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mummies yummies – delicacies made with big love


It all started  when i fell on that hidden gem while looking for a talented person with unique and creative ideas for my first son’s baptism cake. Three years later and again for my second child’s baptism cake, here i am, back to her, but this time in front of her new shop/atelier in jounieh.

Rita Mouarkech Gebara, the talented artist behind mummies yummies, or the lady with golden fingers as i like to call her. Quoting her, she is an

“Actrice et mere de quatre enfants, la scene devenait aussi loin que la lune. Toute petite, j’avais toujours a ma portee une chaise pour grimper et pouvoir sentir, voir, toucher et gouter aux mets gardes sur la cuisiniere. Chaque gateau pour moi est un decor de scene, chaque couleur que je cree me ramene a mon pays de petite fille, tout rendu ravive en moi le trac que j’avais jadis dans les coulisses… L’odeur du bon chocolat, des amandes grillees, de la cannelle, de la fleur d’oranger, du basilic… qui embaume la cuisine, la consistance moelleuse qui se colle a la fourchette, le gout qui se marie au palet, l’extase du “Bon”…
Les yeux des enfants qui s’arrondissent, leurs mains qui s’etendent, leur bouche bee qui se dessine, leurs talons qui se redressent, l’emerveillement de mes enfants devant un gateau acheve, l’amour de ma famille, le support de mon mari, l’encouragement de mes amis, la presence de Dieu a mes cotes…Pour toutes ces raisons…
Mummies yummies, tout court.

I don’t write reviews on my blog, but when i genuinely feel the urge to bang the drums for exceptional talents i do break the rules. If you are looking for something unique, exceptional and tailored especially for you, don’t think twice. You will be welcomed by the sweetest and most humble person. She takes care of details and deliver beautiful and creative masterpieces done with care and love! Most of all you will indulge in heavenly tastes, blended and created by her with the finest ingredients.

For weddings, engagements, birthdays, baptisms, mothers day, valentine, teachers day, Easter, Christmas….and for the so many life events, count on her to make it more special. Here are some of her masterpieces:

And that was my son’s baptism cake:


Mummies yummies, Rita, who believes in the power of positive words, allow me this time to write for you (knowing that she didn’t want me to write a post about her) and thank you. My words won’t be as powerful as your creations, but surely coming from my heart.

For your orders you can call her on +961 70 484 677 and for more info

La maison de la foret – Bkassine (south Jezzine) – South Lebanon

la maison de la foret


” It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone” – Gandhi

This famous quote came to my mind after crossing more than 70 km from Beirut to reach Bkassine, this beautiful charming village south of jezzine (south Lebanon). Thinking to my self there should be something really fascinating about this eco-touristic piece of heaven “la maison de la forêt” to be far from the crowd and yet succeeding.

Few are the places that captures my heart and am not an easy to please person. I admit i fell in love with this jewel nestled in the heart of the largest pine forest in Bkassine.

la maison de la foret

“A home with nature”.

Absolutely true. A lovely team greeted us with a warm welcome, made us feel at a fresher home. If it wasn’t our last days of vacation, we would have stayed and slept in one of their beautiful bungalows or tents in this evergreen escape… If it is up to me i can spend a night “a la belle etoile” enjoying the enchanting mesmerizing nature.

la maison de la foret

“Tawlet”, their amazing authentic lebanese restaurant, where i can use all the culinary lexicon to describe how succulent and delish the food is. Couldn’t get enough of their “tomates – cerises” salad and “rose water” drink. I promise to post the “tomates – cerises” recipe soon.

If you wish to escape from the routine of life and indulge in an unforgettable experience, visit “la maison de la foret” where nature tickles your soul.

Finally, hats off to Gilbert, you made this experience memorable. You are far more than professional, you represent the hospitality and generosity of the south. Thanks to your team, Maher, Georges, Raafat, Dani and to the beautiful Eliana, Myriam and Viviane. Until we meet again… Love always