Rediscovering Palestinian Cuisine

Category: Desserts

Arabic Summer Dinner – Samak Mashi

Arabic Summer Dinner – Samak Mashi

What to do when it’s 99F in Boston? Cook in your apartment that has no central AC, of course. Cover all the windows with sheets to keep out the sun, old country style. Get your scientist friend (who is also your resident bartender) to make […]

Easy Arabic Summer Lunch

Easy Arabic Summer Lunch

A few weeks ago I had some friends over for Arabic food. Though I’ve known them a few years, busy schedules and life responsibilities have prevented us from getting together for a meal in quite some time, and homemade lunch/dinner seemed like the perfect opportunity […]

Strawberry Mint Sharab, or, “Shrub”

Strawberry Mint Sharab, or, “Shrub”

I was recently browsing the shelves of a local specialty market with a friend, when she suddenly picked out a plum-hued glass bottle and proclaimed, “they have shrub!” Because I am quite literal, I looked around for low growing plants to no avail. Fortunately my […]

Ode to Tahina, the ultimate nut butter

Ode to Tahina, the ultimate nut butter

Oh, tahina, the raw paste of the toasted, hulled and ground sesame seed (simsim, in Arabic). You are slathered on kifta like an Arabic ketchup, whisked into a sauce for falafel and shawarma or dressings for salads, cooked with stuffed vegetables, make hummus hummus , […]

Highlights from Intifooda + Olio Dinner

Highlights from Intifooda + Olio Dinner

I don’t need to tell you this again, but we had a blast with all of you! It was a sold-out dinner (plus some) that helped us benefit Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and ReVision Urban Farm. We are grateful you took the time to attend […]

Limonana: Palestinian Mint Lemonade

Limonana: Palestinian Mint Lemonade

Our summer recipe series was interrupted by an entire weekend of edge-of-your-seat World Cup matches, starting with France beating Argentina (whhhhyyyy?), then Uruguay knocking out Portugal (YES), and ending with Russia upsetting Spain, going into TWO OVERTIMES and winning it for the motherland in penalty […]

Nuts for Hareeseh

Nuts for Hareeseh

We’ve posted about hareeseh before and its impressive simplicity. Today we give you gratuitous photos of our beloved dessert, made in a circular dish and topped not only with almonds, but also chopped pistachio. I was in a “more is more” kind of mood–the type […]

Booza (Arabic Ice Cream)

Booza (Arabic Ice Cream)

Summer finally arrived in Boston–you guys, I was still wearing a coat THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE. A wool coat. Bitter complaints aside, we’re ready to offer you Palestine’s best warm-weather recipes, beginning with Saffron + Rosewater Booza (ice cream). Arabic ice cream? Yes, there […]

Italian Sunday Dinner

Italian Sunday Dinner

 We don’t always cook Italian food, but when we do…. it results in a meal far too extravagant for our weekday selves. Weekday Rasha K. is usually prostrate on the couch by 7pm, having eaten leftovers from the prior night’s experiment, while Rasha S.’s […]

Hareeseh (Semolina Cake)

Hareeseh (Semolina Cake)

Ode to Hareeseh Hareeseh is a very old dessert, made primarily in Arabic countries of the Eastern Mediterranean (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, & Jordan). I am particularly addicted to this cake, which may have something to do with the fact I consume vast quantities of coffee […]