@Hom&s Burger Bar

A hipster chic halal burger joint in Saint-Denis, just outside Paris. We decided to treat our little monkeys to burgers and fries. Finding a good halal burger joint in Paris is a bit tricky, although there are a few we wanted something special. And we found it @Hom&s Burger Bar. The restaurant is very trendy…

Chard Dolmah

Chard or Swiss Chard, is a leaf vegetable that has red or white stalks. Very rich in vitamins and minerals which makes it a very powerful vegetable.  It is used in salads, soups and in Iraq it is used in Dolmah. What is Dolmah ? The origins of the word is Turkish for ‘to be filled’….

Eggs & Co

My favourite place to have breakfast / Brunch in Paris no doubt about it. This is the most warm welcoming place I have been to for breakfast. You can really feel their passion for serving good eggs here. The way the restaurant is decorated from egg shaped slat and paper shakes, to egg shaped light…

Apple Tart Tatin

I love a nice crispy buttery pastry. Thank goodness I live in the capital of pâtisserie land ! You are never far from a good boulangerie that serves a wide range of beautifully made treats of tasty pastry both savoury and sweet. I like to make it at home however my dough making skills are laughable….

Saffron Carrot Halawa

Halawa is a very traditional Iraqi sweet dessert.  The word Halawa means sweet, so expect a lot of sugar in the dish. I have made a healthy version ! Iraqi halawa is sticky thick paste like, that is served on a big plate and each person has their spoon (or shares) and scoops it from…

Potato Gratin

This is a classic French side dish that I have had a few times but never thought of making it until now. I just have lots of potato (I always have a sac full of potatoes in my kitchen) and wanted a new way of cooking those spuds. Potato Gratin somehow appeared in my mind….

Olive & Thyme

Small fresh Lebanese delight. This is how I describe Olive & Thyme. Run by two handsome men who cook you a delicious healthy plate. All the original yummy Lebanese ‘street food’ that you can think of is served. They cater for meat and vegtable lovers. They have a rotating menu but you most definitively will find…

Spinach Fatayer

This recipe is perfect for mezza, finger food, picnic, sides and lunch boxes. You can have it as a snack even, hot or cold at any time of the day/ night. Yes I did sneak a few as a midnight snack when the kids where fast asleep once!  It is versatile, healthy and delicious.  Say hello…

Bachir Ice cream

Paris’s fist  EVER Lebanese ice cream parlour has opened ! I was SO excited about hearing this news that I grabbed my husband and headed there on his afternoon off in the middle of a very cold January !  It was one of those crazy happy moments that we had. We just smile at each…

Iraqi Jewish Chicken – T’beet

T’beet (Iraqi word for staying over night)  is a stuffed chicken dish with rice and spices. It was the traditional Sabbath lunch of the Iraqi Jews. Two things makes this dish special and hence the name of the dish.  T’beet, staying over night, is referenced to the dish being cooked at a very low temperature over night; hence…

Republique of Coffee

I discovered this beautiful café by chance on a cold afternoon. I was heading home after my French conversation class and decided to walk to République and catch the metro from there. As I was walking I noticed a rather attractive modern café with a bicycle in front of it…. NOTE: this is a clear…

Mushroom soup

We are not out of the cold weather just yet ! I am still cooking soup and eating them with a fresh crispy baguette … one of the joys of a Parisian life ! Today let me show you how to cook this easy mushroom soup that my sister in law taught me.  I slightly…