Hi! Kifak? Ça va?
Grew up in Beirut. Had a Teta (grand-mother) at home in charge of the cooking. Family was francophone. Dad had grown up in Egypt, mom was from Beirut and Sidon.
I started this blog because even though I have been an American for over 30 years, my passion for my country of origin is unabated. Love its nature, its people, its cuisine. Proud of the Lebanese people, their achievements and their courage. Interested in their complex and rich history.
Studied Pastry arts in Dallas, worked in the field for a while.
I want to dig into traditional Lebanese cuisine, especially rural recipes that are being rediscovered. I also like to cook American, French, Italian dishes but with a little Lebanese flair.
I also want to dedicate my blog to my téta (grandmother), Sitt Nabiha Aftimos Zabbat; she tirelessly made kibbeh, sambusek, fatayer, muhallabieh and uwaymate, as well as negotiated the price of eggplants or tomatoes with the street cart vendors four floors below.
I currently divide my time between Dallas, Texas and Beirut, Lebanon.
I can be reached either through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you enjoy your visit here!