Menu: Saudi Arabia (with Giveaway)


Saudi Arabia is all about love of family and strong relationships. That’s why this week at the Global Table  is all about party food.  Not crazy, New Year’s Eve party nibbles (been there, done that), but goodies that will pull family and friends together around the table (or, as the case may be, the floor mat). These bites make a festival out of even the most ordinary day (I know because we enjoyed their bright flavor in the No Man’s land between Christmas and New Year’s with my dear friend Becky and her mama).

So go on, invite some friends over and create an afternoon filled with animated, laughter-filled, buoyant spirits.

And when the fun is done, sit back and smile.

Saudi Lamb “Pizza” | Aysh abu Laham [Recipe]
A hearty round of fennel and black caraway infused flatbread, topped with lamb, green onion and a lemon garlic tahini sauce. Phew.  Sounds weird. Tastes amazing.

Sweet Semolina Cake with Lemon & Rosewater | Basboosa [Recipe]
A sweet, incredibly moist semolina cake perfumed with lemon and rosewater, topped with almonds. This is your afternoon teatime snack. And quick, no-one-is-looking breakfast bite.


This week …. because it’s a New Year and because every day is a good day for pizza … I’m giving away this gorgeous, Burgundian Clay Baking Stone by Emile Henry, found at Williams Sonoma.

In case you were wondering, that’s pronounced Ehmeeeel Ohnreee.

Because it’s French.

This seriously sexy baking stone features curved handles, a smooth glaze, and your choice of colors: Black, Fig, Olive, and Red.


This beauty can go straight to the table. You can even slice your pizza right on it.


This is serious. Classy.

And I want it to be yours.


UPDATE, Weekly Giveaway Winner:

Congratulations to Sharisse… she says she “plans on traveling to Easter Island this year – or Provence…can anyone help me decide?”

I say Provence, by way of Easter Island…!

Enjoy your pizza stone, Sharisse! Please contact me by  January 14, 2013 to claim your prize.

[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”350px” height=”” background_color=”#f1f1f1″ border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment in this post as to what your New Year’s resolutions are. Not a resolution maker? You can just share what color baking stone you’d like.

2. For extra entries, share the contest on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (#GlobalGiveaway). [/dropshadowbox]

Winner will be chosen at random and announced on January 7, 2013. Prize must be claimed by January 14, 2013.


  1. Not real resolutions this year, I am actuallly pretty happy with the way my personal goals are going (hummmmm, that phrase sounded strange, but it IS very early and the caffeine has not kicked in yet)

    Ii would LOVE to have the stone, in FIG color, my favorite!

  2. Kelly E. says

    No resolutions over here either. Just not feeling this “new start” this year. I love the olive or the red pizza stone. Thank you for the chance to win!

  3. Monique says


    ….as for resolutions… on being more patient with my kids…..

  4. Marie says

    In 2013 my resolution is to practice my French and learn Russian and Italian. I love learning languages and discovering things about countries that I had known nothing about. Your blog has sharpened my taste for adventure, and helped me to realize what I want to pursue career-wise (translator). Thank you!

    • Marie says

      And I would loooove a red pizza stone. I’ve been wishing for one for years.

  5. Linda says

    Heard you interviewed on NPR radio and visiting your website for the first time. I think this is a great idea and will try some of your recipes in 2013 even though my resolution is, as always, to eat more healthy and lose more weight. I would love the pizza stone in red.

  6. Theresa says

    I am not making resolutions – instead goals. I am wanting to play my flute and piano more, so am making goals of certain songs. I also am going to learn how to drive my new horse, who used to pull carts for the Amish.

  7. Beth says

    My resolution is to be happier, and I’m reading, “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin to start my year off right.

  8. Michelle Mazuk says

    My resolution is to learn something new or a new skill. After hearing your interview with Rick Steves, I thought this sounded like a great way to do both. I’m going to travel once a month instead of once a week, starting on my birthday January 23rd. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.
    P.S. I like the olive one 😉

  9. My resolution for 2013 is to take care of myself and resucitate the friendships that had to fall by the wayside while I was studying for the Bar.

  10. I’m not much of a resolution maker, but I have many hopes for 2013 – new job, health, health for my father, and so much more… I believe you should try to improve yourself all the time, not just resolve to do it once a year. And man, I need that pizza stone. I like Fig.

