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My artistic adventures


Brain Stop Coloring Sheet

As I am writing a novel inspired by traffic, I find myself contemplating traffic signs. I wonder if seeing so many traffic signs is sending us subliminal messages we are not even aware of. How many time do you see. Stop Yield Do Not Pass What if our poor brain […]

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Walking In Traffic Coloring Sheet

As I am in the midst of writing a novel about traffic, I find myself dreaming about all sorts of scenarios that happen during rush hour. Sometimes sketching what is happening in the novel helps me with the writing process. Here is a woman taking a walk in the city […]


Car Coloring Sheet

As I am in the midst of writing a novel about traffic, I find myself dreaming about vehicles of all sorts. Cars, buses, trucks and other imaginary mechanical creations that haven’t been invented yet. I created a coloring sheet to help me with my imagination. You can download the file, […]

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Spoonful Impression :: To be or not to be?

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It doth confound the sense. Of all the plays in the world, why does Hamlet has such a hold over me? Each time I watched it performed I gleaned a new shade of meaning. With each movie rendition, I am dazzled by nuance. And yet despite the repeated viewings spanning […]


Discipline of Undiscipline

“It is impressive! That you can quit your job yet still have the discipline to be productive on your own.” People say upon hearing of my transition from a professional life into a self directed being. “Please don’t be impressed” I want to reply. Discipline was a hurdle in this […]

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Explosion Sandwich 4

Tramezzini is a type of crust-less bread popular in Italy. It’s used in making yummy sandwiches. You can put almost anything in them. I tried to cut them up in interesting ways so that it would like the sandwich exploded and combine it with a poem I wrote called “Last […]


The Dance by Matisse in Lobster and Spinach

When Matisse unveiled his famous dance painting an art critic scoffed at it calling it “Lobster people dancing in spinach”. This criticism is so imaginative and creative, it makes me suspect that the critic secretly loved the painting but didn’t wish to reveal his sentiments. What is it that makes […]

The Dance by Matisse in Lobster and Spinach

Matisse's Flight of Icarus in Cheese Quesadilla

Matisse’s Flight of Icarus as Cheese Quesadilla

In his old age, Matisse was afflicted with health problems which prevented him from painting. He dropped the brush and picked up the scissors. Producing a set of paper cutouts. Cheerful, vibrant and nuanced they don’t betray a single shard of defeat. Even when portraying Icarus crash to the ground […]


Pull Apart Bread Recipe for Belonging

I am baffled by people who use a food mixer to make dough. The pleasure of getting your hands dirty kneading, punching and shaping is so great as to rival the pleasure of fresh baked bread smell wafting through the house. Two ideas converged in my head: Color bread dough […]

Pull Apart Bread | Bread dough as play dough

I wish I could graffiti Michael Angelo's David

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In march of 2015, ISIS decided to destroy the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq. I tried to imagine, If I took away all concern for history, culture and learning what would I choose to vandalize. Here are a few things I came up with. A nightmarish vision quest. […]


The Grand Budapest Hotel Pastry in Meatballs

I enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel so much I have already watched it 4 times and even made my children watch it. This is a movie where each frame is a multi layered construction. The more times you watch it, the more things you notice, the greater the enjoyment. The […]

Grand Budapest Hotel Pastry in Meatballs

Abstract Pizza Art

Abstract Pizza Art

So I have a confession to make. I don’t know the best path to explain this. Thus I will stick to the direct approach and just say. I don’t like pizza. I know. Hard to believe. I must be a freak. I love dough. I like tomato sauce. I adore […]


Heart Shape Ravioli :: Preparing for Valentine’s Day

While visiting Verona in Italy I came upon Juliet’s balcony. A place where people leave love notes and love letters dedicated to Romeo’s girlfriend. People clamouring over each other, desperate to leave an expression of their love in this temple of absolute love. Such zeal. So much bubbling energy. The […]

