San GIOVANNI Bread: All you knead is love.

SAN JIOVANNI bread is a favorite childhood bread that I grew up eating in my hometown Alexandria, Egypt. It has a pillowy interior and crusty, golden exterior. The flavor of that bread is elevated by the addition of orange zest, mastic and mahleb. It is freezer friendly and pretty versatile as it makes excellent sandwich bread, panini toast, as well as a luscious accompaniment to soak up the sauce of a hearty stew.

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Bosara: Egyptian Dip of Split Fava Beans and Aromatic Fresh Herbs

Bosara is an ancient Egyptian VEGAN dip. It is a puree of split fava beans mixed with fresh aromatic herbs and spiked with garlic, fried onions, and spices. It is a highly nutritious and vibrant green dip that pleases an eclectic crowd, especially when served with freshly toasted pita bread and/or vegetable sticks.

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Loaded Dark Chocolate Bark

This chocolate bark studded with toasted pistachios, almonds, and cranberries are easy-to-make, healthy snack, mood booster, and a decadent vegan treat.

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“Left Mekhalel”: Pickled turnips: لفت مخلل

Pickled turnips are delicious Egyptian mezzah, which are made of turnips and beets soaked in brine. While the hero here is the turnips, the beets’ natural sweetness offsets the saline brine and lends the pale white vegetable a vibrant magenta color. Pickled turnips are indispensable to jazz up a shawarma or falafel wrap.

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Egyptian Termes: Lupini Beans Snack: ترمس

Pickled Lupini Beans, Terms, “ترمس”, are one of the most common, affordable, healthy, and delicious snacks in Egypt. They are served seasoned with lemon, salt,  and sometimes cumin and dry pepper flakes. 

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Ka’ab El Ghazal: Egyptian Date Filled Cookies: كعب الغزال

“Ka’ab Alghazal” is an Egyptian Date filled cookie that is also known as “Menin”. It is omnipresent in Egyptian bakeries and is considered a staple cookie to serve with cardamom coffee or mint tea. It has a flaky shell that encases a velvety date filling, spiked with warm spices such as fennel and anise. A true delight to indulge on and to share with others. Roll your sleeves, these cookies are worth baking and trying.

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