Mezze Culture, A Mediterranean Thing

What is Mezze? Literal meaning of the Arabic word Mezze/meze/meza: Taste/snack/spread of small plates of food/starters (mezzes is the plural) Technically, it is an assortment of finger foods that is a staple part of the dining experience in Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Arab countries. This is very similar to the tapas/pintxos of Spanish & Basque …

A Traditional Baby Shower & Timeless DIY Inspirations

How cute are babies? Everything about Babies is gorgeous! A baby shower is one extra large cute event! Where I come from, we also have a get together after birth to celebrate the coming of a baby. We call it a “Mubarakeh”, where, usually close friends and family, are invited over to see the mother …

“Zalatimo Sweets” Since 1860

 A chat about Middle Eastern sweets, their traditions and culture and Zalatimo’s Date Maamoul Recipe!! With the Holy month of Ramadan unwinding and Eid right by our doorsteps; there is no better time to talk about traditional Arabic sweets. During Eid, it is customary in the Middle East to offer guests Maamoul (Semolina cookies filled …

Jordanian Mansaf – More than just Food, It Is A Social Tradition!

Jordan has so much to offer! There is historical sites, such as Petra, the many Roman Amphitheatres, Jericho, Al Maghtas (baptism Site, Bethany – Jordan River) and everything in between. There is Nature at its most beautiful, such as the deserts of the south, which house the magical mountains of Wadi Rum very closely located …

Mexican Fiesta!

Yay!! It’s time to PARTY 🙂 On the Menu  Guacamole Tomato Salsa Pico de Gallo Nachos Shredded Beef Tacos Vegan Black Bean Chilli Cheese Quesadillas Margarita (frozen & on the rocks) Summer Reunions are the best! Love getting back in touch with family and old friends. Take it from me, nothing like a Mexican Fiesta for …

Understanding Cookware Materials

This article covers cookware materials, their properties and maintenance requirements, because understanding the materials and their properties is crucial for achieving the desired results in cooking.   During my courses and through your correspondences, I am repeatedly asked about cookware. What makes them different? Which are the best choices? And how to season and maintain them? …

Casa Mia & Poggio ai Santi Olive Oil

As many of you have requested that I post reviews of restaurants I have been to, I thought: I do not like to review, however I do like to share with you an outstanding experience. Actually, I can hardly hold back when I do find an outstanding experience! I mean I am not a review blogger …

Pizza for Dessert Anyone?

The Sweet Pizza Having extensively covered all types of Savoury Pizzas, and since -hopefully- you will try and make your own pizza dough, to replace the mediocre quality of store bought pizza doughs, I thought I will give you these scrumptious yet quick and super easy dessert pizzas to add to your recipe repertoire. It is …

New York Inspired Grilled Pizzas

Understanding Grilled Pizza I was in New York last week, and I must say: I ate some of the best grilled pizzas ever! I have always preferred the grilled pizza over the regular oven baked one. I feel that the smoky charred flavour, goes perfectly with pizza, especially if going for a spicy, tomato-based one! With …

Understanding Pizza

Kids, Adults, Elderly, East or West, everybody loves Pizza! Whether you are at home or eating out, be it a party, or a movie night, a sleepover or a weekend late night treat, for lunch, brunch or dinner, Pizza is always a perfect option. How did we end up having pizza? (watch the video above …