Photography by: MCY Photography.
First, I will say – I Love Mediterranean food and moreover, I enjoy creating this Cuisine for those I love!
I grew up watching my mother create dishes out of this world. The most important piece to this is that every dish was made with love. Which brings me to my reasons for the enjoyment of my very own creations in my kitchen. I understand that cooking with love and happiness in my heart transpires to what I serve. If I cook with love, whoever enjoys my food will feel that love long after they’ve gotten up from the table. Do we really go back for seconds because of its taste or is it the love we feel from that dish? Possibly, it’s both! When cooking, I believe in setting the atmosphere to feel like a cozy and loving environment. From a clean home, to candles, and the right music for the occasion. Tonight, I welcome you to my home through reading – to a Mediterranean evening with me. Enjoy, and I hope that you too can serve up a creation to those dear to you with love.
My home is all cleaned and the candles are going! I feel it’s time for some music to kick off the evening. To give the gift of Mediterranean food is to also provide the gift of Middle East vibes. I have selected a mixture of soft jazz and beautiful Arabic sounds (instruments) only. Now, I’m heading to the kitchen to share with you a few of my staples and dishes for this type of evening.
My Staple must haves for a Mediterranean evening:
– Rose Water
– Olive Oil
– Greek Yogurt
– Fresh Mint Leaves
– Fresh Dill
– Basmati Rice
– Fresh Dill Pickles
– Zaatar Seasoning
– Aleppo Pepper
– Pitta bread or you can make your own!
Below, my Tzatziki sauce in the making:
Plain Greek Yogurt, Dill, Mint, Garlic, Lemon Juice
Below, my Tabbouleh (Tabouli) in the making:
Parsley, Mint, Tomato, Cucumber, Pressed Garlic, Bulgur, Lemon Juice
Below, Bulgur in the making:
Below, sautéed mushrooms (which I substitute for meat)
Below, Spicy Zaatar red potatoes being prepped for baking:
While everything is finishing up on the stove and in the oven, I begin to prepare a well designed drink:
My homemade drink to go with this loving meal includes: Still or Sparkling Water, Rose Water, Fresh Mint Leaves and Fresh Sliced Limes. For those who enjoy more of an adult drink, adding vodka goes well with this refreshing drink.
Now, I’m ready to set the table with several plates of beautiful varieties; amazing colored veggies, pitta bread, Tzatziki, Tabouli, sautéed mushrooms, hummus, spicy Zaatar red potatoes and so much more.
My end goal is not merely the creation of beautiful food, but that love is felt through every bite! 🥂 Toast to a lovely Mediterranean evening!