Adopted vs. Inherent Traditions and of course…pie!

I have barely recovered from a cold as I am briskly walking with a slight wheeze in my chest and my nose still clogged. Nonetheless, I feel alive and vibrant as I make it from the subway station down the road that leads to the home of my good friends. My duffle bag is filled…

Apple Brie Pie

Serves 8 – 10 You will need: 1 kg Brie Cake 550 grams Puff Pastry rolls (two packs) 4 red medium sized Apples 4 – 5 tbsp cane sugar 150 gram salted butter 2 tbsp cinnamon an endless amount of love INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Peel, core, and chop the apples into 1 cm cubes 2. Place…

Lamb shoulder in Okra Stew and the SPA of secrets.

In Swedish we say, “Ett kärt barn har många namn” translated it means “A beloved child has many names”. This is the case for one of my favorite vegetables to cook with, Okra. Okra, Okro, Bhindi, Lady Fingers, and finally in Arabic Bamya. It has as many names as it does recipes! Italians fry it…

Roasted Butternut Squash and Chestnut Hummus

serves 8 – 10  You will need:  200 gr raw Chickpeas 1 medium small Butter-nut Squash 10 – 15 Chestnuts 6 Garlic Cloves 1 – 2 tbsp Harissa 0,5 gr Saffron 4 tsp Cumin 1 tsp Turmeric 1 tsp Paprika 3 – 4 tbsp Tahini Olive Oil 1 1/2 Lime 2 – 3 tbsp Greek…

Okra (Lady fingers) stew with Lamb Shoulder

Serves 8 – 10  You will need:  3 kg of Lamb shoulder 1.5 kg of fresh Okra (frozen works as well) 3 medium sized yellow Onions 1 Garlic knob 1 large green Bell Pepper 2 cubes of organic vegetable stock cubes 3 tbsp Tomato paste 2 tbsp Tamarind Paste 4 Red Thai Chili Peppers 1…

Hot Smoked Salmon Terrine

Serves 10 – 12 You will need: -800 gram loaf tin – 150 gram smoked salmon -200 – 250 gram Philadelphia Cream Cheese -400 gram hot smoked salmon -1 tspn smoked paprika powder – 1 tspn horse radish – 2 tbspn chopped dill – 2 boiled eggs – small sized daikon radish – Black cod…

Terrines, Cheese platters, and dad’s wooden trays

Lunch at the Elmahi household was the hour where each member of the family regrouped to touch base. My father loved this hour because he loved us. He prepared his staple dishes with great attention and care. Up until my early 20s if I missed lunch and came home late, my father would get up…

Egyptian Scones with Tahini Cream and Date Molasses

12 servings For the Scones: 5 dl  Flour 250 g Salted Butter 3 tbsp Granulated sugar 2 tspn Vanilla sugar 2 tspn Baking powder 2 tbsp Cinnamon 2 tbsp Ground Cardamom 5 – 6 Medjool Dates 1 1/2 tbspn Roasted Sesame Seeds 1 dl Full Milk 1 dl Whipping Cream 1 Egg For the Tahini…

Duck a la Damyetta with Colcasia Stew

Feeds 4 -5 people For the Duck: 2 -3 kg Duck 4 – 5 medium sized yellow onions 2 tbsp cumin 1 tbsp ground black pepper 2 tbsp salt For the Colcasia: 3 -4 medium sized Tarot bulbs 2 bunches flat leaf Parsley 2 bunches Coriander/Cilantro 2 bunches Dill Weed 2 Garlic bulbs For the…