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.

You can follow me on InstagramFacebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. My photos are hosted on Smugmug.

Email me at ann (dot) gaul (at) gmail (dot) com.

5 thoughts on “about

  1. Hi Anny! I randomly searched mishmish to show Jason (my husband) the beautiful apricots in Morocco and in Google images, up came your blog! Don’t know if you’ll get this as it’s an older blog, but it was fun to run into it. :-) Hope you are well!

    1. So good to hear from you Kate! I’m doing great, still spending most of my time reading & writing about food in both Morocco & Egypt. Hope all is well with you.

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