Harissa (Basbousa) or Mr. Foodie’s Favorite Coconut Cake

This coconut dessert is Mr. Foodie’s favorite sweet treat. One of his aunts makes this for his family every so often, and he positively adores it! His family calls it Harissa which is confusing because harissa is also a chili pepper paste, but it is also known as Basbousa. Whatever you call it, just know…

Maashi – Stuffed Zucchini and Squash in a Tomato Broth

As I mentioned in my last post, Mr. Foodie and I have been learning how to make different Palestinian recipes because we love them so much! This week we returned to Maashi (meaning “stuffed”) which consists of vegetables stuffed with a rice and meat mixture and cooked in a broth. I say “returned” to Maashi…

October Bucket List

We’re baaaaack! <insert maniacal laugh> And right now it is all about fall baking, halloween decor, and other fun stuff from our October bucket list. I know it’s been a minute, but Mr. Foodie and I needed a serious break after the mad dissertation/graduation/job hunt ended. To be truthful, I wasn’t sure how I wanted…

Palestinian Fried Cheese (Akawi)

My lessons in Palestinian cooking continue. This time with fried cheese. Mr. Foodie and I have been trapped indoors all weekend because of the extremely frigid temperatures outside. Last night the wind chill made it feel like zero degrees! To pass the time we made a few new recipes including this Palestinian version of fried…

Lessons in Palestinian Cooking: Sumac Chicken Dish (M’sakhan)

Joining the Azar family as Mr. Foodie’s wife has opened up a whole new world for me. Mr. Foodie’s family is originally from Aboud, Palestine, and so I am always learning about the rich traditions from “back home” as they call it. One of my great pleasures in getting to know them has been eating…