Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Caramel Sesame Candy

caramel sesame candy

Though I’m not particularly a fan of candy, I do love anything with sesames seeds or honey. Additionally, it’s a common traditonal sweet  in both Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine, two of my favorites. This recipe is my version, which is softer than the harder candies found at ethnic grocers. While watching an episode of Lidia’s Italy, I got a pretty good idea of ... Read More »

Sour Cherry Syrup & Flavored Yogurt

Have you heard about all of the wild things they put in good old fashioned {commercial} brands of yogurt? Some contain high fructose corn syrup; others have pork-derived gelatin. If you’ve visited this blog before, you know I’m absolutely against the addition (and creation of) high fructose corn syrup in anything. Additionally, foods with swine are not halal (permissible). That ... Read More »

10 Tips to Keep You Efficient in the Kitchen During Ramadan

Efficiency & productivity in the kitchen is a skill that can always be improved upon. During Ramadan, however, it’s more important than ever to maintain these qualities in order to spend less time in the kitchen and more time taking advantage of the opportunities for ibadat (worship) and good deeds. Check out these ten tips to get you in and out of the ... Read More »

Creme Fraiche, Figs and Honey

Honey is one of my absolute favorite food and health items.  I don’t consider it as just a food, but also a medicine and a beauty product. Whenever I have an upset stomach, I take a heaping tablespoon of honey and normally feel the stomach ache disappear. To soften my skin, I make my own honey facials. In baking, I use ... Read More »

How to Dry Citrus Peels

How to Dry Citrus Peels | My Halal Kitchen

Whether you have tons of lemons and limes around or just a few, it’s easy to preserve the outer skin, or zest, for future use in baking and cooking. Did you ever realize how expensive it can be to purchase a jar of this stuff? It’s steep. That’s why I make my own. I had a ton of citrus fruits ... Read More »

Lemon-Lime Granita

With so much produce left over from the cooking demonstrations I conducted at the ISNA convention over 4th of July weekend, I had to come up with ways to use and preserve the goods. This lemon-lime granita is just one of the ways I used over 80 limes and 60 lemons left from our beautiful display. Granita, similar to a ... Read More »

Is it Halal? How to Figure Out What’s In Ethnic & American Foods

Restaurant Tortellini

Based on my own experience with a variety of world cultures and foreign languages, trying everything from food in the the US, Mexico, Southern Europe and the UK, I’ve developed these tips for deciphering specialty foods, international cuisine menus and grocery items so you’ll know what to watch out for whether you’re dining out, shopping or staying in places like ... Read More »

My Interview with Jules Dervaes of The Path to Freedom: The Modern Urban Homestead

Dervaes/UrbanHomestead.org

Many of you who follow this blog or actively participate on the MHK Facebook Page probably remember my several mentions of the Dervaes Family, the nearly self-sufficient Californians who garden just about every inch of their modest Pasadena home and even sell their harvest to local chefs and restauranteurs. I first learned about Jules Dervaes a few years ago while watching a ... Read More »

Halal Kitchen Demos at the ISNA Convention: All Four Recipes

The ISNA Convention is over and I’m still reflecting on the wonderful experience it was.  I’m simply amazed by the level of interest and excitment everyone had for My Halal Kitchen. We set up shop at the Crescent Foods and Halal Healthy booths to conduct four total cooking demonstrations and to promote the halal recipes on this site, as well as sell our custom ... Read More »

Rice Paper Rolls with Mango & Shrimp Stuffing and Orange-Lime Asian Sauce for Dipping

This recipe is unbelievably simple and there’s absolutely no cooking involved- a perfect crowd pleaser for these hot summer days. Use the freshest ingredients, including oranges and limes, instead of juices or concentrates which really makes a difference in the resulting taste. Makes 10 rolls (20 servings)  Rice Paper Roll Ingredients 2 ounces rice vermicelli noodles ½ lb. tiny cooked shrimp or ... Read More »