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Bûche de Noël
Fruit, Sweet

Bûche de Noël

For me Christmas isn’t complete without one these wonderful things: Bûche de Noël, Christmas yule log, a traditional French Christmas cake. I have made it a habit of making (at least) one each year, trying different flavours and combinations. It’s rolled up sponge, shaped as a log, filled with cream […]

Almond pecan pie
Sweet

Almond pecan pie

Here’s another Lebanese-inspired dessert combining nuttiness and flower power 😉 The base is a sweet pastry and the filling is frangipane. What gives it the Lebanese touch is the addition of orange blossom water. You can easily vary with the topping: instead of the pecan nuts, you can use walnuts or […]

Steak tagliata
Meat

Steak tagliata

I love recipe that have pure, simple flavours. And you have to hand it to the Italians: they are the kings of pure flavours. This tagliata is one such recipe where all the ingredients come together in harmony all the while still tasting each one of them very clearly. ‘Tagliata’ refers […]

Knefeh
Sweet

Knefeh

Whenever I go back to Lebanon, the first thing I do is pass by one of the many bakeries on the way from the airport and grab a nice, sweet, warm knefeh (knafeh, kanafeh, kunafeh or kunafah). The traditional knefeh is made with white cheese and a special type of semolina-based […]

Persian dal
Vegetables

Persian dal

Lentil dal, or dhal or dahl, needs no introduction. This wonderful, flavoursome mash-like dish is most know in its Indian version, packing loads of spices: turmeric, cardemom, cumin, etc. It’s easy to make, it’s healthy and it’s simply really delicious. This version is based on a Persian recipe, with less spices and more […]

Saffron rice
Fruit, Vegetables

Saffron rice

If you want to summarize the wonderful Iran with one flavour, the final battle will be between saffron and pomegranate. I think it will be a photofinish but saffron will win! It gets the edge because you can smell it while strolling through the colourful bazaars, walking past a teahouse or […]

Pumpkin khoresh
Vegetables

Pumpkin khoresh

This wonderful wintery recipe is inspired by Jila Dana-Haeri’s version in her book From a Persian Kitchen. It was love at first make! It’s so lovely and rich that you almost have the idea that you’re eating meat, even though my version is 100% vegan. Khoresh in persian mean ‘meal’, […]

Walnut and almond cake
Sweet

Walnut and almond cake

In Lebanon during Easter, we make wonderful pastries called ma’amoul. The whole family was involved in the making: kneading, rolling, filling, shaping (that was my specialty :-)) and of course baking. The heavenly smell filled the entire house and the hardest part was: you weren’t allowed to eat them if you […]

Roasted aubergine with chickpeas
Vegetables

Roasted aubergine with chickpeas

Aubergine takes centre stage again! This dish brings so many memories of the wonderful smells from my mother’s kitchen that filled the whole house. You can prepare the aubergines in different ways for this recipe: roast it in the oven (like below), roast on your stove (for some smokiness) or […]

Kafta tortilla
Meat

Kafta tortilla

As mentioned in a previous recipe, the kafta mix changes from one country to another. My version is the Lebanese one. In short, kafta (also called kofte) is minced beef mixed with herbs and spices. For me, this is serious comfort food without being unhealthy! There are so many variations possible […]