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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A Gift That Gives Back : My gift to you this festive season

buy a copy of my book Plated Heirlooms for yourself and get a free copy to gift to someone special this festive season.
All you need to do is email your order to and we take care of the rest for you.
Available to ship worldwide, even if to multiple destinations. Order now, offer is valid from today to December 15, 2016

Read on this is an offer you cannot beat!!

As the festive season approaches, we are happy preparing for visiting family members, and I am personally planning menus for all the celebrations, for those dinners and lunches I will be hosting... we are just about bringing out the ornaments and getting that tree decorated, ready to bring the festive spirit to our homes, ourselves and our guests... And just about now we are thinking of all the special people to us and what we can gift them to express our love, appreciation and also to give them a thoughtful gift to end 2016 and welcome a brand new 2017.

Since this time of year is all about family, celebrating the great people who have been a part of our lives from the beginning and those amazing ones who joined along the way... and since it is a time of sharing; be it a meal, a gift or our mere company and attention... and since food is a major part of our gatherings, what better way to celebrate this time than with our Plated Heirlooms. Those recipes we grew up eating, those aromas from our childhood homes, those flavours of mothers' love and the comfort of knowing we are loved and cared for.
Freekeh and nuts stuffed quails. an amazing option to serve
on your festive tables.
Recipe and full instructions in the cookbook Plated Heirlooms

We all have plated heirlooms, no matter who we are, even if in a cheese sandwich, if it was served with love, care and giving.. and if it connects to a memory and if it brings back fond times, comfort and joy then that too is a plated heirloom. And these plated heirlooms are just the most precious possessions we have, as not only do they physically sustain us, and have done, but also spiritually enrich us.

I have written a whole book about this thought, Plated Heirlooms I called it. And it truly is the single most significant thing I have done ever. Because in it I explain to my children the meaning of love. In it I teach them about the significance of family. In it I tell them about the importance of all humanity. In it I document the food and cuisine of a people and a country and in it I pass on these recipes and sentiments to those who follow.

But I have not written this book only for my children, but also for all of us. As a reminder of good times, as a resurrection of those foods, aromas and memories, as a tool for you to cook this amazing food and as a heartwarming read of simple things, ordinary, everyday things that in them have great meaning, great love, great joy and really good food. Plated Heirlooms is a cookbook but one that will serve you what any good eating experience serves: a conversation and a story communicated through flavours, textures, aromas and the combination of things.

I know I will be gifting this beautiful book, my 'Plated Heirlooms', to my precious friends and family members this Christmas. I know I will have it under the tree this year for my special people. And since you too are planning your gifts for your precious family members and special friends, I want you to get the best out of this and don't want you to miss out! 

So because you are thinking of others, I want to think of you and as such, for every Plated Heirlooms copy you purchase, I will gift you one for free. I want to make sure you have a copy for your collection and also give one to someone special to you.
All you need to do is email and send us your order. Please include number of copies you wish to purchase (keep in mind for each one you get one free), and we will email you back with the details and get these copies sent to your door.
This is available for international shipping, and also for multiple locations. So if you live in a country and wish to deliver a book to your friend in a different country, then one will be shipped to you and the purchased copies will be shipped to your friends wherever they are.
***ORDER NOW*** This offer is valid from TODAY until DECEMBER 15. and the quantity is limited.

Such good times the end of every year is. I always take this time to look back slightly and look ahead mainly. In every end, I always find a lot of hope and I always find new beginnings. May the end of this year be full of hope and may 2017 be full of new and amazing beginnings for you all.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years
Love x

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Foodie Alert!! Sharing with you the part of food I am known for and love the most: "Food History"

Italian Michelin Chef Tony Lo Coco & Dima Sharif

The Italian Cuisine World Summit is back in town. This yearly affair - that hails all things Italian cuisine on to Dubai, from over 40 of The world's top Italian Michelin Chefs, to Italian artisans and producers, Italian produce and ingredients, to celebrated Italian chefs & restaurants in Dubai - has made this time of year an exciting and anticipated 10 days for Italian cuisine lovers.

Having worked with the summit organisers from the first year they came to Dubai, it was only natural that we discuss and bring in the original ties between the ancient Arabic cuisine and the historical Italian cuisine. So this year we are doing that but rather than being in closed discussions amongst us, we thought it would be very informative, interesting and important to bring this discussion to the forefront and to the public. 

Therefore this year we have designed an event in collaboration with Italian Michelin Chef Tony Lo Coco who is originally from Sicily- the event will take place at Per Te Italian Restaurant in Jumeirah - where we will discuss the true story of Pasta, one of the most important ingredients in Italian cuisine and its Arabic origins. Yes contrary to common belief, pasta is in fact an ancient Arabic cuisine creation, that moved from there to Italy through Sicily. 

I will discuss with you the full story of how that happened as I demonstrate (live) the world's oldest documented pasta recipe (known to be cooked in 9 BC). Which you will also taste, hence get a chance to learn, taste and relive an ancient part of history, very uncommon or widely known.

Following the discussion and the demonstration you will get to enjoy a 3-course meal by the Italian Michelin Chef Lo Coco (all prepared in the theme of the evening, yet with a contemporary look at this ancient ingredient). 
Foodie Alert!! A discussion and a dinner not to be missed - I am sharing with you the part of food I am known for and love the most: "Food History" 
Join us at Per Te Jumeirah at 7:30 pm this Friday (Nov 11, 2016) and hear the story of 'Pasta' at a masterclass with Dima Sharif & Italian Michelin Chef Tony Lo Coco as part of the Italian Cuisine World Summit 2016.

The class will be followed by a 3-course meal designed by both! Make sure to arrive early to be a part of this event, spaces are limited to the first 50 diners at only 200 AED.

To reserve your table call 04 344 6455.

PS - We will also be at the Marriott Marquis on the 12th, for the United Nations By Italian Cuisine Gala Reception. Book your ticket here!

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Dima xx