Vegetarian

Kahlua Coffee Cheesecake

Kahlua Coffee Cheesecake

Yesterday was my birthday, and I found myself counting calories and carbs once again. So what’s a woman to do, skip birthday cake this year? Heck no; I decided to take a day off from my diet and enjoy a piece of cake, with a nice cup of coffee.

Creamy Yogurt And Herb Soup (Booshala)

Creamy Yogurt And Herb Soup (Booshala)

Booshala is the Assyrian equivalent to chicken soup. It is believed that this nutritious yogurt soup can relieve cold and flu symptoms, and quicken recovery. In fact, I recall mom making this soup anytime one of us was sick. She made it the way I […]

Cardamom Shortbread Cookies (Shakar Lama)

Cardamom Shortbread Cookies (Shakar Lama)

Cardamom is easily my favorite spice. It also happens to be very prominent in these cardamom shortbread cookies. I guess that explains why they are my all-time favorite cookie!

Healthy Bulgur Pilaf Recipe  ( Assyrian Pirda )

Healthy Bulgur Pilaf Recipe ( Assyrian Pirda )

Stop the presses! Today I’m sharing a recipe for a grain that’s healthier than rice, and has a delicious nutty flavor! That grain is called “bulgur.” Bulgur is not a commonly used word in the English language. I guess for a good reason, since it is Turkish in origin.

Moroccan Preserved Lemons Recipe

Moroccan Preserved Lemons Recipe

Preserved lemons, popular in North African Cuisine, are not only beautiful to look at, but a delight to taste! Marinating lemons in salt and their natural juice has been done for centuries. This was done as a way of preserving the lemons to be used during […]

Edamame Dill Rice

Edamame Dill Rice

Edamame Dill Rice is my spin on a popular Assyrian rice traditionally made with lima beans and dill. This rice is served alongside chicken and meat kabobs, or eaten by itself as a vegetarian dish.

Jalapeño Cheddar Sourdough Bread

Jalapeño Cheddar Sourdough Bread

This was the first sourdough bread recipe I ever came up with. I loved the idea of Jalapeño Cheddar Sourdough Bread because as I’ve mentioned before, everyone in my family loves spicy food. The cheese is just an added bonus!

Mexican Spanish Rice

Mexican Spanish Rice

So, you might be wondering, what’s with the name? Are we making Spanish rice or Mexican rice?  In truth, I had a hard time deciding what to name this recipe. You see, I wanted those searching for both names to be able to find this […]

Mexican Pickled Carrots

Mexican Pickled Carrots

Sometimes I share recipes that are quite complicated. I wonder to myself how many people out there will actually even tackle the recipe. Then there’s times when I share very basic recipes that even a beginner can master. This is one of those recipes.

Samovar Tea (Chai it Simawar)

Samovar Tea (Chai it Simawar)

Samovars originated in Russia, but are also very popular in the Middle East, and in parts of Europe. They are used to heat water, and brew tea fit for kings and queens!

Mom’s Orange Cake (Caka’t Pertikaleh)

Mom’s Orange Cake (Caka’t Pertikaleh)

This orange cake is usually served with Middle Eastern tea when guests arrive. I hope you get to enjoy a slice with your guests soon!

Assyrian Sugar Cubes (Shachar D’Shlama)

Assyrian Sugar Cubes (Shachar D’Shlama)

In the Middle East, sugar cubes are commonly served with hot tea, or Chai, as it’s called. Assyrians call these sugar cubes “Shakar (or shachar) D’Shlama,” which when translated means “Sugar of Peace.”

Pickled Mango (Amba)

Pickled Mango (Amba)

If you had told me a few years ago that one day I’d be making my own amba (pickled mango) I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s just not a recipe that any of my family members have prepared before. Amba was purchased, not made. But guess what? Here I am, killing it!

Pineapple Chips

Pineapple Chips

Have you ever tried pineapple chips? If not, it’s time you did something about that! My daughter, Nena, tried them for the first time last Fall, and has been asking for them ever since.

Mediterranean Overnight Oats

Mediterranean Overnight Oats

Are you the type of person who always skips breakfast? Or, maybe you go for the sugary cereals instead? Allow me to introduce you to my current favorite healthy breakfast. The best part is that you can  enjoy it without feeling guilty!

Creamy Coconut Rice

Creamy Coconut Rice

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, maybe you’ve noticed that I LOVE rice! If I was going to be stranded on an island (and didn’t care about gaining weight) rice would easily be my food of choice.