About My Kitchen

Welcome to my Emirati-American Kitchen

I started out this blog as an online easy reference cookbook for my children.  I am slowly trying to include all their favorites in here. 🙂  I am also including the recipes that I grew up with from my childhood in South Texas.

The local (UAE) recipes that you see here on Emiratican Kitchen are the ones that I learned from my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law.  Every Emirati home that you find, each will have their own adaptation of a traditional UAE recipe.  That is how all recipes are.  There is that saying that is probably famous all over the world, “Nobody can cook as good as my Mama”.  Well, I confess that I made my own little changes here and there.  Some families will use salt, I substitute Maggi Chicken Cubes.  I told my sister-in-law that one day and she said that Maggi is only for shorbah (soup)!  I don’t always add a whole loomi ball (dried black lemon) to the stews when I cook it either.  I mostly use the loomi powder.

Well, I hope that you try and enjoy the recipes that I have included in here.  This blog is a loving work-in-progress.  I try to post recipes as often as I can but I am also busy with the home, kiddos, daydreaming….. 🙂

14 responses to “About My Kitchen

  1. Oh wow! Thank you! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  2. Hello Mary,

    Nice blog!
    Could you please send me your email, would love to speak with you about projects that we work on.

    you might be interested in it.


  3. Salam Alakum, I just came across your website today while searching for a Balaleet recipe =) , you’re blog is great. I too am an American married to a national, I just love that your blog will now become my one stop shop for recipes.

  4. Wa Alaikum Salaam Maryam 🙂

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I am happy to know that you will be using my recipes 🙂

    Have a wonderful day!

  5. I love your blog! It sooooooooo wonderful to hear a fellow American sister is also out there happily married to a habibi! I am married to a DH from Palestine, and have one son. I am a happy revert of two years (though we’ve been married longer than that). I also love to sew cook crochet and scrap book and so much lol. When I read your blog sometimes I feel like I am reading myself 😀

    I tried blogging but…I don’t know I just became too busy to actually do much on it. Maybe I will return to it later but I am currently home schooling my son during the day and have my self in college classes at night sooooooo I’ll just content myself with reading yours 🙂

    Thanks so much sis for sharing your recipes 🙂 BTW I made the spiced tomato rice tonight with my dinner (roast chicken) and it was DELICIOUS! Hugs from Ohio!

  6. Hi Tracy! Thank you so much for your kind comment 🙂 You put a big smile on my face. Let me know when your blog is up and running and I will surely visit you! I wish you well with homeschooling and your own classes 🙂

    I am really happy that you tried the recipe and enjoyed it.

  7. salam alalykum

    I hope you are well.

    Could you post recepies on how to make an Emirati Fsh Saloona and chicken saloona recepies. I hope it will be alright with you. When you can.

    Thank you

    Jazak Allahu Khyran

  8. Wa Alaikum Salaam Noora! I just posted a fish stew recipe today. I hope you try it and like it…let me know! Thanks!

  9. Salamun Alaikum
    Harees is my favourite dish 🙂
    Any info about where traditional Harees is available in Sharjah?

  10. MuQeet: Wa alaikum salaam, you can easily find harees to purchase at one of the many public kitchens located on the main road separating Ghafiyah and Jazzat near Green Belt Park.

  11. Thank you so much.

  12. Thank you for sharing this insightful blog with full of recipes,an American employee tomorrow is coming to a company where I work in to go over the joining formalities and contract,I would love to cook some Local Emirati food to welcome her to UAE!

  13. Hi. I also am an American married to an Omani living in Muscat. I am so bored with my recipes so was looking for UAE recipes and here you are! It is sooo hard to find any recipes on Omani food. I follow food posting women on IG but they just give beautiful pictures and if they tell you the spices there are no quantities! I want rice!! So, I look forward to perusing your site. I too have a blog but it is all about sewing and my kids when smaller and more western cooking. Glad to find you! Alia

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