The Art of Forging Bonds Through Culinary Diplomacy: Episode #031 of The Storied Recipe Podcast

Recently, Becky Hadid, the talented food photographer/blogger, and seasoned host of  The Storied Recipe Podcast reached out, asking me to share with her audience my journey with food and diplomacy.

It is the story that started in the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria, Egypt, and then in Cairo where I studied political science to lead after the most extraordinary life across five continents.

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Belilah : Egyptian Quintessential Porridge

Belilah is a portmanteau, a made-up word coined from a combination of the French words Blé Au Lait, which means wheat-milk.  Most probably, the inception of authentic Egyptian porridge is traced back to the French colonialism that lasted in Egypt from 1798 to 1801. 

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Culinary diplomacy At Its Best: Thanksgiving Video

It was a huge honor and real pleasure to team up with the U.S. embassy in Singapore to create a video about Thanksgiving tradition.  I am grateful to the hardworking and talented team behind the creation of such an immaculate piece of Culinary Diplomacy. Working on this video was a heartwarming experience where I enjoyed […]

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Semi-Homemade Apple Pie & Bourbon-Salted Caramel

  Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for a large crowd calls for plenty of resourcefulness and serious time-planning skills. As I mentioned in my previous post: Thanksgiving Dinner Made Easy: Lessons Learned the Hard Way,  storebought quintessential ingredients rush to our rescue when we are totally overwhelmed by the number of dishes we have to make […]

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What to Serve at the Holidays Cocktail Party

When I glanced at our holiday party guest list, our guests’ last names put a big smile on my face.  The list screamed diversity! God bless the country that brought us together from the four corners of the globe to pursue our dreams, build careers, embrace U.S. values, relish freedom, and contribute our unique ethnic […]

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