- What is your favorite drink? Please describe its taste.
- What do you like to eat or drink on Christmas Day?
- rich /rich/
- latte /LAH-tey/
- export /ik-SPWART/
- welcoming /WEL-kuhm-ing/
- reside /ri-ZAHYD/
[adjective] – a rich color, sound, smell, or taste is strong in a pleasing or attractive way
The red wine has a rich, aromatic flavor.
[noun] – a hot drink made from espresso (= strong coffee) and warm milk
Please make me a triple latte with almond syrup and a little less foam.
[verb] – to send goods to another country for sale
They export their goods to various markets abroad.
[adjective] – friendly or making you feel welcome
The new owners of the restaurant have created a more welcoming atmosphere.
[verb] – to live, have your home, or stay in a place
Today, many of them still reside in South Florida.
The winter beverage Sahlab is closely related to Christmas for Palestinian Christians. It is similar to a latte made from a thick and rich mixture of milk, sugar, and spices. With a few adjustments, cookbook author Blanche Shaheen continues to practice this tradition. The version her mother drank on the Bethlehem streets as a child was made with sahlab powder, a flour made from wild-harvested orchid tubers. The powder, which has been used as a thickener in beverages and desserts since the Ottoman era, is illegal to export, and its production is unsustainable because it depends on orchids, a species that is in danger of going extinct. Shaheen uses corn starch (corn flour) and either rose water or orange blossom water to copy the texture and flavor of Sahlab powder, like many other Palestinians.
Sahlab in Bethlehem represents a welcoming, festive atmosphere. For Shaheen, it symbolizes Christmas in Bethlehem, where the majority of her mother’s family still resides.
- What is Sahlab closely related to?
- What is Sahlab similar to?
- What was the version her mother drank as a child made of?
- According to the article, what is illegal to export?
- What does Shaheen use to copy the texture and flavor of Sahlab powder?
- What is your favorite traditional food? Please tell me more about it.
- How do you think food, eating, and drinking cultures have changed in your country?
- Would you try Sahlab and recommend it to your friends? Why or why not?
- In your opinion, should Sahlab also be eaten on New Year’s Eve?
- Why is it important to preserve culture through food?