Kabab Hala bel Batates: Egyptian Meat Stew & Potatoes

Kabab Hala is an iconic Egyptian meat stew that is associated with feasts and social gatherings. It is a slowly cooked chuck roast that is drenched in dark velvety sauce infused by collapsed caramelized onions and an assortment of warm spices. Kabab Hala makes an easy to make crockpot or slow cooker meal.

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Homemade & Light Cheese Balls in four Distinct flavors

These Mini light cheese balls are made out of skimmed milk and mixed with fresh herbs, tomatoes, seasoning, and onions. For an additional layer of sophistication and beauty, These mini balls are coated by different flavors: chipotle pepper, walnuts, za’atar, and black sesame seeds. They make excellent healthy snack or elegant cocktail food.

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Rolled Grape Leaves : A Labor of Love for those Who Well Deserve it

Rolled grape leaves are an Iconic Middle Eastern dish with a wide appeal for ostensible reasons.  The paper-thin briny grape leaves encase a juicy traditional mix of rice and meat, either beef or lamb or only rice. The stuffing is spiked by an assortment of pungent spices such as cardamom, cumin, allspice, and cinnamon.

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Feteer Meshaltet Helw: Try this Ancient Egyptian Flaky Sweet Pastry

The recipe of Feteer Helw or Egyptian sweet flaky pastry probably dates back to the ancient Egyptian civilization.  According to some resources, this pastry was made by ancient Egyptians and offered as an oblation to the pharaohs’ worshiped gods back then. It is made of simple ingredients, yet its flavors and textures are unrivaled.

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Singaporean Chili Crab: Singapore, Happy 55th Birthday

Chili Crab is unofficially the national dish of Singapore. It is a chilli-spiked, simmering vibrant tomato sauce where a handsome orange and sizeable crab nesting happily in her new habitat, mingling with this luscious sauce. Typically, this Singaporean dish is served with fried Mantou buns, which help soak up the luscious sauce to the last drop.

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Dahdah: Jordanian Semolina Dessert with a Walnut-Cinnamon Filling

Dahdah is a Jordanian vibrant dessert that is nor crunchy, nor cakey, it tastes like a large crumbly cookie that collapses once you bite into it. The pungency of the cinnamon note definitely gives it an edge and pairs so well with the walnut.  The addition of turmeric lends the cake its vibrant, happy color

This dessert is put together in no time if you crush the roasted walnuts and clarify your butter in advance. Having said this, store-bought clarified butter will do just fine.

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookies: Giving Ourselves Grace

Peanut Butter-Chocolate cookies is a recipe adapted from the French book: Le Grand Livre Marabout de La Patisserie Facile.  It is a rich buttery cookie that comes plain in the original French recipe. My take on these was to half-dip them or drizzle with bitter dark chocolate to cut through the buttery, rich texture. For some crunch, the cookies are sprinkled with some salted peanuts that stud the warm chocolate before it sets!  You bite into those cookies and they just burst and then melt in your mouth in a blink of an eye. 

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