I learned the art of repurposing food at a very young age. As a 10 year old, I watched with wonder how the chefs on America’s Test Kitchen turned black bananas into a beautiful and moist banana bread. Growing up with immigrant parents, banana bread was just not a thing, so I made my first…… Continue reading The Recourceful Zucchini Mediterranean Tart
It all began in the 1870s with a sweets vendor in Hama Syria. The patriarch of the Salloura family figured out a way to make sweet cheese pancakes rolled around sweet cream, called Halawet El Jibn, which in Arabic means “sweetness of the cheese.” The cheese rolls were scented with rose or orange blossom, then doused…… Continue reading Halawet El Jibn: An Iconic Syrian Dessert for My Baba’s Bday!
Hello My Friends, Today’s post is about simple comfort food, especially for breakfast. This is the kind of breakfast which will fill your home with the most beautiful scent, waking up the family with the anticipation of love on a plate. Who needs an alarm clock when you get a whiff of fried potatoes and…… Continue reading Our Favorite Family Egg Breakfast: Batata o Baid
Hello Dear Friends, How is your summer going? Hopefully you are all making the most of it despite the constant dystopian headlines that have been dominating the news cycle of late. I have been busy working outside of YouTube, writing newspaper articles and wearing my network television hat again. This time I am thrilled to…… Continue reading The Street Food That Will Take Over the World
With a wide variety of vegetable “nuggets” proliferating in supermarkets, I can’t help but think of the old school, traditional cauliflower fritters of my childhood. These fritters are the Palestinian version of vegetable nuggets, made by hand lovingly by my great Auntie Bahia. The Arabic term for these fritters is “Em Shaat.” While this makes…… Continue reading My Childhood Fav! Arab Style Cauliflower Fritters
You know it’s summer when those bland, pale, and tasteless strawberries of winter get replaced with those sultry, red sweet berries of summer on supermarket shelves. If you get your berries at the farmer’s market, expect another level of peak flavor and ripeness. I often get so excited I end up buying too much, because…… Continue reading 2 Mediterranean Summer Apps – 3 Minutes Each!
Hello Friends! With restaurant prices rising to insane levels in my neighborhood, I have resorted to making more fancy restaurant favorites at home. My favorite Japanese nabeyaki udon (soup with noodles, veg, and protien) at a nearby restaurant used to cost me $17 last year–this year the cost climbed to a whopping $27! For a…… Continue reading Bringing My French Cooking Class to YOU!
When I learned that Kim Kardashian was going to be the spokesperson for Beyond Meat I was appalled! Frankly you cannot pay me enough to push such a horrible tasting and toxic product, full of synthetic glyphosate doused seed oils, not to mention the smell and taste of cat food (not that I have tasted…… Continue reading This New “Meat” From Korea Is a Game Changer!
Hello Friends, This week I have a sort of cuinary hodgepodge for you, a couple of short videos that capture a summer vibe. First up…summer corn! My favorite memory as a child visiting the middle east during the summers, was getting fresh corn dripping in butter wrapped in newspaper. Don’t ask me why they wrapped…… Continue reading 2 Minute Tiramisu & Pick the Best Summer Corn!
While this food shortage is making me more nervous by the day, there is one thing I do know. The people of my culture have been resilient throughout the ages despite war, famine, poverty, and forced expulsion. I credit one food for helping them get through all of these challenges,and that food is the lowly…… Continue reading Mediterranean Lentil Soup to the Rescue!