Marhaba!

I’m Lara.

A wife, mum, and food activist who aims to inspire healthy living practices, blogs about helping other parents redefine parenthood.

On my blog you will find easy recipes that are simple so you and your family can create and eat delicious food at home, even if cooking isn’t your thing. You will also find some posts inspired by my kids Hana and Ayah and some of our activities out and about.

Everyone in a while you will see a review about a product or a restaurant that we’ve tried. YES, I do encourage all of you to cook at home and to identify the sources of your food, BUT THEN AGAIN, who am I kidding, people do dine out, you get invited, you go out with your friends or spouses for dinner, but you will notice that most reviews do not come from junk food or fast food restaurants.
Today, life is busy.

Between work, kids, managing the house, school, play dates, home works, and extracurricular activities, making a meal could be a hassle, and we end up relying on feeding our families more junk and food out of a box that we anticipate.
I am on a missing for a healthier life style, and this include some seriously planting, and prepping meals from farm to table,

I’m thrilled that we’ve connected, thanks for stopping by my blog. Don’t be a stranger and come back frequently.

A selection of Quick & Easy recipes published in Family Flavours Magazine.

PUBLISHED RECIPES

THE CHEF

COOK. EAT. REPEAT.

Homemade Kaak

The journey of homemade Kaak started when my cousin Nana decided she was sick of the traditional Cheese platter and wanted something with an oriental twist, and with that came those miniature versions of our favorite toasted sesame kaak. Ingredients For…
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Our Favorite Egg Recipes

We’re a family who loves EGGS! Seriously we go through a large carton every week. With that said we love eggs because we’re always alternating between recipes. I for one fancy up my eggs, poached eggs with hollandaise sauce anyone? But…

SPINACH STRAWBERRY SALAD

Try this strawberry-spinach salad for a tasty twist on an easy summertime meal, or a side to any summer affair. Ingredients 4 – 5 Cups Fresh Baby Spinach leaves 2 Cups Strawberries (Slices in half or quarts to your preference) …

Japanese Potato Salad

Perfect for just about any BBQ and defiantly has summer written all over it. Ingredients 4 potatoes 1 carrot peeled & cut into thin round slices 1 cucumber cut into thin round slices ¼ cup Japanese mayonnaise (I used…

Beef Stroganoff

Ready in 30 minutes you cannot go wrong with this easy to make Beef Stroganoff! I’m surprised my two year old went for a second serving. Ingredients 500 grams’ baby veal meat cut into thin slices 3 TBSP Middle Eastern Buharat…
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Oven Baked Zaatar Chicken

On a day where I don’t feel like cooking, MAGGI® Mixes come to the rescue. Here is how I made this Zaatar Mix in an oven bag into a quick meal for my family Ingredients 1 package MAGGI® Zaatar Mix 4 chicken breasts (approximately…

THE MOTHER

Having children just puts the whole world into perspective.

The Working Mom’s Guide to Meal Planning

OK, so let’s get real, you know how hard it is to be a working mom and to cook every single day? Every month, every new year, I say 'this month is going to be different', THIS MONTH: I’M GOING TO COOK DAILY and serve fresh, homemade meals…

Fall Organization Hacks

Whether you have a house keeper or not, someone who comes once a week to clean, or you simply distribute chores to your family members, there are some things that only mom is diligent enough to do! This Fall I’m spending 20 minutes per…

Hawaiian Birthday Inspiration

A child’s first birthday is always special, especially the first child! When Hana turned one in 2016 we had a nice Hawaiian themes birthday in our garden. She wasn’t in school at the time, so we wanted to keep it simple, my friends were…

Visiting Istanbul with a Toddler 

As a mother of a baby (8 months now) and a 3-year-old toddler, one of the toughest decisions was to plan a vacation and act on it. Worried about not being able to provide nutritious food that is clean and age appropriate to my youngest Ayah,…

Kids and horses in Amman

I remember when Hana started walking; we would drive out to the Arabian Horse Club (Nadi al Jawad) out on the airport road and would walk around the stables meeting horses. We fell in love with a black horse called Obama who is just so friendly…

The Importance of Child Care for Working Parents

I am very blessed to have my mom around to look after my daughter! A typical day in my life during the week days include dropping off my daughter to my mom’s house at quarter to eight in the morning, then heading to work. I don’t come back…

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Empowering Women Through Cooking Contributor

I’ve contributed a “made with love from the freshest ingredients” recipe to ‘Empowering Women through cooking – Jordan’ 

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THE BLOGGER

Scattered and often late night thoughts.

Hello 32!

Life is a roller coaster; time passes by so fast you feel like a hamster on a wheel. I feel in the short 32 years that I’ve lived so far that I did it by the book, so here is to a year where I should go with my gut instead. I did my dues,…

Empowering Women through Cooking

Empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community is a responsibility that falls on everyone’s shoulders. We need to actively fight for women to be a contributing leaders in everyday life. Forget social norms, forget…

Um Al Banat

To the world, a son is missing from the picture-perfect family, the comment of a lack of son is my daily struggle. “So how many kids?”, I smile and say two daughters, then comes the tilt. Whether it’s the head slightly tiled to the…

Baba…

It’s been two weeks since you passed away! Life has an unfair way of driving us back to our daily routine. Wake up, give Hana breakfast/prepare her lunch box, send her off to pre-school, pick her up for lunch, then head home to mmom's for…

The Types of People You’ll Meet at the MENAICT2016

The first time I attended the MENAICT Forum was the year it was officially launched was back in 2010, I had just started my journey to blogging Sleepless in Amman was only two months old at the time, and I honestly wasn’t sure why I was invited,…

30 Reasons We Love Queen Rania of Jordan

August 31st marks Queen Rania’s Birthday! If you know me at all, you would know that after my mother, I would consider her my role model! I love Queen Rania’s passion for initiatives for education development, children, refugees, and family! On…

THE CRITIC

A little bit of here and there.

Aila Restaurant - Fairmont Istanbul

Located at the Fairmont Quasar Hotel in Istanbul, we visited Aila Restaurant multiple evenings for dinner. The restaurant is named and inspired by Turkish sensation and singer, Safiye Ayla, but apparently the name is written as Aila, for ease…

Sushi Satay Night!

We love dining at the Grand Hyatt Amman, especially on Wednesdays when they host theme nights and serve different cuisines! This time it was the perfect combination, Satay for him, Sushi for me! When I think Sushi Buffet, a little piece…

Savor the Flavor: Al Karma Kitchen empowers women through Desserts

A Saturday well spent to say the least. Oz and I dropped off little Hana (see what I did there? It used to be Baby Hana, now its little Hana since we’re expecting another) and headed off to a tour to Al Karma Kitchen in Jabal Al Natheef. The…

The Royal Tent at the Crowne Plaza Amman

Located in the heart of Amman on the 6th roundabout, the Crowne Plaza Ramadan Tent iftar will not disappoint. Contrary to former years, the traditional outdoor buffet has now been placed inside a humongous tent to keep you warm as the temperature…

Souk Ramadan at Sawani by Grand Hyatt Amman

Othman and I accepted an invitation to the Grand Hyatt Amman to check out their 2017 Souk Ramadan hosted at the Sawani terrace last night. Despite the windy 18 degrees’ weather outside that sent chills up and down our spines, it would be safe…

Review: La Capitale Brasserie

Earlier in September I wrote about my hard hat tour visit to La Capitale, where we got the chance to walk through the grounds that were merely a concept at the time, and I got the chance to enjoy some of the items that Chef Arthur Vonderheyden.…