Fine Fattoush

Another light salad, usually served alongside a tabbouleh to give some options, this one is a sort of Middle Eastern take on the caesar salad with the crispy pita bread “croutons”.  Very light and extremely healthy (I mean you got Radish in there!).  I haven’t included the sumac spice as a must in case you…

A Fantastic Fool – Medamas

There have been remnants of fool medames uncovered in a number of the 12th Dynasty (1991-1786 B.C.) Pharonic tombs in Egypt.  This dish is one of the most common and popular forms of Egyptian street food, and probably the country’s national dish. It is typically a breakfast food, but it is best eaten during the…

Mutabbal

Another Middle Eastern staple, this is for eggplant lovers – like me – a Godsend. This is very similar in appearance and texture to hummus but made entirely out of baked eggplant.  A nice appetizer, the eggplant is a great weighty addition to any meal. Time: 45 min Serves: 6 Good for: Flavourful, ethnic  appetizer…

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…

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…

Saffron Rose Cardamom Cake

This beautiful cake pairs very well with tea and brings in its flavour all the warmth and exotic touches you would find in far off lands.  This is inspired by flavours from India and the Middle East and will a quick favourite for many of the people who try it.  Light and fluffy and full…

Hearty Harira Soup

Don’t let the ingredients overwhelm you, the hard part is chopping but you can do that ahead of time.  Avoid using a food processor for that because it’ll do it too fine and you’ll loose that rustic chunky consistency.  All ingredients are easy to get and the result will be well worth it.  So prep…