Assyrian

Masgouf / Iraqi Grilled Fish

Masgouf / Iraqi Grilled Fish

Many consider masgouf to be the national dish of Iraq. Assyrians are not known for their seafood dishes. As a matter of fact, masgouf was the only fish dish my mom ever cooked.

Not Your Mother’s Hareesa

Not Your Mother’s Hareesa

Ask any Assyrian to list some of their favorite Assyrian dishes and hareesa will most likely be on that list. But because it takes so much effort to make, it’s usually only prepared for special occasions and holidays.

Assyrian Pickled Eggplant

Assyrian Pickled Eggplant

Recently, while visiting my sister in Chicago, we discussed some of mom’s old recipes. I mentioned that I recalled mom making pickled eggplant when I was younger, but didn’t recall her making them in my adult years.

Lamb Cracklin’ (Called Kizikeh in Assyrian)

Lamb Cracklin’ (Called Kizikeh in Assyrian)

Before cracklin’ ever made it’s appearance in the states, Assyrians and other cultures had already been frying animal fat, and enjoying it as a sinfully delicious snack for centuries!

Easy Beef or Lamb Shawarma

Easy Beef or Lamb Shawarma

Shawarma is meat that is stacked vertically on a spit and cooked slowly over many hours. Since most of us don’t have a spit handy or hours to cook, I’m sharing a tasty alternative.

Low Carb Spinach and Eggs (Beeah ooh Spanakh)

Low Carb Spinach and Eggs (Beeah ooh Spanakh)

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I am currently following a low-carb diet. This Assyrian recipe is one of my favorite low-carb breakfast dishes. It’s very simple to prepare, and amazingly good!

Beni’s Biryani

Beni’s Biryani

Yesterday was Biryani day at my sister, Beni’s house. I’m currently visiting her in Chicago. We have spent the last two weeks primarily cooking and eating! My brother was stopping by for a visit and requested we make biryani.

Preserved Grape Leaves

Preserved Grape Leaves

If you love grape dolma (stuffed grape leaves), then listen up! Store-bought grape leaves are gross! They are way too tough, and usually larger than they should be.

Spicy Jalapeño Hummus

Spicy Jalapeño Hummus

Although everyone is familiar with hummus these days, I remember not too long ago when I would take hummus to a potluck and friends had no clue what it was. Hummus has been a staple in the Middle East for hundreds of years!

Pickled Turnips

Pickled Turnips

You might be asking yourself, “pickled turnips? What exactly is a turnip?” Well, for one thing, it’s a root vegetable, and belongs to the Brassicaceae family.



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