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!

High Protein Banana Souffle Pancakes!

I can’t tell you how long I gave up pancakes. When I was in my 20s, I could metabolize anything with no ill effects, but once I entered my 30s I realized I could not eat a bunch of refined carbs in one sitting.  Take for instance, pancakes. If I indulged in a stack of…… Continue reading High Protein Banana Souffle Pancakes!

How Intermittent Fasting Changed My Life- On Fasting and Feasting

  While this blog is on Middle Eastern food, I am also a fitness trainer, and am very passionate about health and fitness. Many people in the middle east live long healthy lives because they regularly fast. How many times have you heard “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” or “You have…… Continue reading How Intermittent Fasting Changed My Life- On Fasting and Feasting

Best Qatayef (Kateyef) Recipe EVER!

One recipe request I have received most often lately, is that for Katayef, also known as Qateyef. These fluffy little pancakes are filled with either nuts or cheese then drizzled with a rose and lemon scented syrup.  If you go to any Arab country during Ramadan, you will see bakeries churning out these pancakes by the hundreds…… Continue reading Best Qatayef (Kateyef) Recipe EVER!

Valentine’s Day Recipe RoundUp!

  I am not into froofy cheesy displays of Valentine’s affection, but I do like my desserts! Here is your one stop shop for Valentine’s recipe ideas that you can give to your loved ones–and two of the recipes don’t even require any baking! Let’s start with my most popular video for my no-bake Lazy…… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Recipe RoundUp!

Why I hid Zucchini in Your Pancakes

When you hear the word pancakes, you might conjure up an image of a mile high buttermilk stack of fluffy goodness oozing with maple syrup. I love pancakes as much as the next person, but all the sugar makes me crash and burn hard. Instead of feeling energized, I get sleepy! I still don’t want…… Continue reading Why I hid Zucchini in Your Pancakes

Burbara–Middle Eastern Wheat Berry Porridge!

This isn’t your typical porridge… December marks one of my favorite food traditions in my family–the feast of Santa Barbara. Palestinian and Lebanese Christians celebrate this feast every year beginning on December 4 for Roman Catholics, and December 16th for Greek Orthodox Christians. They commemorate this holiday by making a sweet dish called Burbarah (the…… Continue reading Burbara–Middle Eastern Wheat Berry Porridge!