Shakshouka– Eggs Turned Up Fancy Style for Mother’s Day or Any Day

“Good morning mamma here is your breakfast in bed!” I would say as a beaming 10 year old, presenting her breakfast on one of her big silver trays . At that age I learned how to make scrambled eggs in olive oil, thinking that this was a totally normal thing to do in the United States.…… Continue reading Shakshouka– Eggs Turned Up Fancy Style for Mother’s Day or Any Day

The Magic of Mujaddara…

Beans and rice have long been considered comfort food that was also affordable all over the world. You have red beans and rice in the southern United States, arroz con frijoles in Latin America, and ….mujaddara in the Middle East. While these dishes originated from a need to get maximum nutrition for very little money,…… Continue reading The Magic of Mujaddara…

The Original Veggie Burger: Felafel!

Before there were burgers or chicken nuggets, there was falafel. These browned chickpea nuggets made the right way taste crunchy on the outside, and chewy on the inside. The word falafel is actually plural for the Arabic word for “filfil”, which means hot pepper. Traditional falafel is spicy hot, but I prefer the tamer version…… Continue reading The Original Veggie Burger: Felafel!

To E-book, or not to E-book?

Finally, we get some much needed rain here in Northern California after a severely dry winter. For me there is no better time to start experimenting in the kitchen than on rainy, overcast days, when the oven and cooking smells fill up the house with warmth and comfort. Lately I have been adding recipes at…… Continue reading To E-book, or not to E-book?

Mini Middle Eastern Pockets With Savory Filling (Sambousek)

With the arrival of all of the big sporting events and awards shows, I thought I would share a fancy appetizer recipe that would add some flair to your snacking tray. Sambousek is basically the Middle Eastern version of  Latin American empanadas, tiny turnovers of buttery flaky dough enveloping a flavor burst of savory filling…… Continue reading Mini Middle Eastern Pockets With Savory Filling (Sambousek)

Red Snapper stuffed with Mediterranean Goodies

Hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year so far! I know that the month of January is the healthiest time of year for many people, vowing to start fresh and detox from continuous holiday indulgences. Out with the stuffing, in with quinoa. Out with the pumpkin pies, and in with the protein shakes.But that…… Continue reading Red Snapper stuffed with Mediterranean Goodies

My latest video: a Cheesecake in time for Christmas and New Years!

During this festive time of year it’s always fun to surprise friends and family with something new. Don’t believe Christmas is festive? Mariah Carey would have to disagree: I love adding a new twist on an old favorite, like cheescake! Back in April I first posted my recipe for Lemon Labnah Cheesecake with Ginger Almond…… Continue reading My latest video: a Cheesecake in time for Christmas and New Years!