Basalia (Pea Stew)

Basalia (Pea Stew)

Welcome to the first of a series of posts entitled “Medley of Marakah.” Marakah (accent on the first syllable) is an Arabic word for a tomato-based stew/sauce and there many different kinds of Marakah. Arguably the most popular Marakah in our family is Basalia and 

Pomegranate Molasses and Blood Orange Glazed Halibut with Olives and Herbs

Pomegranate Molasses and Blood Orange Glazed Halibut with Olives and Herbs

This dish has flakey, light halibut glazed with a rich and smoky pomegranate molasses and blood orange sauce. It is then garnished with briny green olives and bright herbs. Best part though – it all comes together in 30 minutes. 30 MINUTES. Lets take a 

Middle Eastern Eggs Benedict

Middle Eastern Eggs Benedict

I love brunch. Not only because it’s a time to get boozy with friends and family during the day, but mainly because there are so many fun food options! You can have sweet and savory items all part of the feast in the same course, 

Samak Masgouf (Grilled Fish)

Samak Masgouf (Grilled Fish)

Friends, Thanksgiving is near. In honor of this American feast, we are posting what we consider the “Turkey” of an Iraqi Feast, Samak Masgouf, or grilled fish. Some say that Samak Masgouf is the national dish of Iraq. For us, it has always been the 

Fall Hummus Bowl

Fall Hummus Bowl

Guys, this is GOOD. I suggest you make it soon. Caramelized roasted acorn squash is layered onto hummus and topped off with a cilantro cream sauce and roasted crispy red onions. Slather it on some toast, and you’ll forget avocado toast even existed. Ya, I 

Tina’s Tepsi

Tina’s Tepsi

This dish is my version of comfort food. Baharat spiced meat is wrapped in tender roasted eggplant and topped off with roasted peppers, tomatoes, onions and a spiced tomato sauce. It pairs perfectly with a plate of steamy fresh basmati rice. My mom makes this 

Baharat

Baharat

It’s the spice of life! Well, maybe not exactly, but it is the spice that I most associate with my mom’s kitchen. Baharat is a blend of multiple warm and aromatic spices – cinnamon, cardamom, all spice, black pepper, nutmeg and cloves. You can add 

Potato Kibbeh

Potato Kibbeh

In my husband’s family, Potato Kibbeh needs no introduction. I mean, can you get any better than spiced meat sandwiched between layers of silky potato? It is like the Middle Eastern version of Shepard’s Pie. What makes it taste Middle Eastern you ask? The spices! 

Kousa (Stuffed Zucchini)

Kousa (Stuffed Zucchini)

When I would come home from college, I would always stop by my grandparents house to raid the fridge for leftovers or Nana’s famous hummus. In the summers, I would sometimes run over to their house, have a quick lunchtime meal, watch tv with my 

Iraqi Red Rice

Iraqi Red Rice

“What color rice would you like for dinner?” a question frequented by our mom. Options were white, brown, red, and yellow. Besides brown rice, our rice colors are not based on the type of grain, but the broth we used. Always using basmati, of course.