I’m a mixer of potions, a swell cook, a writer, and a student of food, based between Washington, DC and the Middle East/North Africa region. The recipes, photos, and stories I post here document my journeys – physical, historical, gustatory – through Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Egypt (with a few other stops along the way).
I believe food and food cultures are a living, breathing thing, so you’ll find no paeans to authenticity here: if you’re looking for easy-to-follow adaptations of Middle Eastern & North African recipes (how do you cook a tagine without a tagine?) or fresh twists on traditional Mediterranean dishes (can I make hummus without tahini? gnocchi without potatoes?), look no further. I cook Italian recipes just about as often as I do Moroccan or Lebanese, which means I get to explore what the two might have in common and why.
About the name: This blog started as a love song to the two years I spent living (and eating delicious things) in Morocco’s Souss Valley. “Imik simik” is a saying in Tashelheet (spoken in the south of Morocco) that means “little by little.” See also: Hindi Zahra’s fantastic song by the same name.
The subtitle is a pun.
Email me at ann (dot) gaul (at) gmail (dot) com.