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.

THE CHEF

Cook. Eat. Repeat.

Babaghanosh aka Mutabal Betenjan

Smoked aubergine & tahini dip which is great for dipping your veggies into, or have the Middle Eastern way, and enjoy with fried Pita bread next to your favorite dish.  Ingredients 1 large eggplant 1 garlic clove (optional) …

Galayet Bandoora قلاية بندورة

Galayet Bandoora is sautéed tomatoes stewed with garlic, olive oil, pepper, and salt. You can enjoy it over a bed of rice, alone, or dip with bread. Ingredients:  3 sliced tomatoes one diced small onion one diced green pepper…

Creamy Freekeh

One of my favorite Armenian restaurants in town serves a delicious Freekeh bil Fukhara, while this is not exactly what this is, it comes in second to best with a homemade copycat.  Ingredients 1 TSP veg oil 1 cup freekeh …

Su Burak - Turkish Cheese Burak

Su böreği, also known as Su Burak,  is a classic Turkish street food made with phyllo sheets and stuffed with cheese and parsley. Ingredients 1 pack filo pastry leaves 50-gram butter stick straight out of the fridge 2 eggs …

Mushroom Bell Pepper Canapes

These huge Canapés (oxymoron duly noted) are great for gatherings, movie night, and even dinner. After you've had one, it's quite hard to stop reaching for seconds or thirds. Just make sure to use fresh baguette for optimum results. Ingredients …

Taco Trays

I have a thing or two for Tacos. I find them effortless to make, and they are just delicious. Whenever I don’t feel like cooking, I resort to making them as they are a quick fix, and the ingredients are always within arms reach in the fridge. Ingredients •…

Ouzy Sorrar  

I have to be honest, I’m not a big fan of rice based dishes (can’t you tell by the featured recipes on my blog?) But I do have a soft spot for Ouzy Puffs! I can have them over and over, the flaky texture of the pastry, with the deliciousness…

Moussaka

Moussaka or Mosaqaa whichever you want to spell it is a traditional Arabic dish, yet it's so diverse that different countries have different methods of putting it together. This recipe is the light vegetarian method, the way my mom does it. Ingredients …

Creamy Spinach Tortellini

Don't we all love a good tortellini recipe? This one is a favorite of my husband and 18 month old daughter. Ingredients 250 grams cheese tortellini 200 grams light cream cheese 400 grams baby spinach chopped 1 1/2 Cup chicken…

Spinach Ricotta and Sun Dried Tomato Cannelloni

Last week I shared one of my favorite recipes a mouth-watering Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni. This week I decided to do a spin-off of the ingredients by including some Ricotta and Sun Dried Tomatoes. Ingredients 1 Large Oven Proof Dish …

Spinach & Cheese Cannelloni in bechamel sauce

I love Pasta! I don't necessarily enjoy rice or bread, but if there is one item that it's always in my pantry, it's pasta. One of my old time favorites is time-consuming yet rewarding. Check out my Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni Recipe. Ingredients …

Chicken Taco Boats

Easy to fill, hold, and eat, these Mini Soft Tortilla Taco Boats make it even more fun to spoon in your favorite fillings into bite sized tacos! If you can't find them at your local grocery store, the chicken recipe is still a winner with fresh…

Coleslaw

So, coleslaw – a favorite next to fried chicken, burgers, wings, or just about anything that goes under the fast food category. Personally, I’m not a big fan, I might take a bite, but Oz my husband, is a die-hard coleslaw lover. With…

Taco Salad

love everything that has to do with Tacos, but sometimes I just want something light and flavorful, minus the protein. So I was playing around with the base ingredients and decided to make a Taco Salad. Ingredients  1 Pack Taco…

THE MOTHER

Having children just puts the whole world into perspective.

