Easy cooking ideas with kids

You probably heard this somewhere, but part of getting your kids to appreciate food, and possibly try a few flavours that they wouldn’t otherwise, is to get them involved in the kitchen in prepping, especially the cooking part.  I usually like to involve my little guy not only for that – but as a welcome…

The Humble Hummus

It is a dish with origins in the Levant — a region that includes Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey — due to the abundance of chickpea agriculture. It is practically guaranteed if you are invited to a Levantine dinner that this will be present on the table.  Interesting fact about Hummus is that some health…

Terrific Tabouleh

This is especially for those parsley lovers – where a salad can be more than just a salad. The special salad is considered Lebanon’s national food and is said to have originated in the mountains of Lebanon and Syria – but has since then found new fans all over the world (I have even seen…

Chocolate Almond Cake

The ingredients are minimal for this dessert but the prep work is significant so make sure you keep that in mind.  But the results will be fantastic and the fact that it is easily a great gluten free option makes it that much more attractive for those gatherings! Time: 2 hours Serves: 10 Good for:…

Babies eating real food

It might be pricey to get formula for babies these days – especially organic formula that reduces the amount of heavy chemicals and extra fortified nutrients, but man is it ever easier than cooking real food for them.  Babies will need to start solid somewhere between 10-15 months, and although milk will continue to be…

Exotic Eggplant Casserole

This exotic and flavourful savory dish is a traditional Mesopotamian (Iraqi) favourite and has some wonderful flavour undertones.  The layering makes for a beautiful tasting and looking casserole that will surely be as addictive as it is fascinating to those you serve it too.  Don’t let the ingredients intimidate you, everything is readily available and…

Yummy Almond Coconut Cookies

These are like little angel gifts from heaven….they are disturbingly addictive and amazingly delicious.  Soft and chewy for a long time, they will not last much.  All the ingredients are easy to make and the combination of almonds, chocolate, and coconut is exceptional, and if you never tried this combination before these are the perfect…

Spicy White Bean Stew With Broccoli

This is an extremely flexible stew can use up much of what you’ve got on hand. It’s vegetarian by nature, but feel free to start the pot with sausage if you’re feeling more carnivorous.  Has a great range of consistencies and flavours that will keep most people guessing but in a good way. Time: 40…

Raspberry Walnut Tart

This tart is very versatile and is at home equally in summer brunches to winter Christmas parties.  It is easy and perfect for welcoming new neighbours or for not going empty handed for an afternoon tea.  If you have those random office parties, this would be a great go to and a very impressive addition…

No-bake Nutella Pie

You can’t go wrong with anything even remotely associated with Nutella.  This light and fluffy no cook Nutella pie is a great way to incorporate the delicious hazelnut and chocolate spread into an everyday easy to make dessert – but you will need to make ahead of time to give it time to freeze. Time:…