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Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos

When I saw Saffron Road’s new Tikka Masala sauce already made in their convenient new packets of simmer sauces, I knew I wanted to cook it with chicken but I also wanted to make something out of the norm, something not served over rice or with pita bread but instead fused together with another ethnic cuisine that would go well ... Read More »

Pearl Couscous with Ground Veal, Almonds and Raisins

Pearl couscous is a wonderful salad couscous and quite different from what is normally found in restaurant dishes or alongside North African tagine dishes with meat. When cooked, t is more plump and chewy  than it’s smaller semolina-derived counterpart. The word couscous is actually a Berber one that means well-rounded or rolled which is exactly what I think of what I ... Read More »

Chicken Rogan Josh with Potatoes, Peas and Cilantro

Rogan Josh is a north Indian curry dish that is typically served with lamb. The word rogan is Persian for oil and josh mans hot or heat (some also say it means passionate).  Despite the name or meaning, I’ve not ever had this dish at the multitude of Indian restaurants, weddings or gatherings that I’ve attended, and I thought I had tried just about ... Read More »

Chicken Sausages with Heirloom Tomatoes

Chicken Sausages with Heirloom Tomatoes | My Halal Kitchen

On a recent trip to our local butcher, I inquired about the homemade merguez they always used to have on hand. He said they weren’t making any more of it because folks weren’t buying much of it, for some reason. Read More »

5 Tips to Create Your Very Own Moroccan Escape at Home

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Lately I’ve been quite reminisce about my trip to Tangiers, Morocco in the mid-90′s. It was my first time in Africa and I’d never been to a place as exotic and strikingly different from the U.S. or Europe. The flavors, colors and scents were ones I felt instantly comfortable with and the intricate designs and deep-colored decor using uniquely Moroccan textiles ... Read More »

Arugula and White Cheddar Frittata

Arugula and Cheddar for Frittata

During my college years, I had a small patch of land in my back yard and would often make nice homemade meals for my younger cousin who lived in the dorms. Coming from Sicily just a few years earlier and craving a taste of home, she was so excited to see that there was an opportunity to have some freshly grown ... Read More »

Quick Kidney Beans with Tomatoes, Onions and Cilantro

Quick Kidney Beans in Tomatoes | My Halal Kitchen

It’s true, I travel with food. It’s not because I’m a food blogger, a halal foodie or averse to outside food. It’s because I like to feel good and comfortable by eating what I know is healthy, especially when I have the time to relax and cook (yes, cooking is relaxing to me).   Quick Kidney Beans with Tomatoes, Onions ... Read More »

Spicy Olive Tapenade

Spicy Olive Tapenade | My Halal Kitchen

Appetizer aren’t just for entertaining guests. I’ve come to learn that keeping homemade appetizers around my house is a great way to eat healthy by avoiding eating outside, eating junk food or not eating until one is ravished with hunger at the dinner table- not pretty. We definitely want to avoid that. Read More »

The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert: Cookbook Review and Recipe

Moroccan food, cuisine, amlou, North African, Paula Wolfert

I’ve been following Paula Wolfert, food writer and expert of Moroccan cuisine for many years. She has written numerous books on clay pot cooking and Moroccan cuisine, both of which have intrigued me immensly since my first trip there in 1995. Her latest book, The Food of Morocco, is a real treasure of collected recipes, photos capturing the Moroccan landscape, and antectodes of ... Read More »

Fresh Turmeric: What it Looks Like and How to Use It

Fresh Turmeric | Halal Pantry | My Halal Kitchen

Most of us who venture into the world of Indian cooking (outside of India) are introduced to the spice turmeric in its bright yellow ground form as opposed to the fresh form which looks so similar to fresh ginger.  Turmeric gives a beautiful color to rice and meats and is a popular ingredient in curry dishes, different types of biryani and even American mustard. For this reason, it’s often ... Read More »