Batheeth pies

It’s silly season again, that’s why. Only time for silliness, nothing else. In the midst, I have been preparing some Christmas recipes for Ahlan Gourmet. They are a twist on the original, and bring a little of the Middle East into the traditional English recipes.The first is Batheeth pies – a replacement to mince pies,…

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…

Honey Bundt

My kids have colds again.  My granny knew the cure for the common cold a long, long time ago. So did her granny, and her granny’s granny. Honey, citrus, and love. Now we have scientific proof – honey not only soothes a sore throat, it also aids in controlling bacteria and supports the immune system.…