Spinach with Ground Beef

  A lot of Egyptians cook the spinach dish in different variations like with meat, no meat, with eggs….etc. But I was never a big fan. I remember when I was about 8 years old, my mom tried to get me to eat spinach for lunch. She was so unsuccessful and it was a long…

Egyptians love stuffing stuff so why not potatoes?!

Stuffed potatoes with beef, sounds good, right?! My mom used to make this more than 2 decades ago, at first I thought it was her own invention. How would one think to take the insides of the potatoes and stuff them?! However, in Egypt, we love stuffing stuff, we stuff grape leaves, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, cabbage…

Egyptian Kabab Hala: Beef stew with potatoes

Kabab el hala means in english pot kabob. It is small pieces of beef cooked in its own broth with onions and garlic. Some people add mushrooms but the old traditional way is to add potatoes. Some people cook it in tomato sauce but I call this something else as in Kamounia. It is also very…

Egyptian kamounia recipe

Kamounia  is surprisingly not cooked that often in many Egyptian homes. It is basically beef stew with cumin and Egyptian tomato sauce. I noticed that there is a Tunisian kamounia as well that is very traditional in Tunisia. The only difference between the Tunisian and the Egyptian version is the usage of harisa and bell peppers…

Egyptian okra stew, the bamya recipe

Bamya is a very traditional Egyptian dish but it is still very common in all Arab countries. It is usually cooked with lamb, however I am not a big fan of lamb (despite of being middle eastern) so I usually cook it with beef instead. If you are a vegetarian, you can still follow the…

Egyptian recipe of beef stew with carrots and peas…Elbasila w el roz…

I remember running around the house trying to escape the vegetables meal when I was a kid. Most of the vegetables in Egypt are cooked along with beef stew and tomato sauce like “Peas and carrots”, “Spinach”, “Green beans” and many other veggies. I used to hate all of them when  I was a kid but again something…

Egyptian Hawawshi…my favorite was from a butcher shop

Egyptian Hawawshi is a very famous traditional Egyptian street food. However, it is prepared in Egyptian homes as well. The quality of the meat for the ones that are made at home is much better, but there is still something special about the ones made outside. Hawawshi is basically some type of dough or Egyptian…

Fried beef steak: If guilt does not kill me, this dish might!

Bofteek is the Egyptian name for that dish, it is also named sometimes in the fancier places in Egypt as escalope. In USA, you usually see a different version of it in many restaurants like claim jumper, lucille’s and many others. It is usually made with chicken or crumbled beef and covered with gravy. The Egyptian…

My experience with the Palestinian Shish Barak

My dear friend invited me to spend a day in her kitchen learning and watching how she and her mom make a very a traditional Palestinian/Jordanian dish. That dish is called “Shish Barak”. It was such a unique experience! I think that dish says a lot about Palestinian people. They are really strong and patient! In…

Kabab w Kofta or what is known as Kabob and Lula here…

I do not know why it is spelled like that or as Kebab, in Egypt, we pronounce it as if it is spelled like Kabab. This is one of the best dishes ever. The interesting fact that there is not a single Egyptian house that I know of who cook that dish at home. We…