Category Archives: Middle East

Somewhere new

I’ve been thinking a lot in the past few days about everything, the past months,  people in my life and out of my life.


I remember I had a good feeling about this year during the first week of January…. it’s funny after I said it out loud ,everything blew up into billions of pieces… suddenly ,I was fighting for my life,  the man I loved (and still love) left me without a word and I was sitting at home,  thinking this year actually going to be the worst of it all.


It took nearly 7 months of constant struggle with everything and everyone , but now I feel that I am making permanent changes.
Interesting , how going to another country and spending a few days can make you feel worthwhile again.


I realised that I have to forgive to people who left , ignored , avoided me when I needed them the most. In the end you can only rely on your own strength and you will be fine!  😄:)😄


True!  🙂

Be happy people!  :)😚


New direction, new beginning


My blog started on the first day of this year , 2014.
I felt that if I am not happy with my life ,I’m the one who can make the changes , so I decided to share my passion for good food and interesting comparison about different types of culinary inventions.
Life has thrown me into the deepest of sea… I’ve been through from a bad relationship ,  ’till being fed up at work,  topped off with a serious illness .
Now, I m at the point where I can see the end of the misery and the beginning of a new life with a new job in a new country ,with new people and adventures.
These past few months taught me that no matter what happens I have two options : Give up or Fight like hell!


Although,  things still not peachy ,I can say that I am happy. I’m not afraid of being alone, I don’t fight against my reality. I try and make the most of what I have and I think that will be enough to make it all happen.
I just wanted to say ,thank you to all of you Lovely People who are reading my lines. Even though my posts were late and delayed sometimes,  you are still here and giving me courage to continue!


Thank you for everything!  🙂

The profile of my blog will change a bit but I won’t steer far away from food,  not to worry.

Till next time Everyone!

Hanna :)😚

Romantic Rose Water

Cardamom and rose water kulfi
Cardamom and rose water kulfi

This week , I’m sort of revisiting my Iranian roots by discussing the  origin and different uses of Rose water. Nowadays it is more and more fashionable to use it , in perfumes , cooking , baking and different beautifying regimes.

My first encounter with rose water was many years ago in Turkey on a family holiday. Then I found it weird and it tasted like soap…oops! Ah, children! 🙂

But now as I’m older I can feel the true aroma better and enjoy it as it meant to be.

Rose bath
Rose bath

Rose water was first produced by Muslim chemists in the medieval Islamic world through the distillation of roses, for use in the drinking and perfumery industries.

Since ancient times, roses have been used medicinally, nutritionally, and as a source of perfume. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Phoenicians considered large public rose gardens to be as important as crop lands such as orchards and wheat fields.

Rose perfumes are made from rose oil, also called attar of roses, which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam-distilling the crushed petals of roses, a process first developed in Iran (Persia). Rose water is a by-product of this process. It has been suggested that the Persian polymath Avicenna discovered how to make rose water in the tenth century.

Rose tea
Rose tea

Edible versions

Rose water has a very distinctive flavour and is used heavily in Persian and Middle east cuisine—especially in sweets such as nougat, raahat and baklava. For example, rose water is used to give some types of Turkish delight their distinctive flavours.

In Iran, it is also added to tea, ice cream, cookies and other sweets in small quantities, and in the Arab world, Pakistan and India it is used to flavour milk and dairy-based dishes such as rice pudding. It is also a key ingredient in sweet lassi, a drink made from yogurt, sugar and various fruit juices, and is also used to make jallab. In Malaysia and Singapore, rose water is mixed with milk, sugar and pink food colouring to make a sweet drink called bandung. Rose water is frequently used as a halal substitute for red wine and other alcohols in cooking.

Rose bath-salts
Rose bath-salts

Marzipan has long been flavoured with rose water. Marzipan originated in the Middle East and arrived in Western Europe by the Middle Ages; it continues to be served as a snack. American and European bakers enjoyed the floral flavouring of rose water in their baking until the 19th century when vanilla flavouring became popular.

In parts of the Middle East, rose water is commonly added to lemonade with mint.

Cosmetic and medicinal use

Rose water is a usual component of perfume. A rose water ointment is occasionally used as an emollient, and rose water is sometimes used in cosmetics such as cold creams.

Medicinal use , Ayurveda: In India, rose water is used as eye drops to clear them. Some people in India also use rose water as spray applied directly to the face for natural fragrance and moisturizer, especially during winters. It is also used in Indian sweets and other food preparations (particularly gulab jamun). Rose water is often sprinkled in Indian weddings to welcome guests.

Rose petals
Rose petals

Religious uses

Rose water is used as a perfume in religious ceremonies (Hindu, Muslim and Zoroastrian). Water used to clean the Kaaba, the Qibla for Muslims located in Mecca, combines Zamzam water with rose water as an additive.
Rose water is used in some Hindu rituals as well. Rose water also figures in Christianity, particularly in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

I think we can all agree on the fact that Rose water has endless uses… use it inside and out it will benefit you.

For some of us , it might take time to get use to the taste, but I think if we use the right amount and we got the right recipe , simply cannot go wrong.

Lemonade with mint and rose water
Lemonade with mint and rose water

I experimented with rose water , by adding sugar to it and pouring it on ice cream and panna cotta, it was fantastic.

I will look for other alternatives to try with Rose water… maybe adding it to my bath water! 😀

I hope you will all try it!

Bye now!