A few months ago one of my Iraqi girlfriends invited me over for a girlie luncheon. I love going to her house because she is truly the hostest with mostest. She is able to gracefully whip a warm, wonderful and beautiful gathering that would make Martha Stewart envious. On this occasion, she made us her
About Zahra Abdalla
With a passion for cooking and entertaining - and after lots of motivation and encouragements from my friends and family - I decided to start a blog to show you that we don’t have to cook in the same complicated style that our parents did. Instead cooking can be quick without having to compromise on taste.
Entries by Zahra Abdalla
When I was invited to be part of the Philips Middle East #30daysofhomemade challenge, I was very excited to use the Philips Avance XL AirFryer to make Maqlubat Zahra. This dish is a traditional Palestinian cuisine that is typically very oily because I would have to deep fry the cauliflower. For the challenge I used
Delicious and healthy baked salmon cooked in minutes, making dinner time quick and easy.
We love soup in our family and I am always looking to fine simple ways to make nutritious food with lots of flavour. Initially this soup started out as a simple vegetable soup but over the years it has evolved to include the delicious flavours of ginger and garlic and the hearty addition of shredded
This is a very special carrot cake recipe from my baby sister. She is an amazing baker and a superb person. Enjoy this special treat from Samaa.
In our household a stir-fry is synonymous to healthy food. The technique is pretty much standard, cook each ingredient separately and then mix them all together for a grand finale of a wonderful dish. Today I am making a beef stir fry with bok choi, string beans, baby corn and baby asparagus served with a
I love chocolate! I love cardamons! I love pistachios! I love these three ingredients but they are rarely used together. In the spirit of Ramadan I am mixing these three ingredients to make this delicious treat; it has a deep and rich chocolaty flavour mixed with the nuttiness of the pistachio layered with a subtle
Lasagna definitely tops the list in our family when we think of comfort food. It was one of the first dishes I made as a grad student for my friend at our humble pot luck dinner parties, and as a mother I pre-make and freeze my lasagna as back-up dinner options when ever I am not
We are definitely a family that loves pizza, to the extent that we made a full-on custom-built wood burning pizza oven in our backyard and are known at the pizza house in our neighborhood. I have to admit that I secretly love our reputation. One our family’s favourite activity is to invite our family and
Like his momma, my son has a sweet tooth and loves anything I bake. I usually like to indulge his sweet tooth with yummy homemade treats that are full of goodness as well. Today as I was cleaning my freezer I noticed that I had stashed away four ripe bananas in the freezer, and I
My husband and I love eating soups and salads for dinner and so I am always looking for simple ways to make our dinners more colourful, flavourful and exciting. This recipe is layered with subtle aromatic flavours that are just divine; it is a wonderful balance of spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. Hope you