While many people enjoy middle eastern food, many find cooking this cuisine at home daunting or intimidating. Even today’s young Arab generation they cannot fathom that they can cook as well as their parents and grandparents, preferring takeout instead. Some think the meals are far too complicated or time consuming, with barely any time to shop,…… Continue reading Shortcut Palestinian Musakhan Rolls- On the Go!
There is a subset of society that truly loathes green beans, and I can understand why. Whether their exposure to mushy tasteless green beans came from a can, or they bit into tough and stringy beans the consistency of hay, I truly feel their pain. But you can enjoy this vegetable without an ounce of…… Continue reading Why I Never Complained about Eating Green Beans
I learned the art of repurposing food at a very young age. As a 10 year old, I watched with wonder how the chefs on America’s Test Kitchen turned black bananas into a beautiful and moist banana bread. Growing up with immigrant parents, banana bread was just not a thing, so I made my first…… Continue reading The Recourceful Zucchini Mediterranean Tart
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
Hello Friends! With restaurant prices rising to insane levels in my neighborhood, I have resorted to making more fancy restaurant favorites at home. My favorite Japanese nabeyaki udon (soup with noodles, veg, and protien) at a nearby restaurant used to cost me $17 last year–this year the cost climbed to a whopping $27! For a…… Continue reading Bringing My French Cooking Class to YOU!
While this food shortage is making me more nervous by the day, there is one thing I do know. The people of my culture have been resilient throughout the ages despite war, famine, poverty, and forced expulsion. I credit one food for helping them get through all of these challenges,and that food is the lowly…… Continue reading Mediterranean Lentil Soup to the Rescue!
Whether hard boiled, soft boiled, scrambled or over easy, eggs make a filling fast and simple breakfast on the go. However, plain cooked eggs pale in comparison to Shakshuka, where the eggs are cooked in a confit of rich and sweet tomatoes. This dish originated in the North African country of Morocco, however it is…… Continue reading Shakshuka Breakfast Pie (Budget Friendly!)
Hello friends hope you are all doing well! It has been great seeing some hopeful news of nations opening up globally, hope this is the beginning of the end and that we can all go back to normal very soon! In the meantime, I try to optimize my fitness and nutrition. I was even considering…… Continue reading Revamping Fast Food Favorites: With Cauliflower Rice!
Happy Thanksgiving Friends! As a thank you for your continued support, I am offering a Black Friday sale on my cookbook! Use promo code: BLACKFRIDAY15 and get 15% off my cookbook here: https://secure.mybookorders.com/mbo_index.php?isbn=9781545675113 This sale is good now through November 30 – this book makes a great gift for that foodie in your life or…… Continue reading How I love To Eat Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Chile!
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…