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Cooking Cultural Food

While Middle Eastern food encompasses a variety of cuisines, it's generally characterized by fragrant and copious spices, nuts, olive oil, and creamy elements. Mutton, lamb, and goat are traditional meats, as well as chicken, camel, beef and fish.

People living in Middle Eastern countries consume a unique diet. The Mediterranean diet is one of the best in the world, which is inspired by the eating habits of people who live near the Mediterranean Sea. Initially formulated in the 1960s, it draws on the cuisines of Greece, Turkey, and Spain.


Meet Your Instructor

Andre Mourbarak

Andre Moubarak

Andre Moubarak is the owner and founder of Twins Tours & Travel Ltd. in Israel. Born into a Christian family along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter, Andre is a licensed tour guide and an ordained minister, leading numerous groups through the Holy Land each year and teaching them about the Aramaic/Jewish roots of Jesus.

The first video of this course is free, you can buy this course to see all the videos.


Shaskshuka For Two Ingredients: ​ 1. Extra Virgin Olive oil 2. One Onion 3. Spinach 4. Fresh Garlic 5. Three Tomatoes 6. Half a can Spicy Tomato Sauce 7. Four or Five organic Eggs 8. Kosher Salt 9. Hot Pepper 10. Mushrooms

Musakhan Dish Ingredients: 1 Cup Extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. Cardamon Powder 2 tsp.. ground Black pepper 2 tsp. ground Coriander 1 Cup. sumac, plus more for sprinkling 1 whole chicken (thigh and drumstick; Breast) 8 medium white onions, Chopped Taboos Bread Or tortilla bread

Lyali Lubnan Main Ingredients: 1/4 Cup (50 g) White Sugar 2 Tea Spoons Rose Water 2 Tea Spoons Orange Blossom Water ​ Cream Ingredients: 1 Cup (240 ml) Milk 1 Cup (240 ml) Heavy Whipping Cream 3 Tea Spoons (24g) Corn Starch 1 Tea Spoon White Sugar 1 Tea Spoon Rose Water 1 Tea Spoon Orange Blossom Water ​ Syrup Ingredients: 2 Cups (400 g) White Sugar 1 Cup (240 ml) Water 1 Tea Spoon Lemon Juice 1 Tea Spoon Rose Water 1 Tea Spoon Orange Blossom Water For Topping: Chopped Pistachios

Harisse Ingredients: ​ 3 cups semolina 3⁄4 cup sugar 3⁄4 cup melted butter, unsalted 1 1⁄2 tea spoon baking powder 1 cup yoghurt 1⁄2 cup almonds 1 table spoon tahini For the syrup 3 cups sugar 2 cups water 1⁄2 lemon, juice of

Shaskshuka: ​Shakshouka is a Tunisian dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, olive oil, peppers, onion and garlic, commonly spiced with cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper, you can add as many spices as you like.

Musakhan: Is a Palestinian dish composed of roasted chicken baked with onions, sumac, allspice, saffron, and fried pine nuts served over taboon bread. it is very famous in the west bank specially among the villages and Palestinian cities.

Lyali Lubnan:

This Lebanese Nights Dessert (Layali Lubnan) is a very famous Lebanese dessert widely served all over Lebanon and the neighboring countries It is one of the most served dessert at home because of it’s ease. They are very easy to make. This dessert is one of my most complimented dessert when I host people over. It comes together very quickly and can me made up to two days in advance.

Harisse: ​A very famous Syrian dish a very sweet one, use semolina (smeed) cake. It has a much denser flavor that those made with all-purpose flour. Semolina is mixed with butter, yogurt. Syrup sweetens the cake and is added after it is done. Tahini adds a surprising yet great final touch to Harisse.


Shakshuka for Two


Musakhan Dish


Layali Lebnan


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