“Clean Eating”

This recipe is Gluten-free | Dairy-Free| Sugar-free | Egg-Free. Basically free of all allergens that could harm celiac patients or those who are intolerant to any of those ingredients. You will have come across recipes on my website that state the couple of lines above and similar statements. You may even find some of my …

Understanding Sumac

  Definition & Locale Summaq (aka sumac), the Arabic word based on the Assyrian, Neo-Aramaic word Summaqa, which means “red shift” or “turning red”. The plant The plant grows from 1-10 meters high, most common at 3 meters. It has hairy leaves and branches where clusters of maroon/burgundy coloured berry clusters hang. It belongs to …

Olive Oil, The Story of Terroir

  Allow me to tell you a little bit about, what to me is, one of the most Divine of liquids, Olive Oil. Olive oil, like wine, is all about the terroir. The olive tree is one that is rooted in the land to which it belongs. This is beyond just the physical root that …

We are in Spring! Here are some Seasonal Cooking Tips for you

Before I go into the tips, let me just tell you that there are amazing local organic turnips at the farmers’ market,  for making pickles,  for stuffing,  for roasting and making turnip sauce… The quality of turnips I find there is unmatched! It is the height of the season and the varieties of produce and …

Cookbook Food Photography – Plated Heirlooms

  Read through my book you will see that its images are made to reflect the book’s narrative, descriptions and cultural context. In this post, I am sharing with you my top 5 tips for cookbook food photography. I hope to inspire you where book food photography is concerned, and what better way to that than with …

How To Links – Make & Perfect

Who doesn’t like to know how things are made and perfected?   Here are some How To links for you to start your culinary journey on a perfect note 😉 How to Open an Oyster How to choose, clean and prepare fish & seafood (including lobster) How to Cook Fish & Seafood How to make your own …

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 …

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 …

The Absolute Basics – Broths

All Good Food Starts Here This is the base to soups, stews and most dishes. Many recipes call for broth, because broth makes most of the flavour. Starting with a good broth is the secret to successful cooking that is packed with good flavour. Broths are the base of flavour layering and creating deep flavours in your cooking. …