Egyptian Tea Party- From a Box!

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!

4 ANCIENT BEAUTY PRODUCTS FROM THE KITCHEN

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

The Decadent Arab Food Vlog from Dearborn Michigan!

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!

Sesame Crusted Halloumi Cheese-Take Your Cheeseboard to the Next Level!

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!

The ULTIMATE Thanksgiving Turkey–and Our Arab American Traditions…

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…

MY FAVORITE DESSERT of ALL TIME- KNAFEH!

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!

FIG JAM WITH FALL SPICES…

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…

TRYING ALL OF THE ARABIC CANDY!

Since last year’s Halloween was pretty much cancelled, this year I wanted to get a head start on the festivities. By festivities I mean eating all the candy, because let’s face it, I don’t get out much these days! In one year, life has gotten even more complicated, uncertain, and as of this writing who…… Continue reading TRYING ALL OF THE ARABIC CANDY!

Sfeeha: Arabic Meat Pies of My Childhood

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

Fattet Hummus: The 5 Layer Casserole of the Arab World

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