Hello everyone and welcome to Hungry Paprikas! Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm Amina, and I've created this blog to share with you my easy and Middle Eastern inspired recipes.
Believe me - I know how busy life can get and how sometimes cooking can be overwhelming. But with the right know-how and the right recipes, you can serve up delicious and bold flavors and not spend all day in the kitchen! I love to share modern and simplified recipes that are approachable and use beautiful fresh ingredients and delicious Arabic spices.
What can you expect to see here?
My mission is to help busy mamas like myself get confident and organized in the kitchen, so that they can cook delicious recipes with confidence and still maintain a career/social life/hobbies/etc! I know how overwhelming motherhood can be, and how ambitious a lot of us are, trying to juggle it all. Cooking doesn't have to take a back seat!
Most of the recipes I share are inspired by my Middle Eastern heritage, using flavors I know and love. But you won't really catch me sharing super time consuming recipes (a full pot of Iraqi Dolma - absolutely delicious but like... I don't have time! I'll have it at my mom's instead ;). I like to find creative ways to simplify these complex dishes so I can still enjoy them and manage my sanity!
Being a huge foodie, I also love so many other cuisines out there, and as long as the recipe is 1) delicious, and 2) easy, you bet I'm going to share it with you!
So a little bit about me...
I'm from a town called Mosul in Northern Iraq where I was born, but I grew up most of my life in Canada. I'm a soon to be mother of 2 - I have a 3 year old boy and expecting my baby girl any day now as I write this. You can often see my son's chubby hands and feet on my Instagram stories as he helps me with my adventures in the kitchen.
I work full time as an Engineer, and this blogging adventure started when I was on maternity leave with my son and wanted to shed some of those stubborn pounds. I wanted to share healthier recipes to motivate myself, and that's how the journey started. Ever since then, I've loved sharing my food with all of you and also fell in love with food photography. It truly brings me joy!
I love to travel and explore food from all over the world. I spent 5 years living in London UK and travelling around Europe, and it was an amazing period in my life. I truly believe that food brings people together - it's a global language and it always brings with it happiness and peace.
I want to hear from you!
This page isn't really about me... it's for you! I would love to hear more about who you are and how I can help you with your struggles in the kitchen and as a busy mother. I'm all ears... drop me a line below!
Also be sure to follow me on Instagram so we can stay connected!