The Mystery of Moroccan Tagines

“The word Tagine has reached folkloric status. People are charmed both by the promise of a complexly flavoured dish and by the visually seductive image of the cooking pot of the same name, with it’s round low-rimmed earthenware bottom and high conical top. … Tagine pots are versatile, and I strongly recommend that you acquire …

Ramadan In USA

“My Ramadan food memories come from my family’s very Egyptian kitchen in the US, where I grew up. One of the most important aspects of the season was to feed the community around us.”  – Sarah Dajani, Pastry student at Le Cordon Bleu Paris    While the US is not the first place that pops …

Ottoman Ramadan Traditions & Foods

“This evening is number 16 As the month of Ramadan goes Today the Janissaries got Baklava from the Padisah” – Ottoman Fasil recited at the palace when Baklava trays have been distributed to the Janissaries   Ramazanlik (The Ottoman Ramadan Pantry) Unlike today, in old times, fruit, vegetable and dried goods were not available throughout the …

Luqam and Medieval Islamic Cooking

How food travels around the world fascinates me The Medieval Islamic dish: Luqam Al Qadi Despite having published the recipe of Luqam (AKA Awwameh) a few years ago (find the recipe here), I had to include this recipe again this year because as I have come to learn, Luqam Al Qadi happens to have such an interesting …

Flavoured Water, The Old Fashioned Way

It is essential to stay hydrated. A statement we hear all the time. I always wondered why we needed all the reminders! But then we often hear statements like: “I don’t drink water”, “I hardly ever drink any water” or may have experienced days when “I simply forget to drink water”!! On the other hand …

The Cultural Traditions of Ramadan in Iraq

The Almost Tangible Spirit of Ramadan From Communal breaking of fast, to ancient open markets filled with buyers and buzzing with sounds to after Iftar outdoor games played with the enthusiasm of the Mondial, and the qussakhoun (story tellers) entertaining customers of coffee houses during the evenings, to children trick or treating in their neighbourhoods… all …

Ramadan Special 2013 – Teaser

The Spirit of Ramadan With its own unique spiritual flavour, enthusiasm, and excitement – its communal prayers and its Iftar and Suhoor meals to which friends and family are invited – Ramadan has always been a very special month, as it still is today.  Ramadan is a month of celebration that is enthusiastically awaited and …

#GoOrganic WHY IT’S ESSENTIAL

These are links to posts I had posted about going organic and why it is essential to be mindful in our food choices. Also included are links for organic lifestyle, where to get organic produce and foods in the UAE, as well as links for the farmers market and people’s feedback…   I have gathered …