Levantine Recipe: Yogurt Stew (Shakriyeh)

Shakriyeh, is what we call this dish.

It is truly very easy to make, and very soothing to eat.

All you need is beef cubes, yogurt, labaneh (which you must find available in your Arab supermarket), and some spice.

rice and yogurt, shakrieh, levantine dish, shakriyeh, laban immo

The pine nuts are just optional. I love them, so I add them. But you can have this dish without them. It is a dish served with rice. Many Arabs love to cook their rice with vermicelli, but I like to keep my dishes light during the week so I cook it using long grain rice.

shakiyeh, laban immo, yogurt and rice, cooked yogurt, levantine dish

I took the recipe from my mother, but also have used some additions from other food bloggers so it is a mix, but since the dish is not complex it is not very different from one person to another. Some people prefer to use lamb, but I always go for beef if I can.

shakriyeh, laban immo, yogurt, cooked yogurt

You can find the recipe in this link: Shakriyeh, or browse my instagram stories to find it in video.

Enjoy, and let me know if you do give it a go.

Kofta with Tomatoes and Potatoes

A while back, I shared my mother’s recipe of Kofta soaked in tomatoes. Last week I added a new recipe from a friend of mine that includes potatoes and tomatoes. It is a very easy dish and is usually my go-to when I want a quick dish full of protein.

To make this, you need to go to an Arab butcher (if you are living outside the Middle East) and ask for the kofta ready mix. If you do not have an Arab butcher around you, then you can find the step by step to make a kofta at home from my precious Kofta with tomatoes recipe which you will also find in the same post.

You will need: Kofta, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Spice, Tomato Paste, Lemon, Ketchup, Sugar, and Stock.

You will find the full recipe in the following link Kofta.

I hope you do give it a try and let me know how it turns out.

Bon Appétit!

A Moghli Feast

In the Middle East (or as far as I know) in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria; also known as Meghli or Karawia, is a dessert dish served warm or cold after giving birth. The house would be smelling like Moghli all month-long after the baby is born, people who come to congratulate the birth of the baby, come to meet the new-born, are served with Moghli.

This dessert is high in flavor, it is rice pudding made spiced with Caraway (for Karawia) cinnamon and garnished with your preference from pistachio, walnuts, raisins, pine nuts, coconut, or/and almonds.

It is interesting to have a specific dish associated to an occasion, as you relate a taste to it automatically, people in the Arab region (or at least in the countries I have mentioned above) expect to be served with a Moghli dish as they visit to see the baby. This is why it is always cooked in big quantity, and is sometimes even served at the hospital right after delivery.

So how do you serve your Moghli? Or how do you like it garnished? I personally love it served cold, with walnuts, coconut and with a little bit of pistachio on top.

Daily Prompt: Feast

Fest, Moghli, Birth, Party

For the Foodies

Because I love food, and more than food I love the setting of food, I love coming up with new themes, trying new recipes, I love inviting people over, see their faces when they try new flavors. I love browsing the internet for new food styling, new recipes, new cafe’s and new photographs. I love how different each ingredient can look with different backgrounds and settings. It is beautiful what one person can do with one item, and the more items you have the bigger your art piece can appear to be. I love how one ingredient can serve several dishes, and one decoration can change the whole setting, I love how food speaks culture, how we can learn about people from the spices they use, from the taste of our mouth, I love how endless recipes have come to be available today, I love trying new things all the time. Below are food photography that I have enjoyed finding on my instagram account.

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Art Found in Kuwait 

Delicious Packaging; find those exquisette homemade doughnuts at InspiredEdibles (Coffee with Cocoa Nibs & Pretzels, Vanilla Custard with Freeze dried Strawberry powder, Cereal & Rasberries) Photograph by Nour AlMejadi – Find them both on Instagram 

Middle Eastern Stuffed Chicken | دجاج محشي

Stuffed Chicken | دجاج محشي.

