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YALLA = arabic for “come on!” • chaldean american • come on, let’s eat!

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When I just want a hug from my mama but can’t, eating her Chicken Biryani comes in as a close second The warm spices make me feel all cozy inside, just like her hugs😩🥺 - Iraqi Chicken Biryani: * 1 package of chicken thighs/pieces * 4 cups broth and/or water * 1.5 cups basmati rice * 1 medium russet potatoes, cubed and deep fried OR roasted in advance * 1 medium onion, peeled * 2 cloves of garlic * 1/2 cup vermicelli noodles * 1 bay leaves, one dried lime (black lime), 4 pods of cardamom * 1 T baharat/allspice seasoning (or make your own: 1 teaspoon, grounded, of each: cinnamon, turmeric, clove, black pepper, cardamom, cumin, coriander) * 1 tsp saffron or turmeric * 1/4 cup golden raisins * 1/3 cup halved almonds, toasted * Salt and pepper to taste
 In a dutch oven or pot, sear seasoned chicken thighs (salt & pepper) in oil until crust forms. Add onion, garlic, bay leaf, lime, and cardamom De-glaze the pot with broth &/or water. Braise the chicken for about half an hour, covered on medium to medium-low In a separate pan, fry the vermicelli noodles in neutral oil. When it turns golden brown, pour in 1 cup of water, bring it to a boil, and then let it simmer over low until water is gone and vermicelli is soft. Add the cooked potatoes, raisins, spices, and salt & pepper to taste to aand allow flavors to get to know each other for ~5 mins. Reserve to side Back to the chicken. Once done, take out chicken with a slotted spoon and put off to the side. Take out the whole spices (bay leaf, lime, and cardamom) Use the reserved broth in the pot to cook the rice. Add in saffron or turmeric, and stir rice to ensure even color distribution. Cook per box instructions Optional: while rice is cooking, you can shred the chicken and fry in butter/ghee to crisp it up…or just leave it as is! You’ll be mixing it with the rice anwways Once rice is done, add in potato-vermicelli mixture + shredded chicken to the rice. Mix and fluff. Top with more golden raisins, slivered almonds, and herbs! Mint or parsley are classic Middle Eastern combos❤️ #biryani #chickenbiryani #iraqifood #middleeasternfood #chickenandrice #arabicfood #dinnerideas #ethnicfood #momscooking #homechef

Finally getting back into some sort of routine...my summer internship just started! Virtually though😔 In the meantime, I’m still trying to have fun with my cooking French Toast Waffles: Prepare your french toast using your go-to recipe. Use any toast you have on hand, day-old/stale bread is best! Prepare your french toast batter/custard. For about 5-6 pieces of toast I whisk together: 2 eggs, ~1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, pinch of salt, and 1 T of sweetener (honey, sugar, maple syrup, etc. this helps form a nice caramelized crust🤤) Dip your bread in the batter and coat on both sides, but don’t let the bread become soggy! Here comes the fun part…instead of cooking your french toast in a skillet, put it in a waffle maker to make the “waffles” ‼️ Once done, dust with powdered sugar or even some cinnamon sugar. Warm maple syrup too - #EEEEEATS #breakfastideas #frenchtoast #brunch #kitchenhacks #waffles #frenchtoastwaffles #feedfeed #f52grams #vsco #vscofood #kitchn #food52 #nytcooking #epicurious #huffposttaste #foodphotography #homechef #detroitblogger

Summer salads are my ish No matter what we’re having for dinner, my mom’s go-to side dish is this Chopped Iraqi Cucumber Salad I grew up eating this and will never get tired of eating it🤤 The one thing about my mom and Nana’s cooking, and Arab cooking in general, is that we eyeball everything A pinch of this and a dash of that. No exact measurements, just tailor to your preferences! Ingredients: -persian cucumbers -roma tomatoes -chickpeas -red onion -red radishes -boiled/roasted beets (add them in at the end to make sure everything doesn’t turn purple) Dressing: -lemon juice -red wine vinegar -dried mint -sumac -fresh chopped parsley -touch of honey -touch of dijon to emulsify -minced garlic -sour salt/citric acid if you have -lots of extra virgin olive oil -salt and pepper to taste! #saladrecipe #iraqifood #cucumbersalad #summersalad #arabicfood #arabfood #easymeals #atxblogger #thekitchn #feedfeed #thenewhealthy #quickmeals #wellandgoodeats #glutenfreefood #makesmewhole #goodmoodfood #todayfood #detroitblogger

I’m on a coronacation with some friends (that I’ve already been seeing/quarantining with, don’t worry) One meal that never fails to be a crowd pleaser is a ~make your own taco bar~ 🌶💃🏽🌽🌮 Cauliflower Lentil Tacos with Garlic Cashew Cream and Fire-Roasted Corn. Used the lentils as taco “meat” - I cooked the lentils in broth, bouillon, salt and pepper Once cooked until soft, I sautéed shallot and garlic in butter in a separate pan, added the lentils, and seasoned with: *smoked paprika *cumin *coriander *oregano >Then mashed in< *chipotle peppers in adobo sauce *a little bit of water/broth I let it all simmer on low until the flavors got to know each other Meanwhile, I charred some cauliflower and sweet corn, heated up the tortillas (I used @latortillafactory low carb tortillas), and prepared my toppings Garnished with red cabbage, thinly sliced jalapeños, avocado, and leftover garlic cashew cream (see my last post…I used it in pasta. It’s super versatile!) Super tasty, super filling, and definitely has a kick🔥💃 Head to my highlights to see how I made it! #feedfeedvegan #epicurious #cashewcream #corn #tacos #lentils #vegantacos #memorialdayweekend #veganrecipes #plantpowered #cookingathome #easyrecipes #eeeeeats #healthylifestyle #plantbasedrecipes

