Welcome to The Halal Gourmet

The Halal Gourmet is for anyone who enjoys the art of fine, French cooking. It is also the solution for halal food lovers and alcohol abastainers who want to enjoy the cuisine of France.

French cuisine without wine, spirits or pork? Halal, french cuisine — sounds like an oxymoron or some type of gag. The Halal Gourmet seeks to redefine the perception of what halal, gourmet food means. About The Halal Gourmet.

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My Merlot Adventure Part 2

MerlotJuice2-SyrupPot2FPSo, you have 10-12 litres of fresh pressed Merlot grape juice. What next? Well, you will probably want to start drinking it.

After running a few errands, I did not waste any time in taking my first taste. The royal purple hue of the grape juice only made tasting it all the more enticing.

When I finally drank the regal looking juice, it really made me wonder why people ruin it by turning it into wine. And this is coming from someone who was once a more…shall we say, “traditional” gourmet.

But the reality was that as delicious as it was, there was no way we would be able to drink 12 litres of Merlot juice within a couple of days.

The race against the clock was on to get the juice put up before the grapes started to ferment producing alcohol and becoming khamr. CLICK for more  >>>

 My Merlot Adventure Part 1

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This gourmet grape juice adventure  is a few decades in the making. I would always pass by this gigantic sign with a drawing of grapes with “Uva Mosta” sprawled across and always wondered what they did there.

It always smelled like rotting grapes as well.

Well since embarking upon this Halal Gourmet journey, it is highly convenient to be within walking distance of just such a place.


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Why You Should Be Excited About Wine Grape Season

 Why You Should Be Excited About Wine Grape Season

It’s September so that means that wine grapes are are being plucked and shippped all across North America.

That begs the question: why on earth would a Halal Gourmet a) have wine grape season on the brain and b) bother getting excited about it?

A moot point: wine is juice before it’s wine.

A more important point:


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 Back To School Has Gone Gourmet! Introuducing the new Petits Gourmets Section!

Squid, cucumber & lime MuffinsSquid muffin is now my official new term of endearment and after you make this recipe it will be yours as well!

What I have found exploring Alain Ducasse’s Cooking for Kids, is that they really respect the fact that kids are kids.  The look of squid still rattles me a tad even though I love the taste of it.

Can you imagine a 1-year old?

Hiding both the look and the texture without sacrificing the nutrition and palette maturing opportunity is just brilliant!

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