Valentine’s Surprise Coffee & Berry Cake

It’s annual cliche season, so let’s not make it too boring. This Nespresso cake has a hidden berry center that is shaped like a heart. The only thing you really need to be mindful of, is to cut it the right way! First, the ingredients: For the coffee cake 1/2 shot of your favorite espresso…

J&G Steakhouse

I haven’t written about new restaurants in Egypt in a very long time… And it simply due to the fact that I haven’t found something impressive enough to inspire me. J&G at St. Regis Cairo Hotel has not only changed the lack of inspiration but it has also changed an integral part of my palate….

Panettone Persistence

After giving a 3-minute speech in a selfie video on social media about how nothing can stop you from achieving your goals in 2021, I seem to have inspired myself in the process. This year I wanted to bake and photograph a Panettone. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s an…

Christmas Nespresso Affogato

I think the most generous gift I received this year has to be the Nespresso Gran Lattissima machine! I wanted to bring you guys a recipe that really brings out the flavors of the limited edition Italian festivities capsules without overpowering their delicate aroma. One of my all-time favorites has got to be the Espresso…

Christmas Culinary Creations

This Christmas I was aiming to give you all something a little different. I have conceptualized three desserts that (hopefully) capture the spirit of Christmas without being too literal! If you minmize the visual identity of any occasion you will find that it all boils down to just a combination of colors and shapes. The…

Sukiyaki

Winter is here and it’s the perfect opportunity to tell you about one of the main flavor profiles that got me hooked on Japanese cuisine. The following is not really a recipe as such; you can really customize this whichever you way you want. Sukiyaki to me is the king of all hot-pots. The ultimate…

I See, Semiramis!

Courtesy of my very generous and lovely friends at Semiramis Intercontinental (a.k.a IC Semiramis), I was invited for two days of pampering with a cozy overnight stay! I believe that there are two real pleasures in life; food and hotel rooms. Let me tell you how IC Semiramis gave me maximum pleasure in less than…

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pie – Halloween Recipe

In the West they have all sorts of pumpkin and squash varieties for those warm autumn recipes and a perfect Halloween with the Jack O’Lantern pumpkins. Here in the Middle East we are only really used to seeing the Crock-necks and Butternut squashes, which are not really ideal for carving and have a less vibrant…

Goya Champuru

This may be a traditional Japanese recipe from the Okinawa prefecture but in a more modern and fitness conscious world, it is practically a carb-free recipe that is loaded with protein. Goya; which is known in the west as bitter melon or bitter gourd is an extremely bitter fruit (or vegetable… debatable) from the squash…

Savory Garlic Lemon Sorbet

So… It’s time to go a little crazy in order to expand my creative culinary skills. Today I decided to make a savory sorbet! Seriously…? Why?! I don’t know.. I mean there’s gazpacho.. So.. Why not? The key issue here was how to get a nice texture without adding too much sugar and ending up…

Mango Mousse (Sugar-free) – Recipe

As my mid-section continues to expand, I thought of cutting back on the sugar. This Mango Mousse is really good and I used the natural sweetness from the ripe mangoes without any added sugar! I also made a vanilla froth to garnish the top and make it more fancy. Let me share this secret recipe…

Black Cherry Blondies – Recipe

A few weeks back I managed to post a bit of a showstopper! Yes, very modest, I know… My Black Cherry blondies got a lot of attention and many people asked for the recipe. So, here it is: Ingredients: 1 cup (220g) butter, melted (you can go a bit over and brown your butter for extra flavor)…