A few months ago, we had the honor to interview Amanda Saab. Not only is Amanda the most caring and kindest person we me, she is also an outstanding chef. Back in 2015, Amanda was the first hijabi to be featured on an American cooking show- Master Chef. She is now back again in the media with her " Dinner with a Muslim Neighbor" events. Which we had the honor to create customized prints for this special cause.
Welcome to the Karama Club Amanda!
What inspired you to get started?
I was inspired to start my food blog, amandasplate.com by friends and family who constantly asked me for the recipes of the food photos I would post on my Instagram. I wanted a place for those interested to find all my recipes and also a place where I could chronicle my food adventures.
How do you bring your faith / spirituality into what you do?
I hope my faith comes thru in all that I do, as I set my intention to please Allah set first. I think I bring my faith into what I do outwardly by sharing my faith so openly with others.
Do you think religion and business can work in harmony together?
I absolutely think religion and business can work in harmony. If one is practicing their religion and is ethical, moral and honest, their business practices will be reflective of that. I think it is so important to keep our faith close to us as we venture into new projects and set a clear intention.
What drives you on the days its hard to motivate yourself?
On the days that it is hard to motivate myself, I am motivated by all the people who are so encouraging and supportive. So to everyone who has shared a positive comment, a word of encouragement and support, THANK YOU :)
Who are your inspirations?
I am inspired by so many incredible women who have played a role in my life, shaping me into the person I am today. First and foremost, my mother has been a role model and inspiration throughout my life, always working hard, striving to please Allah SWT and remaining steadfast and strong. My grandmother has inspired me to host for large groups and taught me to do so with ease. Today, I am inspired by the many strong Muslim women entrepreneurs, activists, artists, athletes and bloggers, who are doing what they love and doing it gracefully!
What do you do to unwind and relax?
To unwind and relax, I like to cook a nice dinner for my husband Hussein and I. We also like to try new restaurants, which always inspires me. I also like to read, listen to podcasts, stroll thru farmers markets and go on walks.
What would you like to be known for?
I have not really thought of this question before. My hope is to be the best version of myself, whatever that may mean to me at the time. I am forever evolving and growing and developing who I am. If it was one thing I would be known for it would be bringing different people together with food. Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor, is the most important work I have done in my life.
Do you have any tips for those who aren't motivated to cook?
If someone is unmotivated to cook, I would suggest that every time they sat to eat a meal, they should reflect on the ingredients, the process, the flavors, textures, smells. If someone has a true understanding and appreciation for food, they can respect the cooking process and in turn recognize how significant the art of cooking is. Even if you are making a grilled cheese sandwich and salad for dinner, stop and think about what you are doing and how these ingredients came to you. It is also more economical and often a healthier alternative to cook at home :)
We love your Dinner with a Muslim Neighbor events. What tips do you have for someone who would like to hold an interfaith event?
Thank you! For those who want to learn more about Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor and want to host their own, please visit www.muslimneighbor.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We are working on our toolkit and how to guide, that will include all you need to host your own dinner. We hope to launch this in the fall.