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!
Yes it’s the time of year for pumpkin spice everything, and I love every bit of it! If you have been following my videos long enough, you know I love to combine Arabic traditions with an American twist, and today is no exception. Halawa means “sweet” in Arabic, and this sesame confection called halawa is…… Continue reading How to Make Halva (Halawa) 3 Flavors!
If you checked out my last blog, I wrote about the Palestinian Harvest Box and how community supported agriculture can have many positive effects on the environment worldwide. In this blog I am going to focus on freekeh, one of the items from the farmer’s box many people are not aware of. Freekeh is a staple…… Continue reading Autumn Harvest Bowl- With Freekeh!
Every time any of us visit a farmer’s market, we make a strong statement. We value the exceptional flavor of farmer’s market produce over supermarket produce, we are supporting family run farms over corporate run farms, and we are voting with our dollars to support sustainable farming. The power of produce cannot be underestimated, and…… Continue reading Palestinian Farmer’s Box!
Last week I shared my travel experiences from Ramallah, the lively Palestinian town in the West Bank, and now it’s time to go to Jerusalem! Jerusalem is one of the most fought over cities in the world for good reason. Not only does it contain the holy sites for Christians, Muslims, and Jews, but the…… Continue reading Adventures in Jerusalem!
Ever wondered what it truly is like in a Palestinian city? Palestinians and their plight have mostly been defined by doom and gloom, but they are quite a resilient people–case in point the city of Ramallah. My father is from the West Bank city of Ramallah, which began as a village of 5 family tribes dating…… Continue reading Adventures in Ramallah, Palestine!
As much as I love to do my cooking show, it can get frustrating talking to a camera–my cooking classes allow me to break that wall and interact with viewers directly! I love the casualness of it all, being able to share my family and cultural traditions in an intimate cooking setting, where I can…… Continue reading Behind the Scenes of My Cooking Class!