I am a 53 year old mom of 9 who grew up in the beautiful Northwest. I was an aspiring Jazz vocalist and poet until I met and married a Middle Eastern man and that changed my life forever. I moved to Saudi Arabia with 4 small children while 8 months pregnant. I lived in a run down villa with no furniture out in the neighborhoods of Riyadh. I then lived in an apartment with limited electricity, and later to a luxury Western compound. I met people from India, Egypt, Morocco, the U.K. and all over the world. I had five more children while living in Saudi. Life was colorful, eventful and lonely at times. I learned to cook many interesting authentic dishes as well as taught my own specialties to neighbors. There were many highs and many lows in this 16 year experience. My children and I relocated to the U.S. 6 years ago where we had a huge adjustment, I had never used a debit card, was not used to paying bills or being in charge of my own life. My kids grew up in a household of 11 where meals were home cooked, from scratch and made in huge batches, cooking was a huge part of life. So, I decided with their encouragement, to pass on my real cooking as well as my experiences. I hope you enjoy!