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!
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
Before chicken nuggets existed, there was falafel! The perfect falafel are browned and crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and flecked with fresh herbs and sesame seeds for extra crunch and nuttiness. Ideally the inside is green to reflect the infusion of either parsley or cilantro, depending on region and preference. Speaking of…… Continue reading FELAFEL MIX SHOWDOWN-WHICH ONE WON?
Okay, I know I am exaggerating with this title, but maybe not. Recently I decided to do a video on hummus taste testing with my mother, frankly out of morbid curiosity. You see, when you grow up eating homemade hummus all your life, way before it’s considered trendy, you don’t really feel the need to…… Continue reading Horrific Crimes Against Hummus…
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…
In this time of mass uncertainty, I know one thing for sure. Nothing is going to stop me from celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. The gathering might not be nearly as large as years past, but that is okay, because I like smaller and more intimate gatherings. This is a chance to get creative and…… Continue reading 4 Creative Holiday Recipes: 1 Air fryer for Easy Entertaining
Even though I run a food blog and cooking show, there are times when I am not as motivated to spend long hours in the kitchen, especially during the summer. During sweltering hot weather I would rather just eat a dinner of what Arabs called “nawashif” or a collection of finger foods that don’t require…… Continue reading Easy Summer Cooking: Oven Baked Chicken Wings with a Middle Eastern Inspired Glaze…
I thought that market shelves would have more consistent food stock by now, but sadly that is not the case in my neighborhood. If there is ever a nutritional staple that can get you through tough financial times and food insecurity, it might very well be the overlooked fava bean. During this Covid-19 crisis when…… Continue reading Ful Mudammas- Arab Style Favas (Cheap Quarantine Eats Part 2)
Hello Friends! First of all an announcement! My mother and I will be on a new show on NBC called California Live! It is a mother’s day special, where they followed us around, watched us cook, and interviewed us about our family and food philosophy! This will air on all NBC stations throughout California on…… Continue reading How to make your own Labneh! (Yogurt Cheese)