From bowls of delicately steamed couscous topped with tender meats, vegetables and cinnamon spiced onions to rich tagines filled with ruby red sauces coating little savoury balls of kaftas and topped with eggs that have yolk as golden as the sunset. Savoury, fruity, soul comforting stews and sensational seafood. Perfect pilav with beautiful warming spices of the Orient, intoxticing smells that pleasantly embrace you as you open the lid, only to be greeted by juicy meats, dried fruits and toasted nuts.
Meandering down the shores of the Mediterranean, you’ll find the most beautiful landscapes from enormous snow-capped mountains to deserts with natural oases that breathe life and beauty into the arid land. Sticky sweet dates drooping drown from luscious palm trees; sun-kissed days and nights of a million stars. Stunning ancient cities and coastal villages that force you to slow down and embrace the small joys in life. Vibrant souks adorned with decorated pottery, exquisite textiles, and produce and spices that celebrate their centuries-old traditions of culinary obsession and hospitality, a culture that will last for many more years to come.
Hi there! Nice to meet you!
I’m Sarah, and I am the voice, cook and photographer behind The Souk Bowl. I live in the beautiful city of Ottawa in Canada, with my husband Khaled.
At The Souk Bowl, we’re focused on the foods of the Mediterranean. The Middle East, with so many wonderful regions to explore and foods so deeply steeped in culture and history, it’s easy to be inspired by the cuisine of this magnificent region.
The Souk Bowl is focused on eating and cooking – fresh, simple, creative, clever, and Fast (whenever possible).
Fresh meals made from scratch with seasonal real foods are the secret to eating simple foods and achieving maximum flavour. Meanwhile staying on a budget and watching your waistline without sacrificing amazing taste (what more could you ask for?).
Creative new ideas and fresh takes on Mediterranean/Middle Eastern favourites to shorten preparation time, cut down on cost and create food that you can be proud to share.
Clever cooking so that you don’t sacrifice taste just because you’re short on time and on a budget. I’ll show you how to get amazing flavours out of budget ingredients and how you can get organized so it’s a breeze to serve up nourishing meals. You will have your family feeling like they are sitting on the coastline of the Mediterranean sea.
And also fast meals for busy weeknights, or creative prep idea’s to speed the traditional slow cooking methods in most Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods. Let’s be honest who has time to be cooking for 2+ hours every day?
My recipes are cost conscious, made using everyday ingredients and (mostly) healthy. But sometimes I feel the need to unleash the sugar monster within. Hello, BAKLAVA!