It’s been a while.

Umami & MeHi friends. It’s been a while.

You can tell when I haven’t been cooking when my blog is barren. I haven’t written a post in almost 3 weeks!!! Way too long and I’m so sorry! I was away in San Francisco for a weekend and the rest of the time I haven’t cooked. I hadn’t grocery shopped, my fridge and cupboards are barren… WHO AM I!??

Well, the wait is over and I’m back! Up on the menu today? Moroccan vegetable stew.
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Party/potluck food.

Brown rice and chick pea saladBringing food to parties or potlucks can be a daunting task. But it just takes a little planning, scrounging around in the cupboard and stepping outside to your garden for fresh herbs. Atleast in my world it is. But seriously. It should be a simple task, no?

I had a family dinner recently and not only was I tasked to bring dessert, I was also asked to bring an appetizer as well! 7 good eaters…what was I to bring? I looked around my house and it came to me: brown rice and chick pea salad.

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Continuing my journey to Lebanon.

HummusCan you tell this week has been largely influenced by Middle Eastern cuisine? Thanks for the inspiration, Nuba. What’s on today’s menu? Hummus.

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Chana masala.

Chana masalaOh, the glorious chick pea aka the garbanzo bean. How I love you so much. And now I have been fortunate enough to find you in the bulk aisle at Superstore. How I love you even more.

And since I’ve been craving chana masala, it was time to make it. For realz.

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