Thursday, February 05, 2009

A Gazan feast!

I wanted to post these pictures because they made me smile- seeing my parents glowing faces, happy and well-rested, in front of our kitchen table back in Gaza City with a spread that is truly "Gazan feast": traditional suppertime staples like dagga (a famous tomato-dill-hot chili salad), olives from my father's farm, and hearty locally baked wheat-bran bread, in addition to zibdiyit gambari (spicy shrimps baked in a Gaza earthen clay pot), tangy stuffed grape-leaves, and imtaball (aka baba ghanooj) topped with pomegranate seeds (the influence of Yafa, the native city of the dear woman who helps my mother). It was a meal they prepared for my good friend Darryl who was visiting Gaza on a human rights fact-finding mission. He took these pictures of them-before lapsing into a food coma on the way back to his apartment. Word is that his whole team ate the leftovers he took back with him!



14 Comments:

Blogger goda said...

That is really beautiful. I'm glad they are safe.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Lover said...

Salam...
Alhamdulillah... Im glad reading your good news... Im praying that everything will get back on track.

Anyway the food look delicious!

This coming Saturday (7FEB09) 9.00pm, there will a program that is Majalah 3 in Malaysia local channel (TV3) which covered about Gaza.

I think everybody can watch in online at http://www.tv3.com.my
Find the SHOW navigation button then choose MAJALAH 3 program.

Give my best regards to your parents and children!

http://www.linkedbyloves.blogspot.com

8:18 AM  
Blogger nindee said...

They remind me of my own parents :)
you all are always on my prayers.

love n hugs
nina

8:25 AM  
Blogger Kelly Kilmer said...

Laila,I have thought of your parents and the people of Palestine every day, many times a day in the past month especially thinking more and more-but especially your parents because I have heard your Father's voice many times on the radio and read his words here. It makes my heart leap to see both of your beautiful parents smiling.

May they be safe.

8:54 AM  
Blogger washi said...

Salaam Laila, these pics made me smile too and Algamdulillah they have food to eat! On a lighter note, I laughed out loud reading that the one dish is called "dagga". That is the slang word here in South Africa for cannibis LOL
Hope that brings a smile to your face as well :-D

10:12 AM  
Blogger goda said...

Also, the food looks delicious!

7:07 PM  
OpenID herself333 said...

I don't understand, why doesn't Palestine become independant of Israel? It is easy really. Just declare it.

Hamas broke the international law of using its citizens as human shields.

If Hamas or Palestine claims independance, then they don't have to rely on aid but rather, work and prosper as other countries do.

7:46 PM  
OpenID sistermama said...

The food looks delicious and your parents look so dear. Please thank them for sharing their lives with us. I pray for them often.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Dragonfly said...

Wonderful food, wonderful hospitality, wonderful hosts.
Can I book a homestay holiday? :)

Lovely photos Laila.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Elrig Ciles said...

Sahtain!

10:14 AM  
Blogger goda said...

Israel uses Palestinians as human shields Herself333. Seriously, as if claiming independence from a tyrant was that easy. So they claim independence and then what, they will still starve because Israel controls the borders.

6:55 PM  
Blogger littlehorn said...

I don't understand, why doesn't Palestine become independant of Israel? It is easy really. Just declare it.

Hamas broke the international law of using its citizens as human shields.

If Hamas or Palestine claims independance, then they don't have to rely on aid but rather, work and prosper as other countries do.

I don't agree that Hamas used its citizens as human shields, but your overall point is good. Palestinians should be able to live independantly.

Sadly, this would be very difficult for them to do, with the blockade on all sides. They depend on Israel's good will for now. That is, in my view, the biggest obstacle to their independance.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Dewa said...

this is a perfext family, i hope there will be more lovely family in gaza too'

2:16 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Oh Laila!! My Mom is going to be thrilled to see pictures of your parents. She keeps asking us girls if there any pictures posted of her close friends and personal Doctors, in the Aramco days.

6:39 PM  

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