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    palestinian professor

    when nationalism manifests itself through food!

    My experience has been that Syrians are better cooks than Lebanese. My Palestinian grandmothers, of course, are the best cooks ever. But of course, I wasn't including them when I made my above comments.

    What does the amount of onions in mjadara mean? Is it good to have a lot? I personally don't like that much in there.

    So you think you can love me and leave me to die?

    by unspeakable on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 11:12:37 AM PST

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      less than ten fully grown onions is not mjadara and less than four is Lebanese.

      In years gone by, when Israel banned its citizens from wearing the Kufiyeh  at demonstrations  people in the Galilee used pots of mjadara as a national symbol. It confused the police who tried to ban them, until someone was clever enough to realize that

      إذا الشعب يوما أراد الحياة
      فلا بد أن يستجيب القدر
      ولا بد لليل أن ينجلي
      ولابد للقيد أن ينكسر

      and you can't ban poetry which is even more important than mjadara to the Palestinian people living in the Galilee.  

      BTW people in the west bank can't cook, except in Hawara  near Nablus,
      where they try to imitate Hawara.  Hebronites cook in a way that reflects the beauty of their town, which is not as beautiful as Nablus (tell that to a Hebronite.      Jerusalemites  are too fancy to cook, and in Gaza they have forgotten how to cook because of lack of food/fuel.   Jaffawiyeh cook seafood better than Acerwiyeh, who taught people of Hawara how to cook. Our people of Haifa compete with Jerusalemites in not cooking and Nablus got it sweets from Nazareth.  Hebron has no sweets.  

      But mostly only people from the village of the Mughar in the Galilee can cook reasonable middle eastern food and only those living in the old part of the village excel.  Because they put more than fifteen onions in mjadara.

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