Algerian Kaak


This recipe is exciting to me since it marks the first recipe for the MENA Cooking Club. This month’s country was Algeria and the host was Asmaa from Halal Home Cooking. Asmaa has been a dear friend of mine for several years now. She lives in her homeland of England and is married to an Algerian and together they have three beautiful kids. Just like me and a lot of you she is learning how to cook her husbands favorite foods from his country.

Asma chose – for a savory dish and Algerian Kaak for the sweet one.… Continue reading



If you would have told me ten years ago one of my favorite dishes would be mashed beans I would have said you were crazy. Fast forward to know and I absolutely love foul the Saudi way. You can buy the delicious mixture everywhere and for just a few riyals, but it’s so simple to make at home so why not? I have learned the more you add on the top the better it is. You can soak the beans overnight, especially if you live in the west and cannot buy the canned style that we have in the Middle… Continue reading

Al Nafoura


My favorite place to go during Ramadan and have iftar is Al Nafoura. We have been visiting during Ramadan every year since I first moved to Riyadh. I love the decorations they always have, they have great service and the food, ahh the food it’s just amazing. When you come in they offer you coffee from the dullah and then it’s up the stairs where you’re seated in a private room with a fish tank. You can just go around the huge buffet and get all your favorite foods and eat in privacy and then later on they bring tea around.

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