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spicy lamb pastries
Spicy Lamb Pastries 851 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Spicy Lamb Pastries

Spicy lamb pastries are the cheat way of my mum’s signature dish known as Laham-B-Ajeen. My mum is the queen of this dish but she makes hers with the traditional dough; made from scratch. Ready puff pastry is an easier alternative and still does this dish justice. The filling mixture is exactly the same. I…

pouring sugar syrup over shredded pastry with orange blossom cream filling
Attir (Sugar Syrup) 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Attir (Sugar Syrup)

Attir – Sugar syrup is the magic ingredient used in Middle Eastern sweets. It is infused with orange blossom or rosewater and drizzled over baked or fried desserts.  It is often also served on the side and each person adds as much syrup as they like. The syrup can have a thick, sticky consistency or can…

Ashta Creamy Filling 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Ashta Creamy Filling

Ashta creamy filling is simply clotted cream perfect for topping or filling homemade desserts, fruit and pastries. Real Ashta requires you to patiently skim off the thin skin that forms on boiling milk, again and again.  It is such a long process I have never attempted it. This is my mum’s simplified version of it.  The…

Date Delight Sandwiches 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Date Delight Sandwiches

Date delight sandwiches are a delicate and delicious sandwich like dessert rich in Middle Eastern flavours but made with a twist! This sweetened ricotta sandwiched between two layers of dates, pistachio or coconut shining beautifully is simply too hard to resist. The presentation of this dessert is a beautiful and unique addition to any dessert table…

coconut delight sandwiches served on a tray
Coconut Delight Sandwiches 851 563 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Coconut Delight Sandwiches

Coconut delight sandwiches – These are a delicate and delicious sandwich like dessert rich in Middle Eastern flavours but made with a twist! This sweetened ricotta sandwiched between two layers of coconut, pistachio or dates shining beautifully is simply too hard to resist. The presentation of this dessert is beautiful and a unique addition to any…

cucumber and yogurt salad served with fresh mint
Yoghurt Cucumber Salad 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Yoghurt Cucumber Salad

Yogurt Cucumber salad is incredibly simple to make using only 4 simple ingredients.  The combination of cucumber and yogurt is creamy and refreshing.  The test here is to perfect the balance of all the ingredients.  This salad takes only five to ten minutes to prepare and pairs well with endless dishes such as meat, rice…

Pistachio Delight Sandwiches 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Pistachio Delight Sandwiches

Pistachio delight sandwiches are delicate and delicious sandwich like desserts rich in Middle Eastern flavours but made with a twist! This sweetened ricotta sandwiched between two layers of pistachio, dates or coconut shining beautifully is simply too hard to resist. The presentation of this dessert is beautiful and a unique addition to any dessert table…

Hummus dinner rolls served on black board
Hummus Dinner Rolls 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Hummus Dinner Rolls

My homemade Hummus dinner rolls recipe is delicious, real and made with simple healthy ingredients. But it’s all about changing it up in the kitchen! So put your hummus to good use.  These dinner rolls make great party food and can be enjoyed by everyone. They are very easy to make, just 3 simple steps…

Shishbarak- lamb dumplings yogurt stew served in a bowl
Shish-Barak (Lamb Dumplings Yoghurt Stew) 1000 667 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Shish-Barak (Lamb Dumplings Yoghurt Stew)

Shish-Barak is basically ravioli-like dumplings filled with seasoned lamb and onions cooked in a plain yogurt stew.  It is an acquired taste with the intense flavour of the cooked yogurt garnished with sauteed crushed garlic and fresh coriander. There are 3 steps to this recipe: preparing the meat filling rolling the dumplings cooking the dumplings…

chocolate orange cake served with orange slices
Chocolate Orange Cake 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Chocolate Orange Cake

A super easy chocolate orange cake to make. It’s moist and requires only 1 bowl. Just combine all ingredients, mix, and bake. This is a fantastic recipe! The orange flavour is a subtle flavour but really good, it’s quite addictive and not too sweet. You can’t but love the moist, lovely orange and chocolate taste…

