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!

Harissa-The Ultimate Condiment of North Africa

I am considered the condiment queen in my household, and my husband laughs at the row upon row of sauces I accumulate in the refrigerator and pantry. I find some condiments so tasty I can eat them out of the jar, like mustard, red pepper jelly, or even plum sauce. There is one condiment I…… Continue reading Harissa-The Ultimate Condiment of North Africa

PERSIAN STYLE CHICKEN AND RICE: Zereshk Polo Ba Morgh)

Hello My Friends! For those of you that visit my website regularly, you might notice some changes. My site is literally under construction right now, and I am super excited that a new and improved website will be in place here by summer! I have invested in this upcoming website for you the viewer, so…… Continue reading PERSIAN STYLE CHICKEN AND RICE: Zereshk Polo Ba Morgh)

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!

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

Lowcarb Za’atar Rolls and Adas (Lentil Soup) – A comforting Vegetarian Feast!

The weather is still freezing (even by California standards), but as we get closer to spring, I tend to crave warm yet light meals that will energize me throughout the busy days. Shorbat addas, otherwise known as lentil soup in Arabic, is perfect because the soup is hearty and comforting, yet doesn’t make your feel…… Continue reading Lowcarb Za’atar Rolls and Adas (Lentil Soup) – A comforting Vegetarian Feast!

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!