Happy New Year Friends! How have you all been? It has been an extra chilly winter here in California so I have been making a different soup every week, using whatever seasonal produce I can find from the farmer’s market. For those of you that live in California, I will be on NBC’s California Live…… Continue reading The Decadent Arab Food Vlog from Dearborn Michigan!
My sister (the one that NEVER likes to be photographed let alone videotaped) LOVES cheese boards. She will spend hours planning and organizing the perfect charcuterie, blend of cheeses, dried and fresh fruits, roasted nuts, with some chocolates wedged in between for good measure. But for many, the cheese is the real star while all…… Continue reading Sesame Crusted Halloumi Cheese-Take Your Cheeseboard to the Next Level!
This time of year can be kind of a let down with fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchinis, snap peas, berries, grapes, figs, etc all out of season. And if they are in the market, they are at twice the price and half the flavor. However there is one category of winter vegetables…… Continue reading SQUASHAMANIA- And Another Appearance on NBC!
Ask anyone from Arab countries what their favorite dessert is, and without hesitation they will most likely respond: Kanafeh. This iconic dessert, spelled a myriad of ways, from kanafeh to knafe to kanafeh, is undoubtedly the most popular dessert among Arabs the world over. This layered confection consists of shredded phyllo dough called “kataife” doused…… Continue reading MY FAVORITE DESSERT of ALL TIME- KNAFEH!
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
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”
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
As a child growing up in the United States, there were very few middle eastern restaurants, except for a couple of quality falafel shops. Hummus wasn’t even considered cool then, just some creamy beige paste my parents slathered on my pita sandwiches to the shock and horror of my classmates. Fast forward a few decades…… Continue reading Kibbeh is Now In Trader Joes?! What the…
You asked, and I listened–many of you have written to me asking, “What can I use instead of eggs for baking?” While eggs have been the gold standard for baking cakes and muffins, in the modern world of veganism, allergies, and just recently food shortages, I thought it was important to find the best egg…… Continue reading I Tried 6 Egg Substitutes And Here is What Happened…