Baked Herb Stuffed Chicken Breast Fillets 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Baked Herb Stuffed Chicken Breast Fillets

Baked herb stuffed chicken breast fillet is so easy to make and tastes great. You can easily prepare this ahead of time and cook when needed.  This recipe is on our rotation as a family favourite along with my delicious herb lemon chicken.  Make it once and you’ll get the hang of it. It also…

herb lemon chicken served in a plate
Easy Lemon Herb Chicken 1000 667 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Easy Lemon Herb Chicken

Easy Lemon Herb Chicken is juicy, incredible in flavour and easy to make.  It bursts with flavour thanks to the lemon, fresh parsley, and tangy capers. This dish is a complete meal in one pan which is why you will also love making it. Ingredients 3 chicken fillets – halved lengthwise to form 6 pieces…

Caramelised Onion Quiche 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Caramelised Onion Quiche

Caramelised onion quiche is perfect for lunch or as a simple midweek dinner at home.  Sweet onions paired with a sharp cheddar is a delicious vegetarian dinner. It’s also pretty easy to whip up a batch of these quiches on weekends for breakfast if you are feeling like something sweet but savoury. You will love…

lentil and spinach soup served in a bowl
Lentil And Spinach Soup 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Lentil And Spinach Soup

This lentil and spinach soup is the perfect dish for anyone looking to eat less meat.  It’s a one bowl hearty meal packed with protein and is also easy to prepare.  Our minds and stomachs naturally turn to soup during the cooler weather so this homemade soup is the way to go! It’s cheap, hearty,…

arabian spicy nut rice served
Arabian Spicy Nut Rice 851 563 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Arabian Spicy Nut Rice

Arabian Spicy Nut Rice is a popular accompaniment to all kinds of roasts, barbecues, or any gatherings. Enjoyed by young and old; it is one of the easiest dishes to make. It looks so impressive that your guests will think you’ve spent hours making it. I love that this dish is enjoyed by most children…

Sesame Cheese Muffins 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Sesame Cheese Muffins

Sesame Cheese muffins are perfect for lunchboxes and for a simple snack at home. The combinations of 3 kinds of cheese, chives and chia seeds make them delicious. Don’t let the list of ingredients put you off, everything can be mixed in one bowl by hand and there’s no complicated preparation involved.  Simply add the…

Hot Cocoa 1000 667 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa is made purely from cocoa powder and brings back childhood memories for me.  There is nothing more satisfying than  drinking homemade hot cocoa.  It’s comforting and delicious at the same time. A creamy smooth hot cocoa is a winter treat but remember hot cocoa is generally much denser and richer than drinking chocolate. All…

Popular Hot Drinks In The Middle East 2560 1707 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Popular Hot Drinks In The Middle East

Popular hot drinks in the Middle East Enjoying a hot drink is always a great idea if you want to relax, warm up, boost your energy on busy days, and even wake up in the morning. As a host, offering your guests a cup of tea or coffee is the best opportunity to catch up…

Arabic coffee in traditional pot
How To Make Arabic Coffee 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

How To Make Arabic Coffee

Arabic coffee is a traditional beverage in the Arab culture, that every coffee lover must try at least once in their lives. It’s made from roasted coffee beans and cardamom which gives it that famous robust and slightly bitter taste. Many prefer to serve it alongside dates or other sweets to counter the bitterness. Traditionally,…

sahlab milk pudding served with sweet bread
Sahlab Dessert Drink 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Sahlab Dessert Drink

Sahlab dessert drink is a hot beverage made from milk and is very popular in the Middle East.  This traditional dessert drink is my favourite in winter as it is sure to warm you up.  It’s a smooth milk-like pudding that can be instantly prepared from cornflower and sugar. Garnish it with cinnamon powder and…

7 Teas From The Middle East That You Have To Try 1000 1000 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

7 Teas From The Middle East That You Have To Try

7 Teas From The Middle East That You Have To Try Everyone loves tea in the Middle East, and, as far as I’m concerned, there’s no right way to make your perfect cup of tea. Whether you love it strong or prefer it weak, it’s your tea or more exactly your comfort and well-being in…