Recipe: Lime-Marinated Giant Mushroom Fajitas

By | August 28, 2016

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Fan of Mexican food? I absolutely am, in fact Mexican ranks second as my favourite cuisine of all times. Whenever I crave a fajita, a sizzling one with all the works, I usually head to one of the American franchises around Kuwait. However, since I’m trying to live a healthier life sans the excess salt, fat, and surprise spice that attacks my stomach mercileccily I began to make mine at home. This recipe must be the easiest, lightest, and quickest way to get a guiltless fajita fix. Read more »

Recipe: Pear and Berries Salad

By | December 17, 2013

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This is not a recipe per say, its just a salad I tossed together because I didn’t want the fruits in my fridge to go bad and added a few bits and pieces there. Salad, especially with berries, is more of a summer or spring dish than winter which you’d want to keep warm in with a chunky vegetables soup and crunchy pieces of bread. Perhaps some melted cheese and rubbed garlic on that bread. Mmm… in any case, I don’t mind salads in the winter at all and this berries and pear salad with warm cheese and warm caramelised nuts would add a bit of colour to those grey afternoons.  Read more »

Recipe: Quinoa with Okra Stew

By | September 23, 2013

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Ever since I began cooking quinoa I really wanted to use it with one particular dish, maraq bamiya (okra stew). You see, if quinoa passes the maraq bamiya test, it can reside their proudly on my pantry for the rest of time, banishing every last morsel of rice from the premises. The dieticians in Kuwait have been urging us to replace rice with quinoa and I already tried that twice with the quinoa mushroom risotto and the quinoa with dill & broad beans (bajela w shbent) and both time quinoa posed as the perfect protein-packed fiber-laden replacement to white rice therefore I Read more »

Recipe: Quinoa & Grilled Bell Peppers Salad

By | September 16, 2013

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Since I’ve been having quinoa, almost on daily basis, for the past few weeks I always am on the look for new ways of eating it. My favourite quinoa dishes are almost always salads and this one, with grilled bell peppers a.k.a. capsicums. On the day I took these pictures I only had some yellow bell peppers in the fridge but my absolute favourites are grilled red bell peppers. Read more »

Recipe: Quinoa with Broad Beans & Dill

By | September 9, 2013

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Growing up, rice with broad beans & dill or what we call in Kuwait “Bajela w Shbent” was a favourite lunch dish of mine. It is traditionally made with chunks of meat and daqqos tomato sauce at home but I’ve always opted to mix it with low fat yoghurt instead. I was craving it the other day but since I’m still on the path of losing the Ramadan weight and testing out quinoa in recipes I’ve decided to make the dish, subsituting rice with quinoa and see how it would turn out. To my surprise the recipe turned out to be a success and had I not made the dish myself I wouldn’t have realised I was actually eating quinoa!  Read more »

Recipe: Quinoa & Pomegranate Salad

By | September 3, 2013

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I’m still experimenting with using quinoa and I realised that I prefer eating cold quinoa mixed in some sort of salad instead of hot quinoa as I’m still not used to the taste of hot quinoa. Yesterday I decided to try and make a quinoa salad so basically I just grabbed whatever was in my fridge and chopped it up to make a nice healthy low-fat quinoa salad with ruby-like pomegranates seeds peeking through. Read more »

Recipe: Mushroom & Peas Quinoa Risotto

By | August 27, 2013

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One of my birthday resolutions for this year was to become healthier, not for the sake of weight loss but for my overall well-being. I’m not twenty one anymore, not even 30, and this means my supply of youthful health is running out fast and the time has come to be smart about my choices. I remember an old man selling ice cream out of a cart in the street that we met last year. I wanted an ice cream -well it’s me after all- and my husband didn’t. The old man, with his beautiful toothless smile and deeply wrinkled face, told my husband to eat an ice cream while he still could. Read more »

Recipe: The Grilled Eggplant Salad

By | April 11, 2013

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Life is about balance and whenever I feel a bit off balance like I did this past week, I know I need a pick me up lunch that won’t make me regret every bite after I was done enjoying it. Sometimes hiding in my kitchen and whipping up something as light and healthy as this grilled eggplant salad makes me feel calm. Read more »

