About Me

Hi I’m Rouba, welcome to my Food Journey!

I’m not a chef.  I’m a self-taught home cook.

My 3 passions in life are my family, my culture and food.

Hospitality is central to my Middle Eastern culture and our food is the ultimate cuisine for sharing. I am a mum of two boys and have a large extended family & circle of friends – so naturally entertaining and sharing food has become a huge part of my life.

My Food Journey began when I first left home and was barely able to cook an egg! I was in trouble.

That’s when I started hunting for simple Middle Eastern recipes from magazines, books and TV. I was so hungry for good recipes – I’d even start conversations with strangers in grocery stores!

Here, I want to share my story, my traditions and my own modern take on simple, healthy Middle Eastern recipes that just burst with flavour.

I’ll show you how easy it can be to whip up a delicious Middle Eastern meal at home using just a handful of ingredients you have in your fridge or pantry.

And now, I’m so excited to share the joy of cooking with you!

Latest Posts

kibbeh Nayeh served with onion and raddish

Kibbeh Nayeeh (Lamb Tartare)

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I’m so excited to share this authentic Festive Middle Eastern dish known as kibbeh Nayeeh (lamb tartar) recipe with you! Freshness is key to any good, safe raw tartar.  You…

baklawa tray held by hand

Cashew Filled Baklawa

Cashew Filled Baklawa 2048 1363 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

This Cashew filled Baklawa is so simple to make. Baklawa recipes vary in the type of nuts used and in the presentation of it. Traditional Baklawa is either in the…

za'atar croissants

Zaatar Croissants

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I love puff pastry homemade zaatar croissants without the extra time and fuss. These mini croissants are sinfully easy to make and are absolutely delicious.  They are perfect for mornings,…

galyat bandoura served with mezza style food

Diced Beef With Tomato

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Diced beef and tomato is the perfect food to scoop your crusty bread into.  Minimum effort is required for this simple traditional dish.  This basic beef and tomato recipe is…