I’m Laila and I love to cook.

This is the simplest way I can introduce myself. But to be more specific I am originally Palestinian, born and lived for 30 years in Sharjah, UAE. Currently living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can find more about me with every posted recipe I prepare.

I’m not a chef.

I have been passionate about cooking since I was a child. I love to experiment with new recipes or make ones that has been passed down for generations in my family. I will be posting both types of recipes in this blog and will appreciate any feedback on recipes tried.

Musakhan – Palestinian Traditional Dish

I’m not a food stylist.

There is a say  “The eyes eat first” signifying the importance of making the food look good. Although that’s true in many cases but I don’t believe that it’s a rule. I mean you can see a smashed up piece of chocolate cake and still love it.

Some foods look good as is. You won’t need to style a plate of salad that is vibrant with color or a perfectly grilled cheese sandwich. While other foods need a small amount of styling. A plate of hummus will need a small drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika or cumin.

And some are impossible to style. Not all foods look good, but that doesn’t mean they are not delicious. For example there is this very traditional dish that I love. Its called Khiar Mahshi, meaning stuffed cucumbers. Its basically cucumbers stuffed with rice and minced meat, then its fried and dipped in tamarind sauce. It does not look good. Think of a dull green cucumber with a brown tamarind sauce. I keep thinking of ways that I can style it. Its a challenge. But yet the taste is so good I can eat it everyday.

Tabbouleh Salad

I’m not a photographer

I have never taken any photography classes. Maybe I will soon. But all I have is a mobile that takes good photos and videos.

I’m not a professional photographer but I love to take photos and believe its the easiest way of explaining a recipe. After all one photo can describe a million words.

Kofta With Tomato And Potato
Kofta With Tomato And Potato

What I’m trying to say is that food is food. Its a social and cultural experience. Its about the gathering and meeting of family and friends. Not about how good a dish looks. The taste is the priority. Yea, for a first time you need it to look good too. But once you get over the first look, its all about the taste and nothing more.

I have created a recipe request page, which you can find on the top bar. If there is any Middle Eastern recipe that you have tried and need a recipe for, pass me a comment and I will try to help out. Please don’t hesitate to pass a comment if you have any difficulty following up or making any recipe that I post.

I hope you enjoy trying these recipes as much as I enjoy posting it.

Happy cooking! and as we say in Arabic “Sahha Wi Afia”

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    1. well my blog isnt that old too .. maybe two weeks old or so … im glad u like my recipes and looking foward for seeing more on ur blog

  1. Hi Laila! What a great blog, I really like how quick and easy most of your recipes are… very helpful in a busy schedule.

    Also, thanks so much for visiting my blog – it is so fun to be able to connect with people from around the world!

    Take care,
    (aka Sparrow Hopes)

  2. Marhaba, Laila!

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I have family in Dubai, but I have lived in the U.S. all my life.

    I love your site and the way you do your pic’s step by step. Good for you. Lots of the good, yummy things, including Sfeha, which is a favorite of mine.

    Continue your good work. I’m putting you on by blogroll.


  3. Thanks Laila for the comment. I finished the blog yesterday, and it’s good to see you found it. That recipe comes from my Great Grandmother who brought it over from Croatia. Soon, I’m going to get with my Father and shoot videos every week or so about different heritage recipes that we use.

    Were looking forward to trying our a few of your own , perhaps the ‘Safiha’.

    In Good Soil
    Joshua (son & writer – blog designer)

  4. Thanks for commenting on my Date and Honey Cake, Laila. I’m so glad you did because it lead me here to discover cooking made simple! The step-by-step pictures makes it so easy to follow.

    I’m going to try the kofta soon, InshaAllah. I’ve cooked it twice before, but I’m just not satisfied with the outcome yet.

    Keep up the good work! Will be back soon 🙂

  5. Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I’d like to add you to my favorite links if that is ok. I love the way you have photos of each step in the process, and I already see a lot of things i’d like to try and make !

    1. thank you … and i will make sure to add u too to my list .. stay in touch ..and let me know whenever u try anythin on my blog 🙂

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I just had a look around yours and will be adding your RSS feed to my reader. Lots of good food here, and I like the step by step photos!

  7. Hi Laila, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Your recipes look really good, and I really want to try making the safiha! I’m going to add you to my blogroll also! Good luck with blogging, I’m new also.

  8. Thank you for commenting on my blog. I love the way you show the pictures step-by-step ~~ this is something I’ve been trying to learn to do on my site as well.

    I will definitely be trying your recipes; especially since I totally love trying foods from different cultures.

    Please check out my new recipes honoring our wonderful new President Obama ~~ “Inauguration Balls” and “Lincoln Logs” and in the next couple of days I will be posting my recipe for “Barack-o-li” (with chicken & pasta ).

    1. Thanx ophile … im glad u like it … let me know what u think when u get to try the kofta … All the best .. and Afwan(ur welcome) 😉 … stay in touch

  9. Hi Laila,thanks for dropping by my page.Your recipes looks really lovely.Looking foward to try some out.

    1. Thanx Noellle …
      I will be checking our site soon … let me know if u try anything from my blog … stay in touch 🙂

  10. Thanks so much for your comments on my site! I really appreciate them! You have some seriously good looking recipes here…I already have my eye on a few that I will be trying out soon!

  11. Hi Laila.. thanks for commenting on my new blog… I visited yours and it’s wonderful… lots of work with the pictures and cooking.. what a wonderful idea… Your hard work is appreciated. Do you mind if I put your blog link on my blog list? Judy

    1. Thanx Judy … Im really glad you like it … I always appreciate feedback .. and this makes me feel great .. so thank you alot … and about adding me to your blog list … ofcourse you can add me … just stay in touch .. and let me know if u get to try anything … 🙂

  12. Hello, Thanks for your comment, be sure to keep checking the blog! Just had a quick look at your fab blog, so will be checking in often,
    Regards, Busyellebee

    1. Thanx charanraajeev … Im really glad u like it … let me know when ever u try anythin from my blog … and stay in touch 🙂

  13. I just mad the kafta bi tahina and rice for my husband (lebanese) he loved it! Thanks alot! I would love to visit UAE we have a nephew in Abu Dhabi working keep in touch!

    1. Thanx Simplyheaven … im really glad you like my blog …. i just checked your blog and think you are doin an amazing job.. let me know if u get to try any of my recipes … and stay in touch 🙂

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