SYRIAN REFLECTIONS 

 

We wanted to dedicate a space to remember and reflect upon Syria's magnificent culture. A once thriving country filled with historical sites and food. Much of which has been tragically lost or destroyed as result of the war. For Syrians today, precious memories of a place they once called 'home' is all they have left.  Syrian Reflections serves as a space to better
understand Syrian culture and its people, through historical images and featured Syrian
recipes by our favorite Syrian blogger Nadia Hubbi founder of Sweet Pillar & Co.
We invite you to try out her delicious recipes at home and share with friends.

 

FEATURED RECIPE OF THE MONTH 


 CLICK ON IMAGE FOR THE FULL RECIPE AT SWEET PILLAR

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR THE FULL RECIPE AT SWEET PILLAR

The name of this dish, ma’loubay literally translates to “upside down” because of the way it is served by first flipping it upside down like a beautiful cake with layers of rice, meat and vegetables.  
There are many variations across the Levantine (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, parts of Turkey) which include mainly a variety of vegetables usually eggplants, cauliflower, potatoes, and carrots. I’ve seen tons of images, but of course I can’t find a single one to post now, of 2-3 women and men all holding a ginormous pot trying to carefully flip it over.  They’re usually served with yogurt or a simple Middle Eastern salad which includes tomatoes and cucumber.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large eggplant sliced
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 diced tomato
  • 2 tablespoon pine nuts (or substitute almonds)
  • 1 1/2 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoon tomato paste
  • oil for frying or for brushing eggplants for broil
  • salt & pepper to taste

HISTORICAL SITES OF SYRIA


 Balcony in Old Town Damascus 

Balcony in Old Town Damascus 

 Covered Souks of Aleppo (2010)

Covered Souks of Aleppo (2010)

 Khalid Bin Waleed Mosque, Homs

Khalid Bin Waleed Mosque, Homs

 Traditional Damascus Home 

Traditional Damascus Home 

 Traditional Syrian breakfast, tea, bread, zaatar & olive oil

Traditional Syrian breakfast, tea, bread, zaatar & olive oil

 Aleppo indoor souk (2010)

Aleppo indoor souk (2010)

 Ummayad Mosque, Aleppo (2010)

Ummayad Mosque, Aleppo (2010)

 Entry doorway to the Aleppo Citadel (before destruction)

Entry doorway to the Aleppo Citadel (before destruction)

 Stone and Tile Work in Damascus

Stone and Tile Work in Damascus

 Aleppo Laurel Soap

Aleppo Laurel Soap

 Traditional Juice "Sous" Seller in Damascus

Traditional Juice "Sous" Seller in Damascus

 Tile and tonework in Damascus home

Tile and tonework in Damascus home

 Textiles in Damascus Souk 

Textiles in Damascus Souk 

 Old City of Damascus Streets 

Old City of Damascus Streets 

 Covered Souks of Aleppo (2010)

Covered Souks of Aleppo (2010)

 Homes in the Old Historic Center, Damascus 

Homes in the Old Historic Center, Damascus 

 Sabouni Mosque in Damascus

Sabouni Mosque in Damascus

 Inside of a traditional Damascus home

Inside of a traditional Damascus home

 Inside a traditional Damascus home with fountain and tile work.

Inside a traditional Damascus home with fountain and tile work.