Seafood Sayadia

2 pound raw shrimp, shelled & deveined
4 red mullets, filleted
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups rice, rinsed and soaked for 30 minutes
4-1/4 hot water
1 cup tomato juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste
1/4 cup corn oil
2 medium onions, peeled and chopped

1. Thoroughly rinse the shrimp and fish and rub with salt and flour, set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, cook rice with the hot water, tomato juice, cinnamon, cardamom, salt and pepper on low heat for 25 minutes or until tender.

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Saudi Foul & Tamese

Here in Saudi Wednesdays night is our Friday night and our weekend is Thursday and Friday. Every morning during the weekend you find foul being sold everywhere and everyone goes and buys large amounts for their family. They have soft cheese, sometimes eggs and tea with it. I have fallen quickly in love with this very tamese (bread) that you see right here. I love bread and as I have told you all many times I could live off bread alone, yum.

This tamese is huge, soft and even though I am usually not a fan of seeds atop things… Continue reading


Luqaimat is a traditional Saudi dessert. You can find this sweet doughnut served during the month of Ramadan, on Eid or to special guest. It tastes especially nice with tea or coffee. If you do not live in the Middle East where sugar syrup is readily available for you to purchase then it is quite easy to make at home or you can even opt to use honey or even date syrup.

1 teaspoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2-1/2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon saffron
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil
3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
oil for deep frying

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