This time of year can be kind of a let down with fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchinis, snap peas, berries, grapes, figs, etc all out of season. And if they are in the market, they are at twice the price and half the flavor. However there is one category of winter vegetables…… Continue reading SQUASHAMANIA- And Another Appearance on NBC!
A dip can make or break a party don’t you think? If you have an inventive and super delicious dip, it turns into a conversation starter, and a magnet of togetherness, bringing people to a table like bees to honey. If you serve a bad dip it can be a total let down, with disappointing…… Continue reading My Appearance on NBC Sharing Muhammara Dip!
If there are a people that can turn day-old bread into a sumptuous feast, it would be the people of the Middle East. Resourcefulness is practically in their genes, as they turn lowly lentils into regal Mujaddarah, chickpeas into silky hummus, or stale bread into Fatteh. The word Fatteh in Arabic means “crushed” or “crumbs”,…… Continue reading Fattet Hummus: The 5 Layer Casserole of the Arab World
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