Hi there. My name is Nisrine Merzouki . I’m the cook, writer and photographer of this blog. I’m on a mission to save the world with wholesome recipes.
I am a Moroccan American. I spent the first 23 years of my life in Morocco and now live in Orlando, FL, with my husband, John, and my children, Maya and James. They’re the bread to my butter and everything a superhero on a mission (?!) needs besides her cape.
I love whole grains and natural ingredients. I love simple and wholesome cooking. I love dates, grapefruit, coffee and Mary Poppins. I don’t like beets (no beet recipes on this site, sorry!). I love languages; I speak three of them fluently and sometimes use foreign words in my posts, especially when I get excited about a recipe or an ingredient. When I’m not writing, cooking or eating, I teach French to high school students.
My work has been featured in several publications including Channel 4, Fine Cooking, The Florida Times, The Boston Globe, Edible Orlando, Ruhlman, Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn, Food News Journal, Culinate, Good Bite, About, and Examiner.
ABOUT THE BLOG
The story of Dinners & Dreams is a living, breathing, constantly evolving one.
Dinners & Dreams started back in 2009 when I began documenting family recipes in an effort to reconnect with my origins and preserve my heritage for posterity. It was a way for me to anchor myself and deal with homesickness. Gradually, it became a space where people gathered, talked about food, connected, were inspired and contributed inspiration of their own.
I write about Moroccan food. It is my first love and no matter how often I wander off and how many temporary passions I go through, I always go back to the food that flows in my very veins. A few years ago, I started experimenting with gluten-free baking and fell in love with it. Many, but not all, of my recipes are gluten-free. I limit sugars in my recipes by using smaller amounts and healthier alternatives. I use in-season ingredients as much as possible and do my best to keep recipes simple, natural, seasonal and accessible to the home cook.
11/2011: Dinners & Dreams gets a fresh new look.
06/2011: Dinners & Dreams becomes the first selective coloring food blog.
09/2009: Dinners & Dreams was born.