Namoura, Basbousa, and Harisseh, the Arabic Dessert with Three Names!

Imagine a moist dense cake with the tang of yogurt, the sweetness of honey and a hint of rose. This cake is so popular it goes by three different names all over the Levant. The Lebanese call this cake Namoura, the Palestinians call it Harisseh, and the Egyptians call it Basbousa. No matter what you…… Continue reading Namoura, Basbousa, and Harisseh, the Arabic Dessert with Three Names!

Homemade Vegan Nutella Recipe!

Before I get to the recipe of the day, I just wanted to let you know I have only 2 spots left in my Draeger’s cooking class coming up March 22nd! The class includes a demonstration, wine and light appetizers, and of course a tasting of this special menu I created just for my live…… Continue reading Homemade Vegan Nutella Recipe!

Strawberry Pomegranate Molasses Ice Cream Pie (Yeah it’s a Mouthful)

In PART III of my Pomegranate Molasses Series, I focus on dessert! Growing up, did you ever eat that throwback ice cream pie that had hideous ingredients in it like Cool Whip and Jello? When I got older and realized what Jello and Cool Whip were made of, I vowed never to eat that junk…… Continue reading Strawberry Pomegranate Molasses Ice Cream Pie (Yeah it’s a Mouthful)

High Protein Banana Souffle Pancakes!

I can’t tell you how long I gave up pancakes. When I was in my 20s, I could metabolize anything with no ill effects, but once I entered my 30s I realized I could not eat a bunch of refined carbs in one sitting.  Take for instance, pancakes. If I indulged in a stack of…… Continue reading High Protein Banana Souffle Pancakes!

Layali Lubnan- “Lebanese Nights” Semolina Custard with Rose Flower Water

My love affair with Layali Lubnan began when I was 10 years old. My mother brought me along with her to a bridal shower, and to be honest the endless conversations and gift opening of fine china bored me to tears. However, the lavish dessert table I eyed in the corner of the room redeemed…… Continue reading Layali Lubnan- “Lebanese Nights” Semolina Custard with Rose Flower Water

Ghraybeh- Arabic Shortbread Cookies (S Cookies)

These buttery shortbread cookies seem to appear in various parts of the Middle East with different names. Throughout the Arab world they are known as Ghraybeh, shaped either as the letter ‘S’ or as a diamond. In Greece these are known as Kourabiedes. In Armenia they are known as Kourabia. When my husband was a…… Continue reading Ghraybeh- Arabic Shortbread Cookies (S Cookies)

The Rumi Awards! And other updates

Hello Everyone, how are you all doing? I am still recovering from the insanity of the Christmas and New Year’s season–I am sort of in hibernation mode 😉 With the incessant California rain I thought it would be a good time to share with you my experience at the Rumi Awards! I was excited to be…… Continue reading The Rumi Awards! And other updates