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.
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.
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.