Featured on Fustany.com 

One of my favorite dishes of all time. I just love my Mothers own recipe of Stuffed Chicken. To just give you some peak before we get into the details of the ingredients, this recipe is made of a whole chicken stuffed with rice, liver, roasted pine nuts, almonds and spices.

It is mouth-watering, and the smell of the chicken being barbecued is just my favorite part. I thought it was hard to prepare this delicious dish, but to my surprise, it is very easy and fun. I also like to have this dish prepared when we have people coming over, or when all my family are gathered around the table. It is the type of dish to enjoy along with loved ones.

The trick here is to make sure your chicken is juicy, filled with the right spices and the right amount. We usually have a side dish next to the chicken, it can be made of tomatoes, gravy, salad, yogurt, or as the one shared below, potatoes.

You can never have the same Stuffed Chicken Recipe. Where ever you go, online or offline, a stuffed chicken is the chefs signature in the kitchen. One little addition or subtraction will make a difference. So here is one of the most delicious stuffed chicken recipes you will ever encounter.


Makes enough for 4 people – Preparation time 2 hours

Click here for the full recipe. 


Ferrero Rocher Cake, Food Styling & Photography.

Ferrero Rocher Cake.

I still can not say what is it that I find fascinating about baking and food styling. Click here for the full Recipe and post.

A simple and delicious recipe for mini crunchy Cinnamon Rolls…

For the full article and recipe click here.

I have always enjoyed looking at photographs of food. I probably look at photos every day, it is a source of inspiration, I find, and then I get tempted to have some of what I am looking at, and next thing I find myself shopping the ingredients and baking.

One day, while I was browsing food photos online, I came across these yummy looking Cinnamon Rolls. I have never baked Cinnamon Rolls before in my life, nor have my mother ever baked us any. I even rarely order any. They are not my usual choice unless I was invited for some. But this photograph was irresistible.

From the Gold Mine Journal

From the Gold Mine Journal

This photograph belongs to the Gold Mine Journal Blog with the original recipe here. I got to browse their beautiful blog to find many common grounds. I started my blog to gather my scattered findings of what I find beautiful in life and share them online to a world that is so wide and diverse. As a Middle-Eastern living in the heart of the Middle-East, I have the passion to connect all over the world and exchange everything beautiful. The Gold Mine Journal also started what they call an online journal to document projects of the things they love.

How to make delicious easy Cinnamon RollsThe Recipe from the Gold Mine Journal with amendments… Resulted in

Mini Crispy Cinnamon Rolls 

1 cup of Skimmed Milk

1/2 cup of Butter (More than 1/2 a stick)

2 1/4 teaspoon Yeast

1 tablespoon Sugar

1/4 teaspoon Salt

3 cups of Flour

For the Stuffing  

4 tablespoon of Butter

3 teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/4 cup of Sugar

For the Dressing Glaze

2 cups of Powdered Sugar

1/2 cup of Cream

Easy steps for delicious Cinnamon Rolls For the full recipe click here.


Where you can enjoy a Cooking Class and a good meal in Amman, Jordan?

In the old area of Amman, you will find the Webdeh neighborhood, where the houses are authentic, old and beautiful, the streets are very narrow, the shops are scattered and small with half of the items stacked around the entrance to attract any passenger walking by. Surrounded by the most beautiful mosques and churches in the city, Webdeh is the perfect place to stroll and hang out for the day or night. The people are very warm and friendly, the shops are diverse between cafes, grocery, old restaurants and galleries. It is where you go looking for treasures, outstanding shops, random conversations and it certainly leaves a very cozy and comfortable impression on you.

Down the street of Luzmila Hospital you will find on your right hand side a very old house with lots of greenery coming out of it and an exquisite signage that reads “Bei Sitti”. Beit Sitti stands for “My grandmother’s house” and as you walk up the old stairs you will see a beautiful big orange tree on your right side and many pink flower trees on your left before you reach an old brown door that takes you into the authentic house.

