Hello Friends hope you are doing well! This week I have a short and sweet episode on one of life’s simple pleasures, sage tea. I think tea is so underrated, as each kind of herbal tea has a unique set of health benefits, and sage is no exception. Here in the states people only seem…… Continue reading Sage Tea Benefits+ Other Fair Trade Goodies from PalBox!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you would know that I love food stories, because I find that the most iconic dishes tend to have an interesting legend or history behind them. Today’s intriguing recipe is no exception. In looking for Easter dessert ideas, I stumbled upon the Simnel Cake, and my…… Continue reading The Mysterious Simnel Cake…
The special recipe I am going to share with you today is a big reason why I started this blog in the first place–to share and preserve ancient Arab traditions before they become a lost art. When Palestinians, Lebanese, Jordanians, and Syrians celebrate Easter, no bunnies or chocolate creme eggs enter into the equation. Instead,…… Continue reading Ka’ak Asfar: The Original Easter Bread of the Holy Land
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!
When people think of Arab beauty, they might think of kohl lined almond eyes, thick lush hair, high cheekbones, full lips, and flawless glowing skin. Arab women have had many years to practice, as their beauty regimens have evolved for centuries since 3500 BC, even before the time of Cleopatra and Nefertiti. While today’s beauty products are…… Continue reading 4 ANCIENT BEAUTY PRODUCTS FROM THE KITCHEN
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!
As a first generation Arab American, Thanksgiving has always been a celebratory mishmash of cultures in my family. For appetizers, plates of hummus and baba ghanoush shared the table with a westernized cheese board. Cornbread stuffing would compete with “hashweh,” or a Palestinian/Lebanese diced lamb and rice dish seasoned with allspice and cumin. My mother…… Continue reading The ULTIMATE Thanksgiving Turkey–and Our Arab American Traditions…
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!
I don’t know why, but many people are intimidated by making jam. However, beyond washing and cutting up the fruit, jam is literally the easiest condiment to make, and is a great way to preserve leftover fruit instead of throwing it away. As you may have read from my previous blog, my parents gifted me…… Continue reading FIG JAM WITH FALL SPICES…