Emile Nassar’s Beef Shawarma

Food has always been a big part of our family gatherings and today everyone loves to come together around a gorgeous meal and one popular dish I love to make them is Shawarma. Emile Nassar shares her recipe.

Talking Movies Reel Palestine

Reel Palestine, an annual film festival screening independent and alternative Palestinian films in the UAE. Increasingly anticipated every year by the community, this not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization was founded by Dana Sadek, Nadia Rouchdy and Noora Husseini.

Freekeh Soup with Kale

I have to thank Cook Republic for this fantastic freekeh soup recipe. The recipe is light, delicious and super nutritious. I love the nutty and smokiness of the freekeh combined with the earthiness of the kale. To make it heartier, I added carrots to the recipe, but it’s just as good without. The fresh grated turmeric adds vitality, feeding your inside with powerful nutrients. It’s an wonderful soup, perfect for all the four season.

Juman Pearls

If art propels consciousness, then Juman Pearls designs unique Arabesque pieces inspired by Palestine, deepening the connection that can be had with this priceless land through such craftsmanship.

Sahlab

Sahlab is a comforting drink that works well for a winter dessert or an afternoon drink and is fairly healthy and not too sweet. Some of the fragrant ingredients being used quite often such as pistachios, rose water, orange blossom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and many more-all giving it a distinctive Middle Eastern touch.

Anise Cookies

Made with fragrant anise and rich Palestinian Olive oil, these delicious aniseed cookies are common in the Galilee region and are the perfect sweets to have after a meal with a cup of tea or coffee.

(X)ODUS

Inspired by Laila Nimry, (X)odus is a project that supports the rebuilding of lives affected by man-caused displacement. Syrian, Palestinian and Iraqi women are given the opportunity to flourish by given them the means to craft products influenced by their personal stories. Earning the profits collected by (x)odus, everything is handcrafted by these women, showcasing their fine embroidery and tailoring skills.

Kousa & Mushroom Quiche

I have made omelets and soups with the kousa core and recently this beautiful mushroom zucchini quiche. The blends of cheese, mushrooms and kousa is perfect and its super easy. You’re going to love it.

MENA Catalyst

Ghassan Amayra is the director of MENA Catalyst, a a social enterprise aimed at transforming the entrepreneurship and youth employment landscape in Palestine. Along with a group of talented and committed Palestinians from around the world they are working to build a “Palestinian virtual global economy".

Creations of Canava

Lina Elbayya is the creative brainchild behind Canava. A Palestinian jewelry and handbag designer, she proudly creates accessories that preserve Palestinian artistry through her unique and modern designs, upholding the regions precious heritage.

Maple Spiced Apple Crumble

This version for Maple Spiced Apple Crumble with Levantine spices came to me as I reminisced the cold Autumn months in Toronto

Stand Up With Mo Amer

Mohammed "Mo" Amer is an American stand-up comedian and writer of Palestinian descent. He is best known for his Netflix comedy special "The Vagabond" and his role as one third of the comedy trio of "Allah Made Me Funny".

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I have wonderful memories of carving out a pumpkin for Halloween and Mom roasting the seeds in the oven for us to snack on. Nature truly has a way of packing in a lot of goodness in tiny packages. Most people throw away the seeds but with a little extra effort, these seeds can be used for wonderful pop-in-the-mouth moments.

The Olive Season

October marks the start of the Olive Harvest season in Palestine. The olive tree industry is a vital part of Palestinian identity, history and culture and makes up a large percentage of their income and food supply. Since 1967, the olive harvest tradition is in danger by settlers and the IDF soldiers, who attack farmers, destroy trees and steal their olives after they have been collected, making the Palestinian farmers fear for their livelihood.

Turkish Coffee & Date Tiramisu

Dina shares her secret Coffee & Date Tiramisu recipe as she explains her love and connection to the medjool dates from Palestine.

Hala on Stilts

Hala is an energetic professional who exudes charisma as she mingles with guests and poses for photos from high above the crowd. This ebullient artiste is not only watching us from on high, she is also the creator of many of the beautiful costumes she wears for her performances.

Balcony on the Moon

MOR guest contributor Maha reviews Ibtisam's autobiographical sequel, Balcony on the Moon. This book spans the author's life from 7 years till she graduates high school and deals with her precarious existence under occupation, the traditions of her family, her generation & her society, the injustices inflicted upon Palestinians under occupation in particular, and upon women in general.

Malfouf

I recently discovered Joudie Kalla’s malfouf recipe from her acclaimed cookbook “Palestine on a Plate”. She combines a beautiful mixture of caraway, oil and garlic that makes these cabbage rolls incredibly addictive. I prepared them for my family and they were a huge hit.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition

Youssef Sammour, a Palestinian Kiwi who joins the freedom Flotilla Coalition that sails the European seas, spreading awareness and raising funds for the people of Gaza.

Kousa Mahshi

A family favourite, in this recipe, the humble zucchini act as vessels for a special stuffing of spiced rice and ground beef with tomatoes and fresh herbs — and it's gluten and dairy free!