Southern Meets Mediterranean

I remember grabbing my first cart and walking into a grocery store for the first time in the U.S.  It was like walking into a grand city! The lights, colors and smells were all so foreign to me.  I had to go down each aisle, one by one in order to familiarize myself with the merchandise.  I was looking for items such as grape leaves and Tahini.  It did not take me too long to realize that I would not find what I had been looking for. 

I adapted quickly and adopted a lot of the local ingredients and tried incorporating them into my cooking.  Of course I eventually knew where to go and where to shop, but I always found the hybrid product in my cooking a much more interesting one.  I personally identify myself as being part of a third culture, “an amalgam of the old and the new, one that could perhaps be thought of as a hybrid product engendered by the fusion of different cultures.” These are the words of a very special person in my family; Ghada.  She also said: “Indeed, we should advance the continuation of traditions but, at the same time, while partaking in the building of bridges that can connect our own cultures with the universal human culture in which we exist today, a mosaic that celebrates the old while embracing the new.” That is what I strived to do since the first day I came to this great nation.  I wanted to represent my culture and my people the best way I possibly could.  Thanks to this beautiful country I can write, think, talk and live freely!

I am really proud of this dish that I made today as it is a fusion I created from scratch.  I wanted to combine an East Mediterranean technique in cooking using Southern ingredients.  I hope you enjoy my video and if you have any questions always feel free to ask me.  Don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel and Facebook page. Thank you all and I hope you are enjoying my recipes


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