Iraqi Amba

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I’m back! And I learned what anosmia is.

Well, it’s been a while. In December of last year my full-time job was in full gear and life simply got in the way. January and February meant business travel in the Middle East, and by late February…

Opal Applesauce

Applesauce has never been my favourite side dish or condiment, mostly because prior to making my own applesauce I’d always been accustomed to the sickly sweet and grainy light coloured stuff you find in the grocery store – in plastic containers with a metal pull-off lid. Applesauce had always…

Bamieh bil Lahme

Okra is one of those vegetables that people tend to have strong feelings about, and I am among the okra lovers of the world. Bamieh is simply the Arabic word for okra – and this stew can be made bil lahme – or with meat (as I’ve done here),…

Date Syrup Pecan Pie

Date syrup, sometimes called date honey, date molasses, rub, or silan, is one of my favourite things. It’s the ‘jelly’ to the peanut butter and jelly of the Middle East (date syrup and tahini on bread is magical). It has a rich sweetness and depth of flavour that corn…

Hawaij Pumpkin Pie

Hawaij is a Yemenite spice mix, which comes in both a savoury version and a ‘sweet’ one, used in Arabic style coffee. It contains ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, and clove. This warming spice blend is perfect not just in coffee, but in lots of American autumn favourites, like…

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