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

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

Vietnamese noodle salad – Bun Bo Xao

Bun Bo Xao is a Vietnamese beef and noodle salad. Xao means stir-fry, because original recipe uses beef stir fried with lemon grass.  My recipe replaces beef with egg as it’s much faster and easier to prepare. I find this salad to be a perfect summer dish. Therefore I don’t want to be bothered with cooking meat. It brings back memories of Poland. Every time … Continue reading Vietnamese noodle salad – Bun Bo Xao

Carrot-turmeric tummy-soothing soup

Honestly speaking this is the best carrot soup I’ve ever made. This soup will help on the days when your tummy feels upset. When your only dream is to get rid of the pain or stomach cramp turmeric will do its magic. Its anti-inflammatory substances dissolve in fat, therefore don’t forget to add some ghee or olive oil. Additionally, cumin will cure any type of … Continue reading Carrot-turmeric tummy-soothing soup

Quick & Easy Red Masoor Dal – Red Lentils

I developed aversion to fresh coriander and garam masala after 3 months in India. I still remember how shocked I was upon discovery of veggie masala burger in McDonalds in Delhi city center. After 5 years of coriander & garam masala abstinence I can say I’m pretty much over my old aversion and can fully enjoy Indian food once again. Red Masoor Dal is a … Continue reading Quick & Easy Red Masoor Dal – Red Lentils

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

Iraqi Dolma – stuffed vegetables

Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes, originating in the former Ottoman Empire and the surrounding regions (Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, the Balkans, the Middle East and some Asian countries). The most-well known type is stuffed vine leaves, but other vegetables suck as zucchinis and aubergines can be stuffed. They can be made either with meat or without. Meat dolma is usually served warm, while … Continue reading Iraqi Dolma – stuffed vegetables

Fattah with yogurt

Foul and Hummus – a Lebanese restaurant located in Ankawa, the christian neighborhood of Erbil serves a variety of Levantine food including fattah. This simple appetizer consists mainly of chickpea, yogurt, Lebanese bread and butter and is usually served in the morning. It’s very popular in Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. Not many people know it here, in Iraq though. A chef who works for … Continue reading Fattah with yogurt

Sun-dried tomato spread

My sun dried tomato hunt in Erbil failed. It is nearly impossible to get them in Kurdistan. Even large supermarkets like Carrefour don’t bother to import them. Hence, I decided to purchase this unique ingredient in Amman and simply take it with me. Sun-dried tomato spread is a simple dish that can be used in so many different ways. You can have it with fresh … Continue reading Sun-dried tomato spread