Middle eastern desserts from centuries ago did not require many ingredients to create a rich yet healthful treat. Some desserts did not even require an oven, like the sweet Iraqi snack called “Madgooga”, also known as “Madkooka”. Madgooga is basically an Arab style energy bar, comprised of natural yet decadent tasting ingredients like mejdool dates…… Continue reading Madgooga (Madkooka) The ancient energy bar of Iraq (vegan, dairy, and gluten free!)
Hello Friends! Here is a fun recipe for your Memorial Day weekend! In the Arab world we waste nothing, and I can tell you we have devised a ton of recipes that do miraculous things with stale bread. Fattet Batinjan is one of those dishes. Crispy pita chips add a bold and crunchy texture to…… Continue reading Fattet Batinjan-Arabic Style 5 Layer Dip with Lamb and Eggplant!
Hello FITME family, I just finished the last revision of my cookbook hoo wee! As I get ready for the printing phase, I thought I would share with you a little recipe in the meantime that is foundational to Middle Eastern cuisine. Sometimes you just want a rice that goes with everything, and vermicelli rice…… Continue reading Vermicelli Rice: The rice that Goes with EVERYTHING!
As the winter days still linger around, there is always one dish that comes to mind that I fondly remember from my childhood: Kefta bi Tahini, or kefta meatballs with tahini sauce. This hearty dish is the Palestinian answer to Swedish meatballs. Swap out kefta for the meatballs and tahini sauce instead of cream sauce,…… Continue reading Kefta Bi Tahini- The Swedish Meatballs of the Mid East!
The Fancy Food show is like the food sampling Olympics, and with almost 2000 booths to choose from–how does one stand out from the pack? Well in a sea of prepackaged mostly processed carbs and snacks, freshly prepared and baked food is always going to win (not to mention my loud voice over the mic…… Continue reading Recipe Ideas From the Fancy Food Show!
Hope everyone is enjoying the New Year so far. I started it out with a bang at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco! The Fancy Food Show is a multi-block convention center filled to the brim with every food trend you ever thought imaginable. This year the predominant food trends seemed to be primal protein…… Continue reading Fancy Food Show Highlights and New Nutrition Series!
New event announcement! If you are on the hunt for a special Christmas gift, how about a cooking class with yours truly? Registration has just opened for my cooking class in the spring at Draeger’s Market in Menlo Park. Here is the special menu: Sesame-Crusted Melted Halloumi Cheese Drizzled with Honey Tabbouleh Salad of Parsley,…… Continue reading NEW COOKING CLASS FOR SPRING!