip
I told you in my previous post that we were planning a road trip. Since Eid was on Wednesday we had a long weekend and we decided to take the kids on a road trip to Abu Dhabi the capital of the UAE.
Abu Dhabi is about 270 km from Ras Al Khaima and since the kids and I have never been to it during our 2 year stay in the UAE, we were really looking forward to the trip.
Abu Dhabi -like Dubai and most major cities in the UAE- is famous for its modern sky scrappers ,shopping mega-centers and themed amusement parks and though all of that was fun to visit, the part I enjoyed the most in our 3 day trip was our visit to the city of masdar (the eco friendly city of the future) and our tour in the Sheikh Zayed grand mosque which is a true architectural master piece.
It is the first Monday of July which means that it is time for the Secret recipe club […]
My kids love Nature valley oat bars! They are on my shopping list every single week. My kids usually take them to school in their lunch boxes or enjoy them for breakfast, crumbled over a bowl of honey vanilla Greek yogurt. I love how they are the perfect portable snack on a road trip or when we go for a walk by the sea.
It’s February, schools are back in full swing and with school every mother faces the daily lunch box […]
I love recipes that feature a blend of spices. There is something about the smell and the combination of flavors that I simply can’t resist.
For the month of December, Andrea from 4pure took us on a trip to the Netherlands. She challenged us to take our taste buds on a joyride through the land of sugar and spice by baking three different types of Dutch sweet bread. I chose to make the lightest: peperkoek.
Peperkoek or Kruidkoek is a Dutch sweet quick bread made with a wonderful blend of warming spices like cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Many recipes also feature succade (candied citrus peel) . Peperkoek is traditionally served at breakfast in Holland with a thick layer of butter on top, as a replacement for regular bread. However due to its sweet taste it is also served as a snack or packed in the kids’ lunch boxes
If you walk into any bakery in Amman in the morning, you will be enchanted by the smell […]
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.
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.
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.
Are you in a hurry in the morning yet you want to have breakfast? not any breakfast but a decent one?
Do you have kids who are always bored of the routine breakfast?snack or the stuff you put in their lunch box? Are you looking for new and refreshing ideas to make them eat their food instead of whining about it?
I have the answer for you..