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!
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
After 10 years of working on this labor of love, my cookbook is finally ready and I am now taking orders! You get to see the cover here first: This hardback book is full of colorful illustrations, meticulous directions, family anecdotes, and historical information about the recipes. The recipes in this book are a great…… Continue reading MY COOKBOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Ever wondered what it truly is like in a Palestinian city? Palestinians and their plight have mostly been defined by doom and gloom, but they are quite a resilient people–case in point the city of Ramallah. My father is from the West Bank city of Ramallah, which began as a village of 5 family tribes dating…… Continue reading Adventures in Ramallah, Palestine!
If I want to submerge myself into a different culture without getting a plane ticket I just hit my local ethnic food festival. I feel so grateful to live in the San Francisco Bay Area where these food festivals abound–from Greek and Filipino to Polish and Portuguese. One of my favorites is the Lebanese Festival in…… Continue reading My Latest Mini Documentary on the Lebanese Festival