Mariam moved from Lebanon to Canada in 2006. After getting married, she had 5 kids; 4 girls and 1 boy. She's currently a food blogger on Instagram, sharing recipes, cooking tips and videos where she graciously teaches step by step on how to make her wonderful recipes.
Mariam recalls always being around her mom in the kitchen, watching and helping her out. But never quite making full meals by herself. It wasn't until she got married where she fully took over, preparing big dishes with a little help and knowledge from when she shadowed her mother for years. She began trying out recipes, especially the ones she favourited from restaurants. Mariam would carefully study the ingredients of any dish she liked and would replicate it in her own kitchen. After getting the hang of things, she slowly blossomed into creating her own recipes.
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What made you want to start your business?
I always loved sharing my recipes and tips that I learnt from my own experience with every one I know. One day, my sister's suggested to open a page to share my recipes.
At first, I said no. But they convinced me by opening the page for me. They then started collaborating on what to name the page. I really wasn't sure on how it was going to work because it wasn't that active on social media and I wasn't sure if I wanted to share my recipes either. But my sisters pushed me to give it a try.
At the beginning of it all, I didn’t want to tell any one because I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to do it. But day by day, I started to warm up to it. People started following my page and now here I am, and loving every single thing about my page! Some companies even reached out to me to work together, which I never thought would happen.
I love when I receive messages that my page 'saved their marriage' with my recipes, or that my page was the best thing for them, that it's inspiring, or that every one is trying out my recipes, etc. This makes me so happy that I’m sharing these posts and helping people out, and it continues to push me to give and share more.
What was the toughest obstacle to overcome in the process of creating your business?
As a busy mom with 5 kids, it's very tough to take care of everyone in the house and be active on social media. Especially when I post lots of cooking videos to teach others, which takes so much time to edit, fix, and write the recipes. It’s very hard when the kids are around, but I make it work because when you love something, you make time for it. And always being organized is the key for every thing.
Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration are my sisters, my husband, and my mom.
My sisters are the ones that pushed me into opening my page and really opened it for me. Without them, I never thought to do so or share my recipes with every one. They are always there to support me with every thing I do.
My husband loves trying different cuisines and I used to be a picky eater. So he pushed me to try out different dishes, especially when we go out to restaurants and when I started testing out different recipes from different cuisines.
Above all, my mom is my biggest inspiration. Her food was simple but tasted amazing. She used to let me help her and try things out. She never complained once which made me fall in love with trying everything. She was also born in Brazil so I learned lots of Brazilian dishes from her.
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