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More nutritious than kale and its local

The kale in my garden was struggling.  I planted it last Spring, and nearly one year later, it has not seeded, nor have the leaves reproduced in any sort of fertile mode.  But the swiss chard that was planted at … Continue reading

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Winter rains bring foraging: loof

The winter rains started in November this year.  My mom keeps repeating that it is the November rains that make all the difference for the land and the trees.  This is the first winter that I have experienced in Palestine … Continue reading

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Snowed in, but Eating well

Storm Huda hit Palestine and I have been in the house for four days.  On day three, when most of the snow from the first downfall had melted, relatives called asking if I needed food.  Did I want them to … Continue reading

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Olive Harvest 2014

I finally pressed my own olives. I’ve been harvesting our olives, all eleven trees, for the last three years; ever since I realized that we had our own olive trees. These trees were planted almost 100 years ago by my … Continue reading

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More Kar’eeya, AKA baba ghannouj

My mom arrived to Palestine just in time for the long fasting days of Ramadan. It has been hot, but I dared to turn on the oven to roast a chicken and seasonal vegetables for my mom’s homecoming. I squeezed … Continue reading

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kar’eeya

Kar’eeya (zucchini spread) My mom always made kar’eeya every summer when there was an abundance of summer squash. She would sauté the zucchini in a bit of olive oil and salt and blend it with tons of raw garlic. I … Continue reading

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caper time again

Its caper-picking season in May and early June in Palestine. Capers grow all over Palestine as a wild and persistent ‘weed’. While you can venture out to the mountainside to forage for capers, you can also find them near by … Continue reading

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