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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Makdous (Pickled Stuffed Eggplants): The bejewelled appetizer

Makdous is a Middle Eastern appetizer that originates in the Levant. Typically, it is made of baby eggplants, stuffed with toasted walnuts, roasted capsicum, red chili, and drenched in olive oil. This is a twisted version that untraditionally contains pomegranate seeds to balance the saltiness and heat.

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Indian Pongal:Forging New Bonds in Singapore

Cooking with a friend is the ultimate experience of forging bonds, that is my long-standing belief. Being a trailing spouse of a diplomat, my stay usually doesn’t exceed a three-year term in any capital we are assigned too.  Every time we are transferred to a new destination, we fearlessly venture outside the expat bubble. We […]

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Kunafe-Nougat Glacé Cake : The 2020 showstopper

Kunafe-Nougat Glacé Cake is an ice cream cake that has a Kunafe/Kataifi crust and the filling of Nougat Glace´. The Nougat glace´ layer is a no-churn ice cream infused with rose water and loaded with dried apricots, cranberries, and roasted pistachios. A fluffy and airy treat, this cake bridges the flavors of France and the Middle East.

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Rosewater-Pistachio Ghorayebah: Counting Down to Jan. 6th

Happy new year everyone! I couldn’t find better than ghorayehab, my all-time favorite Middle Eastern sugar cookie to be my first post in 2020. If you read my last post, you will figure that my family celebrates Christmas on Jan. 6th.  That is the date of  the Coptic Christmas celebrated by Egyptians Christians. So please don’t […]

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