Introducing Manal Massoud: Our Newest Contributing Editor
Surfing for amazing Lebanese food on Instagram, I came across this new account that features mouth drooling images, and I was instantly hooked! Manal Massoud shares the most beautiful photographs of homemade delicacies that she prepares for her own family. Her profile is simply an array of traditional Lebanese and arab dishes and desserts, in addition to international ones. Everything is executed, styled and photographed to perfection.
She is extremely humble about her incredible work, and I am thrilled to announce that she has agreed to be our newest blog contributor. Manal will be sharing with you her expertise in the art of cooking every week, so don’t forget to place your questions in the comments below, if there is anything in particular you would like her to tackle.
I had the chance to meet this beautiful lady and get to know her more, and here’s your chance too:
Tell us more about you, where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I am a daughter, sister, wife, and a mother of four. I was born in Damascus, and raised in Beirut as the oldest between two brothers and one sister.
Who are your very first influencers that made you love food & cooking?
I was influenced by my grandma and mom, they are the best chefs.
Where do you take your inspiration from now?
I get my inspiration from cookbooks, Fatafeet channel, and Instagram.
How did you start your Instagram account?
My friend and daughter encouraged me to start my instagram account.
Which food ingredients would you like to use the most? & why?
I think that it is flour because it is the base to many recipes like cookies, bread, cakes, tarts…
What is(are) the most difficult recipe(s) that you have successfully executed?
The hardest dessert was e’claire, but when I knew the technique on how to do it, I found it quite easy.
Is there a certain challenging recipe you aim to work on?
Every new recipe is a challenge, but there is a certain cake I want to try to make: “Dobos torte.”
When I’m not working, I usually write new recipes and jog a bit.
The best thing about cooking is that it makes all my family happy.
The last thing I bought for myself and loved was a sunglasses.
And the thing I’m eyeing next is a watch.
An unforgettable place I’ve traveled to is Istanbul.
The best souvenir I’ve brought home is the traditional tea serving tray from Turkey. Beautifully handmade, no wonder this silver tray is so popular there!
My favorite cuisine is the Arabic cuisine (Lebanese, Syrian…)
My dream dinner guest is my father (Allah yerhamo).
In my fridge, you’ll always find creme fresh, butter, and eggs.
An object I would never part with is my phone so I can always contact my mother and family abroad.