Cauliflower Tahini Curry

Middle East is where some of the best quality tahini can be found. I love it freshly pressed. When still warm it slowly drips from the sesame grinder tap. If you’re lucky enough seller will let you steal some of those warm, sticky drops. You will find yourself licking fingers in the middle of crowded bazaar and the people will smile heartedly. Ajaneeb – they … Continue reading Cauliflower Tahini Curry

Spinach, Zucchini and Halloumi Pie

Super easy to prepare this rich and creamy pie is a great dish if you are hosting a dinner for few friends. You can prepare it ahead and serve cold. I used almond crust just to give it an additional twist. You can always choose to prepare wheat pie crust from this recipe. Spinach, Zucchini and Halloumi Pie (serves 5) Ingredients: Crust: 300 ml almond … Continue reading Spinach, Zucchini and Halloumi Pie

Tahini, nuts and dates shortcake

Ramadan in the Middle East is widely celebrated by social gatherings and cheerful feasts. During my stay in Iran I was invited to Iftar, the dinner culminating all day of fasting, at Shiva and Shayyan’s house in Teheran where Shiva’s sister Shayda taught me how to make traditional Iranian food. For this I decided to prepare Polish mazurek cake, which is a very popular Easter … Continue reading Tahini, nuts and dates shortcake

Creamy chicken casserole

You can tell summer is coming to Erbil after increased amount of dust that you inhale every day. It’s still bearable those days. However, after a month temperature outside will reach 50 degrees turning the landscape into bleached khaki blanket made of coarse fabric, just like the one they use in military. Iraq is preparing to Ramadan that will start next week. This weekend might … Continue reading Creamy chicken casserole

Tiramisu and its Middle Eastern counterpart

Mascarpone is not very common in Iraq. The only way you can get it is to ask your friends coming from abroad to pick up some on their way here. Fortunately, there are local products that can successfully replace it. Kaymak is a Middle Eastern clotted cream popular in Turkey, Iraq, Balkans and Iran. It is made from the milk of water buffaloes, cows, sheep … Continue reading Tiramisu and its Middle Eastern counterpart

Eggs steamed with cream, butter and nuts

In Poland we mainly eat scrambled eggs, fried eggs, hard and half-boiled eggs with mayonnaise. If we get more imaginative we even stuff them with mushroom. My Grandpa mastered his egg boiling technique making my childhood full of half boiled eggs (which I still truly love). However, the more people share with you their egg habits, the more adventurous you become while preparing your old goodies. In … Continue reading Eggs steamed with cream, butter and nuts

Pasta with feta and parsley pesto

Pasta shells in a simple, velvety pesto prepared with feta, fresh parsley and olive oil.    Pasta with feta and parsley pesto Preparation time: 15 minutesWhat do you need for 2 servings?  any pasta 170 g feta cheese (3/4 pack) a bunch of fresh parsley about 3 tablespoons of olive oilolive oil What now? 1. Cook pasta al dente.. 3. Blend feta, parsley and olive … Continue reading Pasta with feta and parsley pesto

Radish’s leaves pesto

Once again, we run a promotional campaign for radish leaves, which usually end up in the trash. But it’s enough to wash them well, season and they’ll taste great! Today we have prepared pesto of radish’s leaves, roasted sunflower seeds, olive oil, garlic and yeast flakes, which you can easily replace with the Parmesan cheese.  Radish leaves pesto preparation time: 10 minutes What do you need? 2 … Continue reading Radish’s leaves pesto

Zucchini stuffed with soy beans

Stuffed vegetables reign in the summer menu. The variety of ingredients at this time allows you to compose unique combinations.  Stuffed zucchini combined with roasted tomato, pepper, bunch of aromatic herbs and crunchy soy captures summer warmth. Stuffed zucchini preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes What do you need for 3 people? 4 zucchini, halved 1/2 glass soy 1 tomato, diced, throw away the liquid … Continue reading Zucchini stuffed with soy beans

Chodakowska’s zucchini fritters

Everything related to Eve Chodakowska, hailed as the all Poles fitness trainer has been very trendy lately. In fact her zucchini fritters are great, quick to prepare and unusually light, yet filling. Serve it with Greek tzatziki sauce. Chodakowska’s zucchini fritters preparation time: 20-25 minutes What do you need for 2 servings? 1 small zucchini (200 g) grated 1/2 onion, grated 1 egg 2 tablespoons flour … Continue reading Chodakowska’s zucchini fritters