One Pot Mujadarra with Freekeh

I finally woke up to a dark, gloomy, and chilly morning, which after having lived half of my life in Florida, is an occasion for excitement. Late autumn and winter are my favorite times of the year. They call for hot teas, cozy fires, revitalizing meals, good reads, and most importantly, good company. Mujadarra, which is…

Freekeh, Avocado, and Aubergine Salad

  This is a fresh and wholesome salad that is light but incredibly fulfilling. It consists of the super-grain, freekeh, which is an ancient toasted green wheat that has been enjoyed in the Middle Eastern region for ages. Rich in fiber and protein, it’s resurfacing in the health world. Although it’s traditionally eaten in soups…

Palestinian Couscous with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

What happens when you combine the cuisines of two rich Mediterranean culinary traditions? Nothing less than a fusion food delicacy. These are the types of dishes that I enjoy making for they journey me through time and space in a way that even travel can’t compete with. This soul-warming maftoul, also known as Palestinian couscous…

Paella Valenciana

Olé! Today, I am returning to my Spanish roots with an enchanting and delicious Paella Valenciana. With so many different flavors and influences, it has so much to offer those with the privilege of enjoying it. Every herb and spice plays a valuable role; the saffron, paprika, oregano, and rosemary all make a mark leaving…

Italian Gnocchi and Middle Eastern Meatballs

It is chilly and rainy at the moment and I have never been more tempted to spend the day nestled up in a warm blanket with a large bowl of gnocchi. Perhaps there is something about gloomy autumn weather that makes me nostalgic for Sicilian comfort food in all its richness and splendor. Although, gnocchi is eaten throughout…