Cooking Class Updates- new dates for 2020!

First I want to thank all of you that showed up to my cooking class last night, I truly enjoyed watching you make delectable shawarma wraps, mouthwatering salads, hummus with mushrooms, and my favorite dessert of all time, Kunafa!  I have added two more classes this summer if you want to join the fun, both…… Continue reading Cooking Class Updates- new dates for 2020!

Oum Ali- The Luxurious Bread Pudding of Egypt

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. So when there was leftover stale bread throughout the ages, people loathed throwing out these scraps, especially since food was scarce. In the Arab world, they reinvented bread into other more enticing dishes like fattoush, where the leftover bread was transformed into croutons,  adding crunch and…… Continue reading Oum Ali- The Luxurious Bread Pudding of Egypt

Cooking for the Fox News Crew on Mornings on 2!

What a pleasure it was to cook up a middle eastern breakfast for the Mornings on 2 crew on KTVU Fox news of San Francisco! I have to say the people at this station, both on camera and behind the scenes were the most gracious and down to earth people. It was tough picking exactly…… Continue reading Cooking for the Fox News Crew on Mornings on 2!

My Recent Media Appearance, and Why Amazon is Horrible to Book Authors

Hello Virtual Cooking Family, Hope all is great in your world! As I write I am battling a nasty cold, wrapped in a flannel blanket and appreciating the newly blooming cherry blossoms outside my window, giving me a teaser of spring to come.  I’m taking sips of my black tea fragrant with dried sage and…… Continue reading My Recent Media Appearance, and Why Amazon is Horrible to Book Authors

Mammoth Maqlouba in Hebron!

Happy New Year Everyone! As this community reaches  40,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, I always like to do a reassessment, to see what kind of content you would like to see in the future. Other than sharing recipes, I have also done quite a few travel vlogs, as well as videos on nutrition and…… Continue reading Mammoth Maqlouba in Hebron!

The cookie that soothes your tummy: Middle Eastern Sesame Anise Cookies!

Hello Friends, Hope you are doing well! I just wanted to start with an announcement of a fun new cooking class Wednesday, March 4th  at Draeger’s Market in Menlo Park! The menu will feature these goodies: Arugula Salad with Roasted Carrots, Chickpeas, Feta and Tahini with Mint and Honey Dressing Creamy Hummus with Garlicky Mushrooms…… Continue reading The cookie that soothes your tummy: Middle Eastern Sesame Anise Cookies!

Burburrah, The 2000 Year Old Pre-Christmas Recipe!

Every December 4th, for the past 2000 years, Arab and Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of Santa Barbara with this very special porridge, called Burbarrah, the Arabic name for Barbara. Greek orthodox Christians celebrate this day on December 16th.  What was so special about Saint Barbara? Barbara’s story, originating in Baalbek Lebanon, was that she…… Continue reading Burburrah, The 2000 Year Old Pre-Christmas Recipe!