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

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

Carly’s oats&peanut butter cookies

The “Carly’s oats&peanut butter cookies” is a family recipe brought to the Middle East from breathtaking Montana in US. Currently, these treats are the most popular sweets in our home. Every time Carly makes them me and my flatmates queue to dip a spoon in a pot of warm buttery&chocolate batter. The most tempting step of the cooking process comes when she shapes these chunky … Continue reading Carly’s oats&peanut butter cookies

Lemon semolina cake

What makes a perfect brunch? Easy lemon semolina cake! Ingredients (20cm Φ form) 125g unsalted butter, softened 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind 1 cup caster sugar 2 eggs 2/3 cup semolina 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted 1/2 cup milk Preparation: Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C. Grease a cake pan. Line base and side with 2 layers of baking paper. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, lemon … Continue reading Lemon semolina cake

Whole wheat&rye pancakes

Healthy whole wheat and rye pancakes are fluffy and full of flavor. They will be perfect for lazy Saturday breakfast. Feel free to add cinnamon and any fruits of your own choice. Whole wheat&rye pancakes (2 servings) 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or whole-wheat flour 1/2 cup rye flour 1 egg about 3/4 cup of chocolate soy milk or cow milk with tbsp cocoa handful of raisins seeds of 1 vanilla … Continue reading Whole wheat&rye pancakes

Chocolate cake with mascarpone and Philadelphia cheese

Christmas is time of culinary hedonism. I guess that to keep your life balanced sometimes you need to get crazy and simply go for something you wouldn’t usually have – like chocolate cake with Philadelphia cheese and mascarpone cream. Heavenly tasty and morbidly unhealthy 🙂 It’s my mum’s recipe – it’s so good that you will want to keep it and use once your family and … Continue reading Chocolate cake with mascarpone and Philadelphia cheese

Poppy Seed Star

According to Scott Cunningham: Poppy seeds come from the opium poppy, but don’t get too excited as they are the ripe seeds taken once the seed head has dried. Apparently, the seeds were often used as lucky talismans, sometimes dipped in gold first. An old invisibility recipe says to soak poppy seeds in wine for 15 days and then drink the wine each day for … Continue reading Poppy Seed Star

Fernanda’s cheesecake

We used to beg Fernanda, my Italian flatmate to make this super easy and super tasty cheesecake. Everyone was crazy about it back in old times when we used to live altogether in Amman. This winter I prepared it for my family to bring back good memories and once again remind myself of this great cake. Thanks Ferna! Hope to see you somewhere around!   … Continue reading Fernanda’s cheesecake

Easy Polish Gingerbread

Gingerbread is a big thing in Poland. Torun hosts the so called “Gingerbread House” (http://www.muzeum.torun.pl/strona-483-copernicus_house.html) that is located in the old Nikolai Copernicus’s home. The museum offers some exhibitions devoted to history of these traditional sweet. It also provides some kitchen space where you can bake your own cookies and later on take them back home. Traditionally gingerbread was prepared in advance, some of them … Continue reading Easy Polish Gingerbread

Nigerian Banana Bread

Few years ago Julia – a friend of mine shared recipe for Nigerian Banana Bread. It is one of the easiest cakes you will ever make that doesn’t even require mixer. You just combine all ingredients and stir. The loaf is very moist, rich in banana and nutty flavors. The original recipe mentions only raisins and walnuts, however you can easily replace it with dates … Continue reading Nigerian Banana Bread