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 […]

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Your feedback in required. Help Me Name The Next Novel 5

I always obsess about what to name a book. How to capture the full range of happenings yet keep it simple and memorable? An impossible task. To find a selection of few words that when combined express the fullness of what takes 300 pages to describe. I have describes previous […]

Book Cover Idea#1 - So Close, I Can Taste It

Garden Gnome to Computer Programmer

The Adventures of Frakash in the Land of the Geekmeisters 1

A couple of weeks ago I watched a movie by Chris Marker called La Jetée. I was totally mesmerized. Photographs overlaid with narration. So simple. Yet the movie was engaging all the way through. Some strange impulse went through me.”I want to give this a try” I kept thinking to […]


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

Metamorphosis by Kafka is Funny

Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka : Book Review 2

This review contains spoilers. If you haven’t read Metamorphosis yet, don’t read on. When I lived in Scotland, I was introduced to a unique brand of humor. The type that is clever yet hard to get. The more a joke is hard to decipher the more valuable it is considered. […]


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 […]


Every Dance Tells a Story

A few saw the above performance and commented that they felt I was telling a story. Glad my state of narration bleeds though. Some stories are too private. Dance is perfect for those paths where words don’t dare tread. A sentiment can be made of charmeuse wings of a butterfly. […]

Black and White Flamenco

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. […]


book review: Heartburn by Nora Ephron 7

“Merry me and you will never have to pretend you know the difference between Iran and Iraq.” A man declares in a lavish expression of love in the novel. The main character is married to a journalist that covers politics in Washington DC. Rachel constantly feels out of her depth […]

Heartburn by Nora Ephron and mashed potato

womenOfFlamenco

Vancouver Women of Flamenco

My childhood and youth has been blessed with brilliant role models. Starting with my father, managers that I was lucky to work with at the beginning of my career and political activist whose intellectual sharpness influenced my thinking. Each one of these men demonstrated to me patterns of behavior that […]


Book Review :: My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante left me desiring. New shoes I wanted. Forth I sprung like a warrior with a credit card on a mission to find matching footwear for a story. For how could you write a novel that involves shoe making yet not describe the shoes. What […]

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Farrante

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Where does furious dancing come from? 3

“Hard times require furious dancing” so wrote Alice Walker. Flamenco fits this purpose the way chocolate chips melt into discovering the meaning of life inside a banana bread pudding. And so, I danced and danced and danced. Feet stomping, finger snaping, hands windmil swirving, gusto all abound. What happens when […]


Book Review :: Eyrie

Words explode into the air, leaving behind velocity rings worthy of your favorite Pikachu. The force of the acrobatics is contradicted with gentility of the landing. Soft as a feather. Soft is the feather of these words. Soft and cuddly, I want caress the sentences. I reread lines and luxuriate […]

Eyrie by Tim Winton

Frankenstein in Baghdad

Frankenstein in Baghdad :: Book Review 1

Frankenstein in Baghdad is novel by Iraqi author Ahmad Saadawi. It tells the story of everyday day life of modern Baghdad through a nameless Frankenstein like creature. A seller of old furniture and other used objects, assembles that torn body parts of victims of a terrorist attack into a unified […]


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 […]


North and South :: Book Review

Every once in a while I read something that is so good it makes my heart pound with excitement. I find myself resisting the urge to stand on top of a roof top and yell “This Novel is Amazing, Read it Right Now”. In 2014, I read many good books, […]

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell book review

Heart Shape Ravioli

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 […]


The Story of a New Name – Book Review 3

What is it that happened to me since visiting Italy last summer? Something got under my skin. What I eat, how I see and even what I write has been influenced in sometimes subtle and other times bold fashion. Once in a while I find the strangest thought bubble up […]

Hotdog Socks

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

Stone Heart

A Fool Makes Love to April

A Fool Makes Love to April One Says to the other You are such a trickster April showers bring an uncanny surprise People adore your beauty It your sense of humor that will be my demise April replies You see me like no other I shall designate an entire day […]