Summer Salad Series Part 2- Egyptian Balela Salad

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

THE MOST POPULAR ARABIC SALAD “SALATA BALADIA”

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”

Vermicelli Rice: The rice that Goes with EVERYTHING!

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 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!

“ZONION RINGS” Za’atar Onion Rings!

Every time I go to a restaurant and see someone order a heaping plate of onions rings, I get fast food envy. While some people advocate eating the foods you love in moderation, I don’t do moderation with certain foods, be it onion rings or chocolate cake.  Those food trigger something visceral in me where…… Continue reading “ZONION RINGS” Za’atar Onion Rings!

Harissa-The Ultimate Condiment of North Africa

I am considered the condiment queen in my household, and my husband laughs at the row upon row of sauces I accumulate in the refrigerator and pantry. I find some condiments so tasty I can eat them out of the jar, like mustard, red pepper jelly, or even plum sauce. There is one condiment I…… Continue reading Harissa-The Ultimate Condiment of North Africa