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!
Indigenous pasta dishes are a rare find in the Arab world. But there is one culinary treasure involving an Arab pasta-like dish stemming back thousands of years. The base of this dish is the humble dumpling. Traditionally, dumplings have been an economical way to stretch costly meats to feed large and or poor families. Enrobing…… Continue reading The Ancient Dumpling of the Levant: Shish Barak
The Arabica coffee bean is likely the very first coffee that was ever consumed on this planet. The first written record of coffee made from roasted coffee beans comes from Arab scholars, who wrote that it was useful in prolonging their working hours, clearly the understatement of the century! Arabs in Yemen started making a…… Continue reading How to make Arabic- Turkish Coffee “Qahwa Arabiyeh”
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…
Hello Dear FITME Community, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for subscribing to my YouTube channel as well as here to my blog! Now our community has surpassed 50,000 subscribers, and I don’t take a single one of you for granted. What started as a simple PDF documenting the…… Continue reading 50k Celebration with Two Live feeds!
In California, the temperature yesterday was 108, (42C) and today it was 100 (37)! A lot of the horrible fires have subsided, but the air is still smoky. At the peak of fires, I felt like I was living on Mars, with tons of soot flying through the air, the skies covered in a brown…… Continue reading CURE SUMMERTIME SADNESS WITH PERSIAN ICE CREAM
Are you all going as crazy as I am? Now with kids in school, I am having to add hourly short order cook to the list of other daily demands. Not to mention making sure to attend all of the virtual school meetings and check in to see the kids are turning in all of…… Continue reading Mind Blowing Middle Eastern Food!
Once upon a time, people of the far east declared the artichoke a forbidden vegetable, thought to contain aphrodisiac powers. Greek mythology stated that Zeus, the viril and strong chief of all gods, was responsible for the creation of the artichoke. After Zeus was rejected by a beautiful young woman (can you imagine who was…… Continue reading Our Family Favorite Recipe- Stuffed Artichokes!
It seems like every day there is a new horrifying catastrophe, so before I begin this blog, I want to reach out to my Lebanese brothers and sisters to say I feel your pain so acutely and hope your loved ones are safe. So far 300,000 people in Beirut have been displaced from their homes…… Continue reading What I Eat In a Day on the Mediterranean Diet
Hello Friends! As each day passes and the status quo remains the same, I find it is easy to get disheartened. But two phrases continuously resonate with me: 1) Let food be thy medicine and 2) A strong body leads to a strong mind. Both of these mantras inspired me in this recent interview with…… Continue reading Staying Strong in Quarantine
Even though I run a food blog and cooking show, there are times when I am not as motivated to spend long hours in the kitchen, especially during the summer. During sweltering hot weather I would rather just eat a dinner of what Arabs called “nawashif” or a collection of finger foods that don’t require…… Continue reading Easy Summer Cooking: Oven Baked Chicken Wings with a Middle Eastern Inspired Glaze…