how my Mediterranean food
blog passion began!
What started out as a sad story, turned into a very happy ending...
Hi, I’m Rana. Thanks for visiting my Mediterranean food blog and welcome to my virtual kitchen! Here, you’ll find mouth-watering, wholesome, and nutritious Mediterranean recipes that will change the way you view cooking. Most of the Mediterranean diet recipes are straight from the comfort of my Mum’s Jordanian kitchen, but you’ll also find some innovative recipes that I’ve learned over time through my experiences in the food industry.
Through my Mediterranean food blog, I hope to share with you all the legacy of authentic Middle Eastern food bursting with Mediterranean flavors! Moreover, I aim to teach young people my tips and recipes, in the hopes of inspiring your culinary creativity so that you can also fall in love with the art of cooking. After all, cooking shouldn’t be a chore, it is an expression of love. Whether you’re looking for delectable Mediterranean plates, spices, or delicious Mediterranean sauces, my recipes got you covered. Plus, if you want to get started right away, below are some of my favorite Mediterranean diet recipes:
- Mediterranean Rice Bowl
- Mediterranean Shrimp Recipe
- Mediterranean Eggplant Recipe
More About My Mediterranean Food Blog...
And how I came to love Mediterranean diet recipes!
I was born in the beautiful city of Zarqa, located in Jordan. But my life was uprooted at a young age when I was married off into an arranged marriage at 16 years old and moved to San Francisco.
My husband and I had three children. Unfortunately, I got divorced in my late 20’s and was left living in San Fransico as a single mother. San Francisco immediately won my heart as it is a city filled with different cuisines and people from many different ethnicities.
“Despite the traumatizing separation from my parents and spouse, I fell in love with everything the Bay Area offered.”
My divorce left me with an overwhelming sense of responsibility that immediately set me on a productive path. It was then that I decided to develop my passion for food and cooking….so I began turning my dreams into a reality!
My journey with food began in 2001 with my café in Marin County, California. My passion for food and my love of feeding the people around me made the idea of opening a café seem like an obvious choice. Owning a café was always a dream of mine, and it gave me the flexibility to be with my three children, support my family, and share foods I loved with people from all over the world. In addition, the desire to provide authenticity and amazing flavor turned my customers to close friends. In time, we became like a diverse family of strangers, connected through our love for flavorful food. Now, I must say, I’ll always be grateful for that. Moreover, I am sincerely grateful that people continue to cherish my healthy recipes that are made with local organic ingredients and Mediterranean flavors!
Although I loved the cafe...
I eventually sold it in 2012 to devote myself to a family business that started with my daughter Sandra. My daughter and I owned an organic, gluten-free granola company for seven years. I have also successfully formulated and helped food businesses launch their products in the market.
I continued working until I got diagnosed with thyroid cancer and needed some time to heal. Eventually, I went through major surgery and therapy to completely recover. All in all, I have learned to appreciate my life’s journey for all of the good and the bad.
On a positive note, I am proud to tell you that I am cancer-free now. In addition, I am also happily remarried and live in Fairfield, CA, with my husband, our dog Mia, and our two rabbits Ringo and Zingo.
Now, I am excited to embark on my next journey and share my favorite childhood dishes and creative innovations with all of YOU! So join me in my virtual kitchen as I bring tasty and nutritious recipes to your table. Undoubtedly, I am more passionate than ever to share bits and pieces of my journey from struggle to success with you. Although times were difficult, I was always comforted by my love for food and creating nostalgic recipes. Through my Mediterranean food blog, I will convey my message of hope to all the young men and women and inspire them to express their creativity in the kitchen. Just remember to always believe in yourself and never forget what made you take the first step towards your goals. Thanks again for visiting, and I hope you enjoy my Mediterranean diet recipes!
What’s another wonderful Mediterranean diet recipe you can start with? How about try my delicious Chicken Over Rice recipe!
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