• Air Fryer chicken wings
    Appetizers,  Dinner

    Air Fryer Chicken Wings

    Let me start off by saying that these air fryer chicken wings are so good that I made them two days in a row. They are juicy, yet crispy, and packed with flavor. Not only that, but you can have this ready in under 30 minutes! You can achieve the same crispiness by oven baking and deep frying but this is the best alternative as it makes the least amount of mess, least amount of time, and just as good if not better. The type I created for this recipe are air fryer buffalo wings. Buffalo sauce is one of my favorite’s with wings. It has just the right amount…

  • sliced citrus olive oil cake
    Dessert

    Citrus Olive Oil Cake

    I can’t help but bake during the holiday season! I mean, I always loved baking but something about making fresh cakes and cookies this time of year is extra special. It reminds me so much of my days working at the bakery where I have some of my fondest memories. Now, if you didn’t know, olive oil is a staple ingredient in any Middle Eastern home. It is literally our liquid gold. Ever thought of olive oil in a sweet treat? Trust me, it works! You will see when you try this citrus olive oil cake. It adds such a fragrant and moist flavor to this baked treat. What Citrus…

  • Hareeseh Mahshi Bil tamer (Semolina cake stuffed with dates)
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Hareeseh Mahshi Bil Tamer (Semolina Cake stuffed with dates)

    A traditional Middle Eastern Hareeseh is a semolina cake oftentimes drenched in a simple syrup and topped with almonds. This dessert has multiple names all dependent on the region its made in the Middle East. You may know it as Namoura, or even basbousa. They all refer to this delicious semolina cake. It is an extremely popular sweet treat; you can find it always everywhere and anywhere overseas. Semolina is used predominantly in the Arabic culture especially in desserts. In this baked good, coarse semolina is used as opposed to fine semolina. The two cannot be switched for this recipe. The semolina adds great flavor and texture to this cake;…

  • Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese
    Dinner,  Side Dishes

    Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

    All you need is 8 ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make this easy homemade Mac and cheese. When I think of comfort food; this is the dish that comes to mind. Nothing beats creamy cheesy goodness with perfectly cooked pasta. It is one meal that will always bring you joy. It makes for a crowd-pleasing side dish at any potluck especially next to turkey on a Thanksgiving table. Both kids and adults alike love this mac and cheese! I have had my share of Mac and cheese and this recipe is at the top. You get creamy, cheesy, and crunch all in one bite. What more…

  • chicken shawarma tacos
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Chicken Shawarma Tacos

    One of my fondest memories traveling to Jordan was eating shawarma with my cousins at 1 am while watching a movie. It was our thing. In Jordan, restaurants and shops would literally stay open into the night for people to enjoy. I love the nightlife over there; never a dull moment. The shawarma was unlike no other. Anyone who has tried it will tell you that but here in the states, we do our best to make shawarma as close as possible to what we know. Today, I made some chicken shawarma tacos using Wild Garden’s Marinade. I know, tacos are not traditional at all but this meal super delicious…

  • middle eastern baked kufta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Ramadan

    Middle Eastern Baked Kufta

    My blog’s two year anniversary was just the other day. Where does the time go? It makes me so happy to share a part of me with all of you. This recipe is influenced by my mama but has my special touches! You can say that Kufta is a staple in Middle Eastern households. It is made at least a few times a month in different forms. Sometimes grilled, sometimes baked with veggies or even in a tahini sauce. This recipe is really easy to put together and makes for a delicious meal with rice and salad. I promise this will be a recipe on rotation in your household! Servings:…

  • fruit cocktail
    Dessert,  Snacks

    Fruit Cocktail with Ashta

    This summer my parents went overseas to Palestine and Jordan to visit our extended family. On one occasion, my parents were downtown enjoying a fruit cocktail. This is a treat that I almost always purchased when I would go out to the city at a cafe. I know you may think cocktail and automatically figure it is some sort of a drink but no, it is just like a fruit parfait. Think of all fresh seasonal fruits layered with creamy Ashta infused with orange blossom water then topped with nutty pistachios and a drizzle of honey or syrup. My summer nights overseas consisted of these. Last night, we had friends…

  • Loaded Greek Fries
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Loaded Mediterranean Fries

    Is anyone else obsessed with fries? I’m that person who almost always orders fries with a meal when eating out. I know, so bad but so good. Not to worry guys, I stopped eating fried fries and now just eat either roasted potatoes or oven-baked crispy fries to satisfy that craving and feel less guilty. This recipe right here is my favorite version to eat fries. It has all the things that I love. Who can say no to garlic, feta, oregano, and lemon? They work so beautifully together. I first had Greek fries at a local cafe in NJ; one that I would frequent often with my friends. They…

  • pan-fried halloumi
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes

    Pan-Fried Nabulsi Cheese

    I have a love-hate relationship with cheese. I love it so much that growing up my family would call me Ms. Cheese. I am not even kidding! Unfortunately, I developed an intolerance for dairy in the last few years and can’t enjoy cheese as much as I used to. These however always hit the spot when I do decide to enjoy some dairy. They are lightly crisp on the outside yet super soft and melt in your mouth. How can you not give in? My mom made this all the time for Arabic breakfast and now I make it for my husband who loves it even more than I do!…

  • cod dinner
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Cod Dinner

    Hey friends! Lately, I have been a little obsessed with cod. I literally just discovered it a month ago and now I cannot get enough. We have it every week. If you arent familiar with it, it a white fish mild in taste but literally melts in your mouth. It takes on flavor really well. Growing up, my mother made one particular salad next to any fish dish she served and that is this parsley tahini-based salad known as bakdoonseyeh. It is creamy, citrusy and so delicious! I share the recipe with you all below because it pairs just beautifully with seafood. This cod dinner is a must-try and it…