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…
My little Hana is 15 months old, and this Friday was her first visit to the Children’s Museum; Located in Al Hussein Public Parks, we spent a lovely 2 hours there; I literally had to drag her out as it was almost her nap time. The Children’s…

Zoos and animal parks in Amman

My little one loves animals, she is now 15 months of age and she interacts daily with our domestic cat, she feeds the stray cats that hang around in our garden, visits her grandmother's turtles on Fridays (granny has 11 of them!), and doesn’t…

Reading with a 1 year old

Growing up I was a little book monster, I loved my books! I loved the touch and feel of the pages, the smell (yes, seriously), and everything about reading cover to cover, I would even reread favorites on a rainy day or whenever the need for…

Inspiring Working Mothers

Mother’s Day is upon us, and if anything, all mothers are working mothers. Whether they choose to stay at home and be full time mommies, or to join the work force and go after a career while looking after their families. No matter which side…

A child follows your example not your advice

The beautiful thing about having a baby is getting to know this little person. Hana is almost 8 months now, and needless to say, lately, there is never a dull day. I got to learn that when someone sneezes my kid laughs out loud, LITERALLY! For…

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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.

Girls night out with Tresemme JO

Remember project runway, a reality series hosted by model Heidi Klum with Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, and Tim Gun about fashion? The show was all about having these contestants come up with fashionable garments with limited time, materials, and…

Designing with recycled materials interview with Iina Vuorivirta

While visiting Sweden earlier this June and attending the IKEA Democratic Design Days, I got the chance to sip a quick cup of coffee with the lovely Iina Vuorivirta, now this is a name that you would want to remember in the design world, because…

IKEADDD showcasing the brand's designs and latest releases

Last week I was in Sweden attending the Democratic Design Days by IKEA. The IKEADDD is organized annually, and it's all about discussing the impact of design on our everyday life, especially in making affordable and sustainable designs at the…

Sleepless in Almhult IKEA Democratic Design Days

The road to Älmhult for the IKEA Democratic Design Days was like no other. I was accompanied by IKEA Jordan's Marketing Specialist Jehan Aggad to the two day event which aims to build trust and desire for IKEA Products (both of which I proudly…

Ten Lessons Learned from Quitting a Corporate Life for a Startup

I was asked to speak at the Personal Development Session hosted by the Rotaract Club of Amman West. The session "The Road to Success- Feel it, Work it, Achieve it", was aimed to inspire participants by sharing professional experiences to influence…

What would little Aylan have grown up to be?

Charlie Hebdo crosses the line over and over; the satirical French newspaper doesn't seem to draw the line between satire of recent events and unacceptable satire based on actual crisis in the world. The newspapers latest cartoon called "Migrants"…

THE CRITIC

A little bit of here and there.

Restaurant Review: V Lounge

While visiting the Rose City of Petra two weeks ago, I was told by multiple people that the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Amman had the best burgers the town has to offer, all I had to do is spare some time to check out the menu at V Lounge. Earlier…

Review: La Tablita Mexican Week at the Grand Hyatt

Whether you love Mexican cuisine or experimenting for the first time, you really want to do your taste palette a favor and visit La Tabilta at the Grand Hyatt this week, with a wide range of food hand crafted by Chef de cuisine Daniel Hurtado. The…

Restaurant Review Villa Clara

An appetizing array of food and drink choices lay in the menu of Villa Clara in Jabal Amman. Turning Classic recipes from around the world into scrumptious dishes that can all be enjoyed under one roof. The menu is international and brings…

La Capitale of the Four Seasons Amman

Tasting quintessential French cuisine is just around the corner, mark your calendars Amman, the Four Seasons Hotel will be opening a French brasserie this fall called “La Capitale”. Designed to be the perfect spot for discussing business,…

DIWAN The View

Imagine spending the day on the beach, tanning, soaking in the Aqaba sun. Retreating to your hotel room will probably be nothing but a power nap, and you’d want to show off your sun kissed in a view and a venue that were equally spectacular…

Brazilian Food Festival at the Grand Hyatt Amman

Are you ready to indulge in some Picanha? Bringing the tastes of Brazil to tickle your taste buds at the Grand Hyatt Amman, make sure to stop by the Brazilian Food Festival from the 19th of April till the 27th of April. Served daily starting…

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

PUBLISHED RECIPES