About Me & My Humble Kitchen

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 a closet. The others were a bit bigger, but none of them was big as Martha’s. Size doesn’t matter. What matters is intention. For the sake of my family and friends, I’ll cook in a utility closet if I have to.

I started the blog because I wanted to keep record of all the family recipes that were passed on to me, and the recipes I developed, and adapted over the years we migrated from New York, Tel Aviv, Mallorca and Los Angeles.

The best thing about being a digital nomad is making new friends and discovering new food. The worst thing – Life is perfect and rosy only on social media – is packing up a whole house, storing most of it, shipping your personal belongings, looking at dozens of ugly homes until you find a decent place to live, starting the kids at new schools, 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. You get it.

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 did suffer from a chronic yeast infection in my twenties, which forced me to stop eating sugar completely. But my diet included lots of vegetables and herbs since always. Fortunately, I was raised in a family, community, and country that adore vegetables. Where I came from, a sleepy town in the Negev, no one even heard of microwaves, pizza, or frozen meals in the nineties and eighties. Everyone in my hometown, including my big Moroccan family, cooked and ate all their meals at home.

I’ve cooked every day since my first son was born. Nothing fancy. Usually it’s a one-pan dish and a salad. I make whatever I can from scratch; New York-style 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 my own healthy twist.

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

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

LET’S COLLABORATE

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY

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
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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.

31 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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!
    Sharon

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

  4. What’s joy to find your site! Our family also blends Israeli and world-inspired ingredients, plant-based for the most part. I’ll admit, I never follow recipes, I create my own. But I find inspiration in reading recipes. Yours are a delight. יישר כוחך

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