Excited because today I am featuring my first Indian recipe on my blog, for a delicacy called Khajur Burfi! Kaju literally means cashew (see they sound similar!) and barfi is a type of Indian sweet made with dates, nuts, and warming spices, usually in a cylinder shape. This treat is relished and gifted extensively during…… Continue reading No Bake Date and Nut Rolls – Khajur Burfi
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?
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!
Okay, I know I am exaggerating with this title, but maybe not. Recently I decided to do a video on hummus taste testing with my mother, frankly out of morbid curiosity. You see, when you grow up eating homemade hummus all your life, way before it’s considered trendy, you don’t really feel the need to…… Continue reading Horrific Crimes Against Hummus…
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!
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
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
If there is one consistent item missing from supermarket shelves during this quarantine, it’s yeast. People are buying up yeast like never before, and social media has been saturated with home cooks posting warm and fuzzy photos of baguettes, pizzas and banana bread baked from scratch. These longer baking projects have the extra bonus of…… Continue reading Homemade Pita Bread (Khobiz Arabe)
Sometimes, the best discoveries are off the beaten path. It was a sweltering day in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, and I was with a tour group exploring the architecture of gorgeous limestone homes in the middle of their downtown. One of my uncles in the group motioned me to a corner shop, where this…… Continue reading Tamriyeh- Palestinian Style Beignets