|Image by Sukaina Rajabali from my cookbook " Food, Love and Life from Dalia's Kitchen"|
It doesn't seem that long ago that my little brother, Aref, and I used to pool our pocket money together and buy a big bar of Cote d'Or chocolate. The milk chocolate kind with the hazelnuts. We would divide the bar in half, then sit to watch "Unter Uns" which means "Amongst Us".
It was the first of its kind German soap series on RTL, a major German network. I'm talking over 20 years ago, so it may not be that cool now. But back in the day it was, and it was special. But even more special was that moment between Fufi and me. It was our time once a week, in the afternoon, (our older siblings Maher & Joujou were not part of our little ritual), it was just Fufi, me, that chocolate bar and a good show.
|Fufi a few years back ;)|
Today, I miss those days. I miss them because I don't see Fufi enough, and that is tough to be honest. There is nothing like a bond between siblings, and even more so between an older sister and her little brother. Even though we are still so very close, we simply don't get those moments anymore. Life has just happened and both of us are busy with our little lives. But I would give a heck of a lot to get a weekly chocolate bar moment with him today.
Yesterday was his birthday. And due to life and all it's happenings, good and bad, we couldn't spend it together.
So this is for you little brother. May all your years be filled with health and loads of happiness. That is all I wish for. It's funny because I look at my two-year-old son, Phares, and he reminds me of you, every day. So I guess I do have a little bit of you, daily. You are and always will remain the love of my life.
Happy Birthday Fufi.
And for the occasion I'm sharing one of my ultimates - the decadent cheesecake brownie.