Feast of Merit, Richmond – a Review

Enter Swan Street and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. There are so many cuisines to choose from, interesting looking cafes and restaurants, quirky spaces, hot spots…plenty to choose from which can be a bit daunting. But if you are willing to take a chance and follow your instincts, then you…… Continue reading Feast of Merit, Richmond – a Review

Baba Ghanouj with Minced Lamb and Pine Nuts

As I have always said, food can be a glorious medium to break barriers and make friends from around the globe. Such is my friendship with Feda Queen (isn’t it a beautiful name!). I have never met Feda or know much about her except that she hails from Lebanon and lives in Sydney. I also…… Continue reading Baba Ghanouj with Minced Lamb and Pine Nuts

Shorbat Adas – Arabian Lentil Soup

The past week was a busy, hectic and demanding one with the new blog and other writing commitments. I also went into a ‘cooking overdrive’ trying out and experimenting with different types of dishes and cuisines. And the result – thoroughly burned out by Friday, desperately needing a weekend break from the kitchen. All I…… Continue reading Shorbat Adas – Arabian Lentil Soup

Iftar with Roz ma mucasarat (Arabian Rice with Nuts and Saffron)

Roz ma mucasarat is a traditional Arabian rice dish which dates back several centuries as nuts were used in cooking long before agriculture cultivation took off. This is a rice dish that is usually prepared during celebrations, special days and weddings but I could eat it just about every day.

Sayadiah (Arabian Fish with Rice)

It is quite interesting to trace the origin and journey of a dish. Not only can you learn a lot of historical tidbits, you also get to appreciate the evolutionary process and how each region adapts and changes the original dish or technique to suit their tastes, climate, availability of ingredients and lifestyle. The name…… Continue reading Sayadiah (Arabian Fish with Rice)

Hummus Bi Tahina (Middle Eastern Chickpeas Dip)

This is the Holy Week and for every Christian including me, this is the time for silent reflection, a time for praise and thanksgiving. A time to reflect on your inner self, your spiritual self. I am not a regular church-goer but I am deeply religious though my idea of religion does not always conform…… Continue reading Hummus Bi Tahina (Middle Eastern Chickpeas Dip)

Baid Mutajjan (Middle Eastern Fried Hard Boiled Eggs) – Guest Post for Afra Cooking

My 2nd invitation to do a guest post for a fellow blogger. All of you know Afra (the lady who taught us to hide beets in muffins!) For those of you who missed that post, you ought to check her beet muffins. Afra lives in Netherlands, a far flung exotic land for me and a…… Continue reading Baid Mutajjan (Middle Eastern Fried Hard Boiled Eggs) – Guest Post for Afra Cooking

Traditional Arabic Cooking – Miriam Al Hashimi

A cookbook review and this time, it is a cuisine that’s always held a soft spot for me – Arabic cooking. Even though I am an Indian by birth, I spent a rather large chunk of my childhood in Sharjah (an emirate in U.A.E). Food at home was largely Indian, but there were a few…… Continue reading Traditional Arabic Cooking – Miriam Al Hashimi