Category Middle Eastern

Roasted Sumac Chicken with Za’atar and Lemon

I must be one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s greatest fans.  I love his style of middle-eastern fusion cuisine.  I own all six of his cookbooks, the most recent being Sweet, and I hardly ever make desserts but I had to complete my set.  My first purchase was Jerusalem and over the years I have filled in […]

Black Tahini — time for a new ingredient

Tahini made with white sesame seeds is something I always have on hand but black tahini is a novel item for me.  Not available in local stores, the only place I have seen it for sale is on Amazon.  I read an article recently The Ingredient No One Knows What To Do With Yet and […]

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. […]