Macarona Béchamel/Forn: The dish that bridges three cultures

Macarona Béchamel (aka Macarona Forn) is an Egyptian pasta bake, and a one pot meal that has three layers: penne pasta, spices-spiked, luscious red meat sauce, and a silky, smooth white sauce on top. The dish is an iconic crowd pleaser in Egypt. It is nutritious, make ahead, freezer friendly, and excellent potluck dish that garners compliments like no other.

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Beef Bone Broth: Countdown to Coptic Christmas

Beef Bone Broth is a quintessential ingredient in my Egyptian festive dishes. I make it using quality beef bones, aromatic herbs, vegetables, and spices. This bone broth is known for its rich collagen and its impact on slowing aging and boosting the immune system. I use this broth as a liquid agent to cook my rolled grape leaves, jeweled rice, meat soups, and stews, just to name a few.

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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 dish of Western Armenian Cuisine and is a dish 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 these 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 ultimate sentimental value. I know my late father would have been enthused 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 (flatbread) is an authentic recipe that originated in Southern Egypt. The […]

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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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