Cuisine: 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.

Plum Preserves

Plum Preserves

Plum Preserves is quite easy to make. You can take some not-so-beautiful plums and make some gorgeous preserves with them. Follow along this easy recipe to learn how!

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.

Strawberry Fig Preserves

Strawberry Fig Preserves

I still remember the first time I had strawberry fig preserves. It was when I was in my twenties and worked at a women’s jail. One of the older ladies that worked there always made preserves and different types of jams and brought them in for everyone to enjoy.

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.


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