The Recipe Book: Halawa Pancakes

A twist on a traditional snack of dipping bread with tahini paste and grape molasses; it is the Arabic version of peanut butter and jelly. In this recipe chef Karmah adds halawa to oatmeal pancake batter for a nutritious breakfast option. THE PANCAKES: Pancake Batter 60gr halawa 30gr oatmeal 30gr flour 250gr milk 50gr egg 1gr…

عشق

I look in my mind for memories of one year back, when I met Nissreen Haram on a rainy day at her workshop in Amman for a tour at Mistaka’s production facility. The savory familiarization tour had a sweet end: a piece of raspberry-filled chocolate that melted beautifully in my mouth. A rush of extraordinary…

The Recipe Book: Date & Pumpkin Spiced Tiramisu

Dates: a sweet fruit that has long been cultivated, flowering one of the Middle East’s staple foods for thousands of years. From times of Ancient Mesopotamia, its use has transcended generations wide spread in religious context, scaling to international markets as a fundamental symbol of genuine Arab hospitality. It stimulates the senses as the opening…

The Recipe Book: Taste of Childhood

A memory of childhood: the family gathered for a weekend breakfast around a table full of fresh ingredients. A smell of toasted bread filling the air and the sound of sizzling halloumi on the grill.  Chef Yazan recalls this memory along the aroma of his mother’s homemade zaatar, crisp freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil, fresh…

The Recipe Book: Maqlubeh Rice Cake

Chef Karmah’s recipe is inspired by the 650 Km trail that connects Jordan from north to south which she completed last month. Her recipe is a tribute to the Jordan Trail reflecting her own interpretation of the culinary journey the team went through during the 40 day trip. It is also inspired by local ingredients…

Carakale of Jordan

I get goosebumps thinking back to 2011 when social media introduced me to one of Jordan’s brilliant minds. His brewery was far from being ready when chef Bruno (my culinary instructor) and myself showed up at the site. Our curiosity was the main drive to explore what turned to be Jordan’s first microbrewery. Five years…

Chefs in a Frame

Just located next to Books@Cafe -one of my favorite spots in Amman- is Jacaranda Images, a unique space that showcases Jordanian and international artwork. It was three years ago when my sister and myself visited the gallery to attend the first exhibition for Sawwer Al Chef, the dedicated competition to capture the chefs in a…

Tea Designers: Turtle Green

  Last September, Amman Design Week gathered more than 100 designers to display their work and share their knowledge and experience in a first-of-a-kind-event taking place in three major locations downtown Amman. Turtle Green Tea Bar was among the local and international innovative designers occupying the spaces at Raghadan Bus Station. Mohammad Badran, whose name…

Daring & Bold: Baking Redefined

Social media occupies a big space of our personal lives as it connects us to the virtual platform of our reality. Living abroad, it plays a vital part in my search for the next local food venture or unique individual that I will feature in my blog. Following all those people who are venturing in…

Ground Zero

Shaping one’s identity is a mission that takes a lifetime to accomplish. During the time, people encounter different situations and engage with different ethnicities and backgrounds that influence our behaviors. It is a process that never stops as we grow older, travel the world and expose ourselves to the cultures of the world’s heritage. Influenced by our…

Botma: the Language of Taste

It was a sunny Saturday when both of chef Sereen Al-Kurdi and myself promised to exchange visits to local and artisan producers. I remember having our morning coffee at a favorite place of mine: Kava– a specialist coffee house located in the heart of Amman. Our first stop at Mistaka was very inspiring to Sereen as it was her first…

Coco de Cantine: Heavenly Macarons

The basic ingredients of egg white, sugar and ground almond of a macaron makes it look like an easy sweet bite to bake. We can fall for their perfect round shapes, colorful different flavors and delicious fillings that patisseries offer on their shops’ windows and menus. Famous houses for macaron such as Ladurée and Pierre…