Through the Kitchen Window

Home cooking, local ingredients and a unique pastry shop offer mouth-watering wares in the Mateh Yehuda area, a place of varied culinary cultures. A preview of the annual local food festival.

Salwa Awadallah picks up the pot of stuffed vegetables − grape leaves, along with tiny squash, interspersed with slices of red tomatoes − and flips the contents onto a large platter. Clouds of steam and enticing aromas emanate from the open kitchen to the living room, putting everyone in a good mood.

The night before, Salwa’s daughter Samah and future daughter-in-law Sisi helped with the scooping...