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…
I though I would end the year with the taste and scent of one of my favorite Arab comfort foods-Mahalabia. This popular and ancient Middle Eastern milk pudding has appealed to people in the Middle East for millennia, The recipe actually has Persian origins, dating back to 224 BC. By the 7th century, a Persian…… Continue reading Mahalabia: Orange Blossom and Cardamom Milk Pudding
Usually during this time of year, every second of my day is spent flitting from one activity to another on top of my day jobs. From holiday activities and party planning to volunteering and traveling, let’s just say I usually run on empty this time of year, using loads of under-eye concealer to disguise the…… Continue reading Festive No Bake Chocolate Tahini Tarts!
As with all high school students right now, my daughter misses her friends so much, and there is only so much void that Zoom can fill. At the same time she has been doubling down on her studies, and all work and no play can make for a very dull existence. Hence I stepped in…… Continue reading 2 Ingredient Chocolate Truffles – With Middle Eastern Inspired Filling
During this time of high caloric temptations, can you have that cake and eat it too with zero regrets? Absolutely you can! Today’s recipe features a Greek and Egyptian inspired low-carb cake that has no added butter, oil or sugar, yet still has the moist texture of a pound cake. One easy to find ingredient…… Continue reading Miraculous Orange Almond Cake- Gluten free and No Sugar Added!