Mom was born and raised in Bakarkasha, a village in the mountains of Lebanon neighboring Becharri, the town of the world renowned author Khalil Jebran. She currently resides in Koura, North Lebanon. She inherited her cooking style from her late mother Mansoura and her late mother-in-law Mannoush who is from the village of Douma in Lebanon. Mom also adopted modern Lebanese recipes into her kitchen and added her special touch to them.
Lebanese cuisine is counted as a Mediterranean cuisine that is a hybrid of local, Ottoman, Shami (the areas of Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria), Persian and other cuisines from cultures that influenced the area through the centuries. Its base ingredients include olive oil, garlic, onions, lots of greens, veggies and grains and of course a variety of seafood and meats! This website is maintained by Esperance’s son Edgard and his wife Sarah. Mom emails us her recipes, we try them, fine tune them, quantify them and share them with the world through this blog. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
While we venture and muse about food and cooking styles on this blog, millions of people in the world go to sleep on an empty stomach. We are grateful to Allah (God’s name in Arabic) for giving us the blessing of going to bed on a full stomach, and the blessings of having a choice of what to eat every day. And we ask God to bless and help all of humanity and guide us to do our share too.
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