Shelly's Humble Kitchen
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About Shelly

Shalom, my name is Shelly. I hold a few titles: mom, nomad, food photographer & videographer and a cook. A cook with bad karma, or, maybe, a subconscious fatal attraction to small kitchens. In the last decade, I’ve lived in fifteen homes in three different countries. Nine out of those fifteen apartments or houses had kitchens the size of closets. The rest were a bit bigger, but none of them was big as Martha’s. Size doesn’t matter. What matters is intention, desire, family, and health. For my family and friends, I’ll cook in a utility closet if I have to.

Do you know what is the best thing about living in many places? You always get to try new food, explore new food markets and restaurants, and, even better, meet new friends from different parts of the world. Then you invite each other for home cooked dinners, and share family recipes. And the worst thing? (Life is perfect and rosy only on social media.) Packing a whole house, storing most of it, shipping your personal belongings, looking at dozens of ugly homes until you find a place to live, starting the kids at new schools, and buying kitchen tools that you’d already bought on the previous move from New York to Los Angeles, but which are now the wrong voltage.

It would sound more convincing to say I started to eat healthy after having a serious health crisis, but that is not true in my case. I was raised in a family, community, and country that respect vegetables. Fortunately – now I say fortunately, but there were times in my life that it was unfortunately –  I was born in Israel in the mid-seventies, in a small, sleepy town in the middle of a desert, where no one had heard of microwaves, pizza, or frozen meals. EVERYONE in my town, including my big Moroccan family, cooked and ate all their meals at home.

So when I had my boys, naturally I wanted to do the same for them.

I’ve cooked every day since my first son was born. I don’t cook anything fancy. I love simple, home-cooked meals. I make whatever I can from scratch, including bagels, granola bars and harissa. I like to preserve lemons, pickle cucumbers and cure olives. More than I love to cook traditional recipes I love to give them a healthy twist.

I hope you enjoy my stories, recipes, pictures and videos.

Please forgive my English, it’s my second language.  


I’m always looking to work with people on various projects whether it’s sponsored posts, recipe development, photography, guest posts, or other related collaborations. Please feel free to reach out, you can contact me here.


All photography and videography on this site is taken by me. I edit my pictures with Adobe Photoshop and my videos at Adobe Premiere. I shoot still with a Canon Rebel and generally use a 50mm T1.4 zeiss lens. I shoot recipe videos with Sony Alfa 6300 with 35mm and with 16-50mm zoom.

Organizing my humble kitchen #kitchen #produce #shellyshumblekitchen
My humble kitchen in Mallorca
My hometown, Yerucham, Israel.


Eema (mother) in her kitchen
My mother in her kitchen


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Exploring the beautiful streets of Pollença, Mallorca, Spain.





  1. sandra

    Hey lovely,

    This is amazing , so inspiring!
    Congrats to you love and I am so proud of you!

    Love Sandra

    1. Shelly

      Thank you dear. Marry Christmas! lot of love to all of you!

  2. Ariel

    Amazing…..inspiring and makes you feel like spending more and more time in the kitchen. Your approach with the children is also very positive. The more involved they get the better they eat :).
    Good luck

  3. Tom Levin

    a pretty and a cook..!
    my talented cousin…

  4. Liraz

    Well done my sister.keep going

  5. Satya

    Everything is so amazing and very simple.
    I really love it and looking forward for many more recipes.

    1. Shelly

      Thank you! I am looking forward to get your recipes.

  6. Fitness exercise

    you have a great blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?

  7. mom (riki)

    my love “the apple dose not fall far from the tree”.

    1. Shelly

      toda eema yekara!

  8. Aliza

    I love it , well done
    very homy food. great for the all family

    1. Shelly

      Thank you dear! If you have your own Moroccan version, feel free to mention it in a comment…

    2. Shelly

      Thank you all for your support and beautiful words! I appreciate it very much!

  9. Estee

    Love Love Love the blog! very charming.. friendly and makes you want to make what you see.. I specially LOVE the recipes that are prepared by the kids.. make more of those.. if they can do it even i can do it (maybe..) Perhaps Alex prepare something?

    1. Shelly

      He made bunch of things, it’s coming soon! Thank you!!!

  10. Magda

    maybe 1 day , 1 time i will cook like you…i wish :)))) so inspiring, thank you my Shelly

    1. Shelly

      Thank you dear! How did the cake came out? Hope Luca is happy! xx

  11. Sharon

    Hi Shelly
    Just came across your interesting blog when searching for chocolate covered dates in Israel.
    Would you perhaps know where in Israel one could find this product?
    Thanks and keep blogging!

    1. Shelly

      Hi Sharon,
      You can find them in any health food store or in the markets (shuk hacarmel). Thank you for the encouragement :))

  12. ANNE CATHARINA Kedenburg

    I found you! Will explore now….mmm

    1. Shelly

      Hi Annie!I’m glad you found me. I finally had time to attend my poor neglected blog xxs

  13. Brad

    Hi Shelly. Want to invite you to our newest opening of Jaffa, 10306 Venice. ( Are you in town now?

    1. Shelly

      Hi, I am. Do we know each other?

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