Iraqi Chicken Soup

We have all heard about chicken soup being a natural ‘penicillin’ because of its healing properties. It is always cooked by our mothers and grandmothers as soon as we have a cold or are feeling sick. It is found in all cultures across the world served slightly differently. I personally cook this soup for my…

Iraqi Lentil Soup

This is a traditional Iraqi soup that is mainly cooked in Ramadan. Mainly because it is light and gentile on flavour. Lentils are full of iron, fibre, magnesium and they are good blood sugar stabiliser. Which is exactly what you need after a long fast. I have blogged two other lentil soups but this one…

Lebanese chicken rice

This is my take on a traditional rice dish from the beautiful country of Lebanon that I hope to visit one day.  I am not adding the mince meat usually cooked in this dish and I am not using bharat ‘spices’ in arabic nor the slices onions that are usually added. I really love to cook this…

Iraqi Kabab Tawa / Aroog

Mama has many signature dishes, truly she makes magic in the kitchen. One of her dishes that I miss and crave is her Kabab Tawa, crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. She usually makes a big batch and freezes it for me, and I make sure I take my freezer bag with…

Spicy Lentil and Carrot Soup

I usually open kitchen cupboards to see what I have to get inspired on what to cook. I prefer this method, as I know I am consuming already bought goods and it makes me happy to see empty spaces in the cupboard or the fridge. So I found lots of carrots. I decided to do something…

Iraqi Kufta Tabsi

This is a traditional Iraqi quick dish that I grow up with and love. It is so versatile and really tasty. You can make it vegetarian, use fish, chicken or red meat. I am using mince meat shaped into large balls – Kufta. I am not sure what the word tabsi mean or where it originates from….

Date balls

These are delicious little round energy boosting treats. They are easily made, easily stored and you just pop them in your pretty mouth to get delicious nutritional high energy kick. Dates are full of fibre and  natural sugar. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc can be found in dates. There are…

Welcome Ramadan

Yesterday was the first day of the holly month of Ramadan. It is observed by millions of muslims across the world. Holly because  it is the month in which the Quran (words from God – Allah) was revlied to the Prophet.  Holly because it is a month of worship. A month were muslims dedicate time…

Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Zataar

Summer dishes are slowly being cooked and prepared … Paris is glorious in the sun and on hot days who wants to stay in a hot kitchen for long ? Not me.  A tasty 10 minute dish that can be eaten as a main salad or side dish. It’s great for a quick breakfast or snack.  Summer…

Banana & Chia Seed Cake

If you don’t know what to do with your over ripped banana, just sitting in your fruit bowl all sad and neglected, then I have the perfect answer to your little problem.  Use it to make a cake ! It’s PERFECT , the mushy consistency will make the cake just moist enough and ripped intense…

O Coffeeshop

What used to be a two man team on a small wooden table with wheels serving excellent coffee and pastry as a POP-up coffee shop across paris, has now established itself firmly in the 15th arrondissement. A beautiful inviting warm café that opened earlier this year (2017) is bringing hot tasty coffee and delicious home…

Chicken Fajita & Guacamole dip

Who doesn’t like this Mexican sandwich ? You must be crazy if you don’t. My kids love it and they are fussy eaters ! What makes it fun for them is making the sandwich yourself. My kids love choosing what THEY choose to fill their corn bread with.  Chicken is also their favourite meat, so…