To Syria, With Love {And My 10 Mid-East Inspired Sweets E-Cookbook Launch}

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To Syria With Love

This post has been a long time coming. It’s a bit of a break from my normal type of post, but I think you’ll find it interesting. Plus, it’s really close to my heart, so if you have time, I’d really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to read it. Grab a drink and settle in. ;)

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Cauliflower Hash + A Beautiful Experience at a Syrian Restaurant in Kuwait

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Syrian or Lebanese?, Mike asked me late one evening, wondering what I was in the mood for. Syrian! A glimmer in my eyes, I replied instantly, already excited at the prospect. (Side Note: Something you might not know about Mike is that he was born here in Kuwait and left the country as a young child with his family to live in Syria – his mother’s homeland – after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in the early 1990s. He still has several childhood friends here.) That night, Mike and I were going out to dinner with one of his friends that he had reconnected with […]...

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Mujaddara Burghul (And a HUGE Giveaway of My Cookbook + Prize Packs From Bob’s Red Mill!)

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Photo (taken by yours truly) of Mujaddara Burghul from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair. If you’re curious about Middle Eastern food and looking for a good recipe to start with, Mujaddara Burghul, otherwise known as Lentil & Bulgur Wheat Pilaf with Caramelized Onion, is the perfect dish. It’s very healthy with lentils and whole-grain bulgur wheat as its main ingredients. (Since it’s a vegetarian meal, it’s easy on the wallet too!) It couldn’t be simpler to make…if making rice intimidates you, know that bulgur is much more forgiving than rice. And with caramelized onion and the perfect blend of spices, it’s […]...

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Fried Eggplant with Garlic and Parsley Dressing (And a Giveaway of My Cookbook!)

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Photo (taken by yours truly) of Fried Eggplant with Garlic and Parsley Dressing from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair. Of all the recipes in my cookbook, this one has the most personal story attached to it. The first time I had this dish was in Zabadani, a rural area north of Damascus in Syria. My husband and I were staying with his family in their country home for a few days, and another family had come to visit. Of course a feast was in order....

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Sednaya & Maaloula, Syria

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The stunning view of Sednaya, as seen looking down from the top of a set of stairs leading to the rooftop of the Convent of Our Lady. It’s been a year since mine and Mike’s last trip to the Middle East.  Since then time has flown by, but that’s no excuse – I can’t believe I haven’t shared my last set of photos from the trip with you until now!  These photos are from a day trip we took to Sednaya and Maaloula in Syria while staying in Damascus; both Sednaya and Maaloula are breathtaking and very rich in lore....

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All About Shawarma

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Shawarma Made Mike’s Way (With Extra Garlic Mayo)  On our trip to the Middle East last spring, Mike and I enjoyed a lot of good food.  We stuffed ourselves on home-cooked meals like molokhia (slimy green soup), kibbeh, kousa mahshi (stuffed marrow squash or zucchini), and waraq al ainab (stuffed grape leaves), but we also had our fair share of fast food favorites like falafel, hummus, and of course, shawarma....

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Link Love: My 7 Links

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I was thrilled when the lovely and très chic Heavenly Housewife (of From Donuts to Delirium) nominated my blog to participate in My 7 Links and share seven of my all-time favorite posts in different categories.  The goal of My 7 Links is “to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.”  After that I get to nominate five other bloggers to do the same.  Sounds like fun, right?  (Thank you for nominating me, Heavenly!  For any of you who […]...

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A Medieval Castle in Syria

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Crac des Chevaliers is medieval military castle that sits majestically on top of a 650 meter high hill in eastern Syria.  When you climb to the top of the castle and look down at the surrounding landscape it literally feels like you’re in the clouds…and it completely takes your breath away....

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Random Shopping Pictures From Our Middle East Vacation

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Middle Eastern markets are amazing.  Imagine yourself walking through ancient city streets lined with shops and open-air markets selling anything you can imagine, and the scent of jasmine and spices wafting through the air.  You’re sipping metteh (an herbal tea) or maybe snacking on roasted nuts.  You pass a couple of elderly gentlemen who are laughing while playing a game of cards and smoking a hookah, which smells beautifully of apple and licorice.  You stop, look around, and inhale deeply, taking in as much as you can and trying to freeze this moment before it slips by.  (Have I mentioned I love Middle Eastern markets?  :) )...

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