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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…)
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…)
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…)
All photos were taken by yours truly.
I have the most exciting news to share with you since I shared since this post…my cookbook, which is being published by Tuttle Publishing and is being released on October 10, 2012, is now available for pre-order on Amazon! I put my heart and soul into this book and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you. If you want to know more about it, please check out My Book page or email me, and if you want to see more photos of recipes from the book, please take a look at my Facebook album.
For some behind-the-scenes info for all of you who want to know more about how my deal came about (or who are thinking of writing your own book), I’ve written a series of posts telling my story from beginning to end. This first post tells more of my personal background so you can get to know me better, but also to help you think about your own story. Don’t worry, subsequent posts get into the details about how to write a proposal, find a publisher, and actually go about writing a book.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in, because this post is a long one! (more…)
Pears, although beloved in my house, are one of the most underused fruits. When fall rolls around I usually gravitate toward fruits like apples and grapes, but the truth is, every time I eat a pear I think wow, this is delicious…I should really start buying pears more often. And yet, without fail, the next time I’m at the grocery store or farmers’ market, I seem to find myself lured in by the other fruit. (more…)