Coconut and Jaggery cake

In my constant search for less processed foods, I recently discovered jaggery. Over here in Dubai, it is fortunately very easy to find, and is cheap – ranging from less than the equivalent of $1 per 500g packet up to about $10, depending on quality. Like sugar, jaggery usually comes from sugar cane (it also…

Drinking up Jordan

One evening a few weeks ago, I found myself sitting before a Palestinian and a Circassian in a Lebanese restaurant in the Jordanian capital with my Australian husband, who like me, is a resident of the United Arab Emirates, drinking Syrian Arak. It’s a funny thing, this drinking in Muslim countries. Even after living in…

Orange jellies

We’re going on a time warp here – back to a time when I used to dream about these in the weeks of lead-up to my birthday party. My mum was fairly anti white-bread, definitely anti-sugar and not much of a baker, but she used to make these sunshine smiles with plain old oranges and…

A Petra Kitchen

I’m late. The middle east banking sector has let me down again, and the ATM has both refused to give me money and spat my card back out with the unwelcome message “Your pin number has now been changed”, despite no request for it to do so. It now sits with it’s time-out message on…