Your Lebanon Chef Feature: The Hummus Theory
Diala Shaheen of The Hummus Theory shares through her blog her love of Middle Eastern food and the importance of preserving these recipes, especially those of her Palestinian background. We appreciate how she prepares healthier alternatives to traditional dishes we love and her modern take on dishes we are accustomed to!
Guest Recipe Features:
Q & A with Diala
Please tell us about yourself:
My name is Diala Shaheen. I am doing my undergraduate studies in food, nutrition and health in the University of British Columbia. I am currently living between Vancouver, Canada and Ramallah, Palestine. I decided to start blogging only a year ago and it has been a life-changing experience so far. My blog is at the nexus of my two main passions; healthy eating for everyone and preserving my Palestinian cuisine and culture. I’m not vegetarian/vegan, but my recipes have tons of veggies!
Where are you from:
Where are you currently residing:
What is your favorite Middle Eastern dish to make:
Hummus, all Arabic mezzah, freekeh.
Do you prefer traditional Middle Eastern dishes or Modern/fusion Middle Eastern dishes:
My blog works on taking traditional dishes and flavor and preparing them in a modernized, healthy way.
What do you love most about cooking Middle Eastern cuisine:
The diversity and uniqueness of its flavors and how healthy our cuisine is!
What is your favorite Middle Eastern restaurant:
Awani (Levant and Armenian food)- Dubai.
What is your favorite food blog:
Palestine on a plate, Chef in disguise, Nutrizonia.
What is a must have tool in your kitchen for making Middle Eastern food:
Big pots and tons of beautiful mosaic Palestinian plates.
What advice do you have for someone just starting to find their way around the kitchen:
Keep it simple, everyone can cook, have fun, and explore new cuisines and flavors everyday.
What nostalgic treat would you grab on walks to the local deken when you were a kid:
Turmous (lupine beans).
I am so happy to be able to share authentic Palestinian recipes with everyone through this platform. The Palestinian cuisine is one of the most endangered, yet interesting cuisines and I hope my blog gives a taste of it. – Diala Shaheen