Heart Shape Ravioli

Saffron Rice Mountain

Saffron Rice Mountain

Last month, I was hosting a large dinner party. One of the guests approached me saying: “This rice is crazy, I can’t stop eating it, what did you put in it?”. “No! it is not cocaine, it is saffron” was my answer. His enthusiasm inspired me to make this video. […]


Christmas Burger

Recently I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Since this is the story that has come to define the meaning of Christmas for many, I was amused by how much emphasis is placed on food. Flowery language, goes on and on, describing delights ranging from turkey to pudding. At […]

Christmas Burger in red and green

Andy Warhol Chairman Mao Russian Salad

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I read somewhere that Andy Warhol was fed Campbell’s soup everyday for lunch by his mother. Have you ever tried Campbell’s soup? …… It tastes dreadful. Both Andy Warhol and myself have Czech mothers, I am not going to tell you what I was fed for lunch nearly everyday while […]


Batman Bruschetta

I don’t think that Batman would want to eat cookies, cupcakes or cake. He is not that sorta person. Here, I try to create a powerful treat that would appeal to the mighty masked one. Using the concept of bruschetta, I created a pesto with yellow bell pepper and a […]

Batman Bruschetta

Snake Pizza

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“What would you like on your pizza?” asked our friend in Italy, addressing my kids. “Pineapple” answered my son joyfully. “Pineapple! that is disgusting” “Chicken” “Chicken! is that a joke?” “Ok, ok, ok beef and feta cheese” no response, a look of horror instead. Turns out that most of what […]


Epic Rainbow Stuffed Vegetables

I am Iraqi and I am proud of it. This week I took a traditional Iraqi dish (dolma) and added a few personal touches to it. First off, the rice stuffing is typically made with either ground beef or lamb. Since my daughters have become vegetarians, I had to adapt […]

Epic Rainbow Stuffed Vegetables

Epic Rainbow Pasta Suace

Epic Rainbow Pasta Sauce

Inspired by a recent trip to Italy. Over there, food is a religion. You are allowed to mess up lots of things in Italy, food is not one of them. A few years ago I saw a movie set in Italy called I AM Love. A subplot in the story […]


Rainbow Polkadot Pancake

I was thinking about how in my novel Graffiti Hack, I left certain part of the story out on purpose, with plenty of hints to indicate what is really going on. The best part of any story always remains untold. Therefore it is polka dot type of a novel with […]

Rainbow Polkadot Pancake

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Paul Klee :: Eat Your Art

This is the first Eat Your Art challenge where the taste was improved by the artwork. Using Paul Klee’s “Woman in Peasant Dress” I created a vegetarian Shepard’s Pie. During my trip in Switzerland I got to see many artworks by Paul Klee. I was moved by how he could […]


Heaven :: Eat Your Art

The word heaven has been swirling lots in my mind the last week. After a two month trip in Europe, I keep thinking how heavenly it is to sleep in my own bed. How fantastic it is to wake up in the morning and make coffee in my pyjamas. How […]

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Pixels :: Eat Your Art

Last week’s Eat Your Art project was so exhausting I wanted to do something fun and easy instead. I decided to make pixel art version of princess Leia in crackers and cheese. Well! It didn’t turn out so easy after all, in fact it was much more work than I […]

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story illustrated with pancakes

Story illustrated with pancakes

This was a huge amount of work. The most difficult Eat Your Art challenge thus far. Only this one should be called Eat Your Story perhaps. The first edible story in human history. The first batch was a failure. The batter was either too lumpy or too runny. I either […]


Banksy :: Eat Your Art 1

So this is my first Eat Your Art fail. Feeling heart broken, but at least I have something yummy to eat. The idea was to make pashtida and imprint an iconic Banksy image on it. Pashtida is similar to quiche with no crust therefore it is easier to make and […]

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Tertris in Rice

Tetris :: Eat Your Art

The spices I ended up using were: black sesame regular sesame turmeric sumac red paprika I tried creating orange by mixing turmeric and red paprika but that didn’t look so well. Creating all those cubes was labor intensive and I found myself having to wash out the mold every four […]