Independence Day

November 22, 2015  •  Category:

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Today was Lebanon’s Independence Day and to avoid any more tragedies or tempt any terrorist-related attacks, the official celebrations were cancelled. I met a cousin for coffee in the AM downtown and then went on a street fair in a trendy location; a few blocks had been converted to a pedestrian zone and instead of a bumper to bumper traffic jam, there were families and youngish people strolling in the most relaxed way. The sun was shining, booths were set-up with food, a live band; it felt like being in Austin or someplace in California.
The Lebanese flag (see pic) was stretched on a building downtown.

I am including pics of possible dishes for the upcoming holidays. The detailed recipes are in my cookbook. I will have a post next time on the cookbook itself, which is long overdue.

pumpkin kibbeh
pumpkin kibbeh
stuffed grape leaves
stuffed grape leaves
green bean stew
green bean stew


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  1. kouky says:

    Bonne fête nationale et que toutes vos journées ne soient que quiétude et bonheur et que Dieu préserve le Liban de tout drame.
    Pour les plats , c’est toujours délicieusement bon chez toi Joumana !
    Grosses bises!

  2. Fatima Ismail says:

    Happy Independence Day, Joumana. I am so happy that it was a joyous and peaceful day in Beirut. I’m drooling over the pumpkin kibee! Fabulous! Stay safe and keep the photos of beautiful Beirut coming.

  3. humble_pie says:

    hi Joumana

    a message to say that canadian officials are working on the ground in lebanon now, processing approximately 100 syrian refugees a day. They will come to canada very soon, over the next few weeks.
    all sorts of accommodations are being made ready, the really lucky ones will get to stay on canadian military bases. The army are old hands at hosting refugees, canada received something like 60,000 vietnamese boat people whose first home on landing here was a military base.
    an acquaintance of mine will be one of the flight captains flying the refugees to canada. His RCAF wing (royal canadian air force) has been tasked to transport, stage & receive the syrian refugees. He says they’re ready to fly the moment the order is issued.
    sorry i have no cooking news, but this other is so exciting, don’t you think?

    • Joumana says:

      @humble_pie: You are so right and thank you so much for sharing it in such details! It is hard not to get affected by their plight especially when they are everywhere, with their children, and the situation on the ground shows no sign of abating.
      @Rosa: Thank you dear Rosa!
      @Krista: Thanks and yes, I am planning on delivering that post on the book tonight or tomorrow at the latest! 🙂
      @Alicia (foodycat): The Lebanese always find a way to party, no worry there. 🙂
      @Fatima Ismail: Thank you dear Fatima! I will, my camera keeps me entertained 🙂

  4. Rosa says:

    Happy Independence Day! Peace to this fabulous country and its wonderful people.



  5. Krista says:

    I’m glad you had such a pleasant day in spite of festivities being cancelled. I’m really looking forward to hearing more about your book. 🙂

  6. Alicia (foodycat) says:

    Such a shame that the festivities were too risky!

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