Lebanon, Beirut, Brent Stuart discussed on Monocle 24: The Menu
Anita Bakery talks besides a row of small's cafes in central Beirutis north your typical location for community building checked but through producing high-quality Sour Dough. Bread and a roster of tempting bagels. Cookies and Mafias Ma. Baker is using business to bring together people who would likely never otherwise meet. Syrian and Lebanese who reached and poor old and young the bakery salsa focusing on using ancient varieties of local weeds as well as finding new uses for Levinstein. Kitchen cupboards staples like olive oil cumin seeds and great molasses. Monaco's Beta which correspond reports. Went along to meet the Bakers Kid kid scientists new to you as built up. Great confidence in myself. I used to be very introverted but now I talk before I never used to talk. People would come and I would never speak. I'll be ashamed but now I speak without a problem when a woman earns money she feels like she's done something in her life and has something now. My children are more aware about not just sitting at home between four walls. No I go out and work now policy. That's done your water for the past three years. She's been baking sour dough. Bread with us. Citizen Brent Stuart after a long period based in Tripoli in North Lebanon Brenton Dinya recently began baking but then new premises in Beirut Malia Bakery. It's named after a pre Islamic Arab Warrior Queen Reflecting the idea that work empowers women coming along to Mario Bakery in central Beirut's Bryant opened up a couple of weeks ago and let's go and have a look what they doing the bakery today. Smells just amazing and sledding bagels dipping them in great molasses and then covering them with sesame seeds and caraway seeds although their neighbors relations between Lebanon and Syrians haven't always been positive. Tensions have been exacerbated since the beginning of the war in Syria in two thousand and eleven Lebanese blame. The one million plus Syrians who sought refuge in their country for burdening and already creaking infrastructure and failing economy. Syrians blame Lebanese for discrimination and racism. So that's where the breadcrumbs and Brent had already started a small NGO in north Lebanon. He thought that by getting Syrians and Lebanese to bake together. Prejudice isn't fears might have less space to grow. My name is Brandt Stewart American from Las Vegas originally and I came to Lebanon about seven years ago. I started to realize in order to really support a community I needed to address the needs of everyone in the community equally. Not just one segment of it just to help foster these ties. I started to see that my role as a manager of this profit is to use various common goals in order to bring people under the same in the same space and so we don't come together and talk about. Let's say peace building or community building what we have in common and what we don't have in common. We actually just focus on the common goal and I've seen through that process whether that's baking bread or whether that's education in the classroom these barriers. They break away and they fall down and people. They focused on what they have in common instead of focusing on what they don't through baking bread with her. Dunya a mother of five from the great friendship with a Syrian woman. Oh bida she left law September because she married and moved to Turkey but didn't use realization that they shed more similarities than differences has remained bus another synthetic Halloween again. Two years we spent working together really wonderful. She was like my sister and more. We used to visit each other. Go to sitting cafe together and had a good time. Mom about Malia bakery staple product is a high quality sour bread baked in woodfired oven with Brunton Dina's meticulous work. One loaf takes three days to produce from start to finish if we go to the oven Ashley now and so. This is the oven where things baked. So there's a huge gold oven and would fights. It's what fired. Yeah so this door is made of steel. It's very well fitted just to keep steam. We have to steam the breath to keep the steam contained in. Wow Wow goodness me as you can see here still quite hot. We fired this about three days ago. Mase yeah you can feel the heat coming out still quite hot Brunton Dunya. Sour dough is different from Standard White Lopes produced in Lebanon and Syria Venezuela hovers hide. The hovers the Brady's really good it's healthy with natural wheat and fermentation honestly. When I got my mom to taste it. It reminded her of the bridge. He used to have in the old days when they would make the starter and use it to bake bread. My Mom really likes it always tells me to bring some for her to perform MOEE. Bakery is also promoting Lebanon's feed producers by using local varieties of wheat. That's an idea that attracted chef. Yes Meena Hayek who knows twenty loaves a week for restaurant. La Career in Beirut's to Maisy district so most of the flowers on Lebanon refined flowers and it's rare to find stone mill flowers like brands and brand stone. Mrs Practice Flower instantly before baking so which Which which gives his bread this awesome flavors because if power is very fresh. I think that's using these varieties of wheat. That are going to eventually disappear as a way to save. Our food heritage. Brent soon hopes to expand Maui a bakery into a cafe as well wet buyers can come to enjoy the products on site the seven spice cookies and smokey sour dough crust particularly Morrish. Junior may well soon have other bakers joining her to cope with increased demand for Monaco. In Beirut I'm Lizzy Porta you're listening to the Menu monocle twenty four. Let's then continue from our MIDORI House Studios? There's been a fair bit of excitement over canopy dial or CBD which has become a popular natural remedy. 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