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Etel Adnan
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Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist.

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April 24th, 2014


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El-yome
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From Egypt, Amr Diab sings "Habibi ya nor el Ayn"

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The Arabic instrument known as the “qanun” is a 72 string trapezoidal instrument and generally plays the melody or supports the voice of other melodic instruments in the Arab ensemble.


 





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Burghul and Potato Pie - Kubbat Bataata

A close runner-up to the meat kubbas is a kubba made with potatoes. It can be a great vegetarian dish or when stuffed with the Kubba Stuffing it will make a delightful main course for any meal. During our farm days, we often relished this mouth-watering dish during the potato season. Serves 6 to 8.

Thoroughly combine all ingredients, except stuffing and oil, then divide into 2 even portions. Spread one portion evenly in a 9 X 13 inch well greased pan, then spread Kubba Stuffing evenly over top. Spread second portion of burghul/potato mixture evenly over top and smooth. Cut into 2-inch squares then sprinkle with the oil.

Bake in a 400ºF, preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the edges of kubba turn golden brown. Serve hot or cold.

HABEEB SALLOUM, author of our "Recipe of the Day" series, is a Canadian freelance writer and author specializing in food, history and travel. Besides 6 books and 18 chapters in various publications, he has written hundreds of articles about culture, food, travel, history and homesteading in western Canada. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the Western Producer, Vegetarian Journal and Saveur.