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
If there is one consistent item missing from supermarket shelves during this quarantine, it’s yeast. People are buying up yeast like never before, and social media has been saturated with home cooks posting warm and fuzzy photos of baguettes, pizzas and banana bread baked from scratch. These longer baking projects have the extra bonus of…… Continue reading Homemade Pita Bread (Khobiz Arabe)
Sometimes, the best discoveries are off the beaten path. It was a sweltering day in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, and I was with a tour group exploring the architecture of gorgeous limestone homes in the middle of their downtown. One of my uncles in the group motioned me to a corner shop, where this…… Continue reading Tamriyeh- Palestinian Style Beignets
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
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)
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!
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!
While I don’t subscribe to any rigid dietary protocol, I do follow the mantra of “eat what your grandparents ate” for optimum health. Not only did my grandparents eat the ancient grain called freekeh, but their ancestors ate this grain for hundreds of years. Freekeh is wheat that is harvested when it’s young, so the…… Continue reading The Ancient Arab Grain: Freekeh!
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)
In Part 1 of my Summer Salad Series, I shared the recipe for Salata Baladia, ubiquitous in pretty much every Arab country. This time we focus on the country of Egypt, with their protein packed and colorful Salata Balela, or Balela salad: I particularly love this salad because I adore sweet cherry tomatoes, especially…… Continue reading Summer Salad Series Part 2- Egyptian Balela Salad