Chickpeas and Bulgur {بقلة حمص }

bulger and hummus

We love Lebanese dishes that are nutritious and time friendly. With busy schedules and family activities we rely on these types of recipes to get us through the week. Continue reading “Chickpeas and Bulgur {بقلة حمص }”


Cucumber Mint Yogurt


Cucumber Mint Yogurt captures the freshness of summer so simply it’s perfection. This yogurt marries nicely with many Lebanese dishes or can be savored as an afternoon snack for both adults and kids alike.

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Lebanese Inspired Dinner for Two: Valentine’s Day

Most Lebanese recipes are made to feed a full family, so we’ve tweaked some of our favourite recipes to create a dinner for two menu. Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and we think a romantic, candle-lit dinner for two beats dinner reservations any day.

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Arabesque Mini Lebanese Sfouf Cakes

Our all time favourite pattern is the Arabic zellige – when we saw this mould from With A Spin, we knew it would be a perfect pairing with a traditional Lebanese dessert.

Sfouf is a tumeric flavoured sweet cake, usually served in small squares – so it was the natural recipe for me to try baking in this Arabesque baking mould.

An edible work of art, with very little skill required!

To make these cakes, you will need:

Arabesque Cake Mould

and for this post, we have halved our original sfouf recipe. You can take a look at the original post for step by step photos.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out dry.
Yield: 16 mini cakes

1.5 Cups Semolina
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Tbsp Turmeric
1.5 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Milk
Cooking spray (to grease pan)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Celsius.
2. In a bowl add the Semolina, Flour, Turmeric and Baking Powder and mix together.
3.In a separate bowl add the sugar, milk and oil and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
4. Create a well in the dry ingredients and slowly add the wet mixture, and mix until incorporated.
5. Spray your baking dish with cooking spray. This is essential to get all the cakes ot easily. Pour your batter into the mould, filling half way.
6. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean in the center. Wait for your pan to cool before you pop out each cake.
7. Garnish with Almonds, pine Nuts or icing sugar.

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Grab your own Arabesque mould from With a Spin, and make sure to use code: TBWAS10% to save 10% on any purchase over $20. Coupon code is valid until March 31, 2018.

turmeric cake recipe - lebanese sfouf

Namoora {نمورة}


Namoura cake is one of the easier, simpler, less time consuming Lebanese dessert recipes. With very few ingredients and short prep time, this is one of the desserts you make when crave something sweet but your time is tight. This egg-less cake is sweetened with Atyr syrup warm from the oven. Continue reading “Namoora {نمورة}”

Batata Harra {بطاطا حرة}


Batata harra, Lebanese style, is a spiced potatoes dish often served as a side.  Over time we started to make this dish more family friendly by omitting the cayenne pepper.  Batta harra takes your average potato dish and gives it a new level of flavor and freshness. Continue reading “Batata Harra {بطاطا حرة}”

Samke Harra {سمكة حرة}


Samke Harra or spicy fish, is a Lebanese seafood dish traditionally made with white fleshed fish. We like to prepare it with Salmon but every once in awhile we go full traditional. Originating in the coastal towns of Sarafand and Khayzaran as well as the rocky shores of Jbail (Byblos) . This dish is excellent for family gatherings or special events. We like to serve it with a side of rice and Batata Harra (spicy potatoes).

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