About Me

Welcome to my blog. This is a place for me to share and express my love for food. I am a piano teacher during the day and a baker throughout the day! My life I guess, took a direction in education and children, but if I had to start all over again I would become a baker. My cooking, like my life, is a real blend of cultures. I am Jordanian with parents from different backgrounds. I have lived a good chunk of my adult life in the UK and now live in Jordan… So my kitchen is a small world of dishes. So come in and enjoy.

About this blog

To be true to what I really cook in my kitchen I cant angle this blog to just Middle Eastern food. My knowledge of food is like a mosaic  that is formed from a hundred little pieces of impressions, tastes and experiences that feeds into who I am as a cook..So Expect to see food that is closely linked to different cultures around the world and at the same time food that is suitable and enjoyable for children too. This quote from Julia Child sums up a big part of my interest in food and cooking “Cookbooks are the history of an epoch. They show how people prepared and ate the ingredients available to them…, they’re an essential ingredient to preserving our past and enhancing our future”.


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    February 11, 2012

    Lara…I loved reading through this!…If you notice, or rather, I have noticed that the photos got better and brighter as I scrolled down. The recipes sound …mmm…are….mouth watering! Yala…start a school and teach us all this !

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    February 12, 2012

    Hi Lara,
    I will try to introduce some italian and swedish dishes in your blog. I usually cook easy and healthy food. What a great idea!

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    February 14, 2012

    I loved to read this Lara..keep it up…(I think I kind of posted randomly on all the pages…I have just understood how it works I think…hmm…and now I realise some of my comments really belonged here! sorry for the randomness..) But anyway, what a wonderful thing to do for your passion! very inspiring for me ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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    February 14, 2012

    Lara…im sick of my chocolate chip cookies at books@cafe. i ahve a question…If i were a chocolate chip cookie with an identity crisis, and wanting to be aliberal outgoing cookie…what would my new recipe be?

    Any one out there with suggestions?

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    February 14, 2012

    Lara u have a great passion for food. Its not just food as a need to live or as an energy source that you are interested in …but rather the the way you present the recipes and your style that invites our appetites as readers. You interest us by telling your personal history of your grandmother’s cooking to her thoughts about food to the modern day usage of food as an art form. Its clear that you love greek food beside other dishes. You also perked your article when u talked about the organic veg market and you added a beautiful flower when you showed the photo of your daughter and her little story to the article. What I like as well is the title of your articles because food is a very important part of our life’s journey. So you must continue with this journey as you started it in the right way..all my wishes for a great success……..MO

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    February 16, 2012

    Lara, i got this on my facebook…maybe you want to link up:

    Alma Khasawnih

    Good morning Seattelites:

    i am one of the columnists for the Seattle Globalist. One of the columns i write is about cooking and the individual’s doing the cooking (see this entry about Jill Mangaliman’s turrรณn: http://โ€‹www.seattleglobalist.com/โ€‹?s=Jill.

    i am searching for others who would like to be featured in this column. You can be from anywhere in the world. You can cook anything you want. You…

    See more

    Search Results Jill โ€” Seattle Globalist
    Where Seattle Meets the World.

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    February 19, 2012

    Congrats on your blog, I like the name ” a life on a plate ” very inspiring.

    The Malfoof recipe looks yummy. Looking forward for more of your recipes ๐Ÿ™‚


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    Kitchen Butterfly
    February 20, 2012

    Wow, I love your ‘Life on a Plate’. It reminds me of a wonderful book which I just read that TRANSFORMED my life, ‘Women, Food and God’….it talks about food being an unexpected path to everything! Food has so much freedom and passion that those who can extol its virtues. Looking forward to enjoying your blog!

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    February 26, 2012

    Well done Lara!! Your blog is inspirational & impressive. A multi talented person like you deserves a pat on the back for this blog. I have always loved your food from quiche to cakes you are a wonderful chef! Your presentation is always appealing & the taste leaves you wanting for more!! I look forward to more recipes from you. Keep cooking!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 26, 2012

    Thank you Kris.. I do miss you and most of all miss your company. You must visit soon so I can Enjoy your sight while eating my food:)xxxx

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    Surya's Mum
    March 4, 2012

    Hi Lara,

    I love the blog and you make cooking look so delicious yet ‘simple and easy’ to do. Inspiring!! One of these days, I should try making Muhallabiya for Surya ๐Ÿ™‚

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    March 13, 2012

    waaaaaawww lara mabrook ๐Ÿ™‚ great job !! will share some

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    April 29, 2012

    Getting to know everyone from FIA – Looking forward to reading all your stories… cooking food is a journey in our kitchen as well:)

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    May 7, 2012

    There is a Food Blogger Event coming up that we’d like to invite you to.

    “Celebrating Dubai’s Foodies”

    Is there an email addy you can be contacted?

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    April 29, 2013

    Hey Lara.

    I’m trying to send you a blog-related email.

    What’s the best way to mail you?



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    patricia khoder
    January 21, 2014

    dear lara
    i saw your blog and it is very very intersting

    my name is patricia khoder. i am a lebanese journalist working for sync production company. we are based in beirut and dubai and we are preparing a tv program called the taste.

    it ‘s a competion among arab cooks and our jury is international. we are searching for cooks from all over the arab world who are ready to take a month vacaction and to participate in the program that is going to be shown on pan arab tv station. the finalist will win an amount of money.

    our casting is now and the shooting will take place in march.

    We care about the creativity, the art, the touch that is put on every plate.

    hope that you are interested by the project

    if yes, please do get in touch with me as soon as possible

    my contacts are

    patricia khoder



    00961 3520 119

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    June 15, 2014

    Hi Lara,

    I hope you are doing great. Lara, I have gone through your blog and it’s pretty interesting. My name is Roksar Kamal and I am from a PR agency. I would like to invite you to a very high-end book launch and press conference related to food that’s taking place this week. If you are interested in attending the event. Please mail me back on
    roksarkamal_99@hotmail.com and we could take it further from there.

    Thank you.

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