The holidays are just bursting with dangerous goodies that taste fabulous but really offer little nutritional value. I listen in awe to my mother’s stories of her childhood: “Blanche, chocolate was a luxurious rarity, so we often snacked on dates for dessert.” I realized she was on to something. When I just want some chocolate…… Continue reading Healthy, no bake “Chocolate” truffles with secret Middle Eastern ingredient!
I love the juxtaposition of sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy, and Couscous with Figs and Feta is just that and a lot more. Although this dish is vegetarian, there is no sacrifice of a rich meaty flavor coming from the plumped up figs. I also use whole wheat couscous, but If you are really…… Continue reading Thanksgiving idea: Couscous with Glazed Figs, Almonds, and Feta
Do you plow through a supersize bag of chips while watching sports? Is there a stash of salty pretzels in a nearby drawer that you munch on as you addictively watch one Vine after another? Do you know the garlic fry vendor at At&T Park on a first name basis? If any of these descriptions…… Continue reading Roasted Spicy Chickpeas–Middle Eastern Style
I want to say thank you so much for your support so far! Whether you have found my videos and recipes from my youtube channel, from ifood.tv, or from the Los Altos Crier, I want to welcome you to my page! I just shot a new batch of videos for some tasty Middle Eastern style…… Continue reading Upcoming Art and Foodie Extravaganza!
So last year I planted an apricot tree in my garden, and had about 12 apricots on it by summer. This summer, there were almost 100 lovely little orange jewels beckoning from my tree. After harvesting them I had two ginormous baskets, which I proceeded to eat, and eat, and eat until I had some…… Continue reading Apricotmania!
What spice can take your dish on a Middle Eastern journey in one fell sprinkle? Sassy Sumac! Well, actually it’s marketed as Sumac, I just added the sassy. Velveteen red/purplish in color, sumac is from a berry that is native to the Mediterranean. The spice is actually a relative to poison ivy, though it’s nonpoisonous…… Continue reading The Sassiest Spice Around!
Ever since I started getting my fish from local, community supported fisherman (see my previous post) I feel like I am getting seriously spoiled. For the past two months I think I have tasted the finest fish ever, from a delicate petrale sole, to a meaty rockfish, to ultra fresh salmon. I love using this…… Continue reading Almond crusted fish….and other Spanish adventures
Hope you are all enjoying the spring weather as much as I am! I am excited to share with you my favorite dessert recipe for Mutabbak—the phyllo and melted cheese confection that is quite similar to bavlava. Now if you have been following my videos and posts you are already familiar with this recipe. However,…… Continue reading My latest published article on my favorite dessert recipe, and the benefits of buying organics for Earth Day and everyday!
Over time I have received quite a few e-mails asking me how I stay fairly trim despite indulging in lazy cakes and muttabak (buttery phyllo dough and cheese) as seen in my videos. Well, the short answer is 80% of my diet is pretty healthy, but when I indulge, I practice portion control. Now healthy…… Continue reading A Miraculous, Practically Calorie Free Food: Shirataki Noodles!
Just got an e-mail from Cost Plus World Market last week: Sale! Three hours only! Extra virgin, cold pressed from Italy, only $3.99! The old me would have thought that was an amazing deal, and stocked up for the year. Now, I know better having just read an alarming new book called “Extra Virginity, the…… Continue reading Olive Oil: Why Extra Virgin Has Lost its Innocence….