Marhaba (“welcome”) to our old and new readers! Summer turned to fall turned to winter, and after taking some time off, we are very eager to get back to regularly posting and sharing our recipes with you. We’ve been cooking some stellar Arabic food in our kitchens, all while refining our creativity and fastidiousness to from-scratch cooking. In fact, we’ve been scribbling notes, Evernoting, and snapping photos of our best creations – so you’re in for a treat!
Even better, we have taken a good look through all the submissions we got to become a MidEats regular contributor, and we’ve found some great matches that we’re excited to welcome to our team and to introduce to all you guys. Yeah, we know the suspense has been killing you too. There were so many great submissions, but we remembered that we actually have to coordinate posts and come up with an editorial calendar, so we decided to start with two regular contributors for now. (Sheesh, who would have thought blogging can be so much work!?) Anyway, we are totally psyched to be growing our team, especially since the two lovely ladies joining us have a lot of talent and flair.
I know you must be tempted to speed-read to the next section where we reveal our contributors … so, without further ado, we want to ask you to join us in welcoming the newest members of the MidEats team of food creatives:
[twocol_one][typography font=”Lobster” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#307887″]Joumana Medlej[/typography] [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last][typography font=”Lobster” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#307887″]Jessica Moore[/typography] [/twocol_one_last]
Joumana is a talented artist who appreciates cooking from scratch and has a knack for design and all things creative. She’s of Lebanese origin and resides in the UK. Joumana will be contributing illustrated recipes and posts, which are as beautiful as they are practical, which you can see from the delicious orange-glazed potatoes example I pasted below. Check out some of her other illustrated recipes on her site, Majnouna.
Jessica is a steadfast real food advocate with a multifaceted understanding of traditional Palestinian cooking. She has a background in teaching, is a mom to two adorable kids, and resides in Northern Virginia. As you can see from her blog Bint Rhoda’s Kitchen, Jessica’s posts are always engaging and informative and her recipes are kid-friendly. We are excited to try making sourdough pita bread at home based on Jessica’s recipe, so that’s the reason I picked that screenshot from her blog.
Our contributors’ bios are so much more interesting than the short blurbs we included above, so be sure to check out their MidEats bios on our newly-updated Virtual Chefs page. You can also find links to their social media in their bios, so go ahead – follow them and say “Hello!” Brenda and I are thrilled to have these ladies on board, and we can’t wait for you to interact with them here and on our Facebook page.
Many thanks for your support as we transition to a collaborative Middle Eastern food site – we can’t wait for you to grow with us and join us in the kitchen!
[typography font=”Lobster” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#307887″]Heba and Brenda[/typography]
“Holding Hands Candle Holder” by Steve Hardy – CC BY-ND 2.0
Orange Glazed Potatoes by Joumana Medlej
Screenshot of Sourdough Pita Bread on Bint Rhoda’s Kitchen by Jessica Moore