Maqluba is a Levantine dish that goes back to the 13th century. It consists of meat or chicken, rice, and fried vegetables arranged in layers in one pot then flipped when served, hence the name Maqluba which translates as "upside down". Maqluba is a savory cake! And like most cakes, it is often prepared for feasts, celebrations, and family gatherings. This is my take on this traditional dish; I kept it healthy by using extra virgin olive oil and by roasting the veggies instead of frying them. I use chicken thighs because the bones are essential in terms of flavor. I flip it, finish it with toasted almonds, chopped parsley, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and serve it with cold yogurt on the side. It is not a fast and easy dish to prepare, it really requires attention to detail and lots of love. Gather your loved ones around the table to flip your Maqluba, the aromas will be irresistible, the steam will fill the air, and believe me everyone would want to taste! Just like that, your hard work will be worth it.
Have you ever used rice in a salad? It's such a wonderful idea! Rice is an amazing flavor carrier. I created this Spring rice salad to celebrate the gorgeous seasonal produce we have during this time of the year. Spring onions, arugula, asparagus, sweet juicy apricots, and let's not forget about goat cheese. For the dressing, I simply used great quality extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, beautiful pomegranate molasses, and smashed garlic. This salad is full of flavor, quick to put together, and plays your tastebuds beautifully. It goes amazing with grilled chicken by the way. Check it out!
Are you a sweet breakfast lover like me? If yes, then these fresh cherry scones are for you. If not, I think this recipe will covert you. Ha! They are buttery, crumbly, and full of sweet bursting cherries with orange zest that makes the flavors pop. They make the kitchen smell like heaven and will make you happy. Best served with coffee and orange juice. So good!
This salad hits all the right notes: vermicelli rice noodles, crunchy veggies, fresh herbs, a bit of chili to spice it up, and toasted sesame seeds! And the dressing is perfectly balanced, creamy, it brings everything together beautifully. I use a little bit of it to glaze juicy pan-fried shrimp right before serving. So good! You can replace the shrimp with salmon, chicken, or just leave it vegetarian. Make it!
Fresh Peas are popping everywhere this time of the year. They are tender and super sweet, I can snack on a pile by myself! I love to pair them with olive oil, spring onions, lemon, mint, fennel, and chili for a little kick. And there is nothing like pasta to bring all this goodness together. It's such a light and delicious dish. Check out the recipe!
Tahini and Carob Molasses go together like Labneh and Zaatar! There is a small bowl of Carob Molasses and Tahini sitting on the kitchen table in almost every Lebanese house. This cake is my take on possibly the most traditional Lebanese sweet duo. When you cut it you see those beautiful light and dark swirls! It smells amazing and tastes like home.
This pasta dish smells and tastes like Spring. The salsa verde is simply made of parsley, basil, garlic, capers, lemon juice, lemon zest, and extra virgin olive oil. Use the best ingredients you can get your hands on for the best results. Farfalle, pan-fried seasonal fresh asparagus, salsa verde, with grated parmesan please! Easy, fast, fresh, and delish!
These savory shortbread cookies are buttery, cheesy, and crumbly. They are flavored with rosemary, made pretty with wild sage leaves, and finished with Fleur de Sel for that extra touch. They melt in your mouth! Best served with a glass of Chardonnay. Cheers!
The first time I tested this cake, I was very skeptical about using olive oil in a sweet recipe. It's actually not something that I am familiar with. Then I licked the spatula... hmmm interesting. It started smelling really good while baking, and I was very excited to taste it. I cut myself a nice piece, I had a small bite, and I fell in love! I discovered that baking with olive oil brings out its wonderful fruitiness. This is my simple olive oil lemon cake recipe. Its sweetness is balanced by the tartness of lemon, it's fluffy, moist, fruity, light, and delicious. I like to drizzle it with a lemon glaze, but you can serve it as is.
Back when I was a university student, each year during lent my friend and I used to order the most amazing fried cauliflower wraps from a restaurant nearby, and we used to enjoy them in the university garden under the Spring sun. Perfectly crispy cauliflower florets arranged on a Lebanese pita loaf, with tomato slices, smothered with a thick lemony tahini sauce, and wrapped tight. Such a happy memory. I remember the yummy bites, the laughs, and the beautiful weather! This recipe is my interpretation of the legendary crispy cauliflower and tahini. The cauliflower steaks are breaded, pan-fried, served on creamy hummus bi tahini, and topped with delicate pomegranate seeds. A squeeze of lemon is a must! Check it out.
