• closeup of cake
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Sticky Date Pudding

    This sticky date pudding is what dreams are made of! It is so moist and full of date flavor. The cake is subtly sweet despite being drizzled with a silky smooth butterscotch sauce. The cake itself has minimal sugar and is sweetened mainly from the date’s natural sweetness. The homemade butterscotch sauce gives it a luscious and extra moist texture while the nuts offer a needed crunch. When I think dates, I automatically think of Ramadan and with it upon us; this is the perfect cake for the occasion. Imagine this as the center piece dessert that I promise everyone will enjoy. Serve with the homemade butterscotch sauce and some…

  • cheese spring rolls
    Appetizers,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Cheese Rolls

    Who doesn’t love cheese? Yet alone, cheese rolls! These crispy and creamy cheese rolls are going to be a staple in your home once you give them a try! What I love most about them is that they are freezer-friendly and can be air fried making them much healthier to enjoy too! Sounds great, right? Also, takes under 30 minutes to prepare and cook! With Ramadan just a week away, all of these things are super important. This makes for a fantastic appetizer or side dish! For the pastry, use spring roll pastry as it is thin and fried to crisp perfection. It is also pliable and easy to stuff…

  • chicken and potato egg rolls
    Appetizers,  Ramadan

    Chicken Egg Rolls

    It is about time I share an egg roll recipe! I cannot believe that I have been blogging for 3 years and I have never shared one especially since I love them. There is just something about a handheld crispy and flavorful bite of food that keeps you going back for more. These chicken egg rolls are filled with tender bites of chicken and potato seasoned with curry. The outside is fried for just 2 minutes to make it super crispy yet not oily. I pair these with a delicious herby yogurt dip which has lots of dill and garlic. With Ramadan around the corner, these freezer-friendly appetizers will surely…

  • dawood basha
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Dawood Basha

    I am sure we all grew up with a variation of meatballs served for dinner. Meatballs seem to me in almost every culture in some shape or form. The one I enjoyed goes by the name, dawood basha. These Middle Eastern-flavored meatballs braised in a tomato sauce are so delicious with rice for a complete meal. I personally love adding potatoes to the dish to make it even heartier. In actuality, Dawood Basha is basically kofta kebabs shaped into meatballs. What makes this extra special is that tangy tomato sauce is cooked in with the pomegranate molasses. That truly elevates the dish! These meatballs require no eggs or breadcrumbs or…

  • spanakopita inside
    Appetizers,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes

    Spanakopita

    Let me tell you a story about how I discovered this delicious Greek spinach and cheese phyllo pie. Spanakopita has been a dish I have enjoyed since my pre-teens and I didn’t even know it! It wasn’t until my adult years where I frequented Greek restaurants that I realized this spinach and cheese phyllo pie that I have enjoyed for so long was actually called Spanakopita. You see, my mother’s friend Aunt Manal who is of Egyptian descent would make this all the time and bring them to family gatherings growing up. In Egypt, they have a dish called Goulash which is a ground beef phyllo pie. Instead of meat,…

  • almond semolina cake
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Almond Cake

    I was visiting my family in New Jersey several months ago when my aunt served me a slice of almond cake. Now, I love my aunt’s cooking and baking; and she had never served me this dessert before! So, I was intrigued to try and let me tell you; it is delicious! This almond cake recipe is actually addicting and I don’t even like cake! If I do eat cake, it has to be light, moist, and not overly sweet which this cake recipe hits all those notes. I did tweak the recipe by cutting down the sweetness but this is purely inspired by my aunt’s cake. Potential of this…

  • cabbage soup
    Ramadan,  Soups

    Cabbage Soup

    Let me start off by saying that this vegetarian cabbage soup is so delicious! I cannot believe I waited so long to make cabbage soup. What really motivated me was the extra boiled cabbage I had from making stuffed cabbage, malfoof. It worked perfectly for this hearty and flavorful soup. This is the most adaptable soup as it works fantastic with most vegetables! It is also so healthy and nutritious that you can just enjoy the whole pot on your own if you wish! Many people favor this soup for dieting as it is very low in calories and carbs. This also literally comes together in no time at all.…

  • The Best Beef Stew
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    The Best Beef Stew

    Nothing screams warmth and comfort like a bowl of hearty and rich beef stew. Better yet, served with some vermicelli rice for a delightful weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy. What makes this the best beef stew you may ask? The fact that it is so decadent with its spices, texture, and flavors. The beef and vegetables are fork-tender and the broth is seasoned to perfection. Also, my husband has told me twice last week when I was developing this that it is the best beef stew he has ever had! And I have to agree with him! Typically, the local butcher should have a section of beef…

  • Lentil Soup
    Ramadan,  Soups,  Vegan

    Creamy Lentil Soup

    This is a classic Middle Eastern creamy lentil soup also known as shorabet adas. It is amazing how a few simple ingredients can make such a phenomenal dish. This soup is not only vegan but gluten free and super easy to prepare. Growing up, my mom always made this up and I was never a fan until my adult years. I don’t know why it took me so long to fall in love with this creamy lentil soup. It has such amazing flavor and texture. It goes so well with crispy pita chips and a fresh squeeze of lemon. For this soup, red lentils is used as opposed to brown…

  • Dinner,  Ramadan

    Sayadieh

    This post is sponsored by Filippo Berio. All ideas are my own. Sayadieh is a classic Middle Eastern rice and fish dish that consists of fried white fish, fluffy spiced rice, caramelized onions, and a tahini salad. For this recipe, I decided not to deep fry my fish like most traditional sayadieh recipes to make it healthier and less messy! Trust me, it is just as good this way and better for you too! Now, if you ask me, my favorite part is the caramelized onions in the rice and the whole dish in general paired with the refreshing tahini salad. It is so so good and doesn’t take much…