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Hoppig, Armenian woman from Jerusalem: we are in her kitchen to learn the culinary traditions of a people still in diaspora.

Flavors and scents of an ancient country! In the kitchen of Hoppig, an Armenian woman from the old city of Jerusalem, we find the old traditional recipes originating from the love of a people for their land.

Seasoned, but not very spicy, scented with an endless number of herbs, such as mint, parsley, thyme and a consistent use of garlic and onion .. Sfiha, koubbe and kebab: these are among the most important Armenian meat based foods...

HOPPIG MARASHLIAN Armenian woman - Jerusalem "Every community (Syriac, Greek, Coptic, Armenian, or Latin) has its own habits and traditions ...But today I want to talk about our customs and traditions in the kitchen. We obviously start with our traditional dishes like Armenian pizza, kebab, kifta ….we, like all Armenians, always begin with the preparation of what we call burghul ... it runs in our blood.”

Cereals, citrus fruits, spices ... cooked together with meats and vegetables, to create delicacies with these simple meals.

Armenian cuisine is as old as its history, a pride extending far beyond the boundaries of the land from which it originates. Traditions that passed down from generation to generation, which have been influenced by the diaspora of its people.

Armenian woman - Jerusalem
“We arrived here around1896, and this house you see now was built by my grandfather at that time.This house took six years to build. It was 1906, when the first massacres began in Turkey. We, Armenians in Palestine, have adapted to local cuisine and cook typical dishes, such as Mahshi, Mansaf, msakhan and many more.”

All these features make our Armenian dishes unique and delicious ... a real treat for everyone!

Armenian woman - Jerusalem
"Our culinary art is our most important tradition. When we have a guest, for example, we must show him our table, rich and abundant ... thanks to the goodness of our Lord. We have learned this from our customs and traditions acquired by our ancestors which we will pass down to our children and to our children's children."

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