Beef in Egypt

Why is it so hard to find a good, locally sourced sirloin steak in Egypt? Why is the beef in Egypt so red and lacking the desired marbling of fat? Well, there are many reasons… But one of the most crucial reasons is the common taste, which comes with complete ignorance as to what makes…

The Breast Test

I hope this post won’t get too long or too technical for my readers, but if you are interested to know why Egypt’s number-one, go-to diet meal is the most unpalatable thing you can ever eat, then please bear with me as I take you through the process. It’s a sad thought that whoever is…

Ramadan ‘Dessert-asters’

Hypothesis: Chocolate and simple syrup don’t mix! It’s Ramadan again, and so-called pastry chefs around the country are throwing all the sweet scraps they can find on top of classic Middle Eastern desserts and calling it an ‘innovative product’. Konafa, Basbousa, Nutella, Red Velvet (which is just red food coloring), fruits, chocolate, marshmallows, cream, Oreos &…

Ramadan Desserts & Bakes – !عك

Before I start telling you how everyone is destroying the sophistication of Mediterranean pastry art this year, I hope you are all enjoying a happy Ramadan so far! 🙂 We all love Kunafa with Nutella, right?! … Wrong! I don’t. The first time this dessert appeared in Ramadan a few years back – after it’s…

Fat-Free is not Sugar-Free!

(Sorry Dad) Like any Egyptian man over the age of 50, my father wants to get rid of some stubborn belly fat that has accumulated over the years. Oh! And like any Egyptian father, he knows everything. Today, we went to the supermarket together to shop for some food supplies. I looked inside the freezer…

Putting My Food Where My Fingers Are…

It has been more than 15 years since I first walked into our home kitchen and decided to make sushi. Since that messy fiasco of an attempt, my passion for food and my skill in cooking have certainly matured quite a bit! Let me tell you how it all started and the forces that may have driven…