Dipping a beautiful twisted sweet Kaakeh in warm milk is one of my favorite childhood memories. My mom's Kaaks taste like home! They are golden, crumbly, nicely spiced, and they make the most delicious snack. Here's the recipe.
That moment when you tear a fresh warm Kaakeh apart and you dip it into Labneh and Zaatar! HAPPINESS. This is my easy Kaakeh Asrouniyeh recipe. Soft, delicious, and fluffy. Perfect for breakfast!
There is nothing like getting comfy in front of the TV with a bowl of crunchy chips to watch your favorite show. Store-bought chips are packed with unhealthy ingredients that are no good for you! So here's a healthy chips recipe, made with Tannour bread, Mexican spice mix, and a touch of olive oil. Very simple, flavorful, and crunchy. Perfect for dipping into chunky guacamole!
This is not a chocolate fondant. This is Carob Molasses Sfouf gone fondant! The rich oozy center is made of a strawberry and molasses reduction, while the cake is a typical Sfouf. I believe this makes it a Lebanese Valentine's dessert. I like to let an ice cream scoop melt on top of my warm fondant, and dig into it. Delicious!
Cheesy garlicky stuffed chicken, with mushrooms, and Spaghetti twirls swimming in a light creamy sauce. Come on, everyone loves it! I stuffed the chicken with garlic confit from Jar Thuraya, sundried tomatoes, lemon zest, and Emmental cheese. The garlic confit cloves are so sweet, they take the dish to a new level. And when you cut a piece of chicken, and that sauce seeps into the filling. SO GOOD!
This soup is a mix between the classic onion soup and the famous pumpkin soup! The sweetness of caramelized onions marries perfectly with the creamy deliciousness of butternut squash, cream, thyme, and a touch of nutmeg. For extra indulgence, I serve it with cheesy toasts. What I really want is to cozy up in my favorite spot and eat a big soul warming bowl of this. Such a treat!
You know when you crave something sweet yet you don't have a lot of time to spare, but you still want to eat something really delicious? Well these stuffed baked pears might be what you are looking for! They come together in few minutes, they are full of flavor, they are gorgeous, and they are on the light side. Juicy pears stuffed with your favorite chocolate spread, topped with a simple oat crumble, then baked until soft and smelling amazing. Oh yum!
You know when you see something and you expect it to have a certain taste? Well when you see those tarts, you expect to taste some sort of custard filling. But these beauties have honeyed melty Akkaoui cheese, flavored with cinnamon, orange zest, and a nice crunchy surprise, encased in buttery puff pastry! The strawberries sit beautifully on the cheese filling, then they are baked until the pastry is puffed up and golden. So good!
This dish celebrates the sweetness and acidity of apples! Crispy juicy chicken thighs are braised with apple wedges, shallots, Sujuk, and herbs in a creamy sauce that has apple cider, apple cider vinegar, and lots of good things! It is best served with a creamy potato mash and a cup of cold cider. Heavenly!
This is a healthy granola recipe, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, flavored and naturally sweetened with carob molasses. It has oats, walnuts, apple chips, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and a touch of orange zest. Better than any store-bought version out there. Try it!
Juicy leg of lamb cooked low and slow in wine, with veggies and aromatics, for hours and hours until it starts falling off the bone. Such an impressive festive dish, perfect for the holidays!
Delicious almond coconut bliss balls, light, soft, spiced, and brought together in the form of super cute Snowmen. There might be a chocolate surprise in one of the balls too! Come on, who wouldn't like this? Check the easy recipe right here.
There is nothing like my delicious Christmas cake! It celebrates amazing Lebanese flavors; Carob Molasses, marmalade, Kamar El Dine, Lebanese single malt, lots of dried fruits, and the creamiest Ashta frosting. It smells, tastes, and looks like Christmas!
Chocolate and pears are a beautiful match! This is a rich yet light chocolate cake flavored and topped with spiced poached pears. It is easy to prepare, incredibly delicious, and perfectly spiced. Perfect for your winter baking.
