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Lina β€” Sydney Foodie  Photo Taking πŸ“Έ Food Styling 🍴 Blogging βœ–οΈ Recovering Teacher πŸ“ Coffee Drinking β˜•οΈ In search of sleep 😴 Mama πŸ‘­πŸ‘« #spreadhummusnothate

http://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2017/05/22/making-world-happier-one-plate-hummus-time-0

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 πŸ™πŸΌ
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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An amazing breakfast at @concretejunglecafe this morning. The food is so beautifully presented & tastes great too. We couldn't fault a thing πŸ˜‹ And to add to the experience the place has such a cool vibe with an industrial look & hanging garden. Really worth checking out πŸ™ŒπŸΌ #breakfastinsydney

I've been very fortunate to have connected with some wonderful people, since starting this #spreadhummusnothate campaign, who share the same vision. Michael & Kristy from @keposstreetkitchen are two such people. It was an honour & such a pleasure to team up with them yesterday to celebrate International Hummus Day as well as spread the hummus message. It was such a wonderful & tasty event. Thank you for your generosity & hospitality πŸ™πŸΌ And thank you to all those who attended. It was so lovely to meet you all & 'spread hummus' together 😍
Events like that again remind me of one of my favourite quotes...
"People are of two kinds, either your brothers in faith or your equals in humanity." (Imam Ali)
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P.S. I've put a link in bio of a recent write up via @sbs_australia about this campaign, if anyone is interested in having a read πŸ™ŒπŸΌ .
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#hummus #hummuslove #makeitdelicious

To celebrate β€’ World Baking Day β€’ I thought it would be best to share with you all the absolute best, the greatest, the most wonderful scone recipe I have ever come across πŸ™ŒπŸΌ I've been using this recipe for a while now & I'm telling you everyone who's tasted them, L❀️VE them! And every time I post a pic of them here I get inundated with DMs wanting the recipe...
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So I've been searching the interweb trying to find where I got this recipe from...& I've finally found it! DM me if you'd like the link πŸ˜‰

Olive you a lot 😍

Mother's Day breakfast this morning at my sister's place. Always delicious. Always the best place to be. Lots of laughs & plenty of full stomachs πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Let's just say they got the first bit right 🍩 As for the second part...still working on that one πŸ™ˆ Happy Mother's Day to all the Mamas out there! Hope you have a wonderful day πŸ’
P.S. Thanks @mjournal__ for creating this beautiful card for me πŸ’• #danielwellington #dopandora

On this #InternationalHummusDay I just wanted to remind you all that it's still too early to be content when it comes to the promotion of diversity & inclusivity. There are periods when things appear to be ok. No major stories. No major issues. But then something happens & just like that I'm quickly reminded. Just the other day, for example, four young women were punched in the face as they were on their way to a Sydney university. The female perpetrator wasn't the least bit sorry. Why? Because the victims were visibly Muslim (they wore hijab) & so in her mind they deserved it. .
I don't know the girls that were punched but when I heard about it I felt my stomach turn. I worried about how badly they were hurt & prayed that this attack wouldn't hinder the continuation of their studies (all four are young students at the uni). .
Even though that incident didn't happen to me or anyone I know I still feel a connection. Just like many other women in hijab, when one of our own is abused or attacked we all begin to feel that little bit anxious because we all know that could have just as easily been us or worse, one of our daughters or sisters or nieces or friends. .
So you see we still have work to do my friends. We all have a part to play no matter who we are or where we've come from, we all have a choice. Do we just sit back, silently, and allow those (from either extreme) to hijack our society & the beauty that stems from it's diversity. Or do we work harder at celebrating our differences and appreciating our similarities.
#spreadhummusnothate

Did you know more than 17,000 women and 144 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year! These numbers are way too high. And so much more needs to be done to combat this awful disease as well as support those affected by it. So I'm calling EVERYONE to help give breast cancer the finger bun by purchasing a @BakersDelight Pink Bun πŸ’• From 11 - 31 May 100% of Pink Buns sold at Bakers Delight bakeries around the country will be donated to Breast Cancer Network Australia to help support all Australians affected by breast cancer. @BCNAPinkLady #givebreastcancerthefingerbun #ad

The most dangerous food is fried chicken πŸ— Thankfully we had the fattoush to balance it all out 😬

β€’ D I N N E R β€’
This lamb shoulder has been in my slow cooker ALL day. I used the same recipe that I usually use for lamb shanks (recipe on my blog) & it still worked a treat...fragrant, tender & falling off the bone πŸ˜‹ On the side we had potato mash & all the beautiful veg from last week's market visit. The carrots, mini beets & mini pumpkin were roasted with a drizzle of evoo, salt & pepper. The broccoli & asparagus pan seared also with evoo & a bit of butter. Delicious πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Even Zayn (who eats very little these days) licked his plate clean & gave it a "Wow yummy!" πŸ˜€ #roastdinner

Happiness is...
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Sitting down to a big bowl of blueberries with nothing to do but play with your T Rex toys πŸ˜†

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