“My Mother’s Food” by Nora Okja Keller

The journal

In the Arabic cuisine, there are a variety of really delicious foods that leaves one licking their fingers even when having eaten to capacity. However, there is one that would dominate my daily meals and still not get enough of it, the Arabic Humus aka Houmous. The Humus is a traditional Levant cuisine, (Bilad ash-S ham) and also an Egyptian cuisine (heavily uses legumes, vegetables and also fruits in its preparation) food dip prepared from cooked and mashed chickpeas with a blend of tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Historically, hummus is one of the ancient foods and is connected to fathomed historical figures, for instance Saladin. Humus can be slathered with anything form flatbread, for instance pita, as an appetizer and dip. Also served as part of a meze or as an accompaniment to falafel, eggplant, grilled chicken, or fish, Humus is really a must in almost every meal (Keller, 118).

It can be garnished using chopped tomatoes, coriander leaves, parsley, cucumber, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, hard boiled eggs, olive   oil, Sumac, paprika, ful, pine nuts, pickles, or whole chickpeas among other garnishes. It can also be deliciously served with crackers and tortilla fries. Being a cut across every meal, almost every Arabian, as I lead the line will agree with me that, in whatever form, Humus is a favorite for all and hard to separate from them. it is a jack of all traits as it can be eaten in almost any  meal, be it dinner, lunch, or breakfast and it still feels as good as ever. Ideally, in a layman’s language, ‘humus and Arabs are just different sides of the very same coin’. By no doubt, it is with all precision to say, ‘as Arabic as Humus’ (Keller, 119).


Part 2: Vocabulary

Slather – means spread or smear a substance thickly on something else. For instance, slather that Jam or butter onto that bread.

Nestling – this is the act of making something lie comfortably against another. For instance, nestling a fried egg against a butter toast to make a sandwich.

Extract -this is the act of removing or taking out something from another especially by the use of force or effort. For instance, olive oil is extracted by squeezing the olives. Extract can also mean a preparation that contains an active ingredient of a substance in concentrate form. For instance, an extract of garlic.

Flitted – this means moving fast, swiftly and lightly to avoid notice. Move about with rapidness and nimble from one condition to another. For instance, exposed to intense heat, thick fat flitted to liquid state.

Neanderthal -currently extinct primitive persons or ideas that are by passed by time and generations. Can be used to refer to  informal, unenlightened, recreational, intellectually  obsolete ideas and methodologies of doing things. For instance in a sentence, that recipe has originally developed from the Neanderthal era, though it has still retained some technique.

Wielding – this means holding something steadfast and correctly for readiness to use it. For instance in a sentence, the bride and the bridegroom mutually wield the knife ready to cut the cake to grace their wedding.

Permeated – means, spread throughout. For instance in a sentence, the butter was permeated all over the bread.

Sporadically -happening at irregular instances/intervals. Means scattered or periodically isolated

Accentuated -this is the act of making something more pronounced, noticeable and prominent. Putting something on the fore front or spot light (Keller, 120).






Works Cited

Keller Nora Okja, My mother’s food, Rodale, Inc., September, 1997, Pg 117-120.


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