Stuffed Grapevine Leaves: Vegetarian {ورق عنب بالزيت}

Stuffed grapevine leaves are a favorite food across the board in our family, as well as most of the middle east! This is definitely a trademark Lebanese dish that is enjoyed by anyone with a pallette for its savoury-sour flavour. Stuffed grape vine leaves are generally a vegetarian dish, however, there is a meat version for all you meat lovers out there! Grape Vine leaves are generally served as a mezza and/or side dish rather than a main, but who are we to tell you how to eat this glorious dish? Bon-Appetit!

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Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan is one of the Holy Months in the Hijri (Lunar) Calendar in Islam. During this time Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, and we mark the end with the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr (Literally means to break fast). During this time we will be releasing a few recipes that are healthy and delicious, which are perfect to have for Iftar (breaking the fast). Traditionally, one should break their fast on a Date, and then continue to have their prepared meal. We will post everything from Mezza to Dessert, all traditionally eaten during this month. Growing up our Ramadan experience consisted of decorating the house with beautiful decorations, and as we grew older it meant spending a little more time preparing meals each day. You’d think it would be difficult to fast and prepare a feast, but it isn’t as bad as it sounds. Each day our menu included a soup, salad and side of samosas, baked pies or something special that our mom would cook up. This year we can’t wait to share those recipes with our readers!

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Ramadan Kareem everyone!

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Basic Dough Recipe {عجين}

This dough recipe is good for any Lebanese appetizer/pies that requires dough. Including but not limited to meat pies, spinach pies, cheese pies, za’atar pies and even pizza!

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Yellow Cake – Sfouf {صفوف} (Egg Free)

Sfouf literally means “rows” in Arabic, so why is this cake called sfouf? Beats us! This cake gets it’s beautiful yellow color from the all natural spice known as Turmeric. Turmeric has been proven to have numerous health benefits and people are scrambling these days to incorporate this spice into their cooking. Turmeric has been shown to have a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antimutagenic, anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it is so beneficial we had to write a whole article about it! Click here for the full read. We are proud to present to you one of the many ways you can use Turmeric in your home!

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Stuffed Zucchini – Kousa Mihshi {كوسة محشي}

Kousa Mihshi is stuffed zucchini, and is a regular among Lebanese cuisine. Although it looks complicated, making this nutritious meal is actually very simple! We’re sure you’ll master this dish in no time. Zuchini is low in calories, a good source of fiber which helps lower cholesterol, a source of vitamin A and C and a high source of manganese. Zuchini is also known to contain phytonutrients and antioxidents that have been shown to help in the prevention of certain types of cancers and in maintaining prostate health!

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Osmaliyeh: Shredded Pastry with Cream {عثملية/عصمليه}

This dessert is super simple, and can be made by frying or baking. It tastes great plain but can be adapted to include various toppings to suit all taste buds!

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Kashta {قشطة}

Kashta is a basic filling for desserts that come from the Arabic world. If you do live in the Middle East you could buy this cream ready made from a local grocer, or even canned! The canned version is a thinner, and doesn’t at all resemble the good stuff. Home made is always the best way, and this recipe can be made super fast and stores well in the fridge.
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