I’m incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be writing my own column called Middle Eastern Magic on Honest Cooking! Please head over to read my introduction, where I talk about what I’ll be sharing there. (Thank you for the opportunity, Honest Cooking!)
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You might have already guessed, but I’ll come out and say it: I’m pretty organized. I like lists…for groceries, errands, life goals, and everything in between. Folded towels and sorted flatware drawers, closets neatly arranged. I can’t help it, that’s my happy place. That’s not to say that everything is always in its place, but when it is, I feel content. (Think Monica from Friends; and yes, I know this is enough to drive the Rachels and Phoebes out there up the wall, lol.) For better or worse, this really, really helped me when I was writing my first cookbook.
I know not everyone finds it as fun (yes, fun, lol) to organize as I do, which is why I wanted to share a few organizing tips I have that relate to writing a book. (more…)
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So now that you decided you want to write a book, wrote your proposal, and found a publisher, you need to know how to understand the contract they’ll be sending your way. I wasn’t always a food blogger (although for me it definitely feels otherwise!); I graduated law school as a Juris Doctor. Now, normally I would say that along with $3.00 will get me a cup of coffee at Starbucks, but this is one real-life situation where having a law degree under my belt actually helped me immensely.
Not only can I translate my own contract from legalese into plain English, but I can negotiate my own terms. In case anyone out there is working agent-free the way I was (the way I still am, actually), below I’ve listed a few important contractual terms to look for and whether or not (in my experience) you can usually negotiate each specific term. (more…)
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I’m praying for peace on earth. xo
I know I’ve gone on and on (and on) about shawarma. (And yes, each “on” links to a different post with shawarma.) I’ll stop now. After seeing the overwhelming positive response to the chicken shawarma recipe in my cookbook, I know my work is done. Sort-of.
That’s chicken shawarma, but what if you prefer meat?
You know I couldn’t leave you hanging. (more…)
I feel so incredibly blessed beyond measure. I have wonderful family and friends, a job I love so much it doesn’t really feel like work, I’m part of an amazingly supportive community of food bloggers, and I have the best readers in the world. And now I have a book that contains a small piece of my heart and soul to hold in my hands and call my own.
Truth be told, I’m still pinching myself because the reality of it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I am humbled, truly, more than words can express. All I can say is thank you to those of you have taken time out of your busy lives to support me…whether it’s reading my blog, leaving me a comment here, sending me a message on Facebook, tweeting something to me, pinning a photo of one of my recipes that you want to make, shooting me an email, or buying my book. There is no gesture too small. You all make my world brighter.
So now, I want to invite you to my virtual book launch party. This is a time for celebration and joy, and I am thrilled to share it with you. Grab a hot cuppa and settle in because this post is a long one full of goodies that you do not want to miss! (more…)
I’m familiar with snowstorms that come bearing five-foot-high-walls of snow, and personally knowing people (dear family and friends) who have been snowed onto the highway for two or three days straight, with little or no food or water, no place to go to the bathroom, and no way to contact loved ones once their cell phones die.
And I lived in Florida for three years during law school, so I’m no stranger to hurricanes either.
But this was a real wake-up call.
Hurricane Sandy has affected so many people, in ways that are just unthinkable to most of us. (more…)
There’s no way I can sit still right now. I can’t stop jittering (and that’s before any caffeine!). I’m too excited to eat. I actually feel like heading out into our 30-degree-Fahrenheit weather and going for a run…and I am so not a runner, lol.
My cookbook is out!!!
It has over 100 authentic Middle Eastern recipes (with photos!), mostly taught to me by my wonderful mother-in-law, Sahar, during the time I spent in the Middle East after marrying. If you’re like me and you enjoy Middle Eastern food but didn’t grow up learning how to cook it, I explain things in an approachable way that is easy to follow – so this book is for you! (more…)
Photo (taken by yours truly) of Coconut Semolina Cake from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
This cake is one of my hubby’s favorites, and along with Knafeh bil Jiben (a Middle Eastern sweet cheese pastry), it is something he always seeks out to sample. The cake is made with semolina so it has a very unique, rustic texture. Similar to cornmeal, semolina absorbs a lot of moisture so the cake itself is very dry, and then a simple sugar syrup that’s scented with rose water and/or orange blossom water is poured onto the hot cake once it’s removed from the oven. It results in a sticky-sweet, moist, dense, and very rich cake. (more…)