Nana Rina, the Shem-Tov Matriarch, with 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren (so far!) was the first one to turn us all onto Iraqi food. We used to spend every Friday night at her and Baba’s apartment, eating Kuba Adom and playing “Go Fish” and Shesh Besth with her, and her clandestinely teaching us how to swear in Arabic. While Nana doesn’t cook for us anymore, it is surely her cooking and our cherished memories of those days that inspires us to keep eating the same dishes.
Here is a great video from Rachel, a cute Iraqi woman teaching us how to make Kuba Bamya.