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.
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.
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.
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”