Recipe: Vegetarian Lasagna

By | October 10, 2012

Last weekend I was in my kitchen thinking about lunch when my eyes fell on a box of lasagna sheets. Of course, why not? So I made my favorite vegetarian lasagna an d snapped a few shots with my iPhone that I thought I’d share on my blog. So, what went inside my lasagna?  Read more »

Recipe: The Popcorn Salad

By | September 9, 2012

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I had a dinner party yesterday and I’ve decided to make the salads myself. I was leafing through my cookbooks when I saw a recipe for a salad with popcorn as an ingredient. At first I was like, really? popcorn? Then I thought to myself why not? The salad recipe I found had plain popcorn and radishes with veggies and wasn’t that interesting so I decided to make my own version of a popcorn salad. After all, flavored popcorn have officially become a craze in Kuwait these days so how bad can it turn out really? Read more »

Making Cheese Stuffed Qatayef

By | August 16, 2012

The easiest thing to do as a Ramadan dessert is stuffed Qatayef. Every other co-op has a station producing the pancake like round qatayef dough and all you have to do is pick them up, take them home, stuff them then cook them. Read more »

Making Waraq 3enab… and Succeeding!

By | August 11, 2012

A long time ago my husband expressed a wish that we try and make our own waraq 3enab bel zait -stuffed vine leaves- at home. I don’t know why given Read more »

What’s for Futoor? Mini Pizzas!

By | July 29, 2012

Yesterday morning I woke up with the strangest craving for home made mini pizzas! I don’t know where that came from but I remember my excitement in my childhood if we were baking pizzas at home, how I would try and snatch the freshly grated  Read more »

Picture of the Week: The Vimto

By | July 16, 2012

Insha2 Allah this time next week, it will be Ramadan, and we would all be thirsty and many many of us will be dreaming of drinking an icy cold glass of Vimto. I am not a Vimto addict like my fellow Kuwaitis, I drink it bel sena 7sena, but my husband is a big Vimto fan and every year he brings home two bottles to drink during Ramadan and we make one pitcher and it wouldn’t taste good and we would let it gather dust on the kitchen counter.

Yes, I confess, I don’t know how to make a good glass -or pitcher- of Vimto. Are you a Vimto fan? Do you love Vimto in Ramadan only or all year round? and would you please teach me how to make Vimto? Much obliged!

New: “The Women in my life” Cookbook by Rasha Al-Hejailan

By | July 2, 2012

As Ramadan draws near I expect to see new cookbooks arriving on the bookstore shelves these days. Just in time for Ramadan, a new and rather unusual cookbook, “The women in my life” was kindly sent to me last week by the author, Rasha Al-Hejailan. Read more »

Alban Dairy’s Qaymar

By | January 22, 2012

After I posted about Alban dairy’s Akawi cheese (post) and low fat labna (post) many commented that I must try their Qaymar and that it was so unbelievably good so I looked around the sultan centers in Kuwait until I found it in Read more »

Alban Dairy’s Low Fat Labna

By | January 18, 2012

Remember my previous post about Alban Dairy’s Akawi cheese that I got from the farmers market corner in TSC for dinner (post)? Well that day I also got me some low fat Alban Dairy Labna. Read more »

Grilled Akawi Cheese Sandwich

By | January 16, 2012

Anyone who truly knows me knows that I am a sucker for something called “cheese & bread”. Recently I’ve been craving grilled cheese sandwiches all the time so yesterday I was in Sultan Center Al-Shaab and I Read more »

Recipe: Vegetarian Okra Stew (Maraq Bamiya) with Vermicelli Rice

By | March 26, 2011

Though I’m not a fan of Kuwaiti rice based dishes, maraq bamiya is a different story. Ever since I was a toddler I adored maraq bamiya. I always thought it was very hard to make until I tried it myself. Now whenever i long for maraq bamiya I make it and within one hour it’s ready on the table. It takes 20 minutes to make but 40 minutes to cook slowly on the stove o “yetsakar” so it would Read more »