Sunday 28 July was the date for the third birthday party of Knafeh Nabulseyeh, a small Palestinian restaurant in the south-eastern suburb of Hughesdale. A festive space adorned with balloons provided an enormous sense of fun to the small children. Soon after, a face painter decorated the children’s faces and arms with images of flowers, animals and other colourful shapes, whilst a henna artist created beautiful designs on the hands of many girls and women. A psychic also offered guidance to people with the help of coffee ground and tarot card readings.
To the strains of haunting Arabic music, dancers took to the floor performing traditional middle eastern dances. By mid-afternoon the place was filled to capacity with dancers, drummers and a belly dancer who bewitched all those who laid eyes on her.
The family-run restaurant is the dream of proprietor, Moussa, a former dental technician and his wife Saida, a former accountant.
Knafeh Nabulseyeh derives its name from Knafeh Nabulsi, the signature dessert which originated in the Palestinian city of Nablus, Moussa’s home town. Named during the Roman Period Nablus is situated 49 km north of Jerusalem. A large, evocative image of a village scene in Nablus adorns the wall of the restaurant.
The dessert itself originated during the Ottoman Period in 1575. Spaghetti like strands of pastry arranged in birds’ nests make up the base; a soft cheese combined with honey is placed in the centre; and of water and sugar topped with orange food colouring and pistachio nuts is then added. Moussa, who made the machinery from scratch, stressed that producing authentic knafeh is a very lengthy process done in stages, requiring precision with timing, smell and temperature. I tasted the knafeh and it was delicious as was the falafel that I had previously.
Knafeh Nabulseyeh at 74 Poath Road, Hughesdale is an absolute gem.
Lei Cha Teas ar probably the most unusual but most exotic teas I have ever tasted in my life. It generally tastes very dense and reminds me of a healthy soup more than any tea. It is amazing though... Let's go step by step here. The Lie Cha company sent us 10 teas for review. Here they are:
VEGGIE TEA TIME HAKKA VEGETABLE BLEND The tea instantly brings you back to life so to speak. The tea is made our of ground cabbage, ginko biloba, chickpeas, oatmeal, many herbs, whole grains and celery which taste so delicious when blend together in this well created master-mixture. The tea can be actually a separate meal or a good and very substantial snack. It is perfect in winter time instead of any traditional soup. It is amazing for your metabolism speed and for your overall guts health. You will want more of this tea!
ROASTED AND GROUND HAKKA COFFEE & ALMOND BLEND You need only one tea spoon for a tea cup of 200 ml. Blend he mixture with hot boiling water and let it stand to get out the best flavours. Sip slowly to enjoy every bite of this divine drink. It is very flavoursome as the roasted almonds are felt through the whole drink.It is very filling and satisfying and makes you feel more energy right after the first sip. The tea texture is quite smooth and you feel with your inner soul that it is very good for you. I also tasted a bit of grounded barley, sesame seeds and ginko biloba. I also believe this drink would be perfect for the morning wake up as it brings your senses back in place and balances you bringing you the mood of happiness all way through. Enjoy!
HEALTHY ME RESTORATIVE TEA HAKKA CHINESE HERBAL BLEND This tea is very aromatic. It is believed to be very traditional Chinese medicine drink. Your body will rejoice with a fragrant brew that draws on more than 2500 years of Chinese herbal tradition. It feels very well balanced and powerful at the same time. It brings all your senses together and creates a perfect sensation after the first couple of cups. It is rejuvenating and tea too. It contains astralagus root for the pick-me-up feeling in your body overall while odonopsis pilosula is believed to be as superfood for your immune system. It contains all secrets mixed with care together with dry goji berries, green tea and ginkgo biloba seeds which also makes it so tasty to enjoy. It will bring all the goodness from mother earth, clean water, warming sun and freshest air for you!
