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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My little brother's bday & a decadent Cheesecake Brownie...

Image by Sukaina Rajabali from my cookbook " Food, Love and Life from Dalia's Kitchen"

It doesn't seem that long ago that my little brother, Aref, and I used to pool our pocket money together and buy a big bar of Cote d'Or chocolate. The milk chocolate kind with the hazelnuts. We would divide the bar in half, then sit to watch "Unter Uns" which means "Amongst Us". 

It was the first of its kind German soap series on RTL, a major German network. I'm talking over 20 years ago, so it may not be that cool now. But back in the day it was, and it was special. But even more special was that moment between Fufi and me. It was our time once a week, in the afternoon, (our older siblings Maher & Joujou were not part of our little ritual), it was just Fufi, me, that chocolate bar and a good show.

Fufi a few years back ;) 

Today, I miss those days. I miss them because I don't see Fufi enough, and that is tough to be honest. There is nothing like a bond between siblings, and even more so between an older sister and her little brother. Even though we are still so very close, we simply don't get those moments anymore. Life has just happened and both of us are busy with our little lives. But I would give a heck of a lot to get a weekly chocolate bar moment with him today.

Yesterday was his birthday. And due to life and all it's happenings, good and bad, we couldn't spend it together. 

So this is for you little brother. May all your years be filled with health and loads of happiness. That is all I wish for. It's funny because I look at my two-year-old son, Phares, and he reminds me of you, every day. So I guess I do have a little bit of you, daily. You are and always will remain the love of my life.

Happy Birthday Fufi.

And for the occasion I'm sharing one of my ultimates - the decadent cheesecake brownie.

Much love,
D xx

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A special project and a gorgeous Beef Tajine...

Image by Sukaina Rajabali from my cookbook 
"Food, Love and Life from Dalia's Kitchen"

I have a very soft spot for projects by and for women. Especially in the Middle East. So today I will be sharing a beautiful journey I embarked on. 

A little while ago I was asked to take part in a culinary travel show with three other ladies. This groundbreaking journey, after all it is not every day that four women, an Emirati, a Saudi, a Jordanian and myself, travel to four different countries to discover different cultures and people through their cuisines. It truly is a first series of it's kind, especially in this part of the world. 

This original journey was created by Maggi Arabia, who have made a wonderful effort to create an original web series which will be airing on Maggi Arabia's Youtube channel starting April 13th.
I have also made some dear friends on this journey. Ladies, it was a pleasure to travel and discover with you. I was once again reminded that no matter where we are from, we all have something in common; the love for food, the love for life and the love for family.

The Arab world has so much to offer.. From tradition to recipes, to the love for family and the tolerance towards everyone's differences, one thing so often misrepresented in today's media. We have caught so much of that in this lovely series, which involves discovery, a lot of beautiful food, a little drama, and some good old fun that women have when they travel together. I do not want to give away too much, but we came across some extraordinary women. Very different from each other, each with their own story, but all so very inspiring. And I am honoured to have met them, and I myself came back inspired and proud to be a woman from this part of the world.

I have also added the link to my Maggie Diaries profile video as an intro to the series. Make sure to watch the other profiles too so you can get to know the other ladies and the teaser to the show which starts tomorrow.

And last but not least, I had quite a few tajines on our trip, so I thought it would be appropriate to share the Beef Tajine recipe from my cookbook. It's truly a divine dish and adored by my loved ones. The combination of savoury and sweet, the tender meet… Yum!

Much love from my kitchen,
D xx

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A beautiful Baked Goat's Cheese Salad and snuggly afternoon...

Image by Sukaina Rajabali from my cookbook 
"Food, Love and Life from Dalia's Kitchen"

I decided to work from home today as I desperately needed to get back to a ton of urgent emails, and to be honest also because I promised my little man I would be home this afternoon. I also realized my baby girl is growing so quickly, smAllah - she is already nine months old and I feel like I gave birth just a few months ago! So I think I simply needed a snuggly afternoon with my little munchkins and thus home has been my office today :)

I noticed a beautiful ashed piece of goat's cheese in the fridge, so I made a gorgeous salad, very much like the one in my cookbook, which I'm posting the recipe of today. I added some thinly sliced, raw courgettes I received in my organic box yesterday, just to mix it up a little from my usual salad. A quick and divine lunch :)

Much love,
D xx

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Expect the unexpected, two little teeth and my famous Spaghetti Al Limone...

