They don’t call it Valentine’s Day in Syria. They call it The Day OF Love.


Today I stopped by Mustafa’s Syrian Kitchen Food Truck, parked by Kush, for a quick lunch to go. I got a Chicken Shwarma sandwich and a Kabob sandwich, one for me and one for Rich. Oh. My. Goodness. They were good! Rich and I each shared our sandwiches with the other, so I got to taste both. I highly recommend stopping by for lunch on your way home from church–or wherever you are about lunch time on Saturday or Sunday–and tasting for yourself.

We got to talking about special foods and about what they might sell from the truck in the future.

“What about something special for Valentine’s Day?” I asked. Do you have any special foods you might prepare for someone you especially love? Do you have anything like Valentine’s Day?”

“We have the Day of Love,” I was told. “No we don’t have any special foods, we just give chocolate and flowers.” (Same as in America!)

We started brainstorming. What might they make for next weekend that paid tribute to Valentine’s Day? Something with chocolate? Something red? Jamila showed me a photo of some Syrian Pastries she can add chocolate to. Oh Yes!

Then she reminded me of a beet and yogurt dish she served me once, which I liked very much. She said she would make it for next weekend. Healthy AND Yummy! Here is her recipe:

3 cups boiled sliced beets
Mix with:
1 Cup Tahini (sesame butter)
2 cloves of garlic (smashed)
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
1 tsp salt
2 Cups yogurt

Jamila says her dream is to make enough money not only to support her own family, but also to help people who have been injured in war.