Ras al Hanout at its core is an incredibly complex and aromatic blend of spices. Across the Middle East and North Africa, blends such as za’atar, dukkah, chermoula and zhug are widely used in cooking, helping to create distinctive flavour profiles that enhance ingredients from aubergines, okra, chickpeas, to fresh sea trout and lamb.
Argan Oil – known as Liquid Gold of Morocco – is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree, which grows in the southwest of Morocco. Argan Oil that has been used as a natural antioxidant for centuries by the Berber people of Southern Morocco and the Sahara. In this post, we share 8 reasons why pure Argan Oil is amazing for your body, your self-care routine and the planet!
Tea is practically an institution in the Middle East. In the Gulf, the favourite is karak, a sweet, cardamom and saffron flavoured chai made with evaporated milk. Whether you’re missing the khaleeji flavours or are just looking for a spicy twist on your morning cuppa, we’ve got you covered with this basic recipe for making karak tea at home.
As a western woman, it can be hard to know what to wear when travelling in the Middle East. After virtually every trip I’ve taken to the region I’ve been asked what I wear and whether I've needed to cover up. I get the impression that confusion over what’s appropriate and what’s not massively discourages … Continue reading What to wear when travelling the Middle East
The Middle East and North Africa are home to some of the world’s best natural beauty recipes and rituals. These seven beauty secrets have been used across the region for centuries by the likes of original beauty queens Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba. They are now being bottled and sold by some of the … Continue reading 7 natural beauty secrets from the Middle East and North Africa
Prepare to meet three young Moroccans who are dominating the bloggersphere - all the while giving their followers a virtual tour of one of the world's most beautiful countries... Yusra Idrissi Fancy a trip to Morocco? Forget the Lonely Planet Guide, all you need is Yusra's blog, Moroccan Musthaves. Yusra's life is every traveller's dream, … Continue reading 3 young Moroccan bloggers taking the internet by storm
Omani business graduate Amal Al Raisi found a career in fashion totally by accident while working for a government ministry in Muscat. After searching for a wedding dress and becoming frustrated at the lack of choice, she decided to design her own. The dress was so popular that she began designing for her family and … Continue reading Amal Al Raisi – The fashion designer taking Khaleeji style to the runways of Paris and Torino
If you’re travelling or living in Jordan, these 4 fabulous foodies have all the advice you need to satisfy any craving! Whatever you fancy – authentic Levantine cuisine, pizza, sushi, chocolate drenched crêpes or something a little greener and healthier – they know ALL the best places to eat in the Kingdom. The Two Tasters … Continue reading 4 Foodies to Follow in Jordan
Whether you’re a tourist on a sun-soaked city break looking for somewhere to relax or a local Sevillano recovering from chaos of Semena Santa and the Feria de Abril, you won’t find anywhere more idyllic or tranquil than Seville’s ancient baths. Built in an old 16th century mansion in the Casco Antiguo district of the … Continue reading Aire de Sevilla: The most luxurious stop on the tourist trail
Morocco’s tourist trail is certainly well trodden. Nevertheless, for the more cultured or adventurous traveller, Morocco is absolutely not to be missed. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or looking for a more relaxed break, these top ten experiences ought not to be missed: