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!

Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

Honestly, this is probably the easiest and fastest cake I have ever baked.

Now the trick is, they do use a ready cake mix, which I kind of dislike, as I usually prefer making my cakes from scratch, but sometimes, you are just in a hurry and want to get just not any cake, but home baked cake. This can be it.

However, I do plan to try it out again by substituting the cake mix with the ingredients of the cake mix and see the turn out, I sure will update you all on that.

Meanwhile, and since this cake was very popular on my instagram and I received the most ever messages in my inbox with people asking me for the recipe, I no longer wanted to delay sharing it anymore. And since Ramadan is tomorrow, this actually can be (for people who fast) the best quick fix if you really get the sugar cravings after iftar.

I first tried this cake at my cousins house, and I loved it, asked her for her recipe, and she gave me the recipe of Cookies and Cups with her amendments which I have used and included below. I must assure you, this cake will become your next obsession.

So what my cousin changed in the recipe, is she substituted the icing to hot milk instead. And to be frank, the cake without the icing (that contains 2 more cups of sugar) is already very sweet, and the substation of the milk instead, gave the cake a moist to die for.

So here goes the recipe,

Please let me know once you do try it, I always love to hear comments.

Original recipe found on Cookies and Cups 

The following has my cousin’s adjustments and some of my substituted options to some ingredients


1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix (I could not find Yellow cake mix in my neighborhood shop, so I used the Vanilla which was fine)

4 Eggs

3/4 Vegetable Oil (you can use coconut oil instead, I tried both and they worked fine)

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1 cup of Sour Cream

1 cup of Brown sugar (I used half a cup the second time, as 1 cup was too sweet)

1 teaspoon of ground Cinnamon

For the Icing: 

1 Cup of Milk (you can use low or full fat and you can also use up 2 cups)

3 Spoons of powdered sugar (feel free to use less or even none)

For the full Recipe click Cinnamon Roll Cake

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. 


In both Arabic & English a Bakers Royale Recipe of Orange Chocolate Cake | طريقة عمل كيكة الشوكولاته والبرتقال

Orange Chocolate Cake | كيكة برتقال وشوكولاتة.

Ramadan is incomplete without dessert right after your main dish. I am writing this blog post during the Holly month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast for a whole month. The beautiful thing is that we only fast from sunrise to sunset and then we can just indulge and enjoy what we prepare. Fasting is a way to examine self restrains and constrains. A beautiful spiritual month, where family and friends unite, everyday, for Iftar after they break their fast.

Today, I decided to share with you one of my favorite recipes besides the Fererro Rocher Cake. For both chocolate and fruit lovers. The taste combination of Oranges and Chocolate is just enriching. I personally can never get enough of it.

I found this Recipe on the Bakers Royale food blog, and it was the first time for me to try any of the recipes. This one turned out to be great, delicious, soft and tasteful and worth sharing. I changed minor things to the original recipe, and translated it into Arabic.

Click here or on the photo for the full recipe, and make your loved ones remember you forever. 

Have a wonderful Iftar or dinner everyone.

A full step by step recipe for the Ferrero Rocher Cake… Make them all fall in love with you.

Ferrero Rocher Cake.

It was snowing here in Amman, Jordan. And for those of you who don’t know much about Jordan, it snows a couple of days a year, and when it snows, it becomes a public holiday. So the day I decided to try the Ferrero Rocher recipe from the boxofspice blog, it was snowing, we were stuck at home for 3 days, with options of watching TV, playing with the snow, risking an adventurous drive around town or try and bake the sexiest cake ever.

