Monday Meal Review: Kuwait


THE SCENE: Giving up the Leg There comes a time in every mother's life when she has to hand over the ceremonial wand, so to speak. When she must forgo eating the glorious chicken leg out of love for her daughter - her daughter who has suddenly decided that dark meat is the new bees-knees, at the ripe old age of 2.45. This was just such a week for me. Miss Ava loved the Machboos so much that she not only ate what was once "my" chicken leg, but she also ate her papa's too. This was … [Read more...]

Recipe: Kuwait’s Epic Tomato Sauce (Daqqus)


Have you ever noticed how salty tomato sauce can be? I have nightmares about it (my husband has high blood pressure so I need to moderate his salt as best I can).  Making homemade sauce is a great solution. And, let me tell you,  even if you don't have to watch your salt intake (lucky!), you'll feel extra epic when you learn how easy it is to make your own sauce. And, while I love a good blast of Italy, today we're not talking about long, slow-cooked, browned up Italian-style sauce. Today is … [Read more...]

Recipe: My Kuwaiti PB&J (w/ poll)


Great things happen when I shut my eyes. Dreams. Day dreams. First kisses. Second kisses. Laughter. But sometimes I don't even want to blink for fear of missing out on the tiniest bit of excitement. In a split second, bolts of lightening can streak across the sky. Fireworks can transforming into a bouquet of roses and then dissolve. Just one look can tell you everything you need to know, as long as you don't miss it. Well. Today I'm here to tell you not to blink. We're at the Kuwaiti … [Read more...]

Recipe: Machboos, or how I went to happy town.


Certain times call for celebration. Babies. Birthdays. Finding the love of your life. Daydreaming about the love of your life. When a light turns green at the exact right moment, before you have to apply the brakes. For those times, I present Machboos. Take a dive off the deep end with this beloved Kuwaiti dish that boasts warm hits of cinnamon, turmeric, saffron mingled with sweet caramelized onions and raisins. We made ours with chicken, but you can also make it with fish or lamb. If you … [Read more...]

Menu: Kuwait


I'm sitting at a café writing about Kuwaiti food. If shut my eyes I can almost imagine I'm in the bustling metropolis of Kuwait City. Kuwaiti culture places great emphasis on entertaining with a plentiful table - being a generous host. This menu, loaded with fragrant, flavorful food, will definitely help you towards ultimate hospitality. Just be sure to begin with a nice coffee and finish with tea. Cat costumes are optional. Today the question is not what sounds good, but what to eat … [Read more...]

About the food of Kuwait

Kuwait City. Photo by  Rajat Kansal.

Oh my goodness do I need a vacation. I knew it had been a while when Keith told me he still had 8 days to use up this year. Whoops. Bottom line, it's just too hard to get away right now. So, instead of packing my bags, I read about Kuwait. I looked at the photos, flipped through recipes and began to daydream myself to the other side of the world. Kuwait: on this tiny, sandy country by the sea you'll find a bouquet of influences. While now rather urban and glimmering, the area was settled … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Kosovo


THE SCENE: Just Getting There. Friendship is funny. Good friends don't need much of a reason to get together. On this particular day we decided to celebrate the simple fact that I had a giant wheel of brie. Good enough. Friends gathered, wine poured, and a six person, 3 kid potluck was born (I told you I was making an effort with friends). For two entire days preceding the potluck I worked and reworked the Flija (this week's traditional Kosovo campfire cake). The better part of 6 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Beef & Sausage Stuffed Peppers


I love presents. Surprises. Happy faces. So does my daughter. Imagine her ecstatic two-year old delight, then, when her dinner was a lidded present filled with a bounty of rice, sausage and beef? But the real surprise wasn't her reaction - it was Keith's. My very own Mr. Picky has been asking for stuffed peppers ever since I made them last week.Who knew this man would fall so hard for a simple stuffed pepper. Who knew he'd be so easy to please. He's right, though. And, for the record, so is … [Read more...]