Chef Feature: Kitchen Maestro

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Kitchen_Maestro

Nisreen is the food blogger behind Kitchen Maestro. Her page features traditional Middle Eastern & Palestinian dishes with tutorial videos and recipes. She plates and photographs her food beautifully, and incorporates a lovely array of floral and ingredients decor with the food, while also sharing a behind the scenes look at her food photography and styling techniques!

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Q & A with Nisreen

Please tell us about yourself:

I am Nisreen Rahhal, Palestinian in Origin and Proud with Jordanian nationality, born and spent some of my childhood in Kuwait, then I moved to Jordan to continue my education there. I studied Pharmacy and worked for 3 years as a pharmacist in Amman.Then got married and moved to UAE. Now I am a stay-at-home mom with 2 lovely kids. I love everything about food, food photography and food styling as well! I enjoy everything I prepare in my kitchen as I believe in a saying “Cooking is Like Painting, as there are so many notes or colors, there are so many flavors, it’s how You combine them that sets You apart!…. ”

I love to cook, to enjoy my real passion which is “Food Photography.” Although sharing recipes/dishes with others is one thing that makes me happy too!

Where are you from ?

Jenin, Palestine

Where are you currently residing?

Sharjah City, UAE

What is your favorite Middle Eastern dish to make?

Ooooh! It’s hard to pick just one! But I’ll try! I will say Musakhan (Palestinian traditional dish). Nothing can beat  the amazing taste of it! Especially the one that my mom does!

Do you prefer traditional Middle Eastern dishes or modern/fusion Middle Eastern dishes?

I prefer authentic middle eastern dishes a lot, but sure love to try a modern versions 🙂

What do you love most about cooking Middle Eastern cuisine?

What I love is how some middle eastern dishes are related to and served only in special occasions like for example;  Atayef in Ramadan and Ka’ek / Mamoul cookies in Eid!  Our dishes are very much combined with memories of childhood, moms’ love, and grandmoms’ heritage.

What is your favorite Middle Eastern restaurant?

Here In UAE there are 2 : “Shababeek” (a Lebanese restaurant)  their amazing food , the decoration and the whole atmosphere with Fayrouz music playing  in  the background  make it a very enjoyable place for me. The second is “Zahret Al quds.” I love how their food can  take me back to the  authentic taste of Palestinian cuisine .

Nisreen’s Helbeh “Fenugreek cake”

What is your favorite food blog?

There are many! A couple of them are:

https://nivskitchen.wordpress.com/       [Nivin’s Your Lebanon Feature Page]

https://homemadebymanal.wordpress.com/      [Manal’s Your Lebanon Feature Page]

What is a must have tool in your kitchen for making Middle Eastern food?

My Food Processor

What advice do you have for someone just starting to find their way around the kitchen?

Cook with passion, love your kitchen, be patient as there will always be ups and downs,until you get it right and perfect.

What nostalgic candy bar would you grab on walks to the local deken when you were a kid?

Surrrre it’s “ Ras Abu el abed” or “Tarboosh” a yummy chocolate covered marshmallow cookie.

 

I would like to thank Your Lebanon blog and the beautiful Tina for giving me this lovely opportunity to be featured on your blog! It was a real Pleasure!- Nisreen

 

 

 

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