When I first travelled to Lebanon (many years ago) I was young, wide-eyed & bushy tailed. I was finally going 'home' to where I belonged, or so I thought. I quickly realised I didn't actually belong there at all. And the Lebanese were oh so quick to point that out 😬 calling me, bluntly, a foreigner! Being caught between two cultures is one of the struggles & just part & parcel of being a 2nd gen migrant I guess. Over the years I've come to terms with the fact that there are very few 'Lebanese' things left about me. But one thing I've tried so hard to hang onto is the FOOD!
So food, especially Lebanese food, has become more than just sustenance. There are the habits & practices that I've picked up from my mother & sisters from cooking hearty, healthy meals using fresh ingredients to creating big share platters, bbqs, tabouli, hummus & the works. All of what you see here on my feed has a story. A story that now makes up a big part of my identity. An identity that I want to cherish & pass onto my own kids. And also now more than ever I want to show them how food can be used to build bridges & open their minds to it being a common ground between all people, no matter their background 🙏🏼
P.S. You can read more about this in today's @sbsfood article "Making the world happier, one plate of hummus at a time" written by the lovely @carlagrossetti Link in bio .
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