Refugees in Canada share recipes and tastes of home in new digital cookbook

January 10, 2021

By CBC News |

For Aya Wadi, a Syrian refugee who has settled in Thunder Bay, Ont., cooking and sharing food is a way to remember the family she had to leave behind.

“All of us broke apart. My aunts are in Egypt, my uncles are in Turkey now — we are here in Canada,” said Wadi, 24, who fled Syria with her family in 2017.

“And unfortunately, my grandmother passed away last summer.”

Wadi has fond memories of helping her grandmother make her recipe for ma’amoul — date-filled cookies — with the help of her own mother and aunts. They would share the sweet treats after they had fasted for Ramadan, and judge who made them the best.

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