Posts Tagged ‘An Edible Mosaic Cookbook’
Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Bay Leaves, Whole Black Peppercorns, Ground Red Pepper (Cayenne), Dried Ginger, Dried Ground Coriander, Whole Cloves, Cinnamon Sticks, Dried Limes, Saffron, Whole Green Cardamom Pods, Dried Ground Cumin, and Whole Nutmeg.
Photo (taken by yours truly) of Kebseh Spice Mix from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
When you think of the Middle East, exotic flavors and spices are probably high on the list of images that are conjured up. The intoxicating spicy smell of walking through an old market, sampling both sweet treats (like ma’amoul) and savory dishes (like shawarma) that are characterized by the perfect blend of alluring spices. Even enjoying a fresh pot of Turkish coffee you’ll get your fill of spice, in the form of cardamom. (more…)
Friday, November 9th, 2012
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…)
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
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…)
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
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…)
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Photo (taken by yours truly) of Mujaddara Burghul from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
If you’re curious about Middle Eastern food and looking for a good recipe to start with, Mujaddara Burghul, otherwise known as Lentil & Bulgur Wheat Pilaf with Caramelized Onion, is the perfect dish.
It’s very healthy with lentils and whole-grain bulgur wheat as its main ingredients. (Since it’s a vegetarian meal, it’s easy on the wallet too!) It couldn’t be simpler to make…if making rice intimidates you, know that bulgur is much more forgiving than rice. And with caramelized onion and the perfect blend of spices, it’s incredibly flavorful.
Sunday, October 28th, 2012
Photo (taken by yours truly) of Fried Eggplant with Garlic and Parsley Dressing from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
Of all the recipes in my cookbook, this one has the most personal story attached to it.
The first time I had this dish was in Zabadani, a rural area north of Damascus in Syria. My husband and I were staying with his family in their country home for a few days, and another family had come to visit. Of course a feast was in order. (more…)
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Photo (taken by yours truly) of Spiced Shawarma Chicken from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that Mike and I are serious shawarma people. (more…)
Monday, October 15th, 2012
Photo (taken by yours truly) of Zucchini Fritters from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
I have some very exciting news to share! My wonderful friend Brandy (from Nutmeg Nanny) organized a month-long event along with eight other fabulous bloggers called A Mid-East Feast to celebrate my upcoming book release! For the first three weeks they’re sharing recipes from my book. It’s done in dinner party-style, so this week is the appetizer, next week is the main course, and the week after that is the dessert. And the fourth week they’re all giving away a copy of my book! (more…)
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Photo (taken by yours truly) of Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
I am so excited, I have a real treat to share with you today.
I hope you like Stuffed Grape Leaves… (more…)