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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!