ORIGINAL HAKKA GROUND TEA HAKKA TRADITIONAL BLEND Hakka are people of south-eastern China, especially Canton, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, who migrated from the north during the 12th century. They believed to the the ones who invented the Hakka teas. This tea is very thick and full of goodness and energy. As you drink it you feel as it literally goes into your blood stream with all the positive vibes you swallow in. It tastes perfect. The aroma is very intense enhancing your overall health from the inside out It is believed to be great for any ages: from young people who look after their health and nurture their bodies as most treasured temples to the older age when you actually feel every little bone and muscle of your body and wished it was looked after much better in the younger age. Start taking care of your body still when it is young. It will be very grateful when you age and will thank you for all you did for it during these years. This mixture contains ground dry soybeans, corn and black sesame seeds as well as black beans, barley, rice, Chinese sorghum, millet, green peas, oats, white beans, buckwheat, kidney beans, chickpeas, yam, ginkgo and sugar. Such rich blend makes it the king of all teas and also makes you very well-balanced, grounded and feel tranquil at the same time. Perfect combination for all ages!
DREAM DATE HAKKA RED DATE BLEND This tea is amazing for the good and relaxing sleep so you better drink it before hitting the pillow. The red dates are felt and tasted all the way through sipping this heavenly made drink.It has a phenomenal calming effect on your physical body putting you to a careless state of mind. Th tea is very high in essential vitamins and minerals that nourish your physical body. Perfect cuppa for rejuvenating indeed! Try it!
COMFORT ME GINGER TEA HAKKA GINGER BLEND Ginger tea warms you up naturally. It has a double effect on your health and wellbeing as in the blend with the oher ingrediens it enhances the soft and gentle effect on your body systems overall. The mixture contains the ground pumpkin seeds, white peony root , ginko biloba seeds which has an absoultely sensational tender effect on your stomach and boosts your whole digestive system and improves your metabolism. The tea is good any time for you: before or after your meal or it can even be a great sustitution of one of your daily meals. Try it to enjoy the benefits
ZING SKIN TEA HAKKA ALMOND AND GREEN TEA BLEND This tea is perfect for your mornings. It has a very distinctive almond flavour that will wake you up and make you feel superior during the whole day. The tea is full of nutrients especially antioxidants and Vitamin E, a group of fat-soluble compounds with distinctive antioxidant activities. Your skin will glow after using this tea. My package arrived the biggest in this tea variety. I am very glad as my skin now looks perfect like a touch of the rose in spring.The tea components are all superfoods: black sesame, barley, chickpeas, goji, ginkgo, four kinds of beans and much more.It is not tea but more like a medicine in your cup. It is not only a delight for your taste buds it is also for your body to enjoy the benefits. What a gorgeous treat as I drink it all day round!
I YAM GLOWING HAKKA YAM AND BARLEY BLEND This tea is believed to be fabulous for your skin well being. It warms you up and brings all the goodness of its nutrients to the surface of your skin making it look young and healthy. The tea contains red beans and yam which are all rich in so needed for our body retinol or vitamin A, as well as vitamin B for B-etter feel and ascorbic acid known for vitamin C. The tea colloidal structure is also proven to be amazing for your skin firmness and color. This beautiful and very satisfying in taste tea contains grounded rice, barley and green peas. It is so tasty you will love it!
CLEANSING BURDOCK TEA HAKKA BURDOCK BLEND Burdock is considered to be the catalyst for the detoxification of your body. I loved that the burdock small and very yummy pieces were floating in this tea. Burdock has amazing healing properties and was used for hundreds of years by herbalists all over the world. It is believed to increase urine flow, kill germs, reduce fever, and “purify” your blood. The plant is also used to heal skin conditions including acne and psoriasis. The tea contains ground mushrooms, ginko biloba seeds and whole grains You will feel cleansed and purified after drinking this mixture!
MINDFUL GREEN HAKKA GREEN TEA BLEND Lei Cha’s pure green tea is a unique mixture that has some vital benefits for your physical body strength protecting you from illnesses from one side and defending your overall inner health. it consists of ground roasted rice, soybeans, corn, barley, black beans, black sesame seeds, red beans, gingko biloba seeds and a pinch of cane sugar. A life-full bowl of such tea is like a thunderstorm for your brain. It has very delicate fragrance. The paste is very easy to dissolve in boiling water with no clogs. It is definitely a tea for a healthy life style. It is low in fat and should be your best option for branch - a small meal between breakfast and lunch. It is also a great fighter with free radicals as it is loaded with antioxidants. The tea is also great for travelling as we took all 10 teas with us while we were at the Great Ocean road -they weight nothing and so easy to brew in no time. It is a mindful, conscious, healthy eating indeed.