Welcome! My name is Lisa Ahmad and this is where you can find what I am up to these days. I have been a chef since 1993, and owner of Mirchi Cafe in Fremont, Ca. since 2005. I come from an Italian American background, and my husband was born and raised in Pakistan. He immigrated to the U.S when he was 20 years old. Our story together began 20 plus years ago. This is an important part of my life because it has shaped who I have grown to become.
My conversion to Islam, frequent travels to Pakistan with my husband, California Culinary School graduation, and memories growing up in my grandparents Italian restaurant, all contributed towards my desire to open Mirchi Cafe. My restaurant is a true reflection of these experiences.
As I journey along my life, finding new things that interest me, learning more each day, I find I want to share it all! On my home page you will find a showcase of my current projects. Aside from Mirchi Cafe I am working on a site called www.foodscriptions.com. This came as a passion through getting really sick from pushing myself too much over the years and not finding health through my Western doctors. I found myself pursuing a path of natural health living. Since then I have experienced so much benefit from this way of life.
You can visit me in my kitchen through my food blog, www.behindthestoveblog.com. I hope to inspire you with recipes as well as tips and tools for you to enjoy cooking in your own kitchen.
I set up The American Halal Project this year as a forum to gather American Muslim recipes and stories. I encourage people to share their halal food experience in America on the site, www.americanhalalproject.com. My goal is to compile a book that not only chronicles my own recipes and experiences, but also features the best recipe entries and stories that document the journey of the American Muslim through food.