Gaining an understanding of different cultures one plate at a time!
Fifty Shades of Hummus and How to Make it Your Own
I’m a complete and total fiend for hummus. If you ask my mother where my culinary journey started she probably would tell you of one particular moment in my childhood. Picture this: She walks around our house and catches my sister and I out of the corner of her eye. We were mere toddlers and thought it was a great idea to have a hummus party in the bathroom using the lid of our toilet as a table. We did put a blanket over it as a tablecloth to complete the ambiance. Strange, but children are kind of weird like that. Also, if you’re not tall enough to reach the formal dining room table then you’ve got to be resourceful! Needless to say this has been recorded on a vhs tape that we revisit every once in awhile for a good laugh.
Mint Matcha Chocolate Chip and a Homage to California
Lately it’s been nothing short of dreary around here, so i’ve been thinking of the warmer days that hopefully will be upon us soon. I’ve been a bit MIA lately because I took some time to myself to try and get an idea of where I want to go with this little project. I enjoy being a free spirit and I want to show you a bit into my world on my creative terms. I think my biggest struggle lately though is I have this constant fear of failure.
Food Photography: The Harvest Table
This past fall I had the absolute pleasure of teaching a class with a friend of mine, Jenn Bakos of Jennifer Bakos Photography. Jenn is someone I look up to a great deal, not only is she kind hearted, but she’s also extremely talented and puts her heart and soul into everything she creates. We had taught a two hour mini class at The Studio of Photographic Arts aka. SOPHA’s Annual Down on the farm class in July and had such a great time doing it we jumped on the chance to teach a class this fall.
Loubieh bi Zeit (Lebanese "Green Beans in Oil")
Recently, my husband and I stopped eating meat. To be perfectly honest, he’s a lot more disciplined about it than I am. If I'm out with others, I bend the rules a bit and find myself going for short rib tacos instead of the veggie option. As a food lover, swearing off meat altogether just doesn’t work for me. I am interested in all sorts of food and will try just about anything put in front of me.
As a Lebanese American, preserving culture has been a high priority in my life. My respect for my heritage and it’s traditions has brought along a mutual interest and respect for other cultures. Through this blog, my goal is learn something new about the people around us while also partaking and creating delicious dishes that represents their cultural identities.