Al Jazeera’s food editor, Rania El-Shami, has been cooking up recipes from scratch for a few months now.
She says it’s a process that has given her the confidence to cook food that’s not only healthy, but that’s also easy to make.
Al Jazeera: Can you give us a quick rundown of the process you go through to make food?
Al-Shatti: For example, for the ‘meat’, I just make a bowl of rice.
That’s what I usually cook for.
Then, I add a few spices, a few vegetables and the broth to it.
Al-shatti: Then I make a pan and fill it with water and salt.
Then I add the rice, and it becomes a meatball.
Aljazeera: Do you know anything about meat from the Middle East?
AlShatti (sighing): I don’t know anything, actually.
The food I cook for myself is usually a lot simpler, because I do not have any knowledge of the Middle Eastern diet.
I have no idea what it tastes like, what it looks like, how it tastes, how the meat tastes.
AlShami: But I do know that it’s important to eat a lot of vegetables.
Vegetables are great for you.
Alshatti (wondering): And if you are not a big fan of the taste of meat, you can cook it with some other vegetables and make it better.
Al Shatti: I do make a lot, and I think I do get a lot out of them.
Al Jour: So, what else do you cook with vegetables?
Al Shami: Oh, well, it depends.
I do try to make some soup and some salads, as well.
AlJour: Do those salads really taste good?
It’s good, but not very delicious.
It depends on how you make it.
You need to use the seasonings and the seasoning and everything else.
I think you can do salads with the right spices, but there are some that taste like fish.
You also need to have a lot.
Al Arabiya: Al Shadi is a food writer and chef based in Damascus.
She also runs the food blog Eat Your Way, which has a lot to say about Middle Eastern cuisine.
Follow her on Twitter: @aljazeerafood and Al Jazeera Food on Facebook.