Friday I posted my family’s Syrian kidney bean salad recipe. Fati, of fati’s recipes (you’re not supposed to capitalize the f), commented she had never seen that recipe before…and she is FROM Syria! Sure enough, I googled the recipe and only one website came up with that same recipe. My blog. Seemed curious to me.
I called Tete Saturday morning to inquire, and I was surprised by her answer. “My mom probably just put things together. She came here when she was 17, she was married at 14 and didn’t have her parents or anyone to teach her.” No wonder our fattoush is different, and I also did some googling for a Syrian macaroni recipe and found not a single thing like Tete’s. Of course, I have to say…I definitely prefer my family’s fattoush. I haven’t had the macaroni in years, since it’s one of the most non-vegan foods Tete makes, but I remember how it tastes. It’s delicious. And all our recipes were made by a genuine Syrian woman, so they are still Syrian recipes, right? Whenever I post them from now on, I’ll be sure to call them “Minnie’s Syrian whatever” to give credit to my great grandmother. And one day I’m going to veganize her macaroni recipe!