Welcome to all things related to halal cooking, eating, and of course the halal kitchen itself. I hope you will join me in sharing and exchanging delicious halal recipes for all seasons and all meals you can prepare any day of the week. So, what’s all this halal talk about?
caption of audio available at bottom of page
Why Halal? Muslims who follow the Islamic dietary standard of eating will consume halal (means ‘permissible’ in Arabic) foods and beverages. These are considered pure foods ordained for mankind by Allah (God) in the Holy Qur’an and Hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him). Commonly recognized items that are not halal are pork and all its by-products as well as any type of intoxicating drink, or even drugs. That said, an observer of Islam (i.e. a Muslim) doesn’t drink alcohol or eat pork or foods with their by-products or derivatives. For example, boxed jello and marshmallows usually contain gelatin, which is often derived from pork and therefore not halal (but it could be if halal ingredients are used). Additional non-halal things include birds of prey, carrion, carnivores, blood and human body parts (i.e. hair, which is becoming a common ingredient in processed foods like bread).
Why the need for MyHalalKitchen.com? To create a platform for readers (regardless of religious or ethnic background) where I would be able to showcase the tasty recipes I’ve learned to make or that others share with me, all of which are tested to ensure accuracy. Additionally, it was created to share kitchen tips, stories about cooking, thoughts on food, information on what’s happening in the food industry and where you can find all the same things I do to create my halal meals.
Over the last several years, I’ve tried fervently to educate myself on the source of food by-products so that I could avoid ingesting anything that’s not halal, but also to enjoy my favorite traditional and ethnic foods, only now with halal (permissible) substitutions. For example, I’ve learned to master my own chicken Parmesan, beef tacos and veal stew because there isn’t a halal restaurant I know of who will serve it up the way I’m used to eating it. I have also gathered a small collection of trusted companies and stores that offer not only halal products, but ones that are also healthy for us. This has proven to be a challenge when it comes to things like sausages or veal meat because not only are they rare fare finds at halal restaurants, but few grocers provide a good variety of raw and/or deli meats (without all those unhealthy ingredients) from which to buy and make the dishes myself. My journey has taken me on a mission to re-create our family favorites of Puerto Rican, Mexican, Sicilian and all other types of Mediterranean dishes, while avoiding as much pre-packaged and low quality food items as possible. I’ve also gained the desire to make more foods from scratch, simply because then I am guaranteed to know more about what it is that we’re eating.
The result has been simply delicious, simply pure, simply… halalAs the site evolves to showcase more topics on halal food and home, I hope you will enjoy and benefit from it as much as I enjoy creating it for you.
Peace to all and thank you for visiting!
For media contacts interested in an interview, please visit the Press page. Serious inquiries only.
Caption of Audio in Video at Top of Page:
Asalaamu’laikum (peace) and welcome to MyHalal Kitchen.com. I’m Yvonne Maffei and on my site you’ll find recipes and suggestions that fit your halal lifestyle. My recipes are quick, straightforward and easy to make. I’ll introduce you to producers of top quality produce, sustainable meats and poultry, artisanal cheeses and more. I’ll even test out kitchen tools to help make your cooking experience even better. With all this and more, you’ll always get the very best of what’s cooking in my halal kitchen. Come on over- you’re always welcome here!