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)
The time has arrived, when the last thing I want to do is turn the stove on in my kitchen–yes this happens to us food bloggers as well! Do any of you experience this? When I was a kid, I relished the handful of hot days in foggy and soggy San Francisco, when my mom…… Continue reading Hummus Pizza for Your Summer-My TV Appearance on KTVU!
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
Just happens to be my Garlic Turmeric Rice recipe! As of this writing, my recipe has now garnered over 850,000 views, with so many messages from all over the world, saying how this dish has now become a staple in their households. This no-fail formerly secret family recipe yields rice that is bursting with flavor…… Continue reading The Most Popular Rice on YouTube…
Hello Friends! If you are new here I want to say welcome, my name is Blanche and I love sharing the beauty of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, and making it easy for the busy home cook! Hope you subscribe to my page here, as well as my YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/blanchetv to get my…… Continue reading Koshary- the Ultimate Egyptian Comfort Food!
Hi Feast in the Middle East Family! In my last blog I discussed the proliferation of Arab delicacies in Trader Joes, from kibbeh to kunafe. In this blog, I want to focus on how smaller niche companies like Cortas are bringing ready made Arab food into the mainstream. I want to preface that this isn’t…… Continue reading Lebanese Ready Made Food Goes Mainstream
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…
There’s a miraculous spice blend in the Arab world that is not only versatile in seasoning a variety of foods, but is also touted as an herbal remedy. That spice blend is za’atar. Za’atar is a zesty Middle Eastern spice mix containing savory (or thyme,) sumac, sesame seeds and salt. This spice is extremely popular…… Continue reading The Perfect Roast Potatoes… with Za’atar
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
As the months drag on and I get increasingly impatient with the redundancy of lockdown life, I find myself creating kitchen “staycations” through exciting new meals inspired by countries abroad. I have always fantasized about visiting Morocco in particular, and I felt it was time to bring Morocco to my kitchen, through a traditional tagine…… Continue reading Travel to Morocco-Through Tagine…