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
As the air gets a little cooler by the day, I get the breakfast-club-in-my-bathrobe vibes, do you know what I mean? The warmth of the kitchen with the scent of spices like cinnamon or cardamom welcomes my kids in the morning after a long week of quizzes, projects, and book reports. Making breakfast is therapeutic…… Continue reading New Breakfast Club Series! Moroccan Pancakes
For those of you that have been following my blog, you know that one of my goals on my channel was to showcase small business owners, as restaurants and other food service place have been hit particularly hard by Covid restrictions. Here in California, political restrictions have destroyed 1 in 3 businesses! If you saw…… Continue reading The Cream Filled Pastry of My Dreams: “Warbat”
When times get crazy, sad or even terrifying, I find myself reminiscing about my childhood more often. I play old songs in my car, look at family photos, or bring back the foods that I cherished when I was a child. This is how I center myself during trying times. Today I thought I would…… Continue reading Baba’s Mediterranean Tuna Salad
There my parents were, rushing out the door at 6:00 am headed to the farmer’s market, with large fabric bags, their laser sharp radar focused on one particular kind of leafy produce. If they left just 15 minutes later, this prized bundle of unique greens would be completely sold out. Once at the market, they…… Continue reading “Molokhia” The Super Food of Ancient Egyptian Kings
Did you know that most of the olive oil in supermarkets is fake or counterfeit? Many so-called olive oils are a mix of cheap oils mixed with chemicals to cover up their smells and rancidity. Looking at weekly supermarket ads, you might find some enticing deals on so called extra virgin olive oil. Some places…… Continue reading Stop Buying Fake Olive Oil–How to Find the Real Thing!
If you ask anyone in any Arab household how they would define comfort food, many would name some combination of meat, rice, onions and spices, garnished with toasted nuts like almonds and pine nuts. These foundational ingredients morph into different dishes depending on the region, from Maqlouba in Palestine, Sayadiyeh in Lebanon, to Mansaf in…… Continue reading Cooking Up One of Emirate’s Airlines Most Popular Dishes: Machboos! (Kabsa)
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?
As many people have scaled back their travel plans this summer and staycations become the norm, ethnic food markets provide an oasis of adventure and tastes without the need to travel to other countries. Middle Eastern markets in particular offer a kaleidoscope of foodstuffs from Qatar, Lebanon and Bahrain to Morocco, Palestine and Egypt and…… Continue reading A Food Oasis and Staycation Getaway: The Middle Eastern Market
Have you ever read the book by Michael Pollan called “Food Rules?” I love the simplicity of it. The premise is we should eat and view food the way our great grandparents did. I know my great grandparents would freak out if they saw all the unidentifiable processed rubbish in a standard supermarket. They would…… Continue reading The Most Delicious Way to Prepare Greens: Hindbeh!