About thyme & toast
Seven years ago, my boyfriend’s sister asked where would they find me if they were to lose me in a bookstore. My answer? In the cookbook section. (I later found out that was a test, but more on that later…) That’s the honest truth. I love cooking, sharing a meal, and of course, eating, and I have for as long as I can remember.
My inbox is full of recipes circulating back and forth between me, my mom, sister, and friends. I’m constantly searching “recipe + [friend/family member’s e-mail]” to get inspiration for my next meal. I began a project of creating a family cookbook, and while I still have plans to finish it, an idea to create a website to share an ongoing record of recipes was born – and here we are!
My personal food philosophy and lifestyle is all about balance – I try to eat healthy foods that nourish my body most of the time since that’s what makes me feel best, but I still incorporate some of the things that I love that aren’t so healthy (think: baked goods and fried foods). I believe in real food and all things in moderation.
My fondest memories are centered around a table, with my huge Lebanese and Syrian family, eating, drinking, and celebrating togetherness and good food. I believe that food isn’t meant to just sustain and fuel us, but to enjoy with others, celebrate with, and take pleasure in. Good food can feed your soul, and it’s my favorite way to learn about different cultures.
thyme & toast is a reflection of that – a toast to whole foods – mostly simple, seasonal, and Mediterranean-inspired, plus some indulgences. The blog is named after the herb (thyme) found in the Middle Eastern spice mix zaatar. Growing up, toast with zaatar and olive oil was a staple in my household.
You can join me here to find inspiration for your balanced lifestyle, Mediterranean-inspired meals, traditional and modern takes on Lebanese and Syrian recipes, and general musings from my kitchen and beyond.
I’m Christine. My passion lies at the intersection of food and public health + wellness. Although I grew up in the South, my Middle Eastern roots often inspire my cooking, decor, and style. My family is from Lebanon and Syria, and I’ve spent my life traveling back and forth. A piece of my heart (and stomach!) truly lives there.
My love of population-level health drove me to pursue my Masters of Public Health, and I currently live and work in Boston. In my spare time, I like to cook (of course), travel, craft, spend time outdoors, and play with animals (particularly my cat, Zoey).