Suhail Publishing featured on the portal of the Bosnian Ministry of Human Rights

Very grateful that Suhail Publishing and Orient Expressed were chosen to be featured as a success story by the Bosnian Ministry of Human Rights! Here is the link to the article:

I got a box full of baklava gems all the way from Syria. I got it as a gift from a dear friend who has not been able to visit his homeland in many years now… I know the feeling… I was surprised that this box of precious, sweet cargo made it all the way to the faraway Balkans. There are a few things in this world that can carry whole regions, cultures, history, lives, and memories in their blueprint. They take you back or forward to a higher, more palatable and hopeful reality. Food has that potential. Each of these Syrian delicacies carries the sweet blueprint of this incredible land, culture and people who have been making them for centuries, and who keep making them to this day, no matter what. In this box of baklavas, I got a piece of Syria. I cannot even begin to tell you how delicious it tastes! 

Here is a recipe for an incredibly fresh, zesty, traditional citrus Moroccan salad from my book Orient Expressed that is perfect for lunch or dinner during these hot summer days. If it is to difficult to supreme the citrus fruit, just slice them instead. Enjoy!


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Two features in a row for Orient Expressed this week! First in Turkey and now in Bosnia and Herzegovina, my beloved homeland. This time around it is in the awesome Bosnian life-style magazine Gracija. It is a special honor and joy to share my views on health and food, as well as a recipe from Orient Expressed,  with my compatriots. Bosnia is going plant-strong!


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It is a true honor and joy for me to be featured in a magazine that I’m a big fan of  –  The Istanbul Guide. This magazine gives you Istanbul and all its gems in their finest, most appetizing edition! Much like Orient Expressed is a love letter to food, The Guide Istanbul is a love letter to Istanbul. So, this is a perfect match! Enjoy the delicious article written by Monica Liau.

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Summer Thyme

Here is another recipe from Orient Expressed. It is a soothing and nourishing green smoothie great for spring and summer days. Enjoy your thyme!





2 C. frozen apple chunks

½ C. avocado chunks

½ -1 C. shredded kale

¼ C. lime juice

4 tsp. (wild) thyme leaves, fresh or dried

1 ½ C. water

1-2 tsp. unshelled hemp seeds (optional)

3 tsp. honey or to taste


Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Serve immediately. Serves 1-2.

Here is one more fresh, delish and moreish recipe from Orient Expressed. It is packed with easily absorbable plant protein that comes from green peas and it takes minutes to prepare. This is my sister’s favorite soup – she varies the spices and herbs from time to time, but it is pretty much the only soup that she is willing to make. No soup is so easy-peasy and yet so wholesome. Find out for yourselves!

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Here is another excerpt and an easy, yet incredibly healthy recipe from Orient Expressed. It tells the story about sage, which is one of one of the oldest and most intriguing herbs in existence. The recipe for Sage Lemonade combines the amazing healing and nourishing properties of sage, lemon and honey to alkalize the body and uplift the mind. It is a recipe for wisdom.






If you ask me what my absolute favorite dessert in the whole world is, I will say North African Deglet Noor date, commonly known as the “queen of all dates”. It has a soft touch, translucent light color and a soft honey-like taste. One such date and a glass of cold nut milk spells happiness for me. Dates are an indispensable ingredient in Levantine cuisine and the raw food kitchen alike. Here is an excerpt from Orient Expressed with some interesting facts about dates, as well as a simple recipe for the simplest, cheapest and most nutritious natural sweetener (date paste) and an even tastier caramel sauce that you can make out of it. Enjoy!





1 C. Date Syrup/Paste

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. mesquite powder

2 T. raw coconut oil, melted

1/4 tsp. salt

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Keep refrigerated in an air-tight container. Use as a topping on chia pudding, as a filling in chocolate desserts, or freeze to get a thick caramel sauce. You can omit salt from this recipe if you prefer sweet caramel.


There is nothing quite like turmeric latte or tea to boost your immunity and keep you fit as a fiddle during these long winter months. Here is yet another recipe from Orient Expressed by Dr.Sana Heco and a story about turmeric.