͞My ex husband died when our youngest child was 2 months old. I had three kids, so I had to work if I did not want to live on the street. Therefore, I worked in cement for 17 years.
It was difficult, but what could I do? […] When I heard about the Souk El Tayeb cooking classes, I decided to join. There were a lot of women there. Lebanese women, Syrian, Iraqi... I made a lot of friends. The capacity building program lasted two months. This was a common project between Syrian people and Lebanese people. We would go and sell each other food. We would then split out the money between all of us. After two months we got a certificate. I started to bake bread from my place, on the roof. Then I would go to Souk El Tayeb and sell it on Saturdays. Now I have my own stand at Souk El Tayeb and can sell the food I cook every weekend.
When Tawlet opened a small cafeteria at the United Nations, I started to cook there on a
daily basis. Every day we would cook a different meal.
I can feed my kids, I can clothe them. My youngest is now married and she has two kids. The
eldest works at the Souk El Tayeb and lives with me. The middle girl does fashion design.
She works for a fancy Lebanese brand of bridal gowns, and she studies drawing and design.͟ – Samira, Tawlet, Beirut, Lebanon, November 2017.
Photo by @j_farinha and text by @maitrelouve
All day long! We are currently diving in Mexico, eating mango with chili all day and it’s pretty sweet. The water is crystal clear. Clearer than any place we’ve ever seen the Caribbean. Amazing pic by @lauraponts.
Weekend brunchin' at 3pm 😶
Aaaand this giant shakshuka is just what I needed 😋
This middle eastern inspired dish always hits the spot & is suuper easy to throw together!
1 diced onion
1 chopped red pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
2 garlic cloves - minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp lime chili seasoning (@traderjoes )
--- add the above ingredients to a large pan over medium heat & cook until fragrant (about 2 min).
Blend 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes in a blender, then add it to the pan & mix with the spices. Cook until bubbling. Add a handful of chopped spinach & fold in.
With a spatula make 5 holes in the tomato mixture, then crack an egg into each. Cover & cook for 5 minutes (or until the whites are cooked). Add feta & green onions on top & serve with toasted bread! 😋
Coconut dark chocolate banana bitesssss 🍌🍫🥥🍌🍫🥥🍌
Made a whole bunch of these to snack on today. 🙃 They make such a great after-dinner treat, when you're craving something a little bit sweet.
Real treats made from real food!
To make these~ slice up a banana, lay them out on a plate & stick a tooth pick into each. Freeze for a few hours.
Using a double boiler, melt a bar of @eatingevolved dark chocolate & put a cup of shredded unsweetened coconut into a bowl.
Once the chocolate is just melted, take out the bananas from the freezer & grab each using the toothpick. Dip it into the melted chocolate (shaking off any dripping chocolate), then grab a big pinch of shredded coconut & sprinkle it all around the wet chocolate. Let the chocolate dry before setting it down.
I got crafty & created a drying station using paper & a cooling rack (as seen in my stories today). I used an extra toothpick to punch holes into a thick piece of paper and laid that on top of a cooling rack, then put the toothpick from each banana bite into the pre-punched hole.