Halawat el Jibn is the canoli of the Middle East. Its name translates to The Sweetness of Cheese. Delicately sweet, fragrant with orange blossom and rose water, this dessert will make you the talk of the town. Mom and I tested out some ideas and had a blast putting together an easy recipe, done in […]
The northern tip of Africa is home to Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Culturally, this region is more Middle Eastern than African. This Moorish influence has spread far and wide, eas vident in intricate architectural details and the use of spices in European kitchens. One such wonder is Harissa, a sweet, sometimes spicy red pepper […]
For years, I’ve been baffled why people go nuts over Tres Leches Cake, because the first time I tried it, I concluded it was nothing but an overly sweet, sloppy mess. Forgive me. I was so wrong. Then, my little sweetheart asked me to bake one for her and there was no way I could […]
One of my all-time favorite things was going out for Chinese food with my parents. Back then, tofu was called bean curd. There was a small restaurant in Glendale called Yung Kyung. The Mrs ran the show and the Chinese husband ran the kitchen. The food and hospitality were unparalleled and I miss that place […]
Dragon's Kiss Cocktail came about one Friday night when I stopped by the grocery store on my way home from work. Brain-dead and ready for the long weekend, my stomach was grumbling like a caged beast. What usually happens in situations like this one is that I push the shopping cart up and down every ...