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!
Middle eastern people love stuffing vegetables with a tantalizing combination of rice and meat with herbs like parsley and mint. They stuff everything from zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes and even carrots. However one vegetable “vessel” underutilized in the Arab world is the butternut squash, because it is not indigenous to the Middle East. Rather this…… Continue reading Middle Eastern Style Stuffed Butternut Squash…And FITME in the News!
While I know this blog features Middle Eastern recipes, I certainly do like to cook all kinds and types of cuisine, from Asian and Italian to Vegan and Paleo. I know this might sound schizophrenic to some, but this has actually come out of necessity. When it comes to entertaining, it’s getting harder and harder…… Continue reading MUSHROOM CHESTNUT WELLINGTON – VEGAN RECIPE!
Imagine a moist dense cake with the tang of yogurt, the sweetness of honey and a hint of rose. This cake is so popular it goes by three different names all over the Levant. The Lebanese call this cake Namoura, the Palestinians call it Harisseh, and the Egyptians call it Basbousa. No matter what you…… Continue reading Namoura, Basbousa, and Harisseh, the Arabic Dessert with Three Names!
Thanksgiving is just brimming with so many sweet pies and tarts. Pumpkin, apple, pecan, and rhubarb pies have all dominated our Thanksgiving dessert table for many years. However, as more and more family members have been diagnosed with diabetes or weight issues, I thought why not make a rich, satisfying tart without all of that…… Continue reading “Baba Ghanoush” Tart