Lentil Shepherd’s Pie Quarantine Eats Part 3

Hello Dear FITME Family, Today’s recipe came from pure frustration. Frustration from a super long line at Trader Joes, another super long line at Costco, and an absolute food desert at Safeway. This is all so surreal I feel like I have to pinch myself to remind me that this is all really happening. But…… Continue reading Lentil Shepherd’s Pie Quarantine Eats Part 3

Ful Mudammas- Arab Style Favas (Cheap Quarantine Eats Part 2)

I thought that market shelves would have more consistent food stock by now, but sadly that is not the case in my neighborhood.  If there is ever a nutritional staple that can get you through tough financial times and food insecurity, it might very well be the overlooked fava bean. During this Covid-19 crisis when…… Continue reading Ful Mudammas- Arab Style Favas (Cheap Quarantine Eats Part 2)

Chickpea Burgers and Virtual Bday Party this Friday!

  Hello Dear FITME Family! Are all of you okay? Hoping that you are well stocked with necessities and that you are healthy? Thinking about you all during this surreal time and can’t wait for this to be over.  This whole thing has taught me to appreciate valuable time with my family even more–even if…… Continue reading Chickpea Burgers and Virtual Bday Party this Friday!

Samak bi Tahini – Fish with Tahini Sauce

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

Mamma Vera’s Mediterranean Roasted Chicken

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

Fattet Batinjan-Arabic Style 5 Layer Dip with Lamb and Eggplant!

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!

Kefta Bi Tahini- The Swedish Meatballs of the Mid East!

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!

Weeknight Low Carb Gnocchi for One

Just wanted to give you all subscribers to my blog the inside scoop! My cookbook is well underway, with the target of completion in late spring. This book has been 10 years in the making. Even though I have been one of the first in the space of online Middle Eastern cooking shows, I did…… Continue reading Weeknight Low Carb Gnocchi for One

Middle Eastern Style Stuffed Butternut Squash…And FITME in the News!

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!

MUSHROOM CHESTNUT WELLINGTON – VEGAN RECIPE!

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!