48 Beit-SittiThis house is literally the house of a woman who used to be a grandmother of a Jordanian family before she passed away “الله يرحمها”. The house is very authentic with beautiful floor tiles, black and white photographs, traditional decorations and a true beautiful authentic feel. The family decided to keep their grandmother’s house alive and help spread her love for cooking and teaching to the people around, and therefore transformed her house to a kitchen to teach arabic cooking classes that ends in an unforgettable dinning experience in Jabal Al Webdeh.3 Beit-Sitti

On an evening organized by WAYWelfare Association for Youth” (a group of enthusiastic people with passion to help the development of the Palestinian society and are organizers to several activities throughout the year to help raise awareness about Palestinian identity, culture and history along with improving the standard of their living.) I joined thee group to a delicious night at Beit Sitti to learn how to make the tradition Palestinian dish Musakhan and dessert Knafeh.

WAY Welfare Association

Musakhan is taboon bread soaked in oil and filled with cooked onions, sumac spice and pine nuts topped with baked chicken garnished with more onion, sumac spice and pine nuts and is eaten with your hands alongside a bowl of yogurt and optional salad.

Musakhan in authentic oven Knafeh is to die for and is a very well-known dessert along the Middle-East and is originated from Nablus a city that resides in Palestine. It’s ingredients include Nabulsi Cheese, Knafeh pastry “which comes in 3 options: rough, fine or mixed”, syrup and pine nuts. If you have never tried it, then I do advice you ask for the best knafeh maker around you.

Making Knafeh Kunafa kanafehKnafeh a Palestinian dessert from NablusAfter enjoying the essence of learning how to make both Palestinian dishes of Musakhan and Knafeh, I enjoyed a pleasent dinner with great company, great topics, and great food.

Beit Sitti organizes different arabic food menus and can cater to your choice if you reserve in advance, for more inquires and reservations feel free to contact Beit Sitti and join the facebook page of WAY for upcoming events and activities that supports the people in Palestine. Nothing beats a night in a foreign city; learning something new, that includes both great food and a great conversation.


All photographs are taken with my Canon 70D and you can check out my Food section for more Middle-Eastern Food recipes like:  Okra in Olive Oil, Eggplant Fatteh, Freekeh, Hummus, Mansaf, Mulukhieh, and MiddleEastern MeatPie.

The best of all recipes: Spinach Triangles – فطائر السبانخ

Spinach Triangles – فطائر السبانخ.

The smell of Sabanekh “what stands for Spinach triangles or Fatayer Sabanekh” are just mesmerizing. The taste of the Sabanekh is just unforgettable. My mother’s Sabanekh are usually crunchy from the outside and very soft and juicy from the inside, literally mouth-watering.

Sabanekh always remind me of my childhood when we used to go for family gatherings, there is always Sabanekh triangles, and they are always made so good. It is like you can identify the character of the person behind making them. Some are too sour, some are too soft, some are crunchy, some are spicy, some are mini, some are not in a triangle shape, and so on… I do not usually like sabanekh with big chunks of onion pieces inside, the ones with very little juicing and not much of sour in them. Sabanekh must taste a memory or leave a memory. Yes I think I am just obsessed with those Sabanekh, and you will only understand me if you have tried SUZIE|S or when you try her recipe.

When do we serve those yummy spinach pastries?

They are usually an appetizer, or a welcoming dish to start with; sometimes they are tagged along with all the savory pastries for parties and events. You can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am telling you they are just what you are looking for.

Not to forget to mention, those triangles are great for school, picnic, work, they are just easy to wrap and go. You can always make them along side the Sfeeha and have a lucky lunch day at work or school.


Ofcourse it is good for you, we all know it, thanks to Popeye. They are really good for skin and hair, bone and health because they provide high protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. It also improves blood glucose control in diabetes, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, and strengthens the bone.

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