and lebanese food

Ironically, he wasn’t a romantic.

Sure he appreciated romance.  

But for a poet born on St. Valentine’s Day, Derek was not a romantic.

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Name: Angela
Age: 22
Country: Canada

Hello! My name is Angela and I am a Canadian-born Lebanese woman. I’m in my final year of University, studying Criminal Psychology and Law. I love learning new things and, as a result, I can speak English (obviously), French, Arabic, Spanish and Italian. I love to read and write, I love any crime-related movies and shows, I love Thai food. If it makes a difference, I am also a pisces who was supposed to be a taurus (message me and I’ll tell you the story behind this).

I’m looking for international penpals who are willing to communicate through email. I use my computer every single day and (as sad as it sounds), I find it much easier than having to write by hand. Plus, it takes a lot longer for a letter to be sent by snail mail.

Preferences: I’m specifically looking for men or women between the ages of 21-26. As mentioned above, I prefer e-mail correspondences. No other preferences, really.

i forgot to mention to you all, i saw get out with my dad in the weekend (my dad is brown) and it was an Experience…

my dad has made anti-black statements in the past (all of which i call him out on and he no longer does it), the other thing with my dad is: he doesn’t see himself as a poc and has (on more than one occasion) said that he is white which he most definitely is not

so after we see the film i’m telling my dad all about the themes of micro-aggressive racism and gaslighting through the film and how jordan peele did such a good job showing how wrong yet casual they are and my dad looks at me confused and asks what micro-aggressions are so i explain to him using examples from the film

at first, my dad’s reaction is kinda self-reflective, he says stuff like “so many of the best athletes are black tho! look at serena and bolt! but i suppose that’s stereotyping if u assume all black people are athletic cos of that” and he kinda sat there thinking for a bit he asks me if the movie was intended to be be about racism and i said yes, specifically about racism aimed at black people and micro-aggressions

then he said, “wait…we’re lebanese and people always say things like, ‘oh you’re lebanese? i love lebanese food!’ or how they assume we’re muslim, or when they make bomb jokes, do the wog voice, say we look so tan and exotic…they’re micro-aggression? but they’re complimenting our culture! they’re just uncomfortable with it!”

and i just said, “dad…that’s the definition of micro-aggression: people aggressively try to prove they’re not prejudice (when they are) by complimenting a stereotype 

get out is a really thought provoking piece of cinema that simultaneously relies on the audience’s ignorance and awareness of anti-black racism to invoke tension, making the well worn horror tropes it uses seem fresh with minimal use of sfx and whether you’re poc (non-black), white, or black EVERYONE should take something away from this film to think about and reflect on, whether it’s your own behavior, others behavior, or both.

Lebanese Cuisine (المطبخ اللبناني‎‎) mostly features whole grains, vegetables, fruits, starches, and fresh seafood. Animal fats are consumed sparingly. Poultry is eaten more often than red meat. When red meat is eaten it’s usually lamb on the coast, and goat in the mountains. Copious amounts of garlic, herbs, and olive oil are used, often seasoned by lemon juice. Arak (عرق), an anise-flavored liqueur, is the Lebanese national drink. Lebanese dishes.

spring break still isnt over but i already spent all my money ? on 2 ghibli films and the dark knight returns i literally have nothing left but its o k a y i have the right to treat myself on my birthday as long as i dont need money the next few days ◑.◑

Chicken Ghallaba: What is that you say? It’s pretty much a chicken and vegetable stir-fry doused in garlic amazingness and the tart flavors of sumac and lemon. This dinner is for garlic lovers! Do not serve this on a first date unless your top priorities in a partner are finding someone who loves garlic as much as you do, and will happily kiss your garlic mouth til death do you part.

I love Lebanese food! The seeds of obsession were planted during my years at Purdue, but it fully blossomed when I moved to Detroit. I can’t say this is an authentic version, but I think it’s a pretty delicious “American girl ate it one time, gushed to the restaurant owner, the amazing woman was adorable and all too excited to tell me a few ingredients, and then the girl went to the grocery store and tried to replicate it” version.

I’ve seen a variety of versions on the Internet. Some were based more on the garlic and sumac route as the restaurant I went to leaned toward. Others were more Arabic seven spice based. So, I cannot promise accuracy, but I can promise a damn good dinner that uses some Lebanese flavors.

  • 2 lbs chicken breast (cubed into 1-inch chunks)
  • 2 TBSP sumac (can be found in an ethnic grocery or Amazon)
  • 1 TBSP oregano
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic (depending on clove size)
  • juice of two ripe lemons
  • 2-3 TBSP of olive oil
  • ½ large yellow onion
  • 3 bell peppers in any color, julienned
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1-8 oz package of mushrooms, sliced or diced
  • 1-15 oz can of diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 2-3 TBSP of toum (also called garlic sauce) (I found it in the ethnic section of my grocery store, but other regions may need to go to a dedicated ethnic grocery or make their own, it’s pretty much garlic, oil, salt, and lemon blended together)

Directions: In a bowl, whisk together lemon juice with some salt, black pepper, cayenne, oregano, garlic, and sumac. Place the cubed chicken into a plastic bag and pour in the mixture. Seal, and refrigerate. Let sit for at least a couple hours. Place some olive oil into a large frying skillet and heat, then on a high heat sear the chicken on one side, flip, and let all sides brown up. Remove from skillet and set aside onto a plate or bowl. Add more olive oil if necessary, then stir fry the vegetables starting with the onion and carrots then adding the rest. Give the vegetables another shot of your salt, and stir. Once they begin to soften, add back the chicken to finish cooking through. Add the drained diced tomatoes and the garlic sauce (toum). Stir to combine, heat through, and cook off raw flavors. Cook the stir fry until vegetables are at a desired texture and chicken is completely cooked through. Serve with rice, pita, or a side salad. Serve with fresh lemon wedges and chopped parsley if you’d like a few bright finishing touches. Should serve 6-8.

Okay so those people who are like “meat is a cultural thing for me stfu white vegans stop trying to take my culture away” piss me off so much and here’s why:

I’m Lebanese, though I easily pass as white. And I get that I don’t have the same experiences as a lot of Arab individuals because I pass as white, but you know what I definitely still have? The food and its cultural aspects, shared with my family. Lebanese food is super meat heavy. There’s lamb in like everything, and where there isn’t lamb, there’s chicken or butter or eggs or labneh (a type of yogurt).

And I have veganized every. Fucking. Dish I have ever wanted to eat since I went vegan. I still enjoy vegan versions of traditional foods with my family. My dad and I even have awesome cooking adventures where we veganize Lebanese dishes together even though he isn’t vegan. It’s a lot of fun. I cook my cultural foods more now than I used to. I use rice and lentils or mashed potatoes in place of lamb, and vegan meat in place of chicken, and margarine for butter. My family loves making traditional plant based foods for me that we didn’t eat that much once. My meat loving uncle was so proud of the tabouleh he made this summer and we ate a whole bunch of it together. Because you know what I’ve discovered? It isn’t the meat that matters. It’s the spices, and the process of making the food, or the specific way it’s eaten, and sharing those foods with your family. That’s the part that matters. You don’t need to kill animals for cultural dishes. There are so many POC vegans out there who make it work just fine, and you could too if you would just listen for 5 seconds instead of erasing our existence so you don’t have to leave your comfort zone.