Knefe Bites

Disclaimer: If you’re a purist, then I highly advice you to look away, because this post will go against all your beliefs. As a grown up, I look back at some of the habits we had as kids that stuck with us as we grew older. One of these habits was having knefe for breakfast….

Muhallabia (Milk Pudding) w/ Apricot Jelly

If you’ve read the previous post then you’ve probably noticed a pattern growing. Middle eastern favorites, rose and orange blossom water, ingredients that are traditional to the region and make up almost 90% of its desserts. Ramadan is one week in, and the need for oriental desserts and sweets has spontaneously arrived. For some reason,…

Arabic Ice Cream (Booza Arabeye)

Light and intense. Smooth and creamy. No churn. No cream, no eggs, just pure middle eastern flavors. Ashta, mastic gum, Salep powder, Rose water, Orange blossom water, and pistachios. These handful of ingredients basically sum up middle eastern dessert flavors. All of them combined make up every Arab child’s favorite treat, Booza Arabeye (Arabic Ice…

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are stuffed with coffee ice cream for a rich, creamy treat. I am a firm believer in the positive effects ice cream can have on one’s soul, and that it should be enjoyed no matter what the weather. One of my favorite treats as a child was…

Le Cordon Bleu: 4-Day Traditional Bread Making Workshop

As I watched Chef Olivier’s calm, competent hands transform 4 simple ingredients into an array of different breads, treating each one with so much love, like every piece of dough was his little “bébé”, I couldn’t help but stand with a smile on my face at the thought of being in the presence of such great talent and passion.

Six Reasons You Should Not Start a Food Blog

I’m going to Paris tomorrow. And it’s not just a vacation. I am taking part of a workshop at Le Cordon Bleu. Yes, even as I type it out I can hardly believe it. It came as a very impulsive decision back at the end of 2016, when I turned a bit obsessed with bread…

Rosemary Yogurt Breakfast with Blood Orange

Experts say never to skip breakfast, and I rarely follow their advice – skipping breakfast more than I should. My mind can process only one thing in the morning, and it’s usually a choice between coffee or a breakfast meal. However, this recipe is was a game changer, it’s ready to eat before the coffee has…

Clementine and Thyme White Chocolate Truffles

I am not exactly a huge fan of white chocolate. It’s way too sweet and kind of sticky, and it melts between your fingers so bloody fast. White chocolate can be temperamental, and that’s not exactly the quality I’m looking for in chocolate when I need some comfort. Not the best opening line for a…

The “12 Days of Baking” of 2016

‘Twas the night before Christmas… And the “12 Days of Baking” series that is yearly awaited for has come to an end. For some reason, this year’s series was much different that the two before it. This year I end it with a heavy heart. I’m not going to get all emotional now. But since…

Day 11 of 12 Days of Baking: Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

First, play this; Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread are two treats that seem synonymous with winter. Nothing warms up my soul than sipping on hot cocoa and eating gingerbread cookies. This recipe brings the richness of coffee with the all the spices a gingerbread has to offer. It basically tastes like Christmas in a cup. When I say hot…

Day 10 of 12 Days of Baking: Christmas Classic Mincemeat Wreath

Let’s start off with a brief history lesson. I have always been fascinated by the fast that this fruity, Christmas dessert staple had the word “meat” in it. Reading on about it, its history is something somehow joyful to read. Long before Nigella introduced salted caramel to the nation, the English had a fascination for…