Egyptian Baklava: Stuffed with cream

Baklava or as pronounced in Arabic as “baklawa” is one of the most famous desserts from the Middle East. I have not met anyone yet who does know this dessert. There are many middle eastern desserts, but this one has made it many years ago on the wall of fame. There is no doubt about it, it…

Sanyet El batates Recipe…Egyptian baked potato

Sanyet El batates is my mom’s specialty. She is the best one who can make this dish so far. It is basically baked slices of potatoes in the oven with tomatoes, onions and chicken or meat broth in the oven. You can also add some chicken or meat pieces on the top before placing the…

English Trifle with some Egyptian twists

I was invited 20 years ago to my one of my best Egyptian friend’s birthday. Her mom, May Allah bless her soul, used to make for her birthday every year the trifle. It is originally English and it is layers of sponge fingers or cake, custard, jam and fruits. In Egypt, we do not use…

Palestinian Musakhan

I have never heard of or tried the Musakhan dish until I met my dear Palestinian friend here in USA. Just by looking at it, I knew that this will be ridiculously delicious! It has different variations but traditionally it is pieces of bone in chicken that has lemony flavor from sumac and lime juice mixed with the…

Egyptian Fattah: Meat, rice, crispy bread and garlicy tomato sauce

Egyptian Fattah is a classic dish from the beginning of time. It is very ancient and many arabic movies highlight this dish in big feasts, weddings and any other big events that occur in villages and old Egypt. It has it all in one dish: meat, rice, bread and tomatoes. Egyptian dish is also known to…

Alexandrian beef liver: Kibda Iskandrani

I know beef liver might not sound delicious for some people. However, in Egypt and Middle East, beef liver is considered so yummy 🙂 It is also one of the most popular street food in Egypt but it is bit risky to eat it off food carts/trucks unless you trust the place very well. In Egypt,…

Beef Piccata Recipe

I noticed that chicken piccata is very common in USA. However, in Egypt, when piccata is referred to, it is usually beef. Beef piccata is always there in the Egyptian wedding buffets. Whenever I am invited to an Egyptian wedding, I wander around till I land in front of the beef piccata. I like the beef…

Easy Egyptian meat pockets

This is a super easy appetizer or snack. I am using the puff pastry as my dough for this recipe. I am a big fan of puff pastry as I use it for both desserts like with Om Ali or for savory as with this recipe. You can substitue the meat and fill it with…

Egyptian Eid butter cookies “El ghorayeba”

That would be a special night, the last night in Ramadan when every mom starts to prepare the dough for different types of cookies and put them in so many dark trays. Many years ago, we used to walk to the bakery “el forn” to bake the cookies for us since the trays were huge…

Egyptian rice with nuts and raisins: Ruz bil khalta

Ruz bilkhalta is a very popular middle eastern side dish. Each country has its own spices and way of making it. Some use caramelized sugar as the basis of the rice, some brown the rice itself in butter until golden color and some do both. There are some common factors across all the variations of different…