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Easy Kunafa with Cream (Ashta) and Cheese


Kunafa is an iconic Middle Eastern dessert, made with shredded Kataifi (phyllo) pastry dough, kashta (ashta or cream) and cheese, smothered with a sweet orange blossom simple syrup. Baked to golden perfection, enjoy this Kunafa recipe with stringy cheese pulls and relishing subtle flavours of the cream filling.  There are many Kunafa connoisseurs out there who may scoff at my Kunafa recipe and point out that it is “Kanafeh”. But…

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Ktaifi Karides – Turkish Prawns with Red Bell Pepper Dip

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Ktaifi Karides (garides kataifi in Greek)  is a Turkish prawn recipe where plump prawns are wrapped in ktaifi pastry and baked. It is often served with Muhammara, a roasted bell pepper and walnut dip. This is a beautiful appetiser that is going to leave your guests wanting more. Serve it on a platter or on individual spoons. Ktaifi Karides is a real crowd pleaser!  I had the opportunity to write…

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Muhammara – Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

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Today, I have for you a roasted red pepper dip that is going to become the Queen of dips in your household (the King has GOT to be hummus!). Combined with walnuts, breadcrumbs, pomegranate molasses and chilli flakes, Muhammara is a Middle Eastern dip that satisfies all flavour profiles – from sweet to sour to spicy. Watch how to make Muhammara at the end of post The origins of Muhammara…

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Lebanese Style Baklava with Walnuts and Pistachios


This Eid, make lebanese style baklava, that is filled with walnuts and pistachios, and doused in orange blossom sugar syrup. This is an easy baklava recipe where you don’t have to brush each phyllo pastry sheet, instead you pour the melted butter and ghee over the baklava, saving LOTS of time! This will be a hit during Eid and any other time you make it. Crispy, sweet and DELICIOUS!  Watch…

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