Hello and welcome to Salima’s Kitchen! This blog/passion project/business is run by me, Salima. My cooking is heavily inspired by my Moroccan & Puerto Rican family and my food allergies.
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 soon became my favorite thing to do. 10+ years later I still enjoy it so much that I go out of my way to write recipes, take pictures and share my food with clients. One of my favorite things to do is learn traditional recipes from my grandma in Morocco.
Cooking with food allergies has definitely presented me with challenges. The first few months after learning about my allergies I wanted to throw something every time I went grocery shopping. Seriously, once you start reading the ingredients on food labels there is no going back; soy and gluten are in almost all processed foods. But adjusting gets easier and you end up learning so much in the process that now looking back I wouldn’t change a thing.
About the Blog & Business
What started as an Instagram page in the Winter of 2015 documenting my adventures in the kitchen transformed into a food blog where I started recording recipes and finally became a business, Salima’s Kitchen, a personal chef service that offers a unique culinary experience for clients.
In sharing my recipes I hope to help others with food allergies to enjoy a variety of flavors and cooking styles and to not get discouraged in the kitchen.
My allergies are: wheat, soy, peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sesame, cats, dogs and a bunch of different types of grasses and trees that are native here in Oregon where I live.
If you have a story you want to share about food, allergies or a question please comment below!
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
“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 more customer testimonials through Yelp.