Falafels for Breakfast? Yep!
This sentence was how all this started many years ago. It changed the way I looked at food and kick-started my love affair with “Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food.”
I never really gave much thought to the way I ate growing up. Times were different, my family was like most Canadian families. Meals came from boxes, packets and sauce mixes, there were no labels! We just ate things we liked and was quick. we didn’t eat what we didn’t like or would take to much time to cook. There were no real family recipes and traditions other than rushing to cook rushing to eat rushing to relax away from the people we care about.
Fast-forward a few years (ok, two decades later) I married a man from the other side of the world. (Libya to be exact) I couldn’t cook and he won’t eat anything out of a box! You could just imagine the dilemma, here’s a couple from two very different parts of the world, two different taste in food, and very different ways of life, coming together and trying to beat all odds, to make it all work. My husband Khaled came from a very community-based culture where it was common to have surprised dinner guest and life was filled with meaningful relationships. Where as I came from a culture of rushing and very little family and community- based involvement. We spoke with neighbor casually, if at all. We rushed food and only seen family during holidays, reunions, or death.
My husband Khaled came from a very community-based culture where it was common to have surprised dinner guest and life was filled with meaningful relationships. Where as I came from a culture of rushing and very little family and community- based involvement. We spoke with neighbor casually, if at all. We rushed food and only seen family during holidays, reunions, or death. I fell in love with Khaled’s culture I was determined to learn everything about the food and culture and implement into my life.
In the beginning of my journey, there weren’t over 221 million food blogs and ZERO recipe books on Libyan food in English and a very few middle eastern cookbooks published and the Mediterranean cookbooks weren’t that great either. let’s just say there were a lot of bad meal made, and tears of frustration trying to figure it out.
I was a young woman drowning in love for this man and so badly wanted to make him feel at home in Canada. I wanted to give a great meal that would give him home styled comfort I knew he was missing at the time. So I hit the library and tried to find any cookbook with Arab food. It wasn’t until 2005 that I would find a book on Arab food. It was called “The Arab Table” by May Bsisu
I decided to check out the book and my culinary Journey began, with “Falafels for Breakfast!” The second recipe in the “breakfast” category of her book.
I was already familiar Falafels but for Breakfast? What a strange thing, I thought. Little did I know that this book would forever change the way I ate and viewed our relationship with food.
I realized over the years “there’s a whole new world“….(pun intended.) of Middle Eastern & Mediterranean food that can offer something for everyone well still tasting amazing! It doesn’t matter if you have a Vegan, Paleo, Gluten free-er, dairy free-er or an all out picky eater at your table.
You’re sure to find a way to make everyone happy with meze styled eating, just like I have in my home. It doesn’t have to be complicated….it just has to be thoughtful.
Here on FFB, I hope to inspire you to share meals and moments with the ones you love. The heart and soul of Mediterranean & Middle Eastern food is about the art of sharing and coming to together as a family and community.
I’m all about creating recipes that are fresh, creative, easy, and perfect for sharing with those you love. who’s better to learn the art of serving than from the kings of hospitality. My blog reflects my love of fresh Veggies and Arab styled cooking – Real food, and clever cooking hacks to speed up those long cooking meals.
Real food Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food is always made from Real food and seasonal produce. I believe that is one of the reasons why the Middle Eastern & Mediterranean food is popular the other reason is it tastes amazing! So because Middle Eastern & Mediterranean focuses on real food ingredients, you don’t need to use store-bought packet mixes, canned soups or processed food to prepare your meals.
Clever hacks Middle Eastern & Mediterranean food is a slow cooking food that can take up to 2 hours to get dinner on the table.(Yikes! I know, like who has time for that?) So these clever hacks are all about reducing cooking time without sacrificing taste or authenticity of the dish, just because you’re short on time.
Arab flavour infusion is all about taking the best flavour profiles from the middle east, North Africa and Africa to create Real Food bursting with flavour.
All my recipes are naturally cost conscious, made using everyday fresh ingredients and are (mostly) healthy. But just for fair warning, sometimes I feel the need to unleash the inner glutton……Bakalava cinnamon rolls, date cake drenched in sugar syrup, I think you caught my drift. I’ll show you how to get food bursting with flavours out of simple ingredients and how you serve this food so it will be a breeze to nourish your family with meals that will knock their socks off.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND ON FALAFELS FOR BREAKFAST
- Seriously tasty Middle Eastern & Mediterranean influenced recipes made using everyday fresh ingredients. I try to keep it simple by using foods you can find in your local stores.
- Can’t-Live-Without North American Classics. 🙂 with an Arab twist of course.
- Meze! Because I’m the queen of salads and side dishes (according to my husband and friends) if it’s on my meze table it’s going to be something special! I will also teach you how to set up a meze table too.
- Cooking for a crowd. I live with an Arab. That should say it all. So many of my recipes are for cooking for a crowd.
- Tried and tested recipes. I take great care to ensure my recipes work and are written concisely. (because I know, what it like when it’s not written concisely)I also add notes to help with substitutions (where possible) and explanations for things that I think may not be familiar to everyone.
“I Promise to only share recipes that I truly love and eat regularly.”