Kyle’s apple salad

My husband and I are couchsurfers and enjoy hosting travellers at our home. It feels a bit like holiday without…

Cardamom ice cream

Cardamom is one of those spices which flavour makes you dream away into faraway lands. With its citrusy notes, it…

Causa with red beetroots

Causa is as traditional Peruvian a dish as it gets, right up there with the ceviche. It’s basically mashed potato…

Onion tajen

Tajen, not to be confused with tajine or tagine, is a spicy side dish with fish and tahin, sesame sauce….

Fish shawarma

During one my recent visits to Lebanon I discovered this wonderful shawarma variation at one of the best fish restaurants…

Octopus in red wine

At one of the best pizzerias in Rotterdam, La Pizza, I once ordered the Polpo Affugato as a starter: octopus…

Shawarma brochettes

Shawarma (or shoarma) is one of those dishes that you can find all over the world, especially in Middle Eastern…

Avocado ceviche

The traditional Peruvian ceviche is a wonderful dish and it all has to do with the marinade and sauce, called…

Avocado kebbeh

Kebbeh or kibbeh is one of the most traditional dishes in Lebanon. It consists of a type of meat, pumpkin or…

Bûche de Noël

For me Christmas isn’t complete without one these wonderful things: Bûche de Noël, Christmas yule log, a traditional French Christmas…

Almond pecan pie

Here’s another Lebanese-inspired dessert combining nuttiness and flower power 😉 The base is a sweet pastry and the filling is…

Knefeh

Whenever I go back to Lebanon, the first thing I do is pass by one of the many bakeries on the…

Persian dal

Lentil dal, or dhal or dahl, needs no introduction. This wonderful, flavoursome mash-like dish is most know in its Indian…

Pumpkin khoresh

This wonderful wintery recipe is inspired by Jila Dana-Haeri’s version in her book From a Persian Kitchen. It was love…

Saffron rice

If you want to summarize the wonderful Iran with one flavour, the final battle will be between saffron and pomegranate….

Kafta tortilla

The kafta mix changes from one country to another. My version is the Lebanese one. In short, kafta (also called…

Ceviche

The first time I tasted ceviche was in the land of ceviche itself, Peru, and I fell immediately in love…

Marinated olives

I’m a big fan of olives. I practically grew up with olives, enjoying them simply with fresh Lebanese flat bread,…

Kale fattouch

I have to admit right from the start: I was never a big fan of kale. I never really enjoyed…

Tomato with aïoli

In a couple previous recipes, I had included this little side dish but I think it deserves a little more…

Grilled halloumi

So this is probably the first recipe I post with only one ingredient. I wonder if you can still call…

Sage and lemon meatballs

I think it’s about time to post a meatballs recipe; because everybody loves meatballs, am I right? Variations are endless…

Potato pie

Besides the fact that it’s a very flavoursome dish, you can serve it in several different ways. You can do…

Hamburger

Hamburgers. They’re all around you, in all shapes and sizes, flavours and combinations. The variations are endless and so is…

Stuffed pumpkin

Feel the wonderful warming sensation of this dish during a cold, stormy autumn evening. Lovely creamy pumpkin, sweet and tangy…

Salmon skewers

Salmon is one of the most flavoursome fish out there. Smoked, baked or grilled, it’s always makes a great dish….

Sweet potato wraps

Are you as mad about sweet potatoes as I am? 😉 Then you should definitely give this recipe a try….

Chocolate mousse

Originally I had made this recipe as part of the tonca bean panna cotta and then I realised that it…

Tonca bean panna cotta

Panna cotta has become a very popular dessert. And what’s not to like? It’s delicious and great option for home…

Egg salad

This is a very simple recipe which will be done within minutes and doesn’t require much introduction needed to be…

Baba ghannouj

Ah! The baba ghannouj! Or moutabbal, as it is more commonly known in Lebanese restaurants. Simply put, baba ghannouj is…

Roasted cauliflower

This is a very easy, quick and flavoursome side dish or a simple snack with some bread and hummus or…

Batata harra

‘Batata harra’ in Arabic simply means ‘spicy potato’. If you ask me, no mezza (or mezze) table is complete without…

Coconut nammoura

This is a serious guilty pleasure! A mouthwatering cake made with coconut and semolina. In the Middle East and North…

Zucchini moutabbal

‘What’s a moutabbal?’ I hear you say. Well in Lebanon (and the Middle-East in general) it literally means ‘mixed’ and…

Manjar Blanco 2.0

As mentioned in another recipe, manjar blanco is the Peruvian version of dulce de leche. On its own it is…

Hummus galore!

Hummus. I, personally, cannot live without. I would gladly have it every day, any day. And I actually do that…

Lentils kibbeh

Yes! Another vegetarian kibbeh recipe (check out the pumpkin kibbeh)! This one is an Armenian version, 100% plant-based, spicy, healthy…

Labneh

Certain dishes are omnipresent in every household in Lebanon. Labneh is one of them; one must always have some in…

Pumpkin kibbeh

Kibbeh is one of the cornerstones of the Lebanese and Levantine kitchen. I think you can fill a whole book…

Manjar Blanco

You’re already probably wondering: manjar what? The answer is simple: manjar blanco is the Peruvian version of dulce de leche….

Hummus

I think I could eat hummus everyday. You can buy it everywhere these days and the best hummus was, is…

Kebabs with grilled halloum

Here’s another easy meaty recipe full of wonderful Middle-Eastern flavours. A delicious combination of spicy kebabs and gilled cheese. Halloum…

Nutty nammoura

Nammoura is one serious guilty pleasure. Forget calories and waist size for a moment and enjoy the warming sweetness of…