It is really is inspiring to see young Kuwaitis passionate about something, and even more inspiring that their passion is for organic gardening!

Check out It all grows: The challenges and joys of a Kuwaiti garden and follow her journey to organic gardening. Oh and she also creates her own compost!


I want to share this fantastic and very useful article that I found in the New York Times – Dining and Wine Section (which I’m starting to love). It’s for all of you who are confused about kitchen tools and to those who buy more than they need!

The Minimalist – A No-Frills Kitchen Still Cooks

Discovering arepas

On the hipsters-filled Queen Street West of Toronto, we passed by this gem…

Arepa Cafe.

What is an arepa you may ask?

According to Wikipedia,

An arepa is a dish made of ground corn dough or cooked flour, popular in ColombiaVenezuela and other Spanish speaking countries. It is similar to the Mesoamericantortilla and even more to the SalvadoranpupusaArepas can also be found in Panama, Puerto Rico and the Canary Islands.

The possibilities for fillings are endless! On our first visit, our arepas were filled with black beans, pulled meat and fried plantains. It was perfection! Unfortunately, my phone got stolen recently so can’t show you the picture of the dish but trust me, it was the best ‘sandwich’ I’ve ever had!

It was so good, that we had to go the following day.

This time I tried avocados with chicken and fortunately I sent the picture of my arepa to someone, just for the sake of making them jealous.

When I returned home, I went on a mission to recreate these dishes.

And then I find out that I need to buy this to make arepas! I don’t think it’s available in Kuwait. However, if any of you lovely readers can let me know where I can find Harina P.A.N.  pre-cooked corn meal in Kuwait, I would be most grateful.


Khaleejesque celebrates its second anniversary with an elegant cake

Khaleejesque, the first, and only worth checking, khaleejy (Gulf) lifestyle e-zine has turned two!

The Khaleejesque team celebrated their anniversary with a much earned elegant, two tiered cake.

The Oven Experiments would like to wish the lovely team many more returns and lots of beautiful cakes!

Roman dinners

Let me tell you about this great, no-fuss, restaurant in Rome that we absolutely fell in love with that we had to go back again!

I’ve used my sometimes trusty Rome Wallpaper guide (iPhone edition) to pick our restaurants and this is the one time it did not fail us.


I’ll just show you what we had during our two visits…

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Now wasn’t that mouth-watering?

Posts coming up: regional italian dishes and the best meal we have ever had!

Baking with whole grain flours: whole wheat and oats sandwich bread

Remember my new prized possession? Good to the Grain? A book on baking with whole wheat flours.

Well so far, I baked three different items: whole wheat cookies (with my additions of oats and dates and omitting chocolate chips), banana cereal muffins using rye flour and lastly my proudest accomplishment so far…

Whole wheat and oats sandwich bread Continue reading

Express: ricotta goat cheese, bread and greens

I recently impulse-bought a new cookbook on baking with whole grain flours, Good to the Grain, and so I decided to go to Al Raha Stone Mill in Qadsiya Co-Op to stock my cupboard with some oats and different kinds of flours.

I am big fan of this shop and I love how knowledgeable their staff are. It’s very rare in Kuwait to go into a shop and find the shopkeeper actually know what they’re talking about. I mentioned them here and here.

Of course I couldn’t stop after getting what I went for. I saw a selection of different kinds of goat cheese, which are made locally at their goat farm, and saw ricotta goat cheese. I had to get it!

I also grabbed a bag of 4 grains flat bread and went back home.

In a bowl, I spooned some of the ricotta cheese, added barbeer, mint, cucumber slices, walnuts, green olives, a drizzle of olive oil and a few flakes of sea salt.

And what I had was one of the most satisfying simple meals ever! The bread was on the sour side which I love and the cheese was so smooth and creamy.

*picture taken from my iPhone using the ShakeItPhoto, an application that gives a Polaroid effect.

Camel Milk Chocolate

Yes you read it right, camel milk chocolate! Never did I think that anyone would think of making chocolate using camel milk! So you can imagine my surprise and my hesitation when my friend and colleague handed me a bag of camel milk chocolate bars after her return from a trip to Dubai. Each bar has a different flavor as you can see from the image below.

I took the 70% chocolate bar and broke a small piece and placed it on my tongue. As it melted, the chocolate had an unfamiliar taste. It was strong. I’m not sure if it was the camel milk or because I was thinking too much. But I liked it.

So if you happen to be in Dubai and feel a bit adventurous, then why don’t you try some camel milk chocolate and while you’re at it, how about a camel burger?