Chef Tom says A-WA to Falastin’s Fine Cuisine

Put on some warm socks, sit your lounge-pants-t-shirt-covid-haircut down in front of your computer (like you ever left), grab a cup of tea, or coffee, or a cocktail (the boss ain’t here anymore), and give this a watch. Sami Tamimi is the business partner of my favorite chef Yotam Ottolenghi. He and Tara wrote a beautiful cookbook (which I now own) called Falastin (pronounced Palestine).

Sami and Tara

The chicken and the salad are so yummy they made it onto my birthday party menu last month. The rolls are a bonus.

Chicken Musakhan

Little Gem Salad

An introduction to Palestinian Food | Sami Tamimi & Tara Wigley

In keeping with the Middle East theme …

This trio of sisters is an amazing find. Their music not only has an wonderful beat, but I find it very moving.

A-WA (Arabic for Yes) is an Israeli band made up of the three sisters Tair, Liron, and Tagel Haim. Their single “Habib Galbi” (Love of My Heart) became a world hit, with its Yemenite traditional music mixed with hip-hop and electronic music.

Read more about A-Wa here.



A-WA – “Habib Galbi”

A-WA – “Hana Mash Hu Al Yaman”

A-WA – “Mudbira” 

BONUS TRACK – love the musicality of this group. So precise.

DubstEpic Symph / Just Jerk Crew Choreography / 310XT Films / URBAN DANCE CAMP


Chef Tom is currently transitioning from Personal Chef to Private Chef. He also teaches cooking classes, caters small parties and leads overseas culinary tours. His specialty for the last twelve years has been cooking for people with food allergies and sensitivities. His motto is “Food should give you pleasure, not pressure.”

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One Response to “Chef Tom says A-WA to Falastin’s Fine Cuisine”

  1. Damon Hines Says:

    Food looks amazing, was eying sumac at grocery this week, got something else to break out my tahini for… cool! A-WA and dancers great too! Cheers, chef.

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