These are not your usual homemade Snickers, because they are beautifully flavored with Lebanese Carob molasses. Healthy, no added sugar, not too sweet, easy to prepare, and better than any store-bought chocolate you might taste. They are finished with a light molasses drizzle for extra flavor. I am craving a Lebanese Snickers right now!
This dish is the ultimate celebration of mushrooms! Rice noodles cooked in a fragrant mushroom broth, along with carrot and Chinese cabbage, topped with the most amazing glazed mushrooms. Super delicious, packed with mushroom flavor, and just perfect for a cozy night in. Don't be fooled by the long ingredient list, this dish is actually pretty easy to prepare. Check it out!
My spiced chocolate chunk soft pumpkin cookies are the best rainy weekend day activity. They are super delicious, so soft, beautifully spiced, and easy to prepare. Make yourself a cup of tea, put on some music, and prepare these beauties. They are a true celebration of Fall!
A beautiful piece of salmon does not need much work. I like to pair a nice salmon fillet with subtle flavors that complement its amazing taste. Some olive oil, a bit of citrus, a touch of honey, few thyme sprigs, and of course some spice!
Here is a delicious sheet pan dinner for you: beautifully seasoned crispy skin chicken, paired with pumpkin, broccoli, feta cheese, drizzled with a garlicky, spicy, and lemony sauce. Only few steps and you got yourself a delicious meal!
These are definitely the best cupcakes I've ever prepared so far, and let me tell you why. They are light, fluffy, moist, perfectly spiced, sweetened with fresh figs, topped with a creamy honey mascarpone frosting, and finished with a pretty fig wedge and a drizzle of honey. Heaven!
If you're craving a sweet healthy breakfast, then this granola bowl is for you! Fresh Laban flavored with banana, cinnamon, chocolate hazelnut spread, topped with granola, strawberries and honey. So good!
There is nothing like homemade soft pretzels! Soft and pillowy on the inside. Tanned and salty on the outside. Sprinkled with Zaatar and salt for that Lebanese touch! I love to have them warm with a cheese dip or some Labneh.
My chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food. It has lots of nutritious veggies, tender chicken bits, chicken stock, creamy light sauce, and golden puff pastry. I love to finish it with flaky seasoned salt for more texture and crunch. Even though the ingredient list is long, the dish is easy to prepare, and super delicious. Make it!
I THINK THIS RED LENTIL DIP IS BETTER THAN HUMMUS. There, I said it! let the haters come at me... It's made of split red lentil, charred bell pepper, garlic, Tahini, lemon juice, salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil. It's better topped with grilled veggies, Halloum sticks, crunchy sumac onions, tomato, and baby spinach leaves. It wouldn't be complete without a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on top. Serve it with toasted pita for dipping. Such a delicious treat!
If you google "Freekotto", you'll know that this word doesn't exist at all. I invented it because I cooked Freekeh, risotto style and I had no idea how to name this dish! Anyway, let's talk about the flavors here; mushrooms cooked in cultured ghee, aromatics, beautiful Freekeh, homemade vegetable stock, feta for creaminess, lemon zest for tang, and fresh French thyme. Sounds amazing, right?
This is not your usual pizza. It's light, perfectly crunchy, full of flavor, and completely Lebanese! The sauce is made of fresh Zaatar leaves, garlic, chili flakes, extra virgin olive oil, then brushed on top of a homemade pizza dough, topped with mushrooms, goat Labneh, and baked until the kitchen smells like heaven. How about you give this a try?
Lentils are definitely one of my favorite grains. The are super delicious, versatile, high in protein, iron, fiber, and they cook pretty fast too. Here's a lentil Autumnal salad that's beautiful, super healthy, and packed with warm flavors. And of course you have to have it with grilled Halloum because it's always better with a little bit of cheese on top!
This is an easy, super delicious dish, perfect for a cold weekday night. Saucy Cremini mushrooms, served over creamy mashed potatoes, finished with crunchy almonds, and extra virgin olive oil for more soul. Make it!
When I made this recipe for the first time I wasn't planning on calling it Knefeh, since it is nothing like the traditional dish. Then I discovered that it has all the Knefeh charm; oozy interior, rich fried exterior, drizzled with honey, and just perfect. It is definitely a lighter, easier, more colorful version of your usual Knefeh. Make it and thank me later!
