There’s a miraculous spice blend in the Arab world that is not only versatile in seasoning a variety of foods, but is also touted as an herbal remedy. That spice blend is za’atar. Za’atar is a zesty Middle Eastern spice mix containing savory (or thyme,) sumac, sesame seeds and salt. This spice is extremely popular…… Continue reading The Perfect Roast Potatoes… with Za’atar
In this time of mass uncertainty, I know one thing for sure. Nothing is going to stop me from celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. The gathering might not be nearly as large as years past, but that is okay, because I like smaller and more intimate gatherings. This is a chance to get creative and…… Continue reading 4 Creative Holiday Recipes: 1 Air fryer for Easy Entertaining
As the months drag on and I get increasingly impatient with the redundancy of lockdown life, I find myself creating kitchen “staycations” through exciting new meals inspired by countries abroad. I have always fantasized about visiting Morocco in particular, and I felt it was time to bring Morocco to my kitchen, through a traditional tagine…… Continue reading Travel to Morocco-Through Tagine…
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!
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
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!
First of all a cookbook update to your wonderful subscribers of my newsletter! I have heard from the printers that my cookbook will be ready in December! I will do my best to make sure that it is available in time to order for Christmas! Now onto a recipe so easy you can eat it…… Continue reading Samak bi Tahini – Fish with Tahini Sauce
As the low carb lifestyle continues to maintain popularity, cauliflower has become the superstar vegetable of this dietary movement, morphing into cauliflower rice, pureed as a replacement for mashed potatoes, and even incorporated into pizza crusts. The latest reincarnation of cauliflower is the cauliflower “steak.” Now before steak lovers protest that cauliflower can never come…… Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Citrus Sauce (KETO & LOWCARB)
It’s that time of year again! Schools begin, traffic takes a bigger chunk of our daily time, and if you are a parent don’t get me started on the Uber driving, countless after school activities, mountainous piles of laundry and assembly line breakfast and lunch preparation. With all of these new duties fighting over our…… Continue reading Mamma Vera’s Mediterranean Roasted Chicken
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!