Rolled Grape Leaves : A Labor of Love for Those Who Well Deserve It

Rolled grape leaves are an Iconic Middle Eastern dish with a wide appeal for ostensible reasons. The paper-thin briny grape leaves encase a juicy traditional mix of rice and meat, either beef or lamb or only rice. The stuffing is spiked by an assortment of pungent spices such as cardamom, cumin, allspice, and cinnamon.

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Marak We Feteer: Southern Egyptian Meat Stew & Flatbread

This recipe is of ultimate sentimental value. I know my late father would have been enthused seeing this recipe on my blog. He was enamored with any dish that originates from where his roots are. God bless his soul. Marak (meat stew) and Feteer (flatbread) is an authentic recipe that originated in Southern Egypt. The […]

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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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Vegan & Low Calorie Za’atar Manakeesh (Flatbread Topped with Za’atar) مناقيش زعتر

Za’atar Manakeesh is a vegan Levantine stovetop bread topped with a fragrant spice mix consisting of oregano, thyme, marjoram, sumac, salt, and pepper. This rendition is made of whole wheat flour and speckled with bran. Za’atar that is known for its anti-oxidant properties makes this bread an excellent detox bread pulled together in no time for breakfast, mezzeh, or snacks.

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Lemon-Yogurt-Blueberry Cake: The Summer Harbinger

Yogurt-Lemon-Blueberry Cake is a summer cake that is pleasantly moist, zesty, fragrant, and studded with juicy blueberries. Its smooth texture and refreshing notes make it a perfect treat for dessert or tea time.

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Bran Sea Bass: A Fresh Breeze from Alexandria, Egypt

I am thrilled to partner with Mediterranean Lifestyle magazine with this article about Egyptian Grilled Bran Fish. It is more than a mere recipe. It is a piece of food memoirs rooted in my hometown: Alexandria, Egypt.
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