Your Lebanon Chef Feature: Fardos’s Kitchen
Fardos Hazem Alaghbar of Fardos’s Kitchen is a cook, baker & photographer with a passion for Middle Eastern food. We love how she experiments with traditional dishes we are familiar with, by also doing them in a new unique way. She shares recipes for not only Middle Eastern cuisine but other cuisines as well. We appreciate the beautiful details in her food photography, too!
Guest Recipe Features:
Q & A with Fardos
Please tell us about yourself:
I have Palestinian roots & a Jordanian nationality. I had been raised some of my childhood in KSA then returning back to Nablus,Palestine for few years before getting married and moved to Kuwait. I had continued my academic learning in Kuwait and graduated with an English literature bachelor degree from The Arab Open University of Kuwait. After graduation, since I was not planning to work “with having two young daughters,” I found my passion in the kitchen with preparing recipes I’ve been raised with as well as trying new food trends.
Where are you from:
Where are you currently residing:
What is your favorite Middle Eastern dish to make:
It is so hard to pick only one favorite dish of mine since I really enjoy all Middle Eastern food so much, but I think I would choose “Ma’loubet betenjan” (upside down rice with eggplant). The taste takes me back to the beautiful days of my childhood.
Do you prefer traditional Middle Eastern dishes or Modern/fusion Middle Eastern dishes:
I prefer preparing fusion Middle Eastern dishes. I love experimenting with food and textures so I try to give the traditional recipes a twist into a modern spirit.I find it a more inspirational way for many people to try it out.
What do you love most about cooking Middle Eastern cuisine:
I love how our Middle Eastern recipes appreciate veggies, herbs and spices in a unique way. Our cuisine is so diverse and the harmony of flavors can rarely be found in any other cuisine.
What is your favorite Middle Eastern restaurant:
I love to try new restaurants as I found it a path into exploring new flavors and different ways of presentation of food. For Middle Eastern restaurants I love “Babel” restaurants, the way they prepare authentic and traditional dishes into a more sophisticated unique way is always impressive.
What is your favorite food blog:
I have so many amazing talented friends who are food bloggers and photographers around IG and it is so hard to pick few they all have a huge inspirational affect and I learn from each and every one I follow. I may pick few of them: @nivinskitchen [Nivin’s Your Lebanon Chef Feature Page] @potsnbites [chef feature coming soon], @mzcuisine [chef feature coming soon] .They all have such an incredible food presentation, styling and photography.
What is a must have tool in your kitchen for making Middle Eastern food:
I think my stick hand mixer is an essential tool that I can never work without.
What advice do you have for someone just starting to find their way around the kitchen:
It is going to be a very long journey with so many failures and successes so all you need is patience (a lot of it indeed ), passion in what you do and eagerness to learn and to get the best out of your work.
What nostalgic candy bar would you grab on walks to the local deken when you were a kid:
I used to adore sweetened roasted coconut bars that were sold by vendors in the old city of Nablus, it has an attractive aromatic “coconuty” smell that gets me craving it each and every day.
I would like to thank you Tina and “Your Lebanon” blog for featuring me on your blog, it is a true honor for me. – Fardos