    • donna says

      To continue to eat healthy and continue with (almost) daily exercise….RED for me!

      (By the way I made the swallows nests for New Years Eve 😉

  11. Ellen says

    I do t tend to make resolutions because I never keep them but I want to cook more Indian food (which I’m getting really good at) and learn to incorporate new flavors into classic dishes.

  12. Not really a resolution person – just turning a page on a calendar doesn’t really seem like a good enough reason to want to do something new. I should do something new because it’s right for me, not because it’s right for Caesar, or the Emperor Julian, or Pope Gregory. But I do like the green pizza stone to replace my old stone that broke.

  13. Lucinda says

    My resolutions for 2013? More connecting…more walking…more digging in the dirt. The rest will follow. I love the organic look of the black stone. It reminds me of barro clay pottery from Mexico.

  14. Stephen M. Ringler says

    Your website is a tasty trip online and on the table. The former is vicariously, the latter for real! I’m on-board for the remaining journey, then I hope you plan a return trip. Keep on tripping – for real.- Stephen Ringler. (red)

  15. glenda thompson says

    Love the black…this year I want yo start a Global Table Group.

  16. Barbara says

    No resolutions for me. I’d love a new pizza stone tho…color is a hard decision…I guess green.

  17. Lisa M says

    No resolutions just looking forward to a great year! Love all the colors but if I had to pick would go with the black pizza stone.

  18. annaclarice says

    I don’t make a lot of resoluntions but this year I made two. The first is to take life less seriously (important for my health…work will get by without me once in awhile…things will continute to run without me). The second is an idea I saw on Pintrest. I’ve got an empty mason jar and every day I am writing down one good thing that happened that day and putting it in the jar (just a few short words). Then on next New Year’s day I’m going to open the jar and read all of my notes from the year before.

  19. Jeanne says

    My resolution is to cook more using new recipes. Any of the colors would be fine with me.

  20. Sharisse says

    I plan on traveling to Easter Island this year – or Provence…can anyone help me decide? 🙂

  21. I think a green pizza stone would look great when cooking a pie. So my New Year’s resolution would have to be to eat more PIZZA! 🙂

  22. Lindsey says

    Forget dieting this year! I resolve to eat more! I resolve to cook more and eat more nutritious homemade foods and to taste new things, be adventurous! And I LOVE that pizza stone in green!

  23. This year is definitely the year I cook more. More, and bigger, and more delicious. I’m a big food fan, of all kinds (it’s why I love this blog so much), but recent situations have left me forced to cook on a tight budget, necessitating slightly simpler food. So my resolution is to get really smart about things and find some ethnic markets in the area (I know they exist, just not where exactly) so I can cook fancy stuff as well, or get a job so I can cook on a bigger budget! Heck, let’s do both! And when I do that I can access all the delicious recipes from this blog and cook my way around the world permanently! Happy New Year!

  24. Stephanie says

    I’m in love with the olive color!

    As for resolutions, be better about using the food I buy. I am notoriously bad at wasting food, which, in turn, makes me feel bad. I think it helps if I make a real menu plan each week. 🙂

  25. Lisa says

    I love all four; fig is my favorite, though. My NY resolution is to eat more brightly colored vegetables and drink less sodas, and to keep a thankfulness journal!

  26. Elizabeth says

    I am going to only make promises I can keep. (I would love the black one! Thank you.)

  27. Megan says

    I am going to cook more and, hopefully, that’ll lead to other healthy changes. Also, I like the fig color. Happy New Year!

  28. My resolution, or goal, or whatever you wish to call it, is to listen. Slow down and actually, truly, listen.

  29. Rike says

    I never make New Year Resolutions! But I put this post on Twitter (I’m learning!) and on my Facebook page. I love the red stone, but I just won one of your giveaways, (thank you!) so I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t win this time!

  30. Katherine says

    I would love the black stone. I have wanted a pizza stone for years, but could never justify the expense.

