Category Middle Eastern

Easy Za’atar Bread at Home

Za’atar bread: a savoury flatbread slathered with a za’atar/oil/salt topping.  It’s a delicious take out from my local middle eastern bakery (and they even warm it up for you to go) and I buy some every time I go shopping there.  Yummy substitute for plain old pita to serve with hummus or other dip. However, […]

Spiced Chicken with Warm Hummus

Sometimes the most difficult part for me when creating a blog post is the title.  I want to entice you to open the post so it has to lure you in.  This recipe is an amalgamation of two components: warm hummus and spiced chicken. But I made the decision to put the spiced chicken in […]

Golden Vegetable Couscous

Good morning folks.  Driving to the gym in Ottawa this morning, I watched the temperature drop from -1°C (30°F) to -18°(0°F) in only four minutes, pulling out of my garage to pulling into the parking lot at GoodLife Fitness.  But what a great way to warm up and kick start my day. So I’m glad […]

Shakshuka for Two — Eggs with Something Egg-stra

. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.  Eggs. Eggs. Eggs.  So versatile for every meal of the day.  A few weeks ago, I was so excited to be invited by  Food & Farm Care Ontario to take a tour of Burnbrae Egg Farms, in Lyn, Ontario, a short drive from Ottawa. Farm & Food Care is a wonderful […]

Dolmas Lasagna

Mezze, tapas, finger food.  All words describing small plates of food on a table for sharing.  What happened to the word ‘smorgasbord’ meaning a meal with many different foods placed out to share? Or am I showing my age? Nowadays, Mezze is a selection of small dishes served in Greece, Turkey and middle eastern countries. […]

Persian Chicken with Walnuts and Pomegranates

Six times a year, I acquire another Food and Drink magazine from the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) to add to my collection.  I found an interesting article on pomegranates in the Holiday 2014 Issue and I was drawn to this exotic Persian Chicken with Walnuts and Pomegranates recipe. It may have been the […]

I love Sumac in Spinach Salad with Dates and Almonds

I remember salads growing up consisting of mainly iceberg lettuce, cut up carrots and celery.  Store bought salad dressing.  Nothing fancy or exotic.  But salads nowadays are just wonderful.  Not only vegetables from all over the world, but fruits, nuts, grains and herbs.  And salad dressings using various oils, seasoned vinegars…fresh and flavourful.  This spinach […]