The Profile: Shayma Saadat


After the holidays craziness (which is actually just starting), I'm back with The Profile series. One of my favorite series! And this Thursday it's all about Shayma.

How I met her

Shayma reached out to me to say that her blog and site (Spicespoon) were already under development, but that she'd love to work with me in the future. Ok, how freaking awesome (and cute) is that? After that, I've been a big admirer of her work food blog.

Why I Love Shayma and Spicespoon

She's just so adorable, gentle and nice. One thing I love is that she's absolutely not your average food blogger gal, she shares family recipes that are directly related to her heritage: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. I'm all about trying different food, so it was love at first sight. 

T H E   P R O F I L E

Favorite word – Oneiric, which means ‘relating to dreams’. Dream. Make it happen.
Prized possession – An emerald and pearl studded ring I inherited from my husband’s paternal grandmother. She gave it to her daughter-in-law (my husband’s mother), and then it was passed down to me.
Pet peeve – Being told by your loved ones, “I’ve been so busy.”
On blogging – It is my lifeblood. Writing, cooking, photographing and styling food, recipe developing, and then sharing it with others, it is what I love doing. I can’t imagine anything else which would inspire me to wake up at 5AM before going to work. What’s that saying? Find what you love and let it kill you.
Life’s little pleasures – Once my son is in bed, watching iPhone videos of him laughing. It never gets old.
One of my favorite recipes – A spicy garlic stir fry, made Pakistani-style.
A dream – I am dying to go to the Alba Truffle Festival, dragging my friends Katie and Hande along.

Before you go, you should watch this beautiful short film about Shayma and Spicespoon. You won't regret watching it!


  1. Wow, I loved this video! Love her blog and the spirit and story behind her cooking. Thank you for sharing! My mom can cook for hours each day. I don't know how she does it. It takes such patience and talent to create these dishes that will be devoured in two minutes!

    1. Cooking truly is an art. Although I enjoy cooking (just enough), I enjoy eating much more. =)
      And yes, Shayma's story is lovely, the inspiration behind her cooking passion and blog is just fantastic and her video is truly mesmerizing! I love it!

  2. Thank you for introducing me to Shayma! I am off to obsess over her blog right now. She is adorable!

    1. My pleasure! I love how her recipes are so unique (for me, at least)!


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