Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

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Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Scones

Our mom loves her afternoon tea. Along with the Iraqi custom of enjoying cups of tea any time of the day, she also appreciates the English tradition of afternoon tea.  This is a tradition she experienced spending summers in England with her family and friends. […]

Apple Spiced Oat Cake with a Tahini Maple Crumble

Apple Spiced Oat Cake with a Tahini Maple Crumble

This cake is all the fall things. Granny Smith apple is shredded and folded into both ground oats and flour creating a delicious and tender apple cake. Not to mention, the nutty tahini and rich sweetness of the maple in the crumble is a perfect […]

Baklawa

Baklawa

Baklawa (baklava in Greek) is the quintessential Middle Eastern dessert. In this version of baklawa, spiced walnuts are nestled between layers of buttery phyllo dough and finished with a heavy hand of delicious honey. The outcome is a blissfully sweet dessert that without fail puts […]

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 […]