1st Blog Birthday- An interculinary Journey

by Sarah on February 8, 2010

So a year has gone by, and this I know because it is all recorded in my blog, the entire journey. I originally intended it to help promote my cooking workshops called Zarifa’s Melting Pot but I quickly realized that I just didn’t have the time to be full time Mom as well manage my own business. My blog started out slowly with just a single boring post which I promptly forgot about.  About a month later I receive my very first comment, which thrilled me more than I like to admit and started me officially in the world of blogging. Through my blog and the comments and connections which developed as a result, I have also learned tremendously , everything from recipes, cooking tips, local variations, origins of culinary terms, where to obtain certain ingredients and even about topics not related to food. I hope that this year has been only the beginning of my journey and there will be many more interesting discoveries in the future.

When I began writing my blog, I knew I did not want to define it as an Israeli, Kosher/Halal or an Arabic food blog although many of the recipes can be defined as that. What interested me above all else is the intercultural aspect of cuisine and how every region has been influenced by their neighbors, to create overlapping flavors and aromas that can never be contained strictly within borders or one group of people.  As my blog matures, I realize that I do not want to be restricted by one region or cuisine but want to explore the world’s diversity, on an interculinary journey.

So beginning a new trend, here is a recipe for guacamole, a very Tex-Mex dish but with flavors echoing that of North Africa. This salad is a wonderful combination of creamy avocado, zesty lemon and aromatic coriander and cumin. Serve with toasted pita bread, corn tortilla or as a side dish for chili con carne.


4 Avocados (about 2 1/2 cups), mashed slightly with a fork

1 tomato, chopped

2 green onions, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

1 bunch coriander, chopped

1/2 green chili pepper, finely minced

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/2 teaspoon cumin or to taste


Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings.  A few tablespoons of sour cream can be added to it.

I feel that after a year I must thank my readers, especially the ones that have taken the time in their busy lives to write comments.

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Mack February 8, 2010 at 9:30 am



OysterCulture February 8, 2010 at 9:30 am

Happy One Year Blog Birthday. I cannot believe its only been a year, you have one of the most polished blogs around. Usually when you look back on a blog you see a lot of development. Yours was great from the beginning. Look forward to celebrating #2 with you next year.


Melody Fury February 8, 2010 at 9:30 am

Yay! Congrats! Funny how we treat our blogs like our babies, huh? Your photos are stunning and I’m happy to see the “interculinary” recipes!


Yael the Finn February 8, 2010 at 10:27 am

Happy first blog birthday Sarah!You have such a beautiful blog,with awsome pictures ,recipes and stories:-)


Barry February 8, 2010 at 11:30 am

Very many happy returns. We were late to find you (the blog was already walking and talking by the time we were lucky enough to meet it) but look forward to watching it grow further.


Miriam/The winter guest February 8, 2010 at 11:50 am

So happy anniversary, Sarah!! You know I love your intercultural approach.


Maninas February 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Happy bloggiversary, dear Sarah! I really enjoy reading your blog.


Cmiranda February 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Congratulations Sarah on your first anniversary blog.Thanks for pursuing it since your first post , I’ve learned so much from your posts about regional cuisine and history.Keep it up.


kano February 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Happy anniversary Sarah. Your blog is one of my favourite. Apart from the obvious excellent recipes and beautiful photos, I admire the amount of effort you put in researching recipes and chasing historic origins. Keep it going.


Yael February 9, 2010 at 2:17 am

Happy blog birthday! I remeber the begining… I am very proud of you!


Margit February 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

Intercultural – interculinary! I like that! And why do I like that? Because I’m also a product of different cultures, and because food is such an important part of every culture. You learn a lot about a country or a region by looking at their food. So Happy Blogsday from my “Intercultural Musings” blog and a friendly wave from Britain to Israel!


Jay P February 10, 2010 at 1:20 am

Happy first birthday to your blog, Sarah. We’re VERY new discoverers of your stories and recipes so we can look forward to your second year. Hope our blog is still around in a year…


tasteofbeirut February 11, 2010 at 10:42 am

Happy anniversary Sarah on your blog!
I love the presentation of your guacamole! We love guacamole around here and when I take the time to make it it is gone in no time, but I don’t usually polish the plating of it like this!


Sarah February 12, 2010 at 2:59 am

thank you! Of course if it wasn’t for the blog I would never prep up the guacamole like that! I would just eat it right out of the bowl :-)


Zahavah February 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Happy Blogiversary. I can’t believe it but your blog is 1 day older than mine. Work has been crazy, so I haven’t even celebrated yet!

I almost always put cumin in guac — I think I would have LOVED to try yours.



Sarah February 12, 2010 at 3:00 am

thank you for all the blogiversary wishes, next year I will plan a party!


Sea Cucumber February 15, 2010 at 2:27 am

I’m shy usually and am embarassed leaving comments – but after you enticed me into becoming part of your blogging history, I feel it’s only right to wish you a very Happy Blogiversary (great word I couldn’t resist using). I love your photo’s, I love your stories, and when I go in to your blog – I always end up smiling…. the scary bit will be if this time next year I have ended up actually cooking something that is edible :-)


getrude February 15, 2010 at 11:09 am

When I was one I had just begun…..
A wonderful site with great guest blogs!
Happy Birthday!


Jennifer Chen February 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Happy birthday. I also love your cuisine more and more stepping into other culture. Enjoy reading your articles with pics. Do let me know if you plan to have a party in Asia.


Sarah February 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm

thanks Jen! I still leaning about the fermented black beans and pickled seeds you bought me, thanks


Angie February 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Congratulations! Your pictures are beautiful!


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