April 3, 2016
Man exhaling smoke

The Syria Test

They asked me a lot of questions. The first 20 were to verify if I was Syrian or not.
February 28, 2016
Glass preserve bottles

Secrets of Preservation

Syrians are specialists in preservation. Vegetables used to be soaked in salty water, then dried and stockpiled in glass jars.
November 28, 2015
Close up of fried chicken

Craving Broasted

Not a single day goes by without something triggering a thought about Syria, my home or my childhood. Today, despite being a vegetarian for two years now, the trigger was a sudden craving for ‘broasted’ chicken.
June 21, 2015
Hakawati storyteller with book

Flashbacks From Damascus

I miss everything about Damascus, down to the smallest details.
May 25, 2015

The Vegetables Notebook

In our house everything has a notebook, beginning with the shopkeeper’s monthly notebook, the provisioning notebook, the family notebook...
October 29, 2014
Pomegranate seeds


“I pray every day for the souls of the dead and I read the Quran every morning, but something is wrong with my heart."
September 23, 2014

Haurani Cinnamon

In Bosra Esham, when a new baby is born, we serve a cup of hot cinnamon and home-grown walnuts.
September 20, 2014
Piles of colourful Syrian sweets

The Smallest Gifts

As a child, the trip to the grocery store was the highlight of my day. Maybe it was because I was allowed to go out, run around and contemplate adventures.