The Chef

Noha Ireiqat 

The Chef 

 

Cooking: my first love and second dream.

 

While completing my Doctorate of Education degree, everyone kept asking what plans I had next. “A chef with my own cooking show!” I always responded and everyone always laughed. But, I was serious. My first love has always been cooking. My first dream has always been to be a teacher and work in education. I have continued to be passionate about both.

 

I am a Palestinian who was born and raised in Kuwait. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Translation from Kuwait University. I married a wonderful and supportive man, moved to the United States after the gulf war, and had my four children here in sunny San Diego, California. I went on to receive my Masters in Art of Education and, with the support of my husband and family, completed my Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Management.

 

Throughout my studies, it was my cooking that kept me sane. I spent all my relaxing moments in the kitchen. My children have always joked that if I could, I would just move my mattress in there. When I needed a break from studying, you would find me cooking and baking at 1 am, filling the house with delicious aromas and bringing the entire family to the kitchen table to eat.

 

While I learned to cook from my mother overseas, it was here in America that I began to experiment with foods and fuse together different cultural cuisines. My children love my Palestinian dishes, but they also have a love for the variety of ethnic foods that they have been exposed to as Americans. I have always upheld the challenge to make all my food healthy, even going as far as tweaking traditional Palestinian meals to make them healthier for my family. A few years ago, my eldest discovered she was lactose intolerant and only recently did another one of my daughters find out that she is gluten and lactose intolerant. She went from eating all of my food to becoming plant based. My culinary palette has continued to expand.

 

On my website, you’ll find all types of healthy and traditional meals, from my original recipes to vegan, gluten free, and plant based ones.

 

What is “Tatreez”? Why “Stitching Cuisines”?

 

In Palestinian culture, our traditional embroidery is called “tatreez”. My daughters have expressed to me, “in the same way that you stitch different threads to make a beautiful item, you stitch together different recipes from across cultures to make a delicious meal.” This is where the name “Tatreez: Stitching Cuisines” came from.

 

Itfadlo, welcome, to my kitchen where you’ll find a healthy twist on worldly cuisine.

12 comments for “The Chef

  1. Roula
    October 22, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Great job Noha!
    I am sure you are going to be great in both fields. Keep Going!1

    • nireiqat
      October 26, 2015 at 12:58 am

      Thank you, habibti Roula! We are both strong women!

  2. Yousef Abudayyeh
    January 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

    So proud of you Nuha . I am sure by now everyone that knows you know that nothing is impossible for you . Follow your dreams and you will achieve them for sure . All the best to you.

    • nireiqat
      January 20, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      Thank you dear Yousef for your kind words, support, and encouragement.

  3. Nadiesta Sanchez
    July 17, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Asalam Alaykom Noha. Wow what a great job you are doing! I am also a teacher who converted to Islam and married a Palestinan. I love you your culture as much as I love mine. I have tried many of your recipes and they have all come out amazing! my husband loves the food. I love the alternatives you give to the trafitional meat dishes. I am waiting for you to make mansaf. I desperately need to learn how to make it. You have an amzing family and you are an amazing chef. Thank you so much for helping people like me learn about palestinian cuisine and culture. ❤️❤️

    • nireiqat
      August 11, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      WaAlaykom Asalam Nadiesta,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. They really do mean a lot to me. I am happy to hear that you have been trying and enjoying my recipes. The mansaf recipe should be up on my website and YouTube very soon.
      Thank you again for all your support and motivation! ❤️ 😊

  4. Najat Naser
    October 6, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Nuha. Nice blog and channel. I used to have a classmate back in Kuwait and her name was Elham Ereikat. I am wondering if she is related to you . If yes please , I want to know her whereabouts.

    Regards
    Najat Naser

    • nireiqat
      October 24, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      Hello Najat 🙂 Thank you!
      There are several Elhams in our family. Do you know her father’s name?

  5. Amany
    April 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Asalam Walayom Nuha How Are you?
    I love your cooking Mashallah always watching your videos recipe is Amazing💓

    • nireiqat
      May 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Asalaamu Alaikum Amany,

      I’m doing well, thank you. 🙂 Thank you for all your support! You’re very kind.

  6. Sahar
    July 25, 2017 at 5:17 am

    You are amazing. an inspiration to women.

    great recipes, easy, precise and with options and variations… who could ask for anything more 🙂 and a catching profound name for your website too.

    I felt like I never left home…

    Many thanks and all the best.

    • nireiqat
      November 6, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Hello Sahar,

      Thank you for your sweet words! They mean so much to me. 🙂

      I’m glad my recipes make you feel at home. I always appreciate the support of my viewers. ❤️

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