Thursday, July 2, 2015

809. Frozen Berry with Hot White Chocolate Sauce

Few desserts qualify as impressive, delicious, fast, and easy at the same time. This near-instant dessert is dinner-party quality, and leaves room for personal preferences.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Spirulina: What Is It?

I have partnered with the wonderful folks at to share a non-sponsored infographic about a superfood called Spirulina. I have been curious about spirulina for a while now and want to start adding it to my smoothies for added nutritional benefit. It is very rich in protein and antioxidants, and is included in the diet of astronauts to keep them healthy and strong!
If, like me, you have never heard of spirulina, this infographic will help get you acquainted.

Monday, June 29, 2015

807. Chicken Drumsticks with Pea Brown Rice

There must be at least a million and one different ways of cooking chicken and rice.
This is variation number X on the blog, and you have a choice of making it a one-pot wonder or going for the slightly more effort-requiring (but more presentable) separate cooking method.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

806. Calissons

Calissons are a non-bake cookie/candy resembling marzipan but with a fruity undertone. They are topped with a sleek layer of royal icing, and must undergo two drying stints at room temperature.

Friday, June 26, 2015

805. Buffalo Cauliflower

This vegetarian appetizer is a sheep in wolf's clothing.
It sound and looks so indulgent and bad, yet it's really all healthy and good. It's baked; not fried.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

804. Greek Pea, Potato, and Dill Stew

If someone told me this dish was created to cater to my tastes, I would believe it. It does not get much better than this for me: peas, potato, dill, in a stew. Just add fluffy steamed rice on the side, and I could eat this daily without complaints.

Friday, June 19, 2015

803. Pan-Fried Beef Shawerma

Shawerma (شاورمة) is one of those beloved street foods that is very difficult to replicate at home. It is known as guss (كص عراقي) to Iraqis. What it is, is stacked fillets of chicken or beef on a huge skewer the length of a man's arm, that have been marinated in a special mix for a day (sometimes two), and are cooked on a revolving spit.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

802. Pistachio-Stuffed Dates

Stuffed dates are a big thing in most Arab and Muslim households (walnut, halva, and now pistachio).
Contrary to popular belief, Muslims do not only fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Sure, that time is the only compulsory fasting duty, but fasting is an act that constantly reminds us of the temporary nature of this life and draws us closer to our Lord and remembrance of the hereafter.

Monday, June 15, 2015

801. Roasted Aubergine-Yogurt Dip

Similar to baba ghanouche, this roasted aubergine-yogurt dip is the Europeanized version. It lacks the essential tahini, hence yielding a somewhat lighter dip.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

800. Home-Made Marshmallow (No Thermometer!)

If there is one thing I tend to avoid in the kitchen is thermometer candy making. So I should probably start right off saying you can make these marshmallows without a thermometer.