About Me

Tina… The cedar I planted few years ago, but unfortunately, it short-lived.

Mimi is an ambitious person. Food is her passion. She loves the nature, animals and a good gathering around food.

My husband and I moved to Canada in August 2013 and now live in Toronto, Ontario. I am originally from a beautiful village called DeirMimas, South of Lebanon, situated on a hill, overlooking the Litani river, facing a splendid mountain and surrounded by olive trees. I love spending summer days at my home village, enjoying the wild wind, even during the summer, the summer fruits, figs & prickly pears, olive harvest and a lot more.

I love Lebanese sweets… alot..

I’m interested in everything that is Italian. I, once, went to Italy and fell in love with. My dream is to go live in Italy for a year, with my husband, leave everything and choose a beautiful city where we can enjoy its beautiful sceneries and savoury food. Exploring a culinary job while practicing my Italian.

I love traveling, seeing new cities, beautiful nature, knowing new cultures, new food, new faces… wandering the streets, looking for new bakeries and food stores.

I love taking pictures of food, nature, trees, beautiful sites, animals… wishing that soon I could get a new professional camera. ( now I got that cam, and I enjoy exploring it alot)

I am not a cook and I haven’t followed any professional culinary courses. But I love baking, I love to try new recipes, I love being in the kitchen, I love when the house smells a hot cake and I love to see people’s faces when tasting what I have baked for them…

So this blog is a start for me in the world of food, of cuisine.  And this blog is an opportunity for me to share this passion with the hope of fulfilling it by becoming a pastry chef. Until then, I’ll keep on baking, sharing with you the recipes and the pictures I take of the nature, of my lovely village and the trips we make, as I’ll appreciate every comment you leave, and notifying me if you would like to use any of the pictures of this blog.

Enjoy my blog.

You can reach me here on this e-mail address: fragoleefarfalle1@yahoo.com

31 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Lina Makhoul January 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Well hello Mimi, I am very pleased to find your blog. It took me back to sweet home Deimimas and I became very nostalgic! I can feel the scent of nature and food and dream myself in our beloved village. Keep the good work Mimmi. I would like to present my blog to you, also about food, but unfortunately it is in Swedish. My name is Lina and my blog adress is: http://sahimlagott.blogspot.se/

    • Fragolina January 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

      Hi Lina, nice meeting you, i’m very pleased to meet someone new from Deirmimas via the blog. So have you been lately to Deirmimas, you’re relative with our neighbour Shawki Makhoul? Well i love my village and since now i’m in Toronto, i can’t wait to go visit Deirmimas, enjoy the nature;yesterday i was thinking of the lovely nights on the terrace, talking and laughing.
      I wish i could read your blog, but from the pics, your cakes look amazing,beautiful.hope to meet you one day.take care

      • Lina January 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

        Hi again, I am happy you answered quickly. My family name as unmarried is Barnaba. You probably know my father Kamel depending ofcourse on how old you are :-)
        I have been living in Sweden for almost 25 years and you know what, you can translate my recipes on google otherwise you can Always ask me to! Unfortunately, I don´t know who Shawki is neither does my husband. You certainly miss Lebanon as you have the same weather in Toronto as here in Sweden, a big freezebox :-)!

      • Fragolina January 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

        Oh yea, well i dont know your father but my father does.yes i can go to google n translate the recipes, i found good one with nuts and caramel i think :) well i thougt you are rrelated to shawki makhoul, he lives in Michigan as a large community from deirmimas does. Yes these two coming days, a-35 is visiting us :D. Take care ciao

  2. Amr July 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    helw giddan we bravo alaiki… :]

  3. Viviane February 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    You have been awarded the Liebster Award by the Taste-Buds. Check it out here: http://thetastebudz.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2252&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

  4. Maureen Abood October 28, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Hello there! How wonderful to find your site about Lebanese sweets. My family is also from Diermimas (the Hourani family, the Aboods, the Fawaz’s) and I visited Lebanon for the first time last May. I live in the U.S., in Michigan, and I write a Lebanese food blog called Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. I look forward to enjoying your site!

    • Fragolina October 29, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      heyyy, nice to meet you. thank you for stopping by. you have a nice blog and beautiful pictures. i just had a glimpse of your blog ill go through it later on. so have you visited to Deirmimas, when you were in Lebanon. its a lovely amazing village.my mom’s Hourany’s family.we’ll keep in touch.take care.

