Entries by Zahra Abdalla

Stuffed Onion and Vine Leaves (Iraqi Style)

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

Maqlubat Zahra (Literally: Upside-Down Cauliflower)

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

Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Pearl Barley

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

Beef Stir Fry with Bok Choi

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

Beef Lasagna with White Truffle Oil

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

Basic Pizza Dough

 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

Honey Glazed Salmon with Mixed Greens and Mongbeen Noodles Salad

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