Ingredient: sea salt

Assyrian Vermicelli Rice

Assyrian Vermicelli Rice

Rice, a staple in the Assyrian diet, is served as a side to most meals. Whether it’s present alongside stew or kababs, or as the main meal, as in Biryani, somehow we manage to sneak it into the menu.

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

For the past year, I’ve been trying to perfect sourdough bread baking. In January, I started my own sourdough starter. Since then, I have baked many a loaf of bread, trying to get it right.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Pickled Green Tomatoes (Toorsheyeh)

Pickled Green Tomatoes (Toorsheyeh)

Well it’s summer and I have tomatoes growing out of my ears! What to do with all these tomatoes? I’ve made salsa, salads, sun-dried tomatoes and still have a lot of green tomatoes left. Then I remembered my mother used to pickle green tomatoes.

MIDDLE EASTERN ZA’ATAR SPICE BLEND

MIDDLE EASTERN ZA’ATAR SPICE BLEND

Za’atar is a delicious blend of sesame seeds, sumac and herbs. It is used widely in the Middle East to enhance the flavor of a  variety of dishes. Za’atar is most commonly mixed with olive oil and spread on flat bread, but that’s only the beginning to the endless possibilities!


Join Mailing List
Get notified when a new recipe is posted!
We respect your privacy.