Terres de Café

Isn’t it wonderful when you stumble on something new and good by accident? Especially at the precise moment you ask for it? Walking on a very chilly Tuesday morning down Rue Rambuteau, I was muttering to myself how annoying it is that one of my favorite cafes that I passed doesn’t open before 10:00 (which…

Halloween Kufta Mummies !

BOOOOO Halloween is here ! Time to scare the little ones and trick and treat them … mainly lots of treats! And it doesn’t have to be high in sugar. There is a lot you can do that is fun and healthy, like these Kufta mummies I did and spooky banana & clementines. I will…

Creamy Tagliatelle Chicken & Broccoli

Pasta …. everyone loves it and everyone eats it, including my two boys.  Pasta is such a versatile ingredient and so simple to cook.  It’s healthy and delicious.  It is my first go to ingredient when I can’t decide what to cook or  when I am in a hurry. Which is often.  One of my…

5 years in Paris

This post is a very personal one and none food related. Last week marked my fifth year in Paris. Five years since I waved good bye to my family as I got into a packed VW car filled with bags and ‘stuff’ that used to have their own place in my own one bedroom ground floor…

Beetroot & Carrot Salad

Autumn is here ! Paris is slowly starting to change… in colour. I just love it when you witness nature changing. Trees are displaying beautiful autumn colours which  congers up lots of lovely images from photographing yourself kicking fallen leaves, to drinking hot chocolate, Halloween around the corner, wrapping yourself in your favourite woolly jumper…

Boneshaker Doughnuts

“mmmmmmm doughnuts” is what me and Hommer Simpson have in common ! Not only do we love to eat them but would be regulars at this magical sweet roll shop. In fact I sort of am a regular at Boneshaker. So much so we became friends, even brought my eldest son to trickle treat and…

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….