Browsing All posts tagged under »farike«

Back to the Batof

August 30, 2014


Last June, and seemingly a decade ago, I visited the cities of Sakhnin and Arrabe, for meetings with two NGOs.  At the time, I learned about the work being done by the Towns Association for Environmental Quality on behalf of the Arab farmers of the Bet Netufa Valley.  I was also treated to the wonderful […]

When the scales will tip

June 23, 2014


These are grim times here, where a disproportionate number of innocent people are enduring great suffering because of the actions of a few.  Nothing new about that, and yet it is heartrending every time.  In the pastoral Palestinian town of Arrabe in the Galilee near the Bet Netufa Valley, they are mourning a 14 year […]

Wheat, and Zaatar, to the Mill

May 2, 2014


I’ve started to research in earnest for the paper I’m going to present at the Oxford Symposium this summer.  The subject of the symposium is markets, and I will talk about the market in Nazareth as a site of pilgrimage, not just for Christians visiting the site(s) where the Annunciation is believed to have taken […]

Green Anew

March 21, 2013


How does one mark the arrival of spring when the entire winter is full of flowers?  With more flowers for one thing, and the late-night fragrance of citrus blossoms teasing into my bedroom window.  But there are other reminders that, over the thousands of years when survival for the people living in the Galilee was […]

A Time to Fast, a Time to Feast

August 18, 2011


The month of Ramadan, that started this year on August 1st, has passed the halfway mark.  For observant Muslims, this means less than two more weeks of the daily fast – that extends from the pre-sunrise meal through dinner at sundown.  Lately, I’ve been waking up at 4 AM with the sound of the Muezzin’s […]

A New Article in Gastronomica

June 9, 2011


Over a year has passed since Ron, Balkees and I helped harvest green wheat to make farike.  After that amazing experience, I wrote an article which was accepted for publication in Gastronomica magazine – that very fine journal of food and culture that is put out by UC Press.  The article was accepted in the […]

Farike Season

May 4, 2011


The season for producing farike has officially opened here in the lower Galilee.  If you see puffs of smoke in the middle of agricultural fields, like we saw yesterday, it’s a pretty sure sign that someone is making farike.  For those of you who haven’t heard me go on (and on, and on) about this […]