There is nothing like stacking up warm fluffy banana honey pancakes on a lazy weekend morning, topping them with fruits, and drizzling them with sweet honey. No need to say anything more, it's just pure goodness! check out the recipe.
These Hasselback potatoes have everything you'd want from potatoes! They are crispy on the bottom and the top, soft in the middle, double brushed with a garlicky nutty Zaatar mix, sprinkled with juicy pomegranate seeds, and it wouldn't work without a little bit of lemon zest on top. Check out the easy recipe!
My to die for Labneh cheesecake bars prove once again how versatile Labneh really is. They are light, creamy, sweet, a touch tangy, they melt in your mouth, and they are better eaten with your eyes closed!
There's a million way to eat Labneh, but this is certainly my favorite way. Labneh dip with fennel, pomegranate seeds, fried pine nuts, lots of olive oil, served with perfectly baked pita. Simple but it always excites me!
This is definitely a spicier, more interesting version of your usual breakfast eggs. They are served on a toasted tortilla, with crispy chorizo, salsa Fresca, creamy avocado, and lemon wedges for squeezing. Sounds delicious, right?
This mushroom curry makes a superb comforting dish. It's spicy, a touch sweet from the coconut cream, has the right amount of tang from the lime juice, and the rice soaks up all this goodness!
My no bake oat Matcha bars are better than any store-bought version you can get your hands on. Healthy, delicious, and loaded with the good stuff. Check out the easy recipe.
Toasted corn tortillas, loaded with incredible juicy shredded beef, with summery pineapple salsa, and avocado. A squeeze of lime over everything and you've got the perfect weekend lunch!
Here's my take on a Turkish dish Adana Kebab. I served the juicy kebab with lemon yogurt, crispy paprika chickpeas, and toasted flatbread. Delicious!
Fresh baguette, topped with homemade pesto, beautiful yellow oyster mushrooms, juicy tomatoes, Parmesan crisps,... should I keep talking? Make this Tartine recipe, and thank me later!
This lamb Tagine is succulent, juicy, spicy, and sticky. Serve it with dried fruit rice to soak up all this lovely sauce.
Making a Thai red curry paste for this dish is everything! Believe me when I tell you that if you make your own curry paste once, you'll never go back to store-bought jars again. It's a lot of work but it's so worth it. Fry some aromatics, then your paste, add coconut milk, fish sauce, honey, spinach, salmon, coriander, lime zest, lime juice, and you got yourself a delicious, comforting, saucy, to die for curry! It's best served with noodles, crunchy pistachios, and lime wedges for extra tang.
Flaky puff pastry, Akkawi cheese, crunchy pistachios, sweet peaches and apricots, all baked together to create the perfect mini tarts. Finish off each tart with honey, black pepper, flaky salt, and basil for an appetizer that’s perfect for everything from brunch, to lunch, to entertaining on a summer night.
Spicy Sujuk sausages beautifully arranged on a bed of onions, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, sprinkled with amazing Oriental Zaatar mix, baked to perfection, then finished with lemon juice and pomegranate molasses for a special tang. Super easy but packed with amazing bold flavors!
The secret to this delicious recipe is the spicy rub. Get yourself a good chili paste (I love Harissa), mix it with honey, spices, olive oil, lemon zest, rub it all over the chicken, and roast it on a bed of sweet carrots, with fresh thyme sprigs, and lemon slices because chicken and lemon are the perfect match. You'll definitely get spicy, juicy, lemony chicken that smells heavenly and tastes even better!
I never thought that browned butter and feta are this amazing together! They give this Tartine a distinct, indulgent and rich taste. I mean fresh multi-cereal baguette, topped with nutty browned butter feta, amazing fruits, crunchy walnuts, baby chard leaves, drizzled with sweet natural honey with a touch of spicy black pepper, what could be better? So easy, full of flavor and just gorgeous!
Summer happiness on a plate? let me tell you what that is; nests of al dente spaghetti, with homemade pesto, lots of lemon zest, summer peas, crispy spicy chorizo, sweet tomatoes, creamy fresh mozzarella, all drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Perfection!
Easy, comforting, swirled with Emmental cheese, olive tapenade, crunchy pistachios. Serve as a brunch, appetizer, or even as a side dish. I love having these buns with a spicy tomato sauce for dipping. Delicious!