Cooking Middle Eastern Style: A Recipe for You!

One of my biggest joys these days is spending time in the kitchen cooking Middle Eastern food that I grew to love from my time in Israel. I discovered a wonderful cookbook Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi, who is a London restauranter, at a local bookstore.

Every week I have been making three different recipes, shopping for ingredients like eggplant, tahini paste and saffron and za’atar spices.  I remember walking through the souk or marketplace of the Old City of Jerusalem, where they sold spices in large barrels where I haggled over the prices.  Oh how I wish I could be there now.

My favorite memory of food during my time there was  lunch made by an Arab Christian cook at a local congregation in East Jerusalem.  Every Sunday, I would take the bus, looking forward to a homemade meal, something that was rare for us missionaries.  The cook would make Maqluba, a savory dish with chicken, eggplant, tomatoes, cauliflower and rice.  He would cook it up in a big round pan and then, plop, dump it upside down unto a platter, and serve.  This was the traditional way of serving Maqluba and our mouths would water in anticipation.

On this rainy day in March, I am cooking Maqluba for the first time, hoping I don’t dump it all over the floor.  I wish I could invite you, my readers, to my home to taste it so you can celebrate this special dish.  Instead, I will share the recipe here with you for your own culinary efforts. Enjoy!

And stay tuned here on my blog for when I publish my book, Finding God in the Midst of My Mess, that includes my travels in Israel and my adventures in food!

Maqluba – reproduced from Jerussalem, A Cookbook, by Yotem Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.

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Shalom and Welcome to my Blog

Shalom

I am an artist and writer, new to the writing game, but excited to have my first blog!   I paint biblical Scripture art, paintings and collages that show the Gifts of His Glory to us through His creation and His Word.  By Him, I am referring to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. You can visit my website of my artwork at www.giftsofhisglory.com.

I am writing my first book, a personal experience/memoirs of my life including time as a Christian missionary, with self help notes to the reader to take away and experience the love and healing of the Lord like I did!  It is called ‘Running from the Witches:   How the Redemptive Love of Jesus Christ Healed my Life.  I write short devotions as well and have a great writers group I started from fellow writers who attended Mt. Hermon’s Writers Conference in March of 2012.  I will be sharing my journey to get my book published with you, all the ups and downs, hoping you will enjoy it with me!

I am on a journey to express my faith through my art and writing…to Give Glory to God for His gifts to me.

I am also dedicated to helping children and women who have been abused and enslaved in human trafficking.  I donate my artwork and 50% of my art sales to this cause.

I love the ocean and you will find me over in Half Moon Bay or Monterey, biking or walking, taking pictures of flowers for my art, or at home cooking, painting or making quilts.

I love all things Jewish, as I am part Jewish myself, and speak Hebrew, love to nosh on  Jewish food, adore Israel, and consider Jerusalem my second home.  I am part of the Messianic Jewish movement and love sharing my faith in Yeshua (Jesus) with others. So as we say in Hebrew “Shalom Chaverim”  (Welcome Friends!)