Today’s guests’s name is Nermine, but by the time you finish this episode, you may just think of her as Wonder Woman. At the age of 22, Nermine, born, raised, and educated first in Alexandria, Egypt, then in Cairo, achieved the rare honor of being appointed a female Egyptian diplomat.
10 years into her service, she fell in love with an American diplomat. When she chose to marry him, she gave up her post, but not her position in the diplomatic corp. Rather, Nermine now travels the world with her husband and two daughters perfecting and practicing the art of forging bonds, in large part through “culinary diplomacy”.
She’s sharing with us her recipe for Pecan Date Molasses bars, which she created “to declare a state of harmony and self-reconciliation that [she] reached as an immigrant and citizen of the world.” ALSO! Friday, Nermine will share with us how she leveraged her Arabic, knowledge of Middle Eastern culture, diplomatic skills, and empathy as a woman to embark on an incredible project of empowerment for Syrian refuge women.
This project brought Nermine a profound appreciation for the power of food stories and reconnected her personally to her Egyptian roots. You will absolutely want to hear this, so if you haven’t yet - take a second right now to subscribe. Thank you and here’s my personal heroine, Nermine.
- Growing up in Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt
- Being appointed a female diplomat at 22
- "American food tells the history of the nation"
- "The art of forging bonds"
- One family's American dream
- The key to regular, high-stakes, low-stress hosting
- The recipe that "declared a state of self-harmony as an immigrant and citizen of the world"
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