My New Cooking Class in Silicon Valley!

Happy Summer FITME Family! Hope you are enjoying more time outdoors and taking advantage of all of the fresh summer produce in local farmer’s markets. To celebrate summer, I will be teaching a special cooking class at Draeger’s cooking school in Menlo Park California.  I love these interactive classes because I get to know many…… Continue reading My New Cooking Class in Silicon Valley!

“ZONION RINGS” Za’atar Onion Rings!

Every time I go to a restaurant and see someone order a heaping plate of onions rings, I get fast food envy. While some people advocate eating the foods you love in moderation, I don’t do moderation with certain foods, be it onion rings or chocolate cake.  Those food trigger something visceral in me where…… Continue reading “ZONION RINGS” Za’atar Onion Rings!

Namoura, Basbousa, and Harisseh, the Arabic Dessert with Three Names!

Imagine a moist dense cake with the tang of yogurt, the sweetness of honey and a hint of rose. This cake is so popular it goes by three different names all over the Levant. The Lebanese call this cake Namoura, the Palestinians call it Harisseh, and the Egyptians call it Basbousa. No matter what you…… Continue reading Namoura, Basbousa, and Harisseh, the Arabic Dessert with Three Names!

Ma’Moul and Ka’ak Bi Ajwa- Semolina Cookies for Easter

There is a special cookie that has been around since the Egyptian Pharoahs, a cookie that carries religious significance for Christians and Muslims, a cookie that is so meaningful it is only made once a year in most Arab households. That cookie is….Ma’moul, and the date ring cookie cousin called Ka’ak bu Ajwa (also known…… Continue reading Ma’Moul and Ka’ak Bi Ajwa- Semolina Cookies for Easter

Za’atar-the Super Spice!

Remember Blanche, a spoon of Za’atar a day will keep the doctor away!” said my late Aunt Bahieh, who lived to be 95 years old. My 96 year old grandmother also eats za’atar every morning and she is still going strong.  As a child my mother was told to eat za’atar for breakfast for mental…… Continue reading Za’atar-the Super Spice!

Homemade Vegan Nutella Recipe!

Before I get to the recipe of the day, I just wanted to let you know I have only 2 spots left in my Draeger’s cooking class coming up March 22nd! The class includes a demonstration, wine and light appetizers, and of course a tasting of this special menu I created just for my live…… Continue reading Homemade Vegan Nutella Recipe!

My Untold Story-Why I started Feast in the Middle East…

Happy New Year to you all! As I embark on 2018 with a lot of bold goals in mind (including the revamp of this website) it occurred to me that many of you have no idea who I am or why I started this project in the first place. Feast in the Middle East at…… Continue reading My Untold Story-Why I started Feast in the Middle East…