September 30, 2023


Be Inspired By Food

The journey of a new guide into Middle Japanese delicacies – Meals – Everyday living & Fashion

‘Bilhana’(‘Bon Appétit’) brings a present-day twist to common Center Eastern dishes with the use of balanced cooking techniques and the freshest substances the area has to offer you. It spans the vast area of the southern Mediterranean from the east (Lebanon and Egypt) to the west (Morocco).

The e-book commences with a pantry segment, a two-web page guideline for the reader on how to keep cooking natural and organic and chemical-totally free and at exact same time keep the nutritional price and the taste.

The book points out how to invest in the greatest high quality and freshest ingredients such as olive oil, sea salt, herbs, spices, sesame seed, and all-natural sweeteners as better substitutes for sugar like honey, molasses, dates syrup. It focuses on coconut oil as a nutritious preference for frying, as it does not denature at high temperature to create free radicals.

The book is divided into 8 sections: Breakfast and Mezze Soups and Stews Salads, Pulses, and Grains Veggies and Grains Roasts and Grills From the Sea Sweet Factors and Drinks.

It displays the vivid colours and immense wide range of Center Eastern cooking and is straightforward to comply with.

It options healthy, healthful, and effortless ease and comfort foods recipes. The components are previously offered and not hard to uncover in foodstuff stores or the home kitchen area these as lentils with parsley, spiced beans with tahini, carrot and ginger soup, vegan moussaka, khobeiza, Moroccan lamb shoulder, heat lentil eggplant, and homogenate salad.

The ebook satisfies all preferences and appetites. It is acceptable for vegetarians, non-vegetarians, and men and women next distinct varieties of meal plans. It is exquisitely illustrated with extra than 130 vivid entire-color photos.

The cookbook index is organized in alphabetical buy with primary headings and subheadings to permit the buyers to simply get to the recipes. The guide is accessible at AUC bookstores. 

About the authors:

Yasmine El-Gharably and her sister Shewekar El-Gharably appear from a relatives of dwelling cooks and rich culinary heritage. Yasmine is a self-taught property prepare dinner with a company qualifications and a passion for Middle Eastern cuisine. She is the co-founder of a recipe-sharing platform for Center Japanese foodstuff.

Her sister Shewekar is an interior decorator. In 2016, she turned a licensed holistic health and fitness coach and recipe developer for healing and wholesome dish combinations.

The great cookbook and significant-excellent photographs are by the Egyptian-British photographer Yehia El-Alaily. He is a Cairo-primarily based food and vacation photographer with over fifteen years’ working experience.

This guide is filled with mouth-watering recipes, two of which are the subsequent:

Heat Lentil Eggplant and pomegranate salad (recipe on the e-book address)

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Warm Lentil Eggplant and pomegranate salad dish


400g brown lentils

1tsp ground cumin, salt, and pepper

3 eggplants cubed

4tbsp olive oil

3 garlic cloves minced

4 tbsp pomegranate molasses

Handful of pomegranate seeds

Handful of parsley, stalks taken out and about chopped


Preheat the oven to 180C.

Put the lentils, cumin, and 5 cups of water to address in a medium pan. Bring to a boil. Then, decrease the heat, allow simmer for about 30 minutes. Year with salt and pepper.

Organize the eggplant cubes in one particular layer on an oven tray and brush with 2 tbsp of the olive oil. Location in the center of the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through.

Change warmth to small and warmth the remaining olive oil in a smaller skillet above medium warmth. Incorporate the minced garlic and prepare dinner for a few of minutes until eventually golden.

Increase the hot fried garlic, roast eggplant, and pomegranate molasses to the pan of the lentils and stir. Cook for an additional 5 minutes then incorporate the lime juice and take away from the heat.

Suggestion into a deep serving dish and garnish with pomegranate seeds a drizzle of olive oil and the chopped parsley. Serve heat.

Date and Tahini Cups:

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Day and Tahini Cupcakes


For the foundation:

12 significant dates pitted

60g oats

60g walnuts

For the centre:

225g tahini paste

4-5 tbsp uncooked molasses

2 substantial dates, pitted

Pinch of salt

For the topping:

3tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp uncooked cocoa powder

1tbsp raw molasses


To put together the base, location the 12 dates in a food processor with a tablespoon of water. Pulse until eventually you have a creamy combination. Add the oats and walnuts and pulse yet again right up until combined.

Location 9 paper cupcake liners in muffin pan or just brush it with coconut oil. Press down about 1½tablespoons of the day-oat dough in every to variety the bases of the cups and position in the freezer for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, use the foods processor to mix the elements for the centre with each other (the tahini, uncooked molasses, 2 dates, and salt).

When you eliminate the bases from the freezer, spread a tablespoon or two of this mix more than each and every and pop again in the freezer for another 15 minutes.

In a medium bowl, blend the ingredients for the toppings alongside one another. Get rid of the tray of cups from the freezer, spread the topping mix more than each and set back again in the freezer for another hour to established.

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