Suzanne Husseini

SUZANNE HUSSEINI

Chef & Connoisseur of Arabic cuisine

"Welcome & Ahlan wa Sahlan! My passion for cooking began in my mother`s kitchen as I watched her bake warm homemade pita bread and the sweetest baklava. I hope you will join me on my culinary adventures in re-discovering the elegance and beauty of Arabic cuisine."


Biography

"Born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, Suzanne’s family emigrated to Canada when she was just 4, and started a new life there. Suzanne’s mother continued to create the Arabic dishes of the Middle East, and although Suzanne learned many other cuisines, it was Arabic cuisine she loved most strongly and which she has shared in her first book. The book is filled with Suzanne’s versions of a range of traditional recipes, plus modern dishes with an Arabic twist. She conjures up the Middle East kitchen with ingredients that have, thankfully, become much easier for global cooks to find in their local shops – cardamom and rose, pistachios and dates, chickpeas and bulgur and many more." - Kavey Eats

Suzanne Husseini’s love of food began at home. She cites the meals her mother made during her childhood in Canada as the source of her everyday inspiration. Suzanne is the presenter of the popular cooking show "Sohbe Taibe/صحبة طيبة" and is currently preparing to shoot a new cooking TV serie s showcasing the best of Mediterranean/Arabic cuisine with a modern twist. The show will be launched soon on a new channel. She is the author of "When Suzanne Cooks: Modern Flavours of Arabia", a cookbook showcasing the best of Arabic cuisine - all done in Suzanne's unique way. Suzanne is a regular at the Taste of Dubai food festival as well being featured at this year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, held at Festival City. She also presented live cooking demonstrations all week long at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2010 and participated in an Iron Chef's Challenge for the Canadian Business Council Gala Dinner. Suzanne is cooking up something new everyday!


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Recipes

Thyme Stars

FRESH THYME STARS

Makes 24 stars

4 cups flour
1 cup semolina or corn meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
1tbs instant yeast
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cups lukewarm water
7 cups fresh thyme leaves, washed and drained
1 tsp sea salt (for the top)


In a large bowl put in the flour, semolina, baking powder, salt, sugar, and yeast. Mix well. Add half of the olive oil and water gradually and mix to form a dough. It should be soft and pliable. Pour the thyme leaves over the dough, drizzle the remaining olive oil and salt, and incorporate the leaves into the dough with your hands. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and put it in a dark draft-free place to rise for 1.5 hours. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Roll out the dough to 2cm in thickness on an oiled surface and cut with any desired cookie cutter (I like to use a star shape.) Brush each star with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!


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Published Books

Modern Flavors of Arabia and When Suzanne Cooks takes you on a culinary journey to the Middle East to explore a food culture that spans centuries. Each of the recipes will surprise and delight you and bring new colors, aromas and flavors to your table. Join Suzanne as she pays tribute to her mother's cooking and enjoy her refreshingly new take on the traditional--pilafs fragrant with herbs and spices, crepes speckled with pistachios and sweetened with rose syrup, scones enhanced with dates, orange and cardamom. Discover the secrets of perfect falafel, shawarma, and homemade labneh, and try other classic dishes such as kibbeh and fattouche. Recipes are arranged by Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert and a whole chapter is dedicated to mezze. Suzanne's stories and ideas on how to serve each dish accompany the beautifully illustrated and easy-to-follow recipes. Let Suzanne's refined Arabian cuisine inspire you. Fill your kitchen with the warm, exotic scents of the Middle East, and surprise yourself with how easy it is to create these mouthwatering delicacies at home.

Her cookbooks can be purchased from Amazon, Indigo/Chapters, AbeBooks, Books Arabia, Virgin Megastore, and Kinokuniya Bookstores.


When Suzanne Cooks Modern Flavours of Arabia


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