The Joy of life

Cooking Mediterranean Food

It is no secret that Mediterranean food is both healthy and delicious. It is the food of the more than 30 countries adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea, including those of the Middle East, Greece and Italy.


Mediterranean food is rich with vitamins, nutrients and appealing color, because it includes vegetables, beans, wheat, meat, poultry and fish.


Meat, poultry and fish are used to flavor Mediterranean food, not to be the entire focus of a dish. So it’s healthy, because it generally uses less meat and fatty food, and more vegetables, beans and wheat. It’s also less costly than most Western dishes. But you can enjoy Mediterranean food without sacrificing the flavors that reflect the blue Mediterranean water, bright sunlight, dark green olive oil and golden bread.


I grew up in the Middle East, and I learned how to cook from my grandmother, who prepared delicious Middle Eastern food. Meat, poultry and fish were precious commodities in the Middle East then, so my grandmother and her generation instead created tasty meals rich in vegetables, beans and wheat.



I have simplified grandma’s recipes over the years, to preserve flavor and elegance. We will show how to create wonderful dishes that will impress your friends and thrill your family.


After you call us, you’ll be able to think of cooking as adventure and joy – not a chore. We you will teach you how to indulge yourself in just a few easy steps. Give us a call. We look forward to cooking with you!



For cooking lessons and food preparations, contact us at 313-819-0101 or at



Season of freshness and great taste







Lentils and rice, cooked with caramelized onions and served with yogurt sauce and vegetables






Baked Kibby, a mixture of wheat, meat, onions and spices, creates a delicious main dish and snacks





Lentils and rice fosters a perfect Mediterranean dish, with succulent shrimp, tender chicken and crispy salman






Fava beans is one of the most delicious crop of the spring in the Mediterranean. It is cooked in variety of ways over rice, sauteed onions and with other vegetables and meat. The unique falvor of the green fava beans adds another exciting element of spring.



Healing food:


Inflammation: Papaya is a great tasting fruit, but it also heals joint pains and relieves inflammation. Included in your diet for better results




Muscle pain: Green turmeric and ginger roots are wonderful herbs, but they also help with relieve muscle pain. Add them to your diet, green or dried.






Za'atar Spice: Versatile spice for every occasion






Hummus: Best Recipe


There is no better addition to the table than a hummus dip. It is lemony, refreshing and filling and is good for parties, traveling and gifts. Best of all it is very easy to make and very affordable. Put three or four ingredients in the blender and there you have it.



1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, washed.

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 clove of garlic

2 tablespoons Tahini (sesame paste)

2 tablespoon warm water

Salt and pepper to taste



In a blender or food processor, combine ingredients and blend. Add water until mix is smooth and creamy.

Garnish with olive oil and chopped parsley.


Hint: Heating the beans for one minute in the microwave produce more creamy hummus because tahini is oil based.


We suggest that you alter the recipe to your taste. If you like garlic, add more. If you like spicy hummus, add hot peppers. Some people add cumin. Some people keep it simple. It is up to you.


Tradition: Flavor of the Season
The sweet smell of sautéed onions and spicy shawarma wafts in the air at lunch time along Warren Avenue in east Dearborn. The area boasts of its rich ethnic character through its restaurants, cafes and bakeries, which attract thousands of customers every day. Since Arabs are known for our hospitality and rich cuisine, we will feature different food establishments every month, and will supply recipes and a grocery guide for various dishes. Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
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