Carob Juice: Happy Eid Fitr

The holly month of Ramadan is over and Eid el Fitr (the feast) is here!  I don’t want, however, to let it go without posting about my fond memories of the holly month. Years and miles away from a place that once was home, Egypt, I still  vividly remember those days, tightly holding my grandma’s […]

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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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Cardamom-Date Cookies: Manal Alalem, The Role Model

NON-SPONSORED POST  Older generations of Middle Eastern home cooks, as I knew them, were inarguably gifted, but they seldom wrote down a recipe.  And if they did, it was more likely to be inaccurate.  They tended to mainly rely on memory and skip measurements altogether.  Recipes have been handed down from generation to generation, if […]

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Tsoureki, Greek Easter Bread: Honoring a Forgotten Woman

In my grandparents’ living room in Alexandria, Egypt, in the center of one of its bright walls, was a colorful hand painted drawing of our extended family tree.  The tree displayed black and white tiny oval face photos.  At the tree roots, were the photos of Maria and Guirguis, the great grandparents of my mother. […]

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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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Torte Au Chocolat: The Prize of Tiding Up

NON-SPONSORED POST My obsession with tidying up preceded “The Marie Condo” prodigy by a decade. I iniatially caught the bug of tydying up when I moved to Paris.  The City of Light mandated a radical change of life style.  Our apartment was huge by French standards, yet fairly small by Californian terms.  My husband and I […]

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Fried Mushrooms & Herbed Mayo Dip: Eat Your Veggies

NON-SPONSORED POST One of the highlights of my life in Paris was my daughter’s Garderie, preschool in French. For what is worth, to secure a spot in a French preschool, an expectant parent should start the admission process of her soon-to-be-born child as early as the six month of pregnancy. In this context, we got […]

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Kushari: Essential Lent Crowd Pleaser

Kushari, Koshari or Koushari is a must-try Egyptian vegan street food that you could easily create in your own kitchen.  It encapsulates heaps of playful vermicelli rice, mixed with cooked-to-perfection lentils, tender chickpeas, topped with crispy fried onions and, served with two sauce: a fiery tomato sauce, and Daqqah, a tangy, cumin spiked vinegar-garlic condiment.

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