Here, There, and Everywhere (Lobster Society)

Artisan, Beirut, Restaurants, Shops

I’ve had the loveliest couple of days….out of the kitchen. We’ve become quite friendly with both the Lebanese couple that live just beneath us and the American/Indian couple two floors down. Often the six of us meet up for dinner at one of our apartments, often inviting others to join our little club for the evening,…

Star Anise with Candied Fennel Seeds Ice Cream

Recipe

I’ve got another private cooking class on Saturday night. They want to learn how to make dumplings…perhaps inspired by the upcoming Chinese New Year? Anyway, we won’t have time to make dessert together, so I offered to bring green tea ice cream as a little extra to end the meal on a sweet note. As…

Lebanese Short Ribs

Beirut, Healthy Eats

It’s tricky finding certain cuts of meat here. One of those that I’ve been asking everyone about is the simple short rib, but alas, I’ve had no luck locating any (even at the imported meat haven, Meat The Fish). What I did finally find is a local butcher, Dany’s, over in Verdun, who have their…

Saturday Party Prep

Beirut, Entertaining

According to my iphone weather app, it was supposed to rain today. It did…for about ten minutes…and then, just before I was preparing to walk down to Souk el Tayeb (the local farmers’ market at the Beirut Souks) the skies cleared to their usual clear bright blue. January blues be damned! We have my dear husband’s…

Beauty Beirut Style

Beirut

Beauty is a huge deal in Lebanon. More so than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. There are rumors of two-for-one nose jobs at some plastic surgeons and women proudly wear the resulting bandages in public – it’s seen as a status symbol – they don’t go on “vacation” while the bruises heal and redness disappears.…

Lemon Lime Cream Tart

Entertaining, Pastry, Recipe

The recipe for this tart is one I’ve been using for years out of Jamie Oliver’s first cookbook The Naked Chef. I love the mix of the two sharp citrus flavors tempered by the cream. I think the result with the mini meringues, raspberries, and lovely flower I found is pretty special. I hope our birthday…

Cooking Class Party Prep

Entertaining, Pastry

Today I’m starting preparations for a private cooking class party I’m the chef for on Saturday night. The birthday girl is quite the advanced cook herself (and has a Michelin starred chef cousin to boot!) so I’ve put together a somewhat experimental and technical menu for us to all cook together. As always for me,…