Lebanese Food / Wine and Culinary Traditions

Lebanese Food / Wine and Culinary Traditions
Spring time always inspires me...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Man'oushe in Seattle

Today Chef Garrett sent me a photo of man'oushe cooking in a wood fire oven. He has been practicing a lot before the grand opening of Mamnoon. How exciting!


Ten Reasons to Shop at a Farmers' Market

While visiting San Francisco this summer, I fell upon a pamphlet published by  CUESA -Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. The pamphlet describes the reasons why one should shop at a farmers' market. I have written a few words in parentheses on how I see it.

In short:

1.Taste real flavors (no more fake food / eat the closest food that comes to the earth / not processed)
2. Enjoy the season (always fresh fruit / vegetable / herbs / dairy products from the actual season)
3. Support family farmers (why not, instead of rich industrial corporation who are rich enough)
4. Protect the environment (how much work is needed, make a small difference)
5. Nourish yourself (with good wholesome food)
6. Discover the spice of life (food is an adventure, delve in it!)
7. Promote humane treatment of animals (how much work is needed here, especially in our region)
8. Know where your food comes from (who planted the seed, worked hard to put food on your table)
9. Learn cooking tips, recipes, and meal ideas (I learned so much from farmers and producers)
10. Connect with your community (People who work with food / land are awesome!)

Shorter: (I quote)

Environmentally Sound
Socially Just
Economically Viable

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Conosci il Tuo Pasto Blog Entry

In Beirut, Barbara’s cooking classes for children

She is a sincere food-lover, food-writer, food-photographer, she  is a friend of the project  “”Conosci il tuo pasto” and like us  think that children need to know what they are eating, to know the products and the local agricultures because this knowledge will help them to arise a new consciousness of taste. She is Barbara Abdeni Massaad
author of 2 of the most important books related to Lebanese typical food: Man’oushé (the traditional Lebanese pie) and Mouneh (the traditional Lebanese seasonally preserved food). And because she believes like us that children are the future for our food memories, Barbara will have this year cooking classes for children in Beirut Join and follow the project!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cooking Courses in Beirut for Children and Adolescents

I am seriously thinking of giving cooking and "food for thought" weekly courses to children and adolescents this fall. If interested please say so... Field trips will be included. I am in the process of finding a suitable place and partner. I will have more details for you in the very near future. Finally, it's the youth of today who will make a difference in our future in order to keep our culinary traditions alive. I hope to inspire them in some way.
Guest chefs, food producers, food activists, farmers, food writers, etc... will sometimes be part of the experience.
Remember all you teenagers and future parents, "The way to anyone's heart is through his / her stomach!" , "The base of a strong family is a daily meal shared around a table."
Always a  feel for local flavors