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!
It seems like every day there is a new horrifying catastrophe, so before I begin this blog, I want to reach out to my Lebanese brothers and sisters to say I feel your pain so acutely and hope your loved ones are safe. So far 300,000 people in Beirut have been displaced from their homes…… Continue reading What I Eat In a Day on the Mediterranean Diet
Hello Friends! As each day passes and the status quo remains the same, I find it is easy to get disheartened. But two phrases continuously resonate with me: 1) Let food be thy medicine and 2) A strong body leads to a strong mind. Both of these mantras inspired me in this recent interview with…… Continue reading Staying Strong in Quarantine
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 we just need a little bit of good news, especially during this time don’t you think? I am excited to be a part of a new initiative delivering meals to patients, doctors, and nurses in Jerusalem, and wanted to share this sweet story of two kitchens with you. Paces is a Palestinian UK based…… Continue reading A Kitchen Collaboration: How Two Palestinian Charities are Working to Help in this Crisis
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..