Image by Sukaina Rajabali from my cookbook
"Food, Love and Life from Dalia's Kitchen"

I wish I could tell you about the past four weeks, but I am bound to zip it this time :) So I can only divulge that there is something very innovative coming to the foodie world very soon- particularly for the Middle East… It's all food related but also includes other exciting aspects. I won't say more, but definitely keep checking the blog for a little announcement :)

If I have learnt anything these past few weeks it is to stay open minded, always, from the small to the big decisions we make… I thought I did abide by the "no judging rule" until I caught myself doing exactly the opposite.. What can I say, we learn, every day, all the time.. and I certainly have this past month.

I was away for work for about three weeks, and have never left my little munchkins for this long. The distance and the time away was incredibly hard, and I would catch myself going over images of my little family any time I had a moment of free time. Like a cheesy scene from a movie, honestly.

One of the most beautiful experiences I have had so far was this past Saturday night, arriving at home in Dubai. The endless hug my little man gave me, the smile my baby girl had on her face with her two little frontal teeth when I walked in, and last but not least, Phiras's sigh that I was finally back home… 

So the occasion calls for one recipe that is a staple in our home, one of my classic recipes, Spaghettoni Al Limone with Prawns, which is loved by family and friends as well. And the best part? It's so incredibly easy and quick.

Much love from my home sweet home in Dubai,
D xx

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A gorgeous Christmas Turkey, a divine Sweet Potato Crumble and a Happy Holiday from Dubai xx

Recipe from "Food, Love and Life from Dalia's Kitchen". Image by Sukaina Rajabali.

My beloved Dubai. So, so much happening and I love every second of it. I have been working on some super exciting projects these past few weeks - to be divulged in due time, and have had no time to post whatsoever. I need a break just about now, so I have decided to take off (or at least try to slow down), for a week or so. I love this time of year, and since it's our first Christmas holiday in Dubai, I'm really looking forward to some down time, right here at home.

I'm planning to be off this laptop but cannot let my favorite holiday pass by without sharing my Christmas Turkey with you and since it's the 22nd already, I had to do it today. 

This is one divine recipe and even though I am blowing my own horn here, I am certain you will make this recipe a keeper if you just have a try at this. The perfect turkey, the perfect stuffing. It's East meets West and truly is a gorgeous feast for the holidays.

Recipe from "Food, Love and Life from Dalia's Kitchen". Image by Sukaina Rajabali.

Serve it with the usual suspects, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts and co. And because it's Christmas I'm sharing a second recipe today - my beloved Sweet Potato Crumble. A match made in holiday heaven ;)

Merry, Merry Christmas from my kitchen in Dubai,
D xx

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Chocolate Cupcakes & Cranberry Peanut Butter Cookies...

Image By Sukaina Rajabali. Recipe from "Food, Love and Life in Dalia's Kitchen"

After a long time in bed, a belly full of soups and a lot of sleep, I finally came back to life last week. It's definitely not fun being sick, but at the same time, it forced me to stay in bed and regenerate a little I must admit. So every bitter side has a sweet one to it too, which is something I have learned these past few months. 

So after not being able to taste much, I of course enjoyed testing and tasting a new decadent recipe for one of our bestselling cupcakes at the bakery - the infamous Triple Chocolate. And yes, I am biased,  but I promise you it must be the best chocolate cupcake out there. Perfect texture, perfect sweetness, and perfect richness. It's just exactly what you want when you hear Triple Chocolate. Decadence in a bite! And absolutely gorgeous with a cup of coffee.

The Triple Chocolate ;)

Even though I'm not sharing my bakery's second bestselling recipe just yet, I am sharing the cookies I love for exactly the same reason. Perfect texture, sweetness and tartness, and simply divine from A to Z.

Everyone who has tried them loves these crunchy, chewy, sweet but sour bites of goodness. So trust me you will not regret doing them. And the best part? So simple to bake and perfect for a Thanksgiving treat ;) 

Much love from Dubai,
D xx

(Recipe in the cookbook "Food, Love and Life from Dalia's Kitchen available on and in all major bookstores across the Middle East)

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