Top Five Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Foods with Tina Gabrielle

I love to cook. I was born in the restaurant business and my Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Food is an important part of our Middle Eastern culture. My
Daring Ladies series features half Arab and half English ladies. In “How Not to Marry a Duke,” Adeline introduces the hero, the Duke of Warwick, to her family’s favorite dishes. 

Here’s my top five favorite Mediterranean/Middle Eastern foods:


Shish kebab: Grilled skewers of seasoned lamb or beef and vegetables are perfection.

A white, square plate topped with rice and grilled skewers.

A plate of grilled meat and vegetable skewers

Moussaka: A Greek casserole with layers of eggplant slices, cheese, and a meat sauce, topped with a thick béchamel sauce.

Layers of eggplant, meat sauce, and cheese topped with béchamel and a sprig of greens for garnish

Hummus: A creamy dip with chickpeas blended with tahini, garlic, and lemon. My all-time favorite. Here I am holding my homemade hummus.

Author Tina Gabrielle holding a dish of her delicious homemade hummus

Pita Bread: This soft yeast-leavened round bread is best served warm from the oven and dipped in hummus.

three pieces of fresh pita bread

Baklava: Layers of paper-thin buttered filo pastry filled with chopped walnuts or pistachio sweetened with simple syrup or honey. A delectable dessert. 

Flakey, buttery filo pastry layered with chopped nuts and cut into crispy squares

Here’s a picture of baklava served at a family wedding.

Delicious baklava in various shapes arranged on a clear plate with custom, wedding themed M&Ms in the centre in a paper cupcake liner.
Are you hungry yet? I share recipes in the back of both of my Daring Ladies series, “One Night with an Earl” and “How Not to Marry a Duke.”

Two unlikely allies make for one scandalous courtship…

From the moment her pet pig attacks him, Adeline Foster knows she does not care at all for the Duke of Warwick. Certainly the man is handsome, but such an arrogant arse. But when her scoundrel half brother demands she marry a stranger over a failed investment, the duke does something shocking…he announces he’s courting her.

One moment, Daniel Millstone is enjoying tinkering with his inventions in his quiet country home with relative anonymity. The next, he’s courting the willful Miss Adeline. It might have begun as a way to vex her half brother—his childhood nemesis—but her striking beauty and kissable lips prove an irresistible temptation.

Now Adeline and her faux beau must convince the ton and their families that they’re an item. It doesn’t matter if they can barely tolerate each other. It doesn’t matter that scandal is only a touch away. Because if this charade doesn’t work, Adeline will find herself in dangerous hands…  



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About Tina Gabrielle:

Best-selling author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She is the author of adventurous Regency historical romances for Entangled Publishing and Kensington Books. Tina also writes the diverse best-selling Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean cozy mystery series for Kensington as Tina Kashian, and her first book, Hummus and Homicide, spent six weeks on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Tina grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She lives in New Jersey and is married to her own hero and is blessed with two daughters. Visit her website to more at


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