Jambalaya inspired summer skillet✨This is great to feed a crowd too! 1 - 1.5 cups of rice (I used @eatbanza chickpea rice!), colored with turmeric or saffron for the bright yellow color While rice is cooking, sauté sliced andouille or kielbasa sausage on medium until just starting to turn brown. Add in minced onion, garlic, chopped red bell peppers, a pat of butter & cook until onion becomes translucent and garlic is fragrant Add in cleaned raw shrimp + season to taste w: *salt & pepp *cajun seasoning (paprika, garlic powder, ground black, pepper, ground white pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, cayenne, thyme) stir in al dente rice and let everything in the pot “get to know each other” for a few mins Top with parsley and/or cilantro leaves, a little more salt and pepp to taste! - #banza #skilletmeals #jambalaya #andouillesausage #shrimpfriedrice #mywilliamsonoma #thekitchn #feedfeed #feedfeedglutenfree #quickmeals #mindbodygram #healthyish #glutenfreefood #makesmewhole #todayfood

How to make boujee peaches and cream toast🍑🍞 -toast (i used @daveskillerbread) -ricotta cheese (i used @belgioiosocheese) -a juicy peach -honey (use #localhoney if you can!) -fresh thyme -freshly cracked black pepper -flakey sea salt #toast #toasttuesday #peaches #peachesandcream #foodvideos #foodvideo #feedfeed #thefeedfeed #ricottacheese #ricottatoast #foodiesofinstagram #foodforfoodies #foodgawker #cooking #homechef #cookingathome #pantrystaples #healthyfood

classic middle eastern combo that I’ve been enjoying lately: labne, zaatar, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and warm bakery “samoon” bread ✨ - #EEEEEATS #breakfastideas #f52grams #middleeasternfood #labneh #zaatar #samoon #arabfood #vsco #vscofood #food52 #foodgawker #gloobyfood #huffposttaste #feedfeed #healthyish #foodphotography #chefsofinstagram

Michigan summers are ~the~ best When it’s nice out, the last place you’ll find me is inside in front of the stove. You can find me, however, at the grill most summer days🌞 get you a girl who can do both🥰 On the menu tonight: grilled coffee pork loin using @freshjax Sunrise Cowgirl’s Rub. Smoky, earthy, and slightly sweet I mean hey, there’s more uses for coffee for your average cup o’ joe. I’ll be using this rub on repeat this summer🌝 For 15% off Fresh Jax spices, use the link in my bio! I seriously love all of their spices and blends http://freshJax.refr.cc #detroitmichigan #michigansummers #paleo #grilling #grillingseason #pork #grilltime #grillingandchilling #coffeerub #feedfeed #paleo #summerrecipes #detroitfoodie #healthydinner #thekitchn #iamwellandgood #glutenfreefood #healthyfoodshare #foodvideo

summer peach cobbler with melty vanilla ice cream 🍦👅💦✨ - Peach Base: * 6-7 medium fresh peaches, sliced * 1/4 cup white sugar * 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom * 1/2 tsp cinnamon * 2 tablespoons butter, melted
 Cobbler Topping: * 1 cup white AP flour * 1/2 cup white sugar * 1/4 cup brown sugar * 1 teaspoon baking powder * 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom * 1/4 teaspoon salt * 1/2 teaspoon vanilla * 1/2 cup butter (melted) * 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw) * Vanilla bean Ice cream Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 - 35 mins. Cobbler should be juicy and bubbly around the sides Sprinkle with coarse sugar/turbinado sugar for the last 10 mins and then broil on low for a few more minutes to get the top a nice golden brown Let cool for 10-15 mins before digging in (good luck with that 😅) and eating with vanilla ice cream 🍨 - #peachcobbler #peach #cobbler #peachrecipes #dessert #baking #feedfeedbaking #f52grams #feedfeed #summerrecipes #iamwellandgood #mindbodygram #eatgoodfeelgood #nourish #eatrealfood #pantryrecipes #flexitarian #lunchrecipes #foodvideo #simplerecipes #huffposttaste #epicurious #detroitblogger

Seems to be strange to go about “business as usual” on this account with all that’s going on in the world right now. Food is NOT a priority right now #blackvoices are I haven’t posted for the past week, and will continue to be muted this week in attempt to limit distractions on social media, as well as make necessary space for black voices to be heard. #amplifymelanatedvoices I will try to be active on my stories to share how you can support black-owned businesses in Detroit. My home city I will continue to educate myself and do the work in learning about the systemic racism in our country. I will have those hard, uncomfortable conversations black lives matter 🖤 i stand with you #muted

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