Ingredient: garlic

Tahini Sauce

Tahini Sauce

If you’ve never had tahini sauce, you are in for a treat! It’s a very popular condiment in the Middle East. It is usually served alongside falafel, but that’s not where the possibilities end!

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

Fall is the perfect time for ham and split pea soup. It’s warm, creamy, and oh-so-filling. The next time you bake a ham, be sure to save the bone so you can give this recipe a try.

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.

Chili Sauce

Chili Sauce

For the past few years my serrano pepper plant has been going crazy! It’s more like a bush. Last year I dried the peppers and we ate them as a side with Mexican food. This year I wanted to try something new.

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.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

One of my favorite things about summer is growing my vegetable garden. This year I had an abundance of tomatoes. You might have seen the recipe I shared a few weeks ago for pickled green tomatoes, which by the way were delicious!

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!

Smoked Octopus

Smoked Octopus

A couple of times a year, Scott likes to surprise Nena by bringing home octopus to be smoked in our smoker. It was during a family vacation to Hawaii that she fell in love with “Smoked Tako”, which is what they call smoked octopus in Hawaii.

ARGENTINIAN CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

ARGENTINIAN CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

Chimichurri is a spicy and versatile Argentinian sauce that can be served as an accompaniment to various meats, poultry and seafood.

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!


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