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!
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
Hello Dear Friends, I am not sure if you are looking for any last minute holiday gift ideas, but if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, I will be doing a book signing tomorrow, November 19 at Water Front Pizza in Foster City! I would love to meet any of you in person,…… Continue reading Black Friday Sale and Book Signing Tomorrow!
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
Everyone I have been talking to lately is depressed, like severely depressed. This is totally normal as there are so many challenges to deal with all at once. Children’s grades and morale dipping from home schooling (something I am dealing with as well) overwhelmed parents who have lost their jobs, deaths in the family (in…… Continue reading Treating Yourself this Holiday Season:The Keto Box
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!