After 10 years of working on this labor of love, my cookbook is finally ready and I am now taking orders! You get to see the cover here first: This hardback book is full of colorful illustrations, meticulous directions, family anecdotes, and historical information about the recipes. The recipes in this book are a great…… Continue reading MY COOKBOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Since last year’s Halloween was pretty much cancelled, this year I wanted to get a head start on the festivities. By festivities I mean eating all the candy, because let’s face it, I don’t get out much these days! In one year, life has gotten even more complicated, uncertain, and as of this writing who…… Continue reading TRYING ALL OF THE ARABIC CANDY!
Nothing made me happier as a child than to see a couple of sfeehas in my lunchbox. For Arabs, sfeehas reign supreme over traditional cheese pizza. Sfeeha, or Sfiha, is a round miniature meat pie, made in a myriad of ways depending on the region. In the Bethlehem region of Palestine, where my mother grew…… Continue reading Sfeeha: Arabic Meat Pies of My Childhood
As the air gets a little cooler by the day, I get the breakfast-club-in-my-bathrobe vibes, do you know what I mean? The warmth of the kitchen with the scent of spices like cinnamon or cardamom welcomes my kids in the morning after a long week of quizzes, projects, and book reports. Making breakfast is therapeutic…… Continue reading New Breakfast Club Series! Moroccan Pancakes
If there are a people that can turn day-old bread into a sumptuous feast, it would be the people of the Middle East. Resourcefulness is practically in their genes, as they turn lowly lentils into regal Mujaddarah, chickpeas into silky hummus, or stale bread into Fatteh. The word Fatteh in Arabic means “crushed” or “crumbs”,…… Continue reading Fattet Hummus: The 5 Layer Casserole of the Arab World
For those of you that have been following my blog, you know that one of my goals on my channel was to showcase small business owners, as restaurants and other food service place have been hit particularly hard by Covid restrictions. Here in California, political restrictions have destroyed 1 in 3 businesses! If you saw…… Continue reading The Cream Filled Pastry of My Dreams: “Warbat”
When times get crazy, sad or even terrifying, I find myself reminiscing about my childhood more often. I play old songs in my car, look at family photos, or bring back the foods that I cherished when I was a child. This is how I center myself during trying times. Today I thought I would…… Continue reading Baba’s Mediterranean Tuna Salad
There my parents were, rushing out the door at 6:00 am headed to the farmer’s market, with large fabric bags, their laser sharp radar focused on one particular kind of leafy produce. If they left just 15 minutes later, this prized bundle of unique greens would be completely sold out. Once at the market, they…… Continue reading “Molokhia” The Super Food of Ancient Egyptian Kings
Sometimes, staycations can be more memorable than expensive and exotic vacations to faraway places! If you have a wanderlust for ethnic experiences, many cities and even small towns have neighborhoods resplendent with the art, food, and music of other countries without having to get on a cumbersome and overpriced flight. As my family and I…… Continue reading EPIC FOOD TOUR: LITTLE ARABIA!
Excited because today I am featuring my first Indian recipe on my blog, for a delicacy called Khajur Burfi! Kaju literally means cashew (see they sound similar!) and barfi is a type of Indian sweet made with dates, nuts, and warming spices, usually in a cylinder shape. This treat is relished and gifted extensively during…… Continue reading No Bake Date and Nut Rolls – Khajur Burfi
Did you know that most of the olive oil in supermarkets is fake or counterfeit? Many so-called olive oils are a mix of cheap oils mixed with chemicals to cover up their smells and rancidity. Looking at weekly supermarket ads, you might find some enticing deals on so called extra virgin olive oil. Some places…… Continue reading Stop Buying Fake Olive Oil–How to Find the Real Thing!