In the West bank things are difficult, but nothing is stopping two men from living their dream to open and run a food truck serving delicious food. The first of its kind in Palestine which opened in Ramallah in a fruit and vegetable market.
Lina Sleibi, has had music in her blood since birth. She comes from an artistic family in Palestine and through out her young diverse career as a singer she has reached a wonderful high note by covering the ever so famous Dalida's song Helwa ya Baladi.
I just saw this and i love it. I think that Adele's song has seen many versions come out of it and many sarcastically. But this one is just my favourite. I love the hope and rawness of it. Also the music from Adele just make sit work perfectly. Listen to the words and think......
I have really enjoyed hosting my supperclubs this past year and have had the most amazing incredible success selling them out in a day. I guess all my custoemrs of past have been waiting for a little come back. Well here i am again. I am going to be hosting one supperclub a month till my book comes out and maybe even more than one a month.
I know that i told you last week about my new cookbook Palestine On A Plate, and that it is coming out this Autumn with Jacqui Small Publishing. I cannot believe what a gorgeous book it is shaping up to be. You will love it.
In times of hardship and war some people get it right. And by this i am talking about an Israeli cafe owner who has been promoting peace and togetherness by offering discounts to Jews and Arabs who eat and sit together. Breaking bread together so to speak.
The Keffiyeh has been synonymous with Palestinian people for as long as i can remember. It is a symbol of courage, resistance and identity. It was made famous by Yasser Afarat as a peice of clothing he wore daily and became a part of Palestinian pride.
I started this app/blog with the intention to bring a voice to Palestinian Food, Culture and history. I have loved receiving all types of messages and connecting with people from all over who have shown support and some whose eyes have been opened. This world of the internet and cyberspace is truly wonderful.
I have been asked to host a Supper Club this October in part of the Nour Festival that happens yearly in London. I immediately said YES as more people should be aware of the the gorgeous cuisine of Palestine.
So i heard the most wonderful news the other day about Jon Snow and how he 'smuggled' a Palestinian's art work out of Gaza for a show in London In Kings Cross. The artist is not able to travel out of Gaza and therefore Mr Snow kindly took the artwork out of Palestine himself.
So I've been lucky enough to have cooked for some wonderful people since i have been a chef. And more so since i have started my Palestine on a Plate Journey. I created a menu that i felt was diverse, and large enough to show some particular favourites of my country and hopefully ones that you will love too.
One of the most interesting thing about our times and generation is the news and how we can access it so quickly. I love all things positive and don't watch regular news that much unless there is something catastrophic that is happening and needs our attention.
Since beginning this journey of Palestine On A Plate i have had some wonderful encounters with people and some also very aggressive ones too. But since I am here to promote positive sides of Palestine, i shall not go down that road.
While growing up as a refugee in Lebanon Iqbal Al Assaad has had a dream since childhood to be a doctor when she grew up, to help Palestinians and relative she used to visit on trips back home in Palestine.
I have been very lucky that i have good friends, some luck with publicity and people who are interested in my work. I have been asked to participate in several supper clubs serving Palestinian food. I have said yes to all of them as i think it is time people knew how wonderful our food is.
I just watched a clip of what i thought was an extremely touching, eye opening scene to Gaza and the people living there. The music is beautiful and the people excited to be a part of it. Gaza has had its first red carpet experience, literally. There was a film festival on human rights and nowhere else would this have been more fitting then in Gaza.
We have only just commemorated the Nakba, which is one of the most important dates in our History as Palestinians, remembering the catastrophe of being uprooted 67 years ago. This is a symbolic day to all Palestinians.
I have been catapulted into the world of cyberspace since launching and writing my cookbook app. For reasons that are obvious. I am connecting with like minded people, learning, reading, observing and experimenting.
I have not written for a few weeks as i have been a little busy with Palestine On A Plate and also to be honest, i have been feeling a little disturbed by the news and what has been happening in Palestine and the rest of the world.
In California, a group of students formed Students for Justice of Palestine (SJP) at Pitzer College which is in southern California. They have created a sixty foot mock wall on campus showing Israels violation to the Palestinians and focusing on the apartheid behaviour of Israel.
It has been a long time coming. A long time that Palestine was acknowledged and its people recognised. And no better place to begin that the ICC. This April 1st 2015, The ICC welcomed Palestine as the 123rd state to its founding Rome statute.
We all know that marathons are long, longer than 5 miles, 10 miles, even 20 miles. The Palestinians of Bethlehem know this more than we do. As they prepare for their training and running, they are very much hit by a structure that they cannot go around or run around.