  31. Only two resolutions in my New Year’s game plan – to exercise regularly, and to make my free time more productive. I’m eager to try the Saudi Lamb Pizza – it sounds delicious! And it would look especially nice on a black Emile Henry pizza stone. 🙂

  32. No resolutions this year, pretty happy with the way things are going. I would love to have the stone in black!

  33. Kelster says

    I typically don’t make resolutions. I don’t think I’d ever keep them and I think that I’d feel so depressed that I couldn’t. But I sure would love a fig baking stone! I make a lot of bread; it’s about time I invested in one. What are your resolutions?

  34. Bren W. says

    My resolution for the new year is to cook dinner at least 3 times a week. This may sound silly to folks who can’t imagine not cooking. (I used to be one of those folks.) Over the last year, with both of us working long hours in stressful jobs, my husband and I found we were more often opting for take-out and fast food because we were too busy or exhausted to cook at the end of the day/week. I’m working on specific small goals, and the overarching challenge of letting go of my idea of perfection.

  35. Shawn says

    No resolutions for me, or perhaps I resolve not to resolve. That works for me. 🙂 I love the color of the fig pizza stone.

  36. Glyn Pogue says

    One resolution: get out of my food rut! While I am a more adventurous cook than many of my friends, I still tend to make the same things over and over again. Now for the pizza stone– fig, please!

  37. Daniel Ross says

    I would like to be more social and apt to allow others to get closer. I would like to cook more eastern and Indian food which is my favorite!

  38. Holly B says

    I’m resolving to be more active, which is vague enough that it might be doable 😉

  39. Connye says

    I’m going to focus more on eating fresh foods. Any color stone would be awesome!

  40. That Saudi “Pizza” looks amazing! I may have to look around at recipes and see if I can manage a vegetarian version. I don’t have any resolutions, hit If sure take an olive pizza stone! 😉

  41. To continue to eat healthy interesting foods. Olive is a lovely color.. Hint.. Hint

  42. simone says

    I guess I’m such a cliche, but eating healthy and exercising… We have a wedding to go to at the end of the month, so I think I can at least keep it up till then 😉 love the black one! Happy New Year!!!!

  43. Kathy Jennings says

    I am so excited to find out about your website on the Rick Steve’s show. I have made a resolution to try to make something new each week and to actually cook or plan dinner every night. Thanks for such a fabulous site and the excitement of new food. If I win, Fig is my color – I’m a purple girl.

  44. Sarah Butcher says

    I want to do a garden and have ordered seeds and have a book waiting at the library so it will happen this year! Fig color please as 2 of my 4 LOVE purple!!!

  45. Shelley says

    The Fig is beautiful! My resolution is to take photography classes so I can better shoot the dishes I make and share them with my friends and family.

  46. Paulina J! says

    My reoslution for 2013 is to be a healthier housheld permanently. Let it be our lifestyle! I also wnat to spend more time with family and friends!

  47. Christine Costa says

    My resolution is to have more fun :). The green stone is lovely.

  48. Sasha, My resolution is to travel, like yourself I’m limited due to my husband’s, aka Mr. Wonderful, health and thrilled to journey around the world with you. I discovered you by listening to your radio interview on NPR. I’ll go with the fig, one of my favorite fruits. You and Keith have a easy to manage website, congratulations it’s great. Claudia

  49. Kimberly McIntosh says

    I pledge this New Year to live in the moment and to suck every good thing that comes my way. I will learn from my life’s lessons and share those lessons with my people in hopes that our world becomes more tolerent and loving of ourselves and of others.

  50. Keith says

    70 entries!!! Amazing!!!
    Love, you disqualified brother! 🙂 LOL
    Good luck everyone!

  51. Aneesa says

    I love the Fig! It reminds me of my other favorite bakeware color, Cassis, by Le Creuset!

  52. Barb says

    Beautiful pizza stone! Love the red. Resolution? To continue with small steps to healthier eating.

  53. Andrea says

    My resolution is to follow in your footsteps and , hopefully, hostba monthly dinner from somewhere. You have truely inspired me. Although I have to say the guiness chocolate cake with bailey’s buttercream was not such a hit with me and my friends. But I am not giving up. Thanks for your journey.

  54. Andrea says

    Oh and I forgot, the red pizza stone would be lovely.
    Happy New Year!

  55. Kebby Jones says

    My resolution is to eat more healthy and yummy foods, and to cook them myself! 🙂 All the pizza stone colors are beautiful, but I’d have to pick red as my favorite.

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