Za’atar Cornbread

My husband and I attended a chili cook-off this past weekend, and there were twenty-two different chilis! Since most contained pork I was only able to sample a handful, but I brought along cornbread so I had other things to eat as well. We’re a fan of savoury cornbread…

The Perfect Tahini Sauce

Tahini sauce (or what we call tahina in our house) goes with nearly everything, in my opinion. It’s perfect for roasted vegetables, for grilled meats, for sandwiches, spread on bread and topped with za’atar, as a base for hummus or mutabbal, or over a fresh salad. I’m going to…

Ful Medames

Ful (pronounced much like ‘fool’) is one of my favourite ‘lazy day’ breakfasts. It’s a very filling, heavy meal and so I don’t recommend it on a day when you have a lot of tasks to accomplish – it’s better for a lazy Sunday morning when your only plans…

Arabic Coffee Brownies

While I don’t consider myself the type of person who has an ‘addictive personality’, coffee is definitely one of my weaknesses. I’ll drink coffee in virtually any form – from strong espresso to watery diner coffee, but the thick, cardamom-fragranced Arabic coffee is probably my favourite. I am not,…

Za’atar Egg Salad

Today (September 23rd) is actually Za’atar Day! Za’atar is a spice used throughout the Levant – made from a type of wild thyme, or hyssop. Its official name is ‘origanum syriacum’ and it’s classified as part of the oregano / marjoram family of plants. It grows wild in many…

Mediterranean Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is an English staple, and consists of a layer of lamb (if you’re using beef then it’s a cottage pie) and vegetables topped with a layer of fluffy mashed potato on top, then baked in the oven. It’s classic English comfort food at its best, and it’s…

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