  5. Maureen Abood October 28, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Hello there! How wonderful to find your special blog. My family is also from Diermimas–I live in the U.S., in Michigan, and visited Lebanon for the first time last May. It was incredible. I also write a food blog about Lebanese cuisine called Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, and like you I love pastry too! Please come by and visit me and I look forward to following your lovely work.

  6. adbeus coffee October 11, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    I found your blog after visiting Confetti Blues (your friend), and it seems that you are coming soon to Montreal. I’m from Lebanon as well, I just wanted to say that you have a lovely blog! Keep up the good work and enjoy Montreal!

    • Fragolina October 11, 2012 at 6:40 am #

      thank you alot. for sure I will enjoy Montreal; you live there too or you have just visited the city?

  7. safia October 1, 2012 at 5:11 am #

    Lovely Blog and Lovely Village!

  8. Viviane June 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    I fell in love with Italy when I visited it too! I would love to live in Rome for a while. And my friend in Italy tells me I should have been Italian because I am so touchy about authenticity and techniques of pasta making lol. The only difference between you and me is that I love cooking and not baking. Baking is not my natural thing, cooking is though. It takes a lot of effort to bake and I admire people who can do it effortlessly. Yeah Beyrouth is nice for tourism, family and may I add cuisine. I am glad I found your blog, my husband is a good baker maybe he will be able to make the Lebanese pastries as well as his own too :D

    • Fragolina June 20, 2012 at 7:03 am #

      thank you for your comment Viviane. :) it’s a dream to go live in Italy and explore every inch of it, starting from its nature and architecture to its cuisine and culture. I love both cooking and baking but I tend to prepare sweets and dessert. So you have visited Beirut! I particularly love the Lebanese desserts, such a wide variety..

      • Viviane June 21, 2012 at 4:35 am #

        I lived in Beirut all my life, till a few months ago. I moved to California to be with my husband, and it is a great experience to cook Lebanese dishes for him. He is enjoying the flavors and I am converting him to eating veggies he was not so eager about before.

      • Fragolina June 21, 2012 at 9:39 am #

        Oh so you’re Lebanese! :) for me it’s always a great pleasure to cook and bake.

  9. Loufy December 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    I just found your blog, I love it!

  10. maya April 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    merci cous. pour les recettes, ma mere va essayer la recette de gateau aux bananes ce soir, vs la gouterez demain soir :-)
    bisous

    • Fragolina April 6, 2011 at 6:27 am #

      Excellent. Mais je ne pense pas que je vais être présente ce soir. Il y aura bcp de monde et c’est pas moi qui va parler.. en tout cas, on verra… :)

  11. Justeating March 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Oh my! I am supposed to be studying art right now, but I’m so very happy I’ve found this blog! First thought I had, after seeing all those tasty pictures: “This is paradise”.
    Thank you so much(words can’t express my feelings)!
    Keep up the good work and please take care of me,

    A fan from Italy

    • Fragolina March 16, 2011 at 7:41 am #

      So.. you’re Italian!! I’m very glad to read your comment. And I’m so happy that my blog, pictures and posts made you feel excited and inspired. I am a fan of Italian language as well as everything that has to do with Italy… Thank you for stopping by Rei, nice drawings ! :)

  12. bagnidilucca December 10, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    I love Italy too. I have never been to Beirut, but I would like to – one day.

    • Fragolina December 10, 2010 at 11:52 am #

      Thank you for stopping by!! Beirut is a nice city, for tourism.. :)

  13. ReadersHeaven September 21, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Hi, nice to meet you !

    • Fragolina September 21, 2010 at 11:57 am #

      Hi, you’re welcome! You have a nice informative website. I like few russian novels, i read a while ago. :)

  14. christelle is flabbergasting July 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    Je n’avais pas vu que tu vivais à Beyrouth !!! Chanceuse !!
    Es-tu Libanaise ? En tout cas, bonne chance avec tes rêves de pâtisseries : quand on y croit, on y arrive !!!

    • Fragolina July 20, 2010 at 6:30 am #

      Bien ravie de ta visite et merci pour tes mots!! :) Oui je suis Libanaise. Chanceuse, eh bien d’une part oui (concernant la famille, et c’est tout), mais d’une autre part non.

  15. George May 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    Indeed I’ll always be beside you even when you don’t want me to :)….

  16. WissoBatal May 23, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Mimi, I love what u’ve done on this site, keep it up. Courage!! Vive le Liban, vive Deir Mimas

    • Fragole e Farfalle May 24, 2010 at 7:20 am #

      Thank you wisso. I’m glad you liked my blog. That’s so encouraging. haha, yes vive Deirmimas… :)

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