It’s the old saying that food connects people – friends, families and even strangers. These Lebanese Easter cookies lead me on a journey to another local person, passionate about producing and sharing food.
With Easter just around the corner, I was reminded of these beautiful hand-made Easter cookies that make a weekly appearance at the local farmers market. On this occasion, I decided to pluck up the courage to talk to the vendor about the cookies.
Although the stall was brimming with eager customers waiting for her smoky baba ganoush or hummus, (both of which I love), Afife generously took time to explain where I could find a recipe and some tips and tricks.
She also invited the blog team to her home to pick up the hand-carved moulds* which make the beautiful imprints on the cookies. As we came down the driveway, the most amazing smell of spices filled the air. We knew we had come to the right place. While picking the moulds we had a great chat on topics ranging from problems with her kitchen layout, to the importance of food traditions being passed down from one generation to the next.
I feel lucky to have had the rare opportunity to connect with a warm hearted foodie who finds pleasure in sharing food and knowledge from her own culture. At the same time, while holding the wooden pieces, I can’t help but to feel a connection with those who lovingly carved the moulds. Thanks Afife.