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kibbeh Nayeh served with onion and raddish
Kibbeh Nayeeh (Lamb Tartare) 851 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Kibbeh Nayeeh (Lamb Tartare)

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 should only eat this lamb tartar if the meat is fresh and has been minced on the same day.  Do not even consider using the…

baklawa tray held by hand
Cashew Filled Baklawa 2048 1363 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Cashew Filled Baklawa

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 shape of a cigar, diamond, or square. As you all know, I love to also present my food in a modern way and I call…

za'atar croissants
Zaatar Croissants 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Zaatar Croissants

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, parties, or your next coffee break. Make a batch of them with just 3 ingredients for a wonderful Middle Eastern style breakfast. Traditional croissant dough…

galyat bandoura served with mezza style food
Diced Beef With Tomato 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Diced Beef With Tomato

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 what our farmers used to eat for a simple and quick bite. Diced beef and tomato is usually eaten with fresh Arabic bread alongside other…

charred capsicum bruschettas served on wooden board
Charred Capsicum Bruschetta 1732 1154 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Charred Capsicum Bruschetta

A great tasting charred capsicum bruschetta starts with quality ingredients. ⠀This irresistible idea is for your next dinner party.  Little tasty bruschettas of garlic bread topped with delicious ingredients.⠀ Ingredients Sourdough or baguette bread sliced (2½ -3 cm thick) chargrilled capsicum strips feta cheese diced into small cubes black olives pitted and halved spring onion…

crunchy date treats on a silver tray
Crunchy Date Treats 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Crunchy Date Treats

Soft and chewy crunchy date treats is an easy and fast recipe you can whizz up in under 20 minutes.  Combining dates with crushed nuts or coconut is the best way to complement their sweet taste. For an even quicker date recipe, check out my coconut and nut stuffed dates. Ingredients 500 grams dates pitted…

Pearl Couscous and Chickpea Salad served
Pearl Couscous And Chickpea Salad 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Pearl Couscous And Chickpea Salad

An easy pearl couscous and chickpea salad perfect for entertaining or alongside a casual barbecue.   Tossed with a quick homemade garlic zesty dressing it also can be the ideal side dish for the for your next picnic. This easy salad is also one of my many salads that are a complete meal. Ingredients 300 grams…

homemade chili paste in a bowl
How To Make Chili Paste 850 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

How To Make Chili Paste

How to make chili paste from fresh chili – This is a versatile chili paste recipe made with fresh chili and herbs. Use it as a condiment, sauce, spread, or throughout your cooking for heat and flavour.  It’s delicious, and a must-have in the refrigerator. It’s delicious alongside lamb roast and the perfect balance to…

Sandwich Peanut Butter Cookies
Sandwich Peanut Butter Cookies 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Sandwich Peanut Butter Cookies

This slight variation to the peanut butter cookies with the addition of the vanilla ice-cream makes these cookies irresistibly soft and chewy. This is an amazingly easy recipe and the perfect dessert on those hot summer days. Each bite is heavenly goodness of two soft biscuits packed with a scoop or two of vanilla ice…

dates stuffed with nuts and coconut
Coconut And Nut Stuffed Dates 851 600 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Coconut And Nut Stuffed Dates

Coconut and Nut Stuffed Dates – Dates are a Middle Eastern Delicacy and this is what we break our fast on in Ramadan.  Now let’s turn them into a delicious sweet treat by stuffing them with nuts and coconut. Stuffing them with crushed nuts or coconut flakes is the best way to complement their sweet…

chicken chops
Oven Roasted Chicken Chops 2560 1707 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Oven Roasted Chicken Chops

These Oven-Roasted Chicken Chops are simple and so easy to make. They are ideal for quick weeknight dinners or served as a main at dinner parties. These juicy chops are simply coated with a garlic and chili marinade, seasoned with salt and black pepper, and flavoured with dried herbs. The best part of this recipe…

crispy bread sticks on a christmas lunch table
Crispy Bread Sticks 1731 1154 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Crispy Bread Sticks

