Just when I thought I was going to write my very last post for 2018, I realized I forgot to share another fantastic discovery from the Middle East with you! Today I just released a fun video on the wines of Palestine, where they have been making this wine since the time of Jesus! The…… Continue reading Getting boozy with wine from Jesus’s time for 2018!
Hello Feaster Friends! In response to the many e-mails I have received on where I source my Middle Eastern ingredients and other merchandise, I decided to put together a one stop shopping online store. From excellent quality spices to the best handmade baklava made in the USA, and felafel molds to Arabic styled aprons, I…… Continue reading New Middle Eastern Shopping Guide!
The first question I am often asked as someone that speaks Arabic is “Can you teach me some swear words?” For whatever reason, people would rather spew clouds of vitriol in every language of the rainbow than whisper sweet nothings. I get it though, I have been known to swear like a sailor particularly behind…… Continue reading 5 Phrases in Arabic that Will Deter Annoying People…
Part of my mission with this Feast in the Middle East project is to increase cultural understanding. There were certainly some unique cultural experiences that I had in my upbringing as a first generation Arab American that some people might find a little kooky. Conversely, if you grew up in a Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian, Jordanian,…… Continue reading 11 Signs That you Grew Up in Middle Eastern Home….
I give people a lot of slack when it comes to the Arabic language, as it is considered one of the most difficult languages on the planet. In my previous life I was a news reporter, and when I reported on countries all over the world, I looked up the phonetic pronunciations because if I…… Continue reading The Top Most Mispronounced Arabic Words by Mainstream Media….
These buttery shortbread cookies seem to appear in various parts of the Middle East with different names. Throughout the Arab world they are known as Ghraybeh, shaped either as the letter ‘S’ or as a diamond. In Greece these are known as Kourabiedes. In Armenia they are known as Kourabia. When my husband was a…… Continue reading Ghraybeh- Arabic Shortbread Cookies (S Cookies)
There is a tiny Palestinian village called An’arreeck, where a famous dish called Musakhan originated. Musakhan means “warmed” or “heated” in Arabic. It’s a gorgeous dish of roasted chicken baked on bread topped with caramelized onions and toasted pine nuts. To this day you can find older women baking the bread in a “taboun” or…… Continue reading Easter Menu: Musakhan- Palestinian Chicken Made Easy!
I love Christmas, but not the landfill that surrounds it. I would much rather make homemade treats, or give gift certificates that support local business than buy “stuff” that ends up in the junk pile. If any of you have foodie friends, and want to give a gift of a culinary demonstration with a sampling…… Continue reading My New Cooking Classes in the San Francisco Bay Area!
My latest video is in response to many of YOU, the viewers, who wanted a video on how to entertain guests from the Middle East. During the summer I released a video about what to expect if you are INVITED to a Middle Eastern home. However many people are finding themselves in the reverse situation,…… Continue reading New Video: 7 Tips for Entertaining Guests from the Middle East!
Sometimes…you just want a healthy simple side dish to put on the table without much effort. Sometimes..you have to let go the fear of carbs and embrace the potato–the beautiful high fiber potato without the addition of cheese, frying, or all of that other food sabotage. Seriously why are people afraid of potatoes? They are…… Continue reading “Salata Batata” Arab Style Potato Salad