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Tanya

Tanya

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tanya knew that Palestine was her symbolic homeland. Always curious about her identity and connecting with her roots, she was eager to strengthen her ties to the Levant and traveled the region, desperate to learn more. It wasn’t until her first trip to Palestine that she became spiritually and emotionally connected.

She studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Toronto. She then moved to the UAE, supporting numerous NGOs related to children’s welfare in the region. When she had her own family, she created the My Olive Roots platform in the hopes that her children and the Arabs diaspora would have a place to connect, learn and preserve their roots. Tanya enjoys discovering humanist stories and exploring the connection of food and art with culture.

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Molokhia

Molokhia

The Molokhia stew takes its name, which means “of the kings,” from the leafy green plant that colors it. The plant, which today grows throughout the Middle East, was apparently once a green favored by Egypt’s pharaohs — with “layers of cinnamon-scented meat and buttery rice surrounded by a wonderful sauce of dark, bittersweet greens”.

Tatreez & Tea

Tatreez & Tea

Wafa Ghnaim fulfilled her mother’s lifelong dream of writing a book titled Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, entailing information and visuals of Palestinian embroidery designs and traditions. She shares her journey through life and her plans for the future.

Pea Cream with Laban Jameed

Pea Cream with Laban Jameed

Chef Fadi shares this delightful recipe of beautifully twisted flavours of Palestine’s heavenly peas with that of the intensely sharp jameed yoghurt.

Orange Blossom Lemonade

Orange Blossom Lemonade

A refreshing drink for summer, this homemade lemonade recipe is flavored with orange blossom water to create the most delicious lemonade for your family this summer.

Happy Birthday Canada!

Happy Birthday Canada!

There isn’t a place around the world where Palestinians aren’t making a difference and inspiring people every day, but MOR would like to highlight some Canadian Palestinians, who we should all be proud of – they have gone beyond the ordinary to reach where they are today and are doing great things for their community and for Canada overall.

Mom’s Summertime Potato Salad

Mom’s Summertime Potato Salad

This classic Levantine salad uses boiled potatoes, and tosses them with a simple dressing of extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, chili, fresh lemon juice, mixed together with some green onions, fresh mint, flat-leaf, it’s that simple and easy.

Surrender to Spirit with Nancy

Surrender to Spirit with Nancy

Nancy Zabaneh is a Palestinian-Canadian pioneer of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness in the Arab world as well as an active Kundalini Yoga Instructor, who is on a quest to heal the region by surrendering to a higher spirit.

Date Cake

Date Cake

The healthy Date cake is full of flavour and made for sharing.  It’s refined sugar free and on super simple. This recipe by is filled with good for your ingredients and is the perfect treat for morning or afternoon tea. 

INAASH

INAASH

Inaash is a Lebanese registered charity dedicated to preserving Palestinian heritage through embroidery, and to providing work opportunities for women embroiderers. Currently over 350 women are engaged in embroidering its superb products, which include jackets, shawls, abayas, clutch bags and other items designed for a global customer base.