These crispy breadsticks are a keeper! Quick and easy homemade breadsticks are perfect with many dips or as an irresistible snack. This will be the talk of your dinner party. Za’atar spice, sumac, and salt go perfectly well with these. I love serving them in a simple vase. You can oil and bake them too.…

basil pesto on black board
Walnut Basil Pesto 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Walnut Basil Pesto

Walnut Basil Pesto can be used as an accompaniment to many roast dishes and it tastes delicious used in this pesto spaghetti with sundried tomatoes  Ingredients 1 cup basil leaves (firmly packed) 1 garlic clove ½ red chili 3 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese 10 walnuts salt and pepper 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons olive…

sesame slice-semesmieh
Sesame Slice (Semesmieh) 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Sesame Slice (Semesmieh)

This sesame slice takes under 15 minutes to prepare and is packed with healthy ingredients.  Superfood sesame seeds and nuts combined with rich honey is easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. These ingredients speak for themselves and you only need a handful of them to make a delicious light snack, breakfast bar, or a little…

broad bean and burghul pilaf
Broadbean And Bulgur Pilaf 850 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Broadbean And Bulgur Pilaf

Broad-bean and Bulgur Pilaf is simple to make and also the best weeknight dinner ready in a flash with loads of flavour.  It’s hearty, nutritious, and delicious.   Bulgur is cracked wheat in Arabic.  The addition of bulgur adds a nutty element to this dish making it incredibly tasty. For a gluten-free option, you will love…

choc chip peanut butter cookies served on a board
Choc Chip Peanut Butter Cookies 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Choc Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Choc Chip peanut butter cookies are crispy on the outside, soft and slightly chewy on the inside, and ready in 15 minutes! No chill time required! My go-to best peanut butter cookie recipe is a delicious morning tea snack. With just four main ingredients, these simple peanut butter cookies will delight kids and grown-ups alike…

Spinach and ricotta Stuffed Chicken breast fillets served on a board with sage flowers
Spinach And Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breast Fillet 850 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Spinach And Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breast Fillet

Spinach and ricotta Stuffed Chicken breast fillet is a tasty way to pack more flavour into your dinner and a simple and healthy recipe. Just like the baked Herb Stuffed Chicken Breast Fillets, you can easily prepare this recipe ahead of time and cook when needed. Make it once or twice and you’ll get the…

maqloubi ready to eat
Maqloubi (Upside Down Chicken And Rice Pilaf) 1731 1154 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Maqloubi (Upside Down Chicken And Rice Pilaf)

Maqloubi-Upside Down Chicken and Rice Pilaf is a hidden gem in the Middle East.  Maqloubi (also spelled maqluba or maklouba) is one of my favourite dishes for either dinner parties or just a casual family weekend dinner. It’s a traditional recipe originating from Palestine, but it’s also quite popular in Syria and Lebanon.  There are…

ejjeh herb quiche
Ejjeh (Baked Green Herb Quiche) 851 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Ejjeh (Baked Green Herb Quiche)

Ejjeh – Baked Green herb quiche is the Middle Eastern version of the quiche without the crust.  It is also similar to an omelet and can be fried or baked. This recipe includes simple herbs such as parsley and mint.  You can, however, choose your own or whatever you have at hand. Green herb quiche…

watermelon salad
Watermelon Salad With Feta And Pine Nuts 850 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Watermelon Salad With Feta And Pine Nuts

Watermelon salad with feta and pine nuts comes together in under 15 minutes and it’s the perfect barbecue summer salad. The thought of this sweet and crunchy watermelon served with salty creamy feta will make your mouth water.  When watermelon is in season, this should be on the menu.   Ingredients watermelon (approximately 1 kg)…

brussel sprouts garnished with parsley and slivered almonds
Brussel Sprout Drizzled With Creamy Tahini 850 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Brussel Sprout Drizzled With Creamy Tahini

This is a very simple side dish of Brussel Sprout drizzled with creamy Tahini and garnished with slivered almonds. If you’re unsure whether you like brussel sprout or not, then this recipe is for you. A delicious vegan side dish that can be made ahead of time and is also your perfect Left-Over lunch. Did…