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…

Middle eastern donuts: zalabia

Zalabya or Loqmet el qady is the middle eastern version of donuts. They are crunchy from outside though and covered with powdered sugar or more traditionally a sugar syrup. The best you can ever eat is in Alexandria, Egypt. They are all shaped like perfect sized small balls as in donuts holes. Unless you make…

Easy appetizer: Crispy cheese triangles

This appetizer or snack is super easy and fast to make. It is always an awesome side dish and make any meal looks fancier. It should not take more than few minutes to have this dish on the table. Ingredients Few egg rolls square sheets (if not found, Fillo dough can be used) 4 tablespoons feta cheese…

The secret of crispy qatayef

Qatayef is the most traditional Ramadan dessert. I do not recall eating it except during the fasting month of Ramadan but at that time, I would like to eat it every single night after Iftar. In middle east countries, you can get the qatayef dough from the bakery, fresh and ready made to be stuffed right…

Egyptian macarona bechamel: white or red?

Macarona bechamel is an Egyptian dish that MUST and I say “must” exist in every big gathering or dinner or a wedding buffet. It is a yummy mix of pasta, ground beef and béchamel sauce. However, there is a big dilemma and people usually split in two groups like when you see Five guys versus in…

Some kind of rice recipe: Very nice mistake?!

Sometimes, you plan to cook a specific dish for lunch or dinner but something happens to change the plan! Missing ingredient or a wrong step that could change the dish to better or worse. This rice was one of the good mistakes I made. I was craving “maqluba” that is a middle eastern rice dish with layers of beef, eggplants,…

Egyptian Fried Cauliflower

Egyptian fried cauliflower Fried cauliflower is one of the most delicious Egyptian vegetable dishes. Cauliflower has a unique taste, it looks like a broccoli but white and it tastes so different. I have never seen a purple cauliflower until I came to USA, it looks so beautiful, i would rather put it as a decoration than eat…

Chicken shawarma wrap with white garlic sauce

Shawarma is my favorite dish ever! I have only tried the Egyptian and Lebanese shawarmas, they are so good! However, I heard that the shawarma in Iraq could be one of the best in the world per my husband. I love beef shawarma as well as the chicken one. The beef shawarma usually goes with…

Chicken with some good Indian flavors from a beginner

     I have never met anybody yet who is not in love with Indian food. The spices, the sauces and the naan, how can you go wrong with that?! There are quite few dishes that remind me of the Egyptian cuisine specially any meat with sauces, the bread, the fried veggies and samosa. However, curry…

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…