Hello and welcome! I’m Salima and I’m a food blogger / private chef. My recipes are meant to educate people who love food about how delicious allergy friendly cooking can be.
Growing up in a multi-cultural family I was exposed to a lot of unique flavors and fusions of cooking styles. At 12 years old, I was expected to cook dinner once a week; a chore that quickly became my favorite thing to do.
Looking back, that small chore influenced my future in a big way.
Cooking with Allergies
Initially, learning to eat and cook with food allergies was a huge struggle.
What began as an Instagram account (back in the winter of 2015) for my business as a private chef eventually became this blog, where I recorded adaptations of my favorite recipes. The following year, symptoms of my (8 and counting) food allergies began to impact my health, work on the blog and in the kitchen in ways I couldn’t ignore. This vastly shaped the way that I eat and think about food to this day.
My recipes continue to be inspired by my food allergies and Moroccan & Puerto Rican family. It’s important to me that kids and adults living with food allergies have resources where they can find delicious and safe recipes.
That’s why every recipe in this blog is free from one or more of the top 8 most common food allergens. Learn more about Allergy Friendly Cooking here.
A Word From My Clients
“The food she prepared was delicious and she shared all of her recipes with us. She was very prepared & serious about her cooking. We’d definitely hire again!”
~Stacey, Portland OR
“I own a winery and we do gorgeous events and dinners all around the world, most recently 20 years in the highly competitive chef talent pool of San Francisco and Napa. Being new to Portland, i came upon Salima on Yelp and she greatly surpassed my already high expectations. From my first interaction with her she was very professional and sent me a mouth watering menu that gorgeously matched the wines we were highlighting. The day of the event she went above and beyond to ensure the ambiance was perfect…. And then… The food. Wow… We literally had guests waiting by the oven as she took out round after round of gorgeous bites. Thank you Salima! Can’t wait to partner with you again soon.”
~Heather R, Portland, OR
“Salima is the best! The food was delicious. Great quality! It’s so easy to work w/ her! She definitely went above and beyond my expectation. She’ll definitely do exactly what and how you like things done. I’ll definitely be working with her again!”
~Rhoda, Tigard OR
“Salima is a creative, accommodating and a very talented Chef. For any size event, you won’t be disappointed. I love to cook and do a lot of entertaining, but I love to have Salima cook for us even more!”
~Connie, Portland OR
Read customer testimonials to get an idea about the service provided with Salima’s Kitchen through Yelp.