creamy smoky and rich eggplant, perfectly seasoned beef, juicy tomatoes, hints of nutty olive oil,  and gentle cinnamon and allspice notes.The very definition of comfort food

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Roz bil khodar “Middle eastern rice with mixed vegetables”

Rice is the canvas here, add spices for warmth, vegetables for a pop of color and refreshing flavor, top with perfectly seasoned meat, crunchy nutty almonds and you have a showstopper that your family and friends will love.

I have been trying to write this post for 2 weeks! The recipe is ready, pictures are ready but I am honestly at a loss for words. I love writing the little stories, thoughts that you read before my recipes in most of my posts, they are my way of sharing a little bit of my world with all of you but with a nasty flu that has been going on for 10 days, the inauguration the other day among other things, I have been staring at my screen for days feeling uninspired.
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I have finally decided to share one of my favorite pictures with a few inspirational words, I hope that they will be able to cast a ray of sunshine on your day 🙂

May every morning bring you promise

Although Freekeh (pronounced free-ka or free-k-) has recently joined the “super food” club, it has been popular in the Arabic cuisine for centuries, mainly in the Levantine area and north-east africa. Freekeh is roasted green wheat that is used to make soups, pilafs,salads and stuffing for chicken and poultry. It is one of my favorite ingredients because of its versatility,  earthy nutty  flavor tones,and of course because of its nutritional value

So many of you have kindly written to me asking how I was coping in  Ras Al Khaima, wondering about my new life here. I’ve been meaning to write a long post about this for months! but something always comes up! So I have decided to break it up into a series of posts. I will tell you a little bit about the great move, life in the UAE and how I’m coping with the whole idea of being an expat. Do stay tuned 🙂

If you are here for the recipe, scroll to the end of the post, you will find the English and Arabic versions