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Cauliflower :: Storytelling 2

Me at the Vancouver Story Slam, an event that takes place once a month at the cottage bistro. Here is an experiment is combining dance with storytelling. Don’t know if I found the winning combination, but I will keep searching. The story is inspired by Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Kafka’s story […]

StaringAtCauliflower

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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 […]


Hedgehog Date 3

A hedgehog date could mean this: Or this: I have done my “being an Arab living in the west is like petting a hedgehog” rant in a previous blog post. I won’t bore you by repeating it here. However I would rather tell you that dates used to be the […]

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StrawberyLasagna

Lasagna that looks like a giant Strawberry 2

Like Madonna said: life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone, I hear you call my name, and it feels like home. There are times when it feels that life has no meaning. You think that you have figured things out, but then the rug is pulled from under you. […]


Tuna Sandwich dressed as a Slice of Cake

When I think of all the energy I wasted on hoping that other people would like me, I just laugh at myself. What a silly thing to invest in. Why be sweet when you can be sassy? Tuna salad sandwich is the sassiest thing I could think of. It is […]

Tuna Salad Sandwich as a Slice of Cake

Heartbreak Salad

Heartbreak Salad Recipe

Sometimes you feel heartbroken. The more people try to cheer up, the worse you feel. Here I show you how to make a basic salad from scratch with a home made dressing. The salad comes with a twist. It says it’s ok to not be ok. So back off. It […]


Outburst Omelette

For days when your emotions are bubbling up and you don’t know how to contain yourself. I suggest this omelette. Two fillings – because why settle for one. And make them look like they are exploding out of the omelette like they are eager to meet your taste buds before […]

Outburst Omelette

Pull Apart Bread | Bread dough as play dough

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 […]


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

Andy Warhol’s Chairman Mao Russian Salad 3

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

Snake Pizza 3

“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 […]


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 […]


The Hummus Chronicles

Yesterday. My husband and I were drinking our morning coffee exchanging a conversation of sweet nothing. There was that easy relaxed feeling hanging in the air when my husband told me: Yesterday I was in a meeting and one of my colleges said: I have travelled all over the middle-east […]

Chickpeas

almost best eggplant recipe

How to make roasted eggplant wedges from scratch

While writing a novel (Graffiti Hack) I had to come up with a unique eggplant recipe to fit into the plot. I spent months and months experimenting in the kitchen to come up with the perfect recipe match to my story. This in one of the recipes that came out […]