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Rachel Safdie's Mehshi Kusa

Rebecca Lessard, Montréal, Québec

In loving memory of Rachel Safdie 1914-2011

Mehshi Kusa is the first of a series of inter-generational cooking webisodes. In this video, my grandmother, Rachel Safdie, who is of Syrian descent, teaches me to make Mehshi Kusa/Kusa Mahshi, or stuffed zucchini, a recipe that she learned from her mother that has never been written down. As the product of immigration and displacement like so many other Montrealers, food is one of the main ways that my family celebrates our roots, and my grandmother, until her death at the age of 96, was the head chef.

Featuring: Rebecca Rachel Lessard and Rachel Safdie
Directed and Edited by: Rebecca Rachel Lessard
Videography by: Chrissy Durcak
Music by: Rebecca Rachel Lessard


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