Chrik

Chrik are individual small brioche buns from the northeastern Algerian city of  Constantine (also called Kasentina). Chrik are always served during the month of Ramadan to accompany M’halbi, a refreshing creamy custard (see previous post). These milk brioche are fluffy, pillowy and perfumed with orange blossom water. Ingredients: 500g of flour (all purpose flour/plain flour) Zest…

Khobz el Bey

Khobz el Bey, also called Khobz Tounès, is a moist and aromatic Algerian sweet pastry served during Ramadan to accompany tea or coffee. This simple cake is made with ground almonds, ground breadcrumbs, eggs and butter, and is baked in the oven then soaked with a perfumed syrup! This cake is also a part of our…

Cocas

Cocas, are a savory pastry imported by the Europeans living in Algeria during the French colonization (1830-1962) in Algeria. They are similar to the Spanish Empanadas and they are made with a basic dough and filled with peppers, tomatoes, garlic and spices. They can also sometimes be filled with meat and onions and prepared with a…

L’ham Lahlou

L’ham Lahlou is a sweet dish from Algeria. Usually in Algerian cuisine we don’t cook sweet meat. However in this dish, the lamb is cooked in a syrup enriched by cinnamon and orange blossom water and complemented by fruits like dried prunes, dried apricots, apples and pears. In Algerian culture, this dish is served on…

Tajine Zeïtoun

Tajine Zeitoun, is a traditional dish from the repertoire of Algerian cuisine. It is a stew, either made with chicken or lamb, and with green olives, and is slowly cooked to enrich the aromas of this dish. Aside from being the name of this dish, Tajine, is also Arabic for the name of the large clay…

M’hencha

M’hencha are a North African pastry made with a dough called Diouls sheets or Brick sheets, and filled with almond paste. These sheets (diouls/brick) are on sale every where in Algeria (and also in other North African countries), as they are used for savory recipes, and many sweet desserts. This pastry originates from the Ottoman Empire….

Mtewem Marqa Hamra, Algerian Garlicky Meat Balls in Red Sauce

Today, I made Mtewem, which means garlicky in Arabic. This dish is originally from the capital city of Algiers and the original recipe is made with white sauce. In my family we always make this dish with a spicy red sauce. This dish consists of meatballs filled with garlic and cumin, extremely aromatic. So popular…

M’halbi

M’halbi is a fragrant, sweet and refreshing treat. It is popular in both Algeria and in the Middle East. The recipe varies from family to family, and it is usually served for celebrations and during the Holy Ramadan. Ingredients: 1 liter of full fat milk 100g of corn flour or Maïzena 180g caster sugar 2…

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for this award by Superfoodista, a Miami based food blogger, with healthy, fun recipes, with beautiful pictures that make you want to reach into your computer screen (or maybe that’s just me). I recommend that you visit her blog (the link posted below). I was also nominated for this award from The…