Saturday, May 30, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
|Caramelized onion and fresh mozzarella made in Lebanon|
"Mami, it's OK, if everyone knew it, there would me too many of us." — Albert, my son at the first Beirut Street Food Festival on the day of his 18th birthday, May 17 2015, while baking flat breads (pizza).
This was such a special evening for us as a family. It reminded me of the "restaurant" years with my own family in Florida.
I'd like to thank the organizers of this event for doing such a great job namely Zeina Halawi and Youmna Mteiny. The only problem they had was that the festival was so in demand to so many that food stalls could not deliver so much food to such a crowd. Lesson learned .... next time will be even better. You have my full support.
|It all started with Lea and the balloons|
|And then it suddenly filled up like mad|
|And we had hundreds of people waiting to EAT|
|And we we were very hard at work|
|Lea and Sarah becameperplexed on the crowd's demands|
|Mia finally showed off her talent|
|Albert baked like mad|
|A moment of tenderness with my youngest daughter Sarah|
|We watching in awe the crowd and giving thanks. This will be a memory someday.|
|Miou and me|
|Papi (dough, cut cheese, bring cheese) ... Our constant support|
It was a memorable day.... 18 years ago today, I had given birth to my first child. It had been one of the happiest days of my life... Today, the happiness continues. I am lucky to have such a supportive family at my side. It's definitely my strength.May we always cook, eat and share our food together and with those who want to share it with us...Can't wait till the next one...
Thursday, May 14, 2015
|To the ones who cook, cheers!|
|And this is what we are doing!|
Thursday, May 7, 2015
|olives cracked one by one with a stone|
It began in my father's restaurant at the age of fifteen. Those were difficult years, but the base of my culinary education. Times passed since those days — I married, had three children and still in the back of my mind, the recurring dreams of food related journeys and adventures. A woman's role in a family is maternal. What better way to show your innermost maternal instinct than by feeding your children. Isn't it the first instinct that a child initiates when he suckles on his mother's breast? Feeding your children with your knowledge and wisdom of life's experiences is essential, but also feeding them with real wholesome food made with the most important ingredient: LOVE is imperative and sets THE example.
It was written that I would leave the USA and go searching for my roots in Lebanon, my country of origin. It was destiny, some call her fate that knocked on my door and showed me the way. It was she that led me to visit all corners of the country in search of food related subjects and matters. It was she that gave me the chance to understand this diversified group of people who have all welcomed me as one of their own. It was she that gave me the perseverance to learn a new trade to capture these moments through the use of my camera. It is she that gives me the strength to carry on to fulfill my assignment — to preserve my country's culinary traditions, to defend its authenticity, to ensure its survival.
Monday, May 4, 2015
I don't know if you all have noticed that all my books include a saying of Khalil Gibran somewhere. He has been an inspiration to so many of us Lebanese and non-Lebanese alike all over the world.
His words are sacred and really do make a lot of sense.
Many are asking me what I thought of the film:
The film The Prophet is wonderful. I simply loved it. It's not for everyone though. Everyone should study the book and watch the movie later. It's better like that. It might confuse those who have never read the book. The interpretation of the book is really simple and yet the different artistic styles used in different segments is really creative. Artists, who know what it takes to draw and paint, will really appreciate the work. The music is AMAZING adding a lot to the different elements portrayed throughout the film. The story is less exciting and in my opinion could have been more elaborately developed but again it is perfect for an all age audience. The "actors" are well chosen, although I would have preferred that Mustafa especially be of Middle-Eastern origins. The mixing of Mexican, American, Irish accents is weird to me...But I guess nowadays you need big names to get people to come and see the movie.
I will watch it again and again, for it is very inspiring and true.