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
In Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, salad is eaten for breakfast as well as lunch or dinner, and the ubiquitous cucumber tomato salad is the foundation of most meals. This salad is also known as “Salata Baladia” or country style salad, as it is rustic and goes with just about everything. In any Arabic household…… Continue reading THE MOST POPULAR ARABIC SALAD “SALATA BALADIA”
Hello FITME family, I just finished the last revision of my cookbook hoo wee! As I get ready for the printing phase, I thought I would share with you a little recipe in the meantime that is foundational to Middle Eastern cuisine. Sometimes you just want a rice that goes with everything, and vermicelli rice…… Continue reading Vermicelli Rice: The rice that Goes with EVERYTHING!
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!