Whether hard boiled, soft boiled, scrambled or over easy, eggs make a filling fast and simple breakfast on the go. However, plain cooked eggs pale in comparison to Shakshuka, where the eggs are cooked in a confit of rich and sweet tomatoes. This dish originated in the North African country of Morocco, however it is…… Continue reading Shakshuka Breakfast Pie (Budget Friendly!)
Hello Dear Friends! Today I have a new video to show you, that was recorded last weekend, when we wanted to turn a cold mundane Sunday into an uplifting one: My friend Nadia started a new small business venture back east called Dukkan Foods, at http://www.dukkanfoods.com It is an online store that is supposed to…… Continue reading Egyptian Tea Party- From a Box!
Have you seen the obscene prices in the grocery stores lately? If you are the primary grocery shopper in your household, it’s impossible to ignore the rampant inflation. At the end of 2021, US households were spending more than 12% of their disposable income on food purchases, up from 10.8% the year before. This marked…… Continue reading Stretch Your Meat Budget! MidEast Meatloaf
As someone that takes fitness and nutrition very seriously (with some occasional decadent treats along the way) I love delicious new food discoveries than fit into my eating plan. If you have followed this blog long enough, you know that I favor the Mediterranean diet, a diet rich in fruits, veggies, with moderate meats and…… Continue reading My Secret Indulgence- Revealed!
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