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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Manti: A Recipe of The Refugees Who Empowered Me

Manti is a landmark of the Western Armenian Cuisine and one of those dishes that evoke waves and waves of memories of my time in Yerevan, Armenia. This authentic cuisine was brought back to life by waves of Syrian refugees of Armenian descent who fled to their motherland in the aftermath of the ravaging civil war in Syria. I was fortunate to cross paths with many of those skilled, brave, and tenacious people. Learn and listen more about this life-transforming experience in this post.

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Marak We Feteer: Southern Egyptian Meat Stew & Flatbread

This recipe is of an ultimate sentimental value.  I know my late father would have been enthralled seeing this recipe on my blog. He was enamored with any dish that originates from where his roots are. God bless his soul. Marak (meat stew) and Feteer (Flat Bread) is an authentic recipe that originated in Southern […]

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Hawawshi: A Star Street Food

NON-SPONSORED POST I believe it is safe to say that Hawawshi is the Egyptian version of U.S. Hamburger. This quintessential street food was created in the seventies of the 20th century by a butcher named Ahmed Al Hawawshi.

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Gayane and Edward’s Basturma: A Story of Resilience

Basturma is an authentic Armenian delicacy and appetizer. It is a highly seasoned cured beef that delivers an arsenal of robust flavors. It is delicious if served alone, yet becomes an excellent flavor asset if mixed with eggs or bland veggies.

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Fattah: The Coptic Feast

Fattah is an Egyptian traditional dish served in both Muslim and Christian feasts. It is a meat-rice- bread dish that dates back to ancient Egyptian times.  The dish was featured on the pillars of Pharaohs temples.  That said, it has slightly been altered and refined over 7000 years.  Each Egyptian family has its own secret ingredient for this festive dish. The recipe below is my family’s signature one with some of my minor healthful interventions.

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Egyptian Kabab Hala: Beef-Onion Braise

Onion-beef braise is a celebratory dish, yet it is a simple one that just needs few ingredients.  Made of inexpensive meat cut “chuck roast”, this dish is an economic crowd pleaser.

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