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Feast in the Middle East
Blanche (rhymes with launch)

Willing to wait one hour in line for a felafel sandwich? Is hummus your #1 condiment? Tempted by tabbouli or drool over dolmas? Then welcome to my Feast in the Middle East page! I am a TV journalist/host from San Francisco with access to hundreds of authentic Middle Eastern recipes passed down to me from generations. I will give you step by step instructions complete with easy modern shortcuts so you can make these delicacies at home. Each video will have a written transcript of precise ingredient measurements that were traditionally passed around by word of mouth only--recipes that you will never find in culinary schools. I also offer a lot of cooking tips, information about exotic ingredients, and family stories, to give you a background of the recipes. I want to keep these dishes alive, before they disappear with my busy generation’s take-out boxes. These are rustic, easy to make recipes that use whole fresh ingredients that follow the Mediterranean diet, touted by even the Mayo Clinic as the most heart healthy diet around.

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New Curious lesson - Fasoolya Green Bean & Lamb Stew Recipe

Ready for a new lesson? Here's a new slow-cooker one pot recipe: Fasoolya Green Bean & Lamb Stew Recipe.

Blanche shows you how easy it is to make this aromatic stew featuring lamb, green beans, tomatoes, garlic, and onions. Let the slow cooker do the work for you!

Let me know what you think of the lesson. And remember, I'm here if you have any questions!

Cheers,
Feast in the Middle East

A Rich Casserole Featuring Chicken and Eggplant!

I am excited to share my latest lesson on Curious, M'Nazaleh Eggplant Chicken Casserole!

Blanche teaches you how to make a beautiful eggplant casserole, layered with chicken, garlic, onions, pine nuts, and a tomato sauce to bring it all together.

Looking forward to seeing your Curious Assignment!

Curiously yours,
Feast in the Middle East

New Curious lesson - Arabic Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Ready for a new lesson? I am excited to share my most recently published lesson, Arabic Coffee Ice Cream Recipe.

Is there anything better than rich, coffee ice cream? You bet: homemade coffee ice cream prepared with Arabic coffee, and flavored with ground cardamom!

Happy Learning!

Cheers,
Feast in the Middle East

Featured on the Curious Gift Guide for Foodies

I’m thrilled to be featured on the Curious Gift Guide for Foodies!

You can now gift Traditional Middle Eastern Dishes to your loved ones (or yourself)

Happy Holidays!
Feast in the Middle East

Exotic Thanksgiving Side Dish in under 10 minutes!

In a time crunch but want to wow your guests this Thanksgiving? Try my Couscous with Glazed Figs.

This recipe tutorial with a northern African twist teaches you how to make sweet, salty, and nutty couscous with a rich sauce of pomegranate molasses and honey in minutes. Mmmmm!

Looking forward to seeing your Curious Card!

Learn how easy it is to make Falafel!

I'm thrilled to share my newest lesson: How to Make Falafel. Looking for vegetarian dinner ideas? Believe it or not, you can make falafel in the comfort of your own home with a food processor and a frying pan (or a cookie sheet if you want to bake these tasty little nuggets).

Take a look and let me know in the comments what you think!

Cheers,
Feast in the Middle East

Hurry while tomatoes are still in peak season!

Here's a great way to use up sweet garden or farmer's market tomatoes: Traditional Fattoush Salad!

Make a fresh seasonal vegetable salad with just a hint of the exotic by tossing this crunchy, tangy fattoush salad, made from veggies and pita bread croutons.

Let me know what you think of the lesson. And remember, I'm here if you have any questions!

Latest lesson from Feast in the Middle East

Ready for a new lesson? I am excited to share my most recently published lesson:How to Make Stuffed Grape Leaves. Grapes taste great, but the leaves are just as amazing! You can now by them ready made in supermarkets, or if you have a grapevine in your garden just snip some off and get started, the effort is worth the insanely delicious result!

Happy Learning!

Thanks, Feast in the Middle East

New Curious lesson - For your grill! Mini Kifta & Pita Sandwiches

I am excited to share my latest lesson on Curious, How to Make Mini Kifta & Pita Sandwiches!

Arayes are small and crispy Middle Eastern sandwiches filled with kifta (a spiced meat mixture) that are perfect for snacks, appetizers, and tasty lunch. You can dip them in any condiment you like!

Let me know what you think of the lesson. And remember, I'm here if you have any questions!

Thanks, Feast in the Middle East

Beat the Summer Heat, with Feast in the Middle East!

I'm thrilled to share my newest lesson Arabic Coffee Ice Cream Recipe.

Is there anything better than rich, coffee ice cream? You bet: homemade coffee ice cream prepared with Arabic coffee, and flavored with Nutella! No ice cream maker required and only a handful of ingredients!

Happy Learning!

Kick up your Memorial Day Weekend, with Tabbouleh!

Ready for a new lesson? Here is an Arabic style salad that you can transport to any barbeque, that takes advantage of sweet summer tomatoes and antioxidant rich parsley.

Once you chop all of the ingredients, assembly is a piece of cake! Eat this salad on its own, or next to some barbecue chicken or burgers. My favorite is to put some into fresh pita bread with the hummus recipe I presented you in my other Curious lesson.

Looking forward to seeing your Curious Assignment!

Easy Yet Exotic Mother's Day Brunch Idea

These zesty and fragrant Middle Eastern flatbreads are super easy to make! Treat your momma this Mother's Day to something unique and insanely delicious.

In this lesson you'll learn an easy modern shortcut that will make preparation time to only 10 minutes! All you need is za'atar spice, a green spice consisting of thyme, savory, sesame seeds, and sumac that will fill your kitchen up with the most beautiful smell as it bakes. The rest of the ingredients are really easy to find in your local supermarket.

I would love your feedback and hope you enjoy this snack as much as I do!

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