Filo Dough 101

So what is Filo dough? Phyllo, Filo or Fillo*, also known as sheet pastry doughs, which are paper-thin sheets of unleavened** flour dough, very commonly used in making pastries both sweet and savoury, especially in Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. * All spellings are correct and commonly used to refer to the same term. **Unleavened meaning: without …

Caviar

Background Caviar is Sturgeon’s eggs that have been brined or salted and allowed to mature. For the longest time, the Soviet Union was the sole producer of caviar. But since 1953 Iran’s Caspian Coast started producing 180 tons of caviar annually (Russia produces 1800 tons annually). Now the Caspian Sea produces 98% of world’s caviar. I …

Apple Brined Turkey – A recipe you will be happy to have

Ohh Yah! It’s the good old Turkey! It is that time of year again when you can have a feast, and I want to make sure you have a turkey recipe that you will be really happy with. I want you to confidently cook the big bird for your friends and family, knowing that you …

Mincemeat – is it a Trick or a Treat?!

  The first time I had mincemeat, I thought: “This must be a joke!” It was Christmas, and definitely not Halloween’s, but it sure felt like a trick and no way near a treat!! It was a school Christmas celebration and there was a lot of food on the table! A friend of mine had …

Christmas Cookie Exchange and little DIY projects

It is the countdown to Christmas! Have you been busy planning and organising? If not, get on with it, take the time to plan a celebration. Gather up your family and friends and make sure you all have a good time. One good place to start is to throw a cookie exchange party. A beautiful …

Dima’s Top 10 Cookie Baking Tips

Here is a quick post to help you with your cookie baking… Cookies like cakes are dependent on precise measurements. Make sure to measure your ingredients precisely to achieve best results. (This is important for all things baked, as ratios of dry to liquid ingredients is what creates the desired results) Cookies are not Bread. …

Festive Gingerbread Baking

“Run, Run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I am a gingerbread man!”  That is what comes to my mind when I think gingerbread cookies! A quote from the gingerbread man story we all read in childhood. Funny how some stories stay with us! Even funnier how these little cookies provoke lines of the …

Royal Icing FAQ

It’s the time of year again, when we rave about cookie decoration I have been receiving your emails regarding cookie decorations and royal icing, and have attempted to reply to each one, but since there are lots of them, and due to the overly busy schedule right now, I decided to write a post about …

In an Emirati Home – It Is All About Heritage & Culture

Happy National Day, UAE! In celebration of National Day, I had been invited over a fellow blogger’s home to learn about Emirati Cuisine. Arwa Loutah, opened her home to welcome us and share her family’s food traditions and recipes. A simple gesture that so profoundly reflects her pride and love of her local cuisine, her …

“I ♥ UAE” Say it with food! – Themed Cardamom Sugar Cookie Cutouts

United Arab Emirates National Day is just a few days away I remember when I was catering, this part of the year was extremely busy. At this point I would have been working on National Day Edible Arrangements, gifts, edible party favours and themed foods… Food is a fabulous medium for expression! For ages, people …