Hello Friends, Hope you are doing well! I just wanted to start with an announcement of a fun new cooking class Wednesday, March 4th at Draeger’s Market in Menlo Park! The menu will feature these goodies: Arugula Salad with Roasted Carrots, Chickpeas, Feta and Tahini with Mint and Honey Dressing Creamy Hummus with Garlicky Mushrooms…… Continue reading The cookie that soothes your tummy: Middle Eastern Sesame Anise Cookies!
A huge thank you to all of you that turned up for my very first cookbook signing! It absolutely melted my heart to meet so many of you in person, and I was so touched by those of you out of state that sent your family members in California to come get a signed copy!…… Continue reading MY FIRST BOOK SIGNING!
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. Books will be delivered starting mid…… Continue reading MY COOKBOOK IS FINALLY READY FOR PRE-ORDER!
Middle eastern desserts from centuries ago did not require many ingredients to create a rich yet healthful treat. Some desserts did not even require an oven, like the sweet Iraqi snack called “Madgooga”, also known as “Madkooka”. Madgooga is basically an Arab style energy bar, comprised of natural yet decadent tasting ingredients like mejdool dates…… Continue reading Madgooga (Madkooka) The ancient energy bar of Iraq (vegan, dairy, and gluten free!)
While I don’t subscribe to any rigid dietary protocol, I do follow the mantra of “eat what your grandparents ate” for optimum health. Not only did my grandparents eat the ancient grain called freekeh, but their ancestors ate this grain for hundreds of years. Freekeh is wheat that is harvested when it’s young, so the…… Continue reading The Ancient Arab Grain: Freekeh!
Today our supermarkets have become more saturated than ever with “franken” foods with so called healthy labels. Gluten free does not mean sugar free and vegan does not mean chemical free. The unregulated “natural” food label has become meaningless, slapped on a plethora of processed foods. However, as consumers we do have the power to…… Continue reading The Palestinian Farmer’s Box is Back for Fall Cooking!
It’s that time of year again! Schools begin, traffic takes a bigger chunk of our daily time, and if you are a parent don’t get me started on the Uber driving, countless after school activities, mountainous piles of laundry and assembly line breakfast and lunch preparation. With all of these new duties fighting over our…… Continue reading Mamma Vera’s Mediterranean Roasted Chicken