Adventures in Jerusalem!

Last week I shared my travel experiences from Ramallah, the lively Palestinian town in the West Bank, and now it’s time to go to Jerusalem! Jerusalem is one of the most fought over cities in the world for good reason. Not only does it contain the holy sites for Christians, Muslims, and Jews, but the…… Continue reading Adventures in Jerusalem!

Adventures in Ramallah, Palestine!

Ever wondered what it truly is like in a Palestinian city? Palestinians and their plight have mostly been defined by doom and gloom, but they are quite a resilient people–case in point the city of Ramallah. My father is from the West Bank city of Ramallah, which began as a village of 5 family tribes dating…… Continue reading Adventures in Ramallah, Palestine!

Limonana- Arabic Mint Lemonade

Only in the Middle East would a massive hit song be about mint. You see Arabs hold the mint leaf very dear to their hearts, using this herb in savory and sweet dishes, medicinal remedies, and the beloved drink called Limonana (which means lemon and mint in Arabic).   If you go to any cafe in…… Continue reading Limonana- Arabic Mint Lemonade

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!

Harissa Salmon and Carrot Noodle Salad!

After my last video on Harissa, I got a lot of e-mail of people asking “how do I use this sauce?” Well the answer is you can use Harissa on pretty much anything, from seafood and chicken to roasted potatoes and scrambled eggs! Behold, the 15 minute Harissa Roasted Salmon:      The spicy flavor…… Continue reading Harissa Salmon and Carrot Noodle Salad!

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!

Behind the Scenes of My Cooking Class!

As much as I love to do my cooking show, it can get frustrating talking to a camera–my cooking classes allow me to break that wall and interact with viewers directly! I love the casualness of it all, being able to share my family and cultural traditions in an intimate cooking setting, where I can…… Continue reading Behind the Scenes of My Cooking Class!