Sweet, Flaky Baklava

Growing up and living most of my life in Middle East, we are so accustomed to this heavenly sweet filled with layers of nuts and covered with a honey syrup. Baklava is a sweet not only found in the Middle East but also some parts of the Mediterranean region like Turkey, Greece and Israel. The…

Coffee-cake Inspired Scones…Say Whaaat?!?

There are some recipes in life that inspire you…inspire you to come out of your self-afflicted procrastination and get them out to the world. This, my friends, is one such recipe. Well it is not ground-breaking or anything. But for me it has proven to be ground-breaking enough to get my poor, cob-webbed laptop out…

Melt-in-your-mouth Peanut Blossoms

These peanut butter cookies are literally melt-in-your mouth and it’s hard to stop munching on them once you start. You can’t really go wrong with the baking as it’s a fairly easy recipe. This is one of the recipes slightly adapted from my all time favourite website allrecipes.com The original recipe calls for using vegetable…

Easiest Pita Bread Ever!

So I’ve tried exactly two recipes for pita bread before trying this one and ever since I have stuck to this one. Firstly it is so easy to make. There’s no need of a double-rise and there is no waiting of hours before you can make the bread. Only an hour and you’re done. Secondly,…

Layl al Lebanon – Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Ok I know the title is a bit too much :$ We just had falafel with pita bread…nothing extra-ordinary. Falafel although in Arabic means “Chilli/Peppers” but it is a common Labenese delicacy…Garbanzo beans/ chickpeas balls deep fried and served on their own or filled in pita pockets to make healthy yet delicious Falafel wraps. They…

Tahini (Sesame) Sauce

  Although very plain looking, this sauce bursts with flavours which are typical to Mediterranean cooking. Full of garlicky goodness, this sauce goes well with Falafel, shawarma, Mediterranean grill or even with plain Pita bread. It is quite easy to whip and can be adjusted to one’s preferences. You can easily manipulate the amount of…

Baked Pancakes!

Not a very good picture but today is my not-so-good pictures day 😀 These baked pancake squares are a quick fix for an easy brunch or breakfast. And as I had no 8 inch pan lying around close by so my squares are a bit thinner. Also I did not have any chocolate syrup at…

A Double Dose of Chocolate!

If you like your chocolate chip cookies to be soft and chewy almost brownie-like as well as chocolaty in flavor, then this is the recipe for you. In addition to a double dose of chocolate, these chocolate chocolate chip cookies have an addition of nuts in it. The original recipe called for walnuts but I…

Farewell Picnic and Coffee Cake

October to March are always a good choice of months in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia to go for a picnic. I know it is quite frosty and cold in most parts of the world, but Saudi Arabia being Saudi Arabia and a desert not to forget, has very few months of just the right amount of…

An Anatolian Delicacy – Ali Nazik Kebab

Another Turkish delicacy, Ali nazik kebabs, are from the Gaziantep province of Turkey. A puree of char-grilled or roasted eggplant is made and mixed with yogurt and is topped with regular beef or mutton mince. Hot butter is poured over it to make it extra delicious. It is usually served with rice pilaf and sauteed…

All the Way from Istanbul!

Last year in January I had a chance to visit the beautiful city of Istanbul. If you are not mesmerized by the city itself you will definitely be stumped by the cuisine. The variety of scrumptious kebabs that you can have is just baffling. I was so excited after coming back that I checked recipes…