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Easy No Bake Dessert Bars with Dates, Honey and Nuts

Here is a brilliant way to satisfy a sweet tooth in just 20 minutes: Easy no bake dessert bars with dates, honey and nuts! Bonus, with the switch of one ingredient, these date bars could easily be vegan!

Basbousa: Almond Coconut Semolina Cake Recipe

It has been a while since I shared a dessert recipe here on the blog, so much for challenging myself to more baking! So, how about a little basbousa? Basbousa is an Egyptian semolina cake drenched in syrup. Today, I'm sharing my aunt Maha's special recipe! It's Easter weekend. Definitely the time when our minds…

Loaded Grilled Roast Beef Sandwich

Okay, there is a sandwich and then there is a loaded sandwich. Better yet, a loaded grilled roast beef sandwiches! Since today's roast beef sandwich recipe is not quite the Mediterranean creation, it would appear a bit of a controversial choice for this blog. And truth be told, it is too easy that I wondered…

My Purple Bird: Reflections on Six Months of Blogging

Happy Saturday! I am up bright and early. The sun is rising. The air smells of spring. And I'm saying a prayer for NO MORE SNOW! Who's with me? I hadn't planned to post today, but somehow, I found myself at my computer with the urge to write! When this happens, which is rarely, I…

Za'atar Roasted Chicken Breast Recipe

Za'atar Roasted Chicken Breast Recipe...an easy one-skillet chicken dinner that will have your taste buds going crazy (in a good way!) Za'atar is a flavor-packed spice blend of Mediterranean wild thyme and toasted sesame seed.  You can find all-natural za'atar spice right here in our online store. Be sure to check out the step-by-step tutorial…

Italian Sausage Minestrone Recipe

This Italian Sausage Minestrone Recipe is a tasty and fun twist on classic minestrone. A few unlikely additions like chickpeas, green beans, and artichoke hearts make it anything but the usual. Plus, you'll love the flavors of fennel seed and anise from the Italian sausage. So tasty and comforting!  If you like this one, you'll…

Sage-Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs and Potatoes

  How about a hearty bowl of sage-wine braised beef short ribs and potatoes? A friend of mine recently asked where I get my recipe inspirations. To her, it seems like I am always either talking about food or making it! That's not too far removed from the truth. I do spend a lot of…

Baked Sole Fillet, the Mediterranean Way

Simple Baked Sole fillet, Spiced Mediterranean-style and baked in a buttery lime sauce. Green onions, dill, and capers are welcomed additions here! If you've just started eating the Mediterranean way and are trying to add a little more fish to your diet, this super easy baked fish recipe might just be your ticket.  It takes…

Reflections and Top 10 Mediterranean Recipes of 2014!

Hi! Happy New Year! 2014 was a big year for me; I am sharing some of it with you in this post. And be sure to stick around and see my top 10 Mediterranean recipes below. As I sat in my favorite little part of the house--a brown chair tucked in my office corner next to…

Braised Lamb Chops with Cranberry-Harissa Chutney

Let's talk easy braised lamb chops, ya'll!  And let me just tell you right now, plan on at least 2-3 chops per person. Lamb chops are small, but they make a GLORIOUS dinner! Step-by-step photos included. Lamb is a beautiful meat. I love how a native Australian described his love of lamb on Google, "you…

"Mediterranean Cookbook" Review

A little while ago, I came across DK Publishing's book so fittingly titled Mediterranean Cookbook.  Today, instead of my usual recipe post, I have a brief review of Mediterranean Cookbook for your benefit.

Pomegranate Chicken Thigh Recipe

Pomegranates are everywhere these days. How about a Persian-inspired pomegranate chicken thigh recipe? Warning: you will want to make extra of this yummy chicken.   Growing up on the Mediterranean, pomegranates were a big thing. Although I don't remember much if/how my mom used them in cooking, I do recall my brother and I eating…

Christmas Time Cheer!

Hello dear people. I have missed you, each! I know I have only posted once this past week, but I hope you will excuse me as I had several days of busy eating...o and socializing, but mostly eating:-) But now, on to our Christmas Time of Cheer! With Thanksgiving behind us, the Christmas season has…

Phyllo Dough Meat and Feta Rolls

I have so been looking forward to sharing this recipe for my phyllo meat rolls! For a while, I debated between calling them phyllo dough meat rolls or meat cigars. I landed on rolls, but don't you think they kinda look like cigars? 🙂 Before you get intimidated, I am NOT asking you to make…

Feast-Worthy: 10 Thanksgiving Recipes + 10 Thanksgiving DIY Crafts

When my now tween daughter was in preschool, she learned this little prayer;"thank you for the sun, thank you for the sea, thank you for the fish and thank you for me." For years, she repeated these words of thanksgiving every single day at meal time. And they NEVER got old to my ears. In…

French Pear Tart Recipe

With the holidays upon us, I decided to challenge myself to baking something different. I was looking through the latest issue of Cook's Illustrated and I came across a beautiful French apple tart.  The apple slices arranged in the shape of a beautiful blooming flour. At first glance, I thought to myself, this looks complicated. …

Curried Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup

What was your regular after-school snack growing up?  Going all the way back in memory to my elementary school years, I can remember my winter time after-school snack. It was a bit of an odd snack choice. What was it, you ask? A warm cup of red lentil soup. I know; strange, right!? Who does…

Antiquing Adventures + Fall Stew Recipe + Inspiring Links

Happy Saturday, friends! It is November already! And, the holiday season is upon us. I want to help make your holidays easy and special. I have prepared lots of special recipes, complete with step-by-step photo tutorials. Please leave me your e-mail and I will be sure to share my recipes with you directly! If you've…

Three months of blogging + Shakshuka Recipe + Inspirations

Happy weekend, friends! This is the first of my "updates and inspirations" posts, which I am hoping will give us the opportunity to get to know one another better. So, as I share more with you about me, the blog, and links that inspire me, I hope you will see this as an invitation to…

Seafood Stew with Shrimp and Lobster

If you've been reading my blog, you probably know that I grew up in Port Said, Egypt. But my family often frequented another lovely Mediterranean city called Alexandria; famed as the pearl of the Mediterranean. I am equally smitten with this great metropolitan as I am with my hometown of Port Said.  Alexandria is rich in scenery,…

Big Kid Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

"I often think that if I spent a week following my toddler, doing exactly what he does, I would lose half an a**  [butt] cheek on each side." This  quote from First Time Mom and Dad made me laugh so hard, I had to share it!  It is funny because it is SO true! My…

Easy Fig Pastry Recipe

  That I get an easy chore-less weekend happens VERY rarely. But for some reason this past weekend, the stars aligned correctly and I received the gift of a more laid back weekend! Laundry, DONE! Floors, DONE! Shopping, DONE! Virtual high fives! Since I'm not used to having as much free time, I was faced…

Zucchini Bechamel Casserole

I have always been a fan of casseroles; one hearty dish and you're good to go! One of my faves is a zucchini bechamel that my mom used to make growing up. This is a classic Egyptian casserole recipe with basically four ingredients: zucchini, ground beef, mozzarella cheese (optional), and bechamel sauce (white sauce made…

Greek Yogurt Parfait with Kahlua and Nuts

It's all about a healthy Greek yogurt parfait today, friends! But only the best parfait with Kahlua, raisins, pistachios and hazelnut! Best part, you can prepare this impressive sweet treat in 25 minutes or less! For my first dessert post, I am going way back in memory to elementary school years in Port Said, Egypt.…