Sunday, February 16, 2014

Bread Making with Bibi : A visit to grandpa's house

Let me start by saying that these pictures are about a year old. Last February we went to my grandparents' house and Bibi was making kiln flat bread and I took these images. I waited that long because I wanted to get the recipe from her and try a home-oven version of the bread to post on the blog but I gave up on that. It's just not going to be as good.

Still, I wanted to share with you a part of me, my culture and my past.

Let me also add that these pictures were taken by my iPhone. I had brought my dSLR but when  I was ready to shoot the battery died.  I beat myself for not checking the battery before leaving the house but had to work with what was available at the moment!

Away from our compacted small apartments we spend every Thursday evening at the 1000 square km   house with the big yard surrounding the little building in the middle. The kids  glorify this trip . This place might just be the only place where they can run, play and be kids without a constant reminder that "sofas are not for jumping" and "you're gonna break the table". A visit to my grandparents' house is their kind of treat at the end of the week.

Of course, I once called this place home, as did my father. I lived here till the age six. I vividly remember waking up in the morning, heading downstairs to have breakfast, walking up to the kitchen where bibi is cooking lunch on the floor stove and chatting with her neighbor friends , playing with my little swing and bike and welcoming my grandfather, his hands full of plastic bags filled with ice-cream and mangos.

This picture of my dad stroke me. I can just imagine him a little boy standing at the same spot helping my young grandma in making and baking the bread just as they're doing now. Nothing changed except for a lot more white hair , some wrinkles and a few grandchildren  and great grandchildren.

I just pray that may God prolongs both of their lives in good health and they continue to make us this delicious, fresh, aromatic crusty flat bread.

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