Monday, October 5, 2009
A Visit to Mounetna - A family Operation
Today i went to a lovely little village in the Kessouran still free from the "beton revolution" pretty much happening in many places all over our poor country. The name of the village is called Ain El Delbe, close to Wata Joz. I was accompanied by Francois Beaini who just founded a year ago a small scale production of homemade mouneh items. He names his operation Mounetna - meaning our mouneh - our preserves. His parents are on working on producing tomato paste (which can take up to 6 hours of cooking) and the drying of kishk. Quite impressive!
Mounetna is really about a family's yearly mouneh production which extended into a small family business. They grow fruits and vegetables in their lands and have always done so, like their ancestors. Francois, who is an employee at Anta Akhi, an association for handicaps, decides to open a small store in Sarba where the family lives in winter to sell his prized family mouneh. Visiting the store, you can tell that this is not only a business venture but somehow a passion for Francois and his family who have decorated the store with a lot of care and precision. I can't help but admire this family who work hand in hand. If you are interested to drop by, here are some contact information you may need:
PS: I'm going to go again in two weeks to see Cesar, Francois's father who will produce sweet wine and teach me the ropes to this delicious drink. This wine is mostly served at church and very much part of our ancestral recipes. I can't wait. Salwa, his wife promised me a lunch made of kishk soup with chunks of awarma. YUMMY!