Ferrero Rocher is sexy, and therefore a Ferrero Rocher Cake is just a phenomenal idea. Who would say no for a piece of that? The trick here is that the ingredients are not very cheap, and the process is not very simple. But I must admit, that if you enjoy baking, then the process of baking this cake is so much fun. It is a beautiful 3 step process, and it really feels like an equation, either a successful one or a miss. Thankfully and thanks to the recipe provided by boxofspice, the steps were very simple to follow and the result was just fantabulous.Step by step recipe to a ferrero rocher chocolate cake

As usual, minor changes have been made while I was baking this cake due to what was available. I recommend you bake it when you have the time, put some good music on, and just indulge in the baking process. Original recipe is on boxofspice,


For the Cake

3/4 cup of fresh hazelnuts

1 cup of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons separate

1 cup of flour

3 tablespoon of cacao

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

3 eggs

1/2 cup of skimmed milk

1/3 + 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1/2 cup of brewed coffee (make sure this is done in advance to use when cool)

2 teaspoons of vanilla

Full recipe Ferrero Rocher CakeFor the full recipe, click here. 


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.


Food Art, Styling & Tasting: Adas Lentil Soup – شوربة العدس

Adas Lentil Soup – شوربة العدس.

The difference between Lentil Soup and Adas Soup is that Adas which stands for Lentil is the Middle-Eastern version of the soup. Adas soup comes Yellow to Orange looking and is mostly served soft and creamy.

To most Middle-Eastern’s, Adas soup tastes like home. It is the soup served at most grandparents and parents, it is the soup of warmth and love. Adas soup is very popular during Ramadan as well, it is always served before anything else. I remember making Adas soup when I was living in Montreal every time I used to miss the Middle-East. Adas soup is the smell of any authentic Arab kitchen.

History & Culture 

Lentil in general is ancient, evidence show they were used for food 13 thousand years ago. Lentils used to be a very popular Iranian dish, they were poured over rice as a stew. Lentils are mentioned in all the books of Hebrew Bible, Bible and the Quran and is associated with the story of Prophet Jacob and is now associated as a traditional meal for a Jewish mourning. In Ethiopia a stew known dish is called Kik and is one of their national dishes. They also make a yellow non spicy dish for mothers to feed their babies with as their first meal. In India it is also known as the Dhal dish, which is a lentil curry dish that is served almost daily. In Italy and Hungary, Lentil is eaten on New Year’s Eve symbolizing Hope for a New prosperous year. The ancient Greeks used to love Lentil soup, and today Lentil soup is served almost everywhere around the world.

Types of Lentil

Lentil comes in more than one color, it can come in red, yellow, orange, green, brown, and black. For the Adas soup we always go…Read More

If you liked this post you might also like: Pumpkin Soup, Tomato Soup 

Full recipe of a delicious tomato soup…

Tomato Soup.

Tomato Soup  food art and styling Tomatoes Tomatoes Tomatoes Tomatoes Tomatoes Tomatoes  Tomatoes Tomatoes; Who doesn’t love them Tomatoes ? A fruit yet is always considered a vegetable, claims to be first used in Mexico and then spread worldwide, although if we look closely to any cuisine, tomato is mostly in all culinary, international dishes; except Mansaf 😉 but yeah, Tomatoes are mandatory, they come in soup, salad, appetizers, main dishes, drinks and dips.

Tomato Soup Shopping for Tomatoes is no longer a one stop shop; instead you have varieties of tomato styles to select from. Around 7500 varieties of tomatoes are grown and to name some: slicing tomatoes, globe tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, paste tomatoes, pear tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and campari tomatoes. Today China is marked to come first in producing Tomatoes, Turkey comes 4th, Egypt comes 5th and Mexico 10th, but in any mini market around the block, a tomato is there waiting to be picked up.

Tomato Soup Benefits? Tomatoes contain lycopene which prevents prostate cancer, protects against UV rays, helps against sunburn and keeping the skin looking youthful. Tomatoes have double the normal Vitamin C, 40 times the normal Vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin E,  and high level of anthocyanin. How much more do you now love tomatoes? 

Tomatoes  At SUZIE|S KITCHEN we are all fans of her famous cream of tomato soup... read more

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.