I'm a blend of religion, culture, and nationalities: I'm an American Muslim with Mexican and European heritage. Food is not just nourishment but a way to bring my family and friends together and share fond memories and funny stories while enjoying a great meal.
My favorite things to cook
My specialty - Authentic Mexican food: Tamales, Chile Rellenos, Enchiladas, Tacos/Taquitos, Chilaquiles, Albondigas, salsa, guacamole - yummmm!
I take pleasure in experimenting with other cultural foods such as Indian, Chinese, and even Moroccan (my husband's specialty).
Baking has always been a pleasure since I was young... I have a BIG sweet tooth!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Ramadan is the month in which Muslims are required to fast from food and drink (as well as other worldly pleasures) from sunrise to sunset. During this month we spend a lot of time preparing delicious appetizers, soups, salads, various dishes and desserts to break our fast each evening. As Muslims we look forward to this time each year and we are sad when the month is over!
My cooking triumphs
Making tamales for the first time by myself!!! It's not difficult to make tamales; it is however time consuming!
My cooking tragedies
My husband tried teaching me how to make a popular Moroccan dish of lamb with peas and artichoke. When I attempted to make it myself it didn't come out the way he made it and when I offered it to my mom, let's just say, it wasn't exactly edible.
Now I'm proud to say I can make it just as good as my hubby!