A (better late than never) #SpreadHummusNotHate Update

A (better late than never) #SpreadHummusNotHate Update

This post is long overdue! I know! I’ve been wanting to post an update for some time now since starting the #spreadhummusnothate campaign back in September 2016 (you can read full post here) but just haven’t had a chance to sit down and have a real good think about and reflect on what has taken place since. The campaign itself received a lot of traction and overall it was positively received by not just all of you, my followers, but the general public too. I was pleasantly surprised to see a write up by my local paper The St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, followed by a story via SBS and a number of other online news outlets. I wasn’t expecting this kind of coverage to be honest. In fact, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. What I did know was I didn’t want this to be a political or religious movement. What I was hoping though was to connect people, not online, but in real world situations. We all see many things go viral online and forgotten after a day or two. So considering the constant negative rhetoric that seemed to be developing especially in the social media sphere, I really didn’t feel that a solely online campaign would be beneficial in our day to day lives. This needed to go offline. I wanted to encourage real human interaction between people from different walks of life. To build bridges, rather than burn them. To drown out some of that negative clatter. I wanted an acknowledgement, respect & celebration of our differences. I wanted people to admire the beauty of our diverse land (with respect for it’s...
Sumac Sweet Potato Wedges

Sumac Sweet Potato Wedges

So yummy! So easy to make! Perfect as a snack or as side dish! And that Sumac Tahini Yoghurt dipping sauce is so good, you could have it with so many other things. Here’s the full recipe… Ingredients 1 tablespoon sumac 1 tablespoon evoo  7 – 8 Sweet potatoes (approx 850g)  Method Preheat oven to 200°C Wash & scrub clean the potatoes (I prefer mine skin on!) Cut potatoes lengthways into wedges. Try to make wedges approxiametly the same size so they cook evenly. Lay in rows on a baking tray. Do not overlap. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, turning once half way. Remove from oven and serve immediately with the dipping sauce (recipe below)! Sumac Tahini Yoghurt Dipping Sauce Ingredients 1 cup plain yogurt 1 tablespoon tahini paste Juice of half a lemon 1 teaspoon sumac 1 clove of garlic, crushed (optional) Method In a bowl add all ingredients and mix until all are well combined. Keep refrigerated until needed. Serve with chopped parsley.  ...
Let’s talk about that paste – that Hummus

Let’s talk about that paste – that Hummus

So let’s talk about ‘that paste’, that Hummus. Everyone loves it. Don’t they? Well, slight exaggeration, maybe not everyone (my daughter, as example number one!), but most people I would say. Many regions around the world try and claim hummus as their own but the fact of the matter is hummus is the Arabic word for chickpeas, and although it is now globally synonymous with the dip or spread, the earliest recipe for hummus takes it right back to Ancient Egypt. For the Lebanese, hummus has been a regular and genuine part of their kitchen for generations. There isn’t a household that doesn’t embrace it. In fact I’d be suspicious of any Lebanese restaurant that didn’t serve it! You can buy hummus pretty much everywhere now, from corner shops to large chain supermarkets. But let’s be real. That store bought stuff (and I’ve tasted a few) are nothing but sly impostors, disguised and presented as the authentic thing. Nowadays when I see it in the dips section of my local supermarket I can’t help but remember the GoRemy ‘All about that paste’ parody. “You said you get your hummus down at the corner shop. You know that dish ain’t real habibi. Make it stop!” It’s really funny. I posted a snippet from it on my Instagram recently. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here ‘All about that paste’. On a serious note, I’m sure we’ve all bought hummus from the supermarket because it is just so convenient. There are a couple of particular brands that I don’t mind the taste of when I’m really desperate (ask me if...
Lebanese Cucumber & Yoghurt Salad 

Lebanese Cucumber & Yoghurt Salad 

Although this recipe may sound like a dip, it’s actually not. Growing up, my Mum made this (Kh’yar wa Laban, as it’s known in Arabic) often and we loved eating it on its own like you would a salad. It was perfect on those summer days when a warm meal just couldn’t be tolerated! You can of course serve it as a side with other dishes or as a condiment. It’s great with a rice or even as part of a BBQ spread. Here’s the very simple recipe for you! What you’ll need: 2 cucumbers 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves 2 cloves garlic pinch of salt 1kg tub yoghurt (I prefer Greek) 1/4 cup water Method: Crush garlic cloves with a pinch of salt. Slice cucumbers in half, lengthways. Using a spoon, scoop out and discard seeds. Finely dice cucumbers into 1/2 cm cubes. Chop mint leaves. Add yoghurt to a medium sized bowl. To the yoghurt, add the garlic, salt, diced cucumber, mint & water. Mix until well combined. Serve with rice or meat. Or just enjoy it on its own!  ...
#spreadhummusnothate

#spreadhummusnothate

The post you just read was written by me and posted to my Facebook in September of 2014. I was unsure about posting it at the time because I didn’t want it to be read as an apology and I didn’t want it to be read as though I was crying victim either. Neither were my intention. I just wanted my followers to understand what it was like to be judged and to be told how to feel or what to think about this incomprehensible war between Da’esh and the West. I did end up posting it and to my surprise it quickly became one of my most popular posts that was shared over 300 times. Fast forward to the present, and not a lot has changed. Still we can turn to any TV news channel, or radio or newspaper and all we seem to get bombarded with is killings, bombings, shootings, terrorist attacks. So much ugliness, despair & death. We’re all tired of it I’m sure. We all wish it would stop. It’s really quite depressing and certainly quite scary at times. Will it happen here? How safe are we? How safe are my kids? Often I get to the point where I feel I need to switch off. I just don’t want to know anymore! Not only do I want to switch off from all the atrocities occurring around the world but also from the backlash because not only are we targets of this so-called ‘Islamic State’ but we are also targets of those who do not know Muslims nor understand Islam and in some cases do not want...
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