Being half Lebanese, I grew up eating healthy, vibrant Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. My parents and great grandparents owned restaurants. I've been cooking and serving meals for most of my life. Spending time in the kitchen is peaceful and comforting.
My hope is to nourish and inspire you with exciting recipes that actually work. After years of cooking, I've learned tips for making recipes successful. Every recipe here has a notes section, containing helpful techniques, suggestions and secret ingredients for you to create flavorful food in your own kitchens.
Mediterranean and Moroccan meals are always on the menu. There are detours into Thai and Indian food too. My cooking style is rooted in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. It's my soul-food. I spent summers in Brooklyn, with my Lebanese grandmother, watching her cook flavorful feats in her tiny, yellow apartment kitchen. When she shopped for groceries, we'd stop at the pita bread bakery, eating it warm, straight from the oven. Luckily, I can still buy fresh pita and many other delicacies from the markets near my apartment. Living among Boston's largest Middle Eastern population is such a comfort. It reminds me of my childhood, inspiring my cooking in so many wonderful ways. I'm tied to my culinary heritage here. I can find things like imported tahini, tiny eggplants, Arabic coffee, roasted green wheat, Arabic pizza and even fresh dates.
I'm not a vegetarian, but I maintain a mostly vegetarian diet. The meals of my culture rely heavily on vegetable, whole grains and legume dishes. Chocolate is my favorite indulgence. I've been known to eat brownies for breakfast. A hot cup of morning coffee with maple syrup covered pancakes is also one of life's little pleasures.
I'm a city girl who lives in the Boston area with my husband, Tom, and our little beagle, Ellie.
Come visit me when you need some homespun cooking, comfort and inspiration.
Thanks for dropping by,