This is the real deal, old school French bakery and cafe’ in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

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We had amazing dessert, a light fluffy moist and very coconutty macaroon with a homemade apricot and almond cake! Heavenly!!

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Inside the Artist's Mind

Little French Bakery and Cafe’

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Artist, Memories, Poetry

Poetry about my beloved grandmother, Tateh.

 

Tateh and CeDe ( my grandfather) circa 1937

Our Storyteller

Upon the landscape of your face

tumbling from the folds of your laughing brow

and between the creases of your weathered jowl

I see the history of Palestine.

I see children playing under olive trees, and goats

grazing on grass. Your eyes sparkle and sing, as though

you were still a child running through the dusty

rock strewn roads of Ramallah.

You are laughing with your little sister, escaping

from the neighborhood boys you were teasing; taunting.

Perhaps one of them a young Hanna Shihadeh, our grandfather;

at least these are the stories you told us.

I delighted, relished every word you spoke

of your life. I saw magic in your eyes

when you enchanted our hearts

with your stories of Palestine.

You – solid, sturdy and present.

You – soft, strong and pliant.

You – heart, song and pleasant.

 You – Tateh, our beloved link to our history, our culture, our people.

 

You were our land, our fig tree, our grapevine, our seed.

You were our small patch of fertile earth. You fed our souls

and minds with the world, with “otherworldliness”.

You fed our spirits with story, with beauty, and with freedom.

Your solid girth seemed rooted

deep in humanity, reminding us of

the vastness of love, when we became lost;

disconnected from it.

Storyteller of our bloodlines,

of our rich hearts

and our sad people,

tell me another story.

Give me a bone,

an olive branch, or perhaps

one of your two – eyed winks

to remind my soul you were real.

And that I am part of history; of an ancient great Palestine

that seems so distant, so foreign from me now.

Tell me again how you came to be locked in the landscape

of memory, of story, of history. Tell me again.

Niemeh Grace Shihadeh

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I love my cast iron skillet. I cook mostly everything under the sun in it. This is a farm fresh potato hash made with organic Yukon potatoes, peppers, grape tomatoes, radishes and radish tops. Finished with fresh Parmesan cheese. Simple hashy goodness! Yum.

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© Jay Mora-Shihadeh

English: Easter egg radishes, just harvested

English: Easter egg radishes, just harvested (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Food, writer

Farm Fresh Potato Hash

Good farm fresh food on a budget-Skillet Hash!

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This is, believe it or not, the first time I bought and ate a Starfruit! Here he shines in my crudite’ with guacamole. Sounds odd but I’ll eat anything with guacamole.

I used the rest of him in an eggplant stew to add a bit of tart sweetness to the pot. Very good. That is a dragon fruit underneath of him.  I wasn’t impressed by the dragon fruit as much as my fiancée was. I like the beautiful color of it but not much in the flavor department in my opinion.

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© [Jeanette Shihadeh] and [thepainterspalate.wordpress.com], [2012]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, artwork, or photo’s without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Jeanette Shihadeh] and [thepainterspalate.wordpress.com] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

English: A red pitaya (Hylocereus undatus) fru...

English: A red pitaya (Hylocereus undatus) fruit, also known as dragonfruit, together with a cross section. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A star is born…and eaten!

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I bought some Plantains at our local Amish market, fried them and then sprinkled them with chili powder and salt.

What goes better with plantains then black beans and rice of course! So good.

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Plantains, Beans and Rice

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This is a food styling gig I did with Foodstyl.com. We spent 2 long days working on set with a couple different new products. First was some new cookware, and the next day,  a new freeze dried diet food product,  developed by a company in Europe. Great crew and fun times on the set.

This is our camera guy Eric. He is an excellent shooter, very talented Photographer and professional.

Eric again working his magic.

Our Food prep kitchen and backstage area.

Lost the “O”,  this studio did a shoot with Richard Blais winner from Top Chef All Stars.

That’s Kat one of the  owner’s of Foodstyl.com working very hard as always! Below she is testing out the new product before plating it.

And the finishing touches on the freeze dried rice dish. Not bad for freeze dried pouch food, eh?

Here is a shot of an “everyday meal” in the new cookware, Sauerkraut and Kielbasa, Yum!

Good times and hard work!

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On Set Food Styling with Foodstyl.com

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