Last night resembled the night we waited to know if we passed our baccalaureate. That was 12 years ago.
Last night was about hope for a better Lebanon. I’ve been increasingly proud of being Lebanese lately. Not because of the corruption, the garbage or anything that leads to our slow deaths, but because of the quantity of smart and successful people that do exist in this country and that have achieved a lot on international levels. I won’t get into who they are and what they do, I think we all know them and aspire to be like them. By “all”, I mean all of us who know what Beirut and Lebanon is about, who see the beauty despite all the ugliness surrounding us. Sure we can leave the country and go build better lives abroad. We can be selfish and turn our backs, choose the easy path, but why not try to build a better future here? I know I might sound naive and innocent right now, but I can’t help but be optimistic. I’ve tried living abroad and I loved it. But the more I travel, the more I’m inspired to make my own country a better place, live with my own people who know what it is to be me – a mix of cultures and a special lifestyle. The more I travel, the more I see how special we are, and how I wouldn’t want to be anything else than Lebanese. Not British, not French, not German, not American; just Lebanese. Because ‘Lebanese’ is a word used to define successful and cultivated people with ambitions and incredible charisma.
This recipe has a whole new meaning. It will forever remind me of the evening we hoped for a chance. Unfortunately, Beirut Madinati did not win the elections last night but I truly believe this is a turning point, and I can’t wait to see how it takes us forward.
Light Pizza Recipe
What you’ll need (for 4 large pizzas)
For the dough
- 3/4 cup lukewarm water
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
For the toppings (you can of course switch to whichever topping you prefer)
- 300 g Light white cheese (feta works as well)
- 4 large tomatoes, diced
- 4 medium red onions, diced
- Chili sauce or powder
How to make it
1) Make the dough:
- In a bowl, place the yeast, water and olive oil. Mix well.
- Add the flour and salt and knead or mix in blender until it’s elastic.
- Place in a bowl and cover tightly. Leave it in a warm place for an hour until it doubles the size.
2) Mix all of the toppings together in a bowl
3) After the dough has rested, knead it again and separate it into different balls. Roll them to a crust size with a rolling pin.
4) Spoon the toppings on the dough and place in the oven until the crust turns slightly golden.
Light, easy and delicious!
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