Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

Sweets

Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookies

Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookies

I worked on this vegan recipe as a tribute to the many vegan and vegetarians at my office. Vegan baking has been something new to me, but I have learned from my mom that cooking and baking is about experimentation and knowledge of ingredients. Our […]

Rosewater Pistachio Ice Cream

Rosewater Pistachio Ice Cream

I look forward to this dessert every time we eat dinner at my Aunt Eva’s house. It’s funny – she always says she is not a dessert person and that she does not make dessert. But let me tell you, this ice cream combo hits […]

Mama’s Chocolate Banana Pudding

Mama’s Chocolate Banana Pudding

I know what you all are thinking – “Banana Pudding?  How is that Middle-Eastern?”   Well . . . it’s not. But this blog is about more than just Middle-Eastern recipes. It’s about sharing our memories and what has been passed along to us through generations.  […]

Tata’s Rose Water Lemonade

Tata’s Rose Water Lemonade

This drink was always a staple at my Tata’s house. Our Tata (my dad’s mom, Nimat) had a huge sweet tooth and would stack her kitchen with jars of candy (always including starburst), cookies, and, of course, her sweet rose water lemonade. As a child, […]

Kakat’ Claire

Kakat’ Claire

Auntie Claire is my grandfather’s sister. She lived her whole life in Gaza, as that is where our father’s side is from. Growing up, I always heard stories of how she was such a phenomenal cook. Whenever we mention her name, my dad will always […]

Kakat’ Mahlab

Kakat’ Mahlab

This is my favorite Middle Eastern cookie. It is buttery, doughy, and has just the right sweetness. It is like a cross between a shortbread and sweet bread. And of course, it goes great with tea! I used to love making these with Nana B. […]

Kleacha (Iraqi Date Cookie)

Kleacha (Iraqi Date Cookie)

I am so proud of this cookie. First off, it’s delicious. The dough is crumbly and buttery and the date filling provides a satisfying chew and sweetness. The interior swirl created from the date and dough is just stunning. Each region of the Middle East […]

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee

My memories of Turkish coffee surround my dad’s mother, Tata. Anytime she would have guest over, I remember Tata sneaking away, and then returning with a tray of Turkish coffee and sweets. The smell of Turkish coffee is second to none, and fills me with […]

Lawzena

Lawzena

There is nothing more uniquely synonymous with our Nana Badriya than Lawzena.  This one-of-a-kind cookie contains the perfect balance of just four ingredients: ground almonds, whipped egg whites, sugar and cardamom. People come from near and far for a taste of this delicious, chewy, almond cookie […]

Tea (Traditional Iraqi Chai)

Tea (Traditional Iraqi Chai)

“Who would like some chai?” Not a day goes by where we don’t hear that phrase at least once, if not multiple times. You see, in Middle Eastern culture, tea has a purpose at almost any occasion. It helps you start the day, accompanies a […]