Recipes

Roast Chicken with Onion and Sumac (Musakhan)

Roast Chicken with Onion and Sumac (Musakhan)

Known as the ‘national dish’ of Palestine, musakhan is a traditional Palestinian dish of roasted chicken legs with onion and sumac. It’s served on taboon bread, a type of flatbread cooked on a taboon oven.

Stuffed Artichokes (Ardishawki Mahshi)

Stuffed Artichokes (Ardishawki Mahshi)

Stuffed artichokes has been the standout home-cooked dish from our past couple trips to Nazareth. The practice of stuffing vegetables is common in Palestinian cuisine and across the region. In some of these dishes, the vegetables are topped with a filling of meat or vegetables; other dishes, however, are much more labour-intensive…

Arabic Coffee

Arabic Coffee

Arabic coffee is prepared by brewing fine coffee grinds and serving the drink unfiltered. It’s similar to Turkish coffee, but Arabic coffee is typically brewed with cardamom and served without milk or sugar…

Omelette with mint and parsley

Omelette with mint and parsley

It seems that every cuisine has a version of the omelette. While visiting family in Nazareth, our delicious breakfast spread included an omelette flavoured with fresh herbs–mint and parsley.

Breakfast in Nazareth

Breakfast in Nazareth

We visited family in Nazareth this summer and were fortunate to have breakfast at home each morning of our visit. The breakfasts were fresh, simple, and included some foods that I wasn’t typically accustomed to eating at breakfast.

Labneh

Labneh

Labneh is a popular mezze dish that is typically eaten with breakfast. Mezze is a selection of small dishes and a defining feature of the cuisine in Palestine and the surrounding region.

Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt

Making yogurt at home is surprisingly simple, and fun! With a few easy steps you can – literally overnight – transform a carton of milk into bowls full of delicious, creamy homemade yogurt.

Bread Dumplings (Houskový Knedlíky)

Bread Dumplings (Houskový Knedlíky)

Dumplings are a common accompaniment to most of the meat-and-gravy dishes that you find in Czech cuisine. The two types of dumplings that I found most popular were houskový knedlíky (bread dumplings) and bramborové knedlíky (potato dumplings).

Beef Sirloin with Cream Sauce (Svíčková na Smetaně)

Beef Sirloin with Cream Sauce (Svíčková na Smetaně)

I discovered svíčková na smetaně, often shortened to svíčková, in advance of my recent trip to Prague. It’s one of the most popular dishes in Czech cuisine and like many other Czech dishes, svíčková is a meat-and-gravy dish best served with bread dumplings.

Czech Beef Goulash (Hovězí Guláš)

Czech Beef Goulash (Hovězí Guláš)

When I think of Czech food, beef with gravy and dumplings immediately comes to mind. Hovězí guláš is probably the most recognizable Czech dish and easily one of the most popular – from touristy restaurants in Old Town Square to local cafeterias and pubs outside of the city centre.