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…
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
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!
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…
If there is one consistent item missing from supermarket shelves during this quarantine, it’s yeast. People are buying up yeast like never before, and social media has been saturated with home cooks posting warm and fuzzy photos of baguettes, pizzas and banana bread baked from scratch. These longer baking projects have the extra bonus of…… Continue reading Homemade Pita Bread (Khobiz Arabe)
Hello FITME Family, I hope you are all safe, healthy, and getting more freedom as businesses have slowly started to reopen around the globe. As people’s attention has shifted to human rights, many don’t realize that even our purchasing power can help disenfranchised communities as well. I don’t do unboxing or product hauls on my…… Continue reading Unboxing Exciting Treats from the Middle East!
Sometimes, the best discoveries are off the beaten path. It was a sweltering day in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, and I was with a tour group exploring the architecture of gorgeous limestone homes in the middle of their downtown. One of my uncles in the group motioned me to a corner shop, where this…… Continue reading Tamriyeh- Palestinian Style Beignets
Arabs throughout history had an uncanny ability to incorporate foods with medicinal properties into dishes. Many times superfoods like fenugreek are not palatable and almost bitter on their own. But the health properties of fenugreek are too massive to ignore, so Palestinians figured out how to put this seed into a popular cake called Hilbeh. …… Continue reading Hilbeh – Fenugreek Cake Recipe by Grandma Reva
Pureeing leftover garden tomatoes and putting them in freezer bags for use all winter. Picking all the grape leaves, lining them up neatly and freezing them as well. Making big batches of jam out of leftover or bruised summer fruit and canning them in mason jars. Storing countless containers of bulgar wheat, lentils, freekeh, rice…… Continue reading How My Mom Prepared Me For Lockdown Without Realizing It..