Basal mechshe (stuffed onions).
(photo credit:PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN)
I was very fortunate to be invited to the home of Emma Mamrud in Herzliya to see firsthand how she prepares homemade Syrian delicacies, which she herself learned to prepare from family members who grew up in Damascus. Mamrud says that at first she had no interest in cooking, but over the years came to love preparing food. And her five children, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren no doubt enjoy the fruits of her labor.Mamrud learned to cook from her female relatives, who taught her that successful cooking requires thought and patience since most of the dishes involve a number of steps. And above of all, she learned how important it is to put your heart and soul into food preparation and love what you’re doing.