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…

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…

Gelatin Gummies

Healthy Eats, Recipe

Over the past couple of years I’ve made a concerted effort to improve my overall health and well-being. Much of this effort has been focused on what I put into my body (and it’s one of the reasons blogging has been difficult because who wants to read about another chicken breast with broccoli and sweet…

Whole Roasted Cauliflower a la Baron Restaurant

Beirut, Recipe, Restaurants

I am often asked if I get lonely when my husband travels for work as he does so much of the time.  And while I do miss him terribly, miss palling around town, eating meals together, just being, I don’t ever think of myself as lonely. Instead I like to use the time he’s away to…

Ancient Grain Salad, Lebanese Style

Beirut, Recipe

All the sudden I feel I am part of the fabric of our neighborhood here in Achrafieh. As I’m often alone for a week or more at a time, it’s these little interactions that make me feel part of the community as they’re sometimes the only human dealings I’ll have in a day. All along…

Comfort Food, Middle Eastern Style – Kousa Mashi bil Laban

Beirut, Recipe, Restaurants

We are just back from a weekend back in Amman visiting my lovely husband’s parents and our many friends. Monday marked the beginning of Eid al Adha or the Sacrifice Feast, a somewhat haunting (yet fitting) translation of what actually happens -the slaughter of sheep used as a reminder of Ibrahim’s near sacrifice of his…

Apartment Hunting – Savory Granola Making

Beirut, Recipe

Finding an apartment here in Beirut was not as easy as we thought it was going to be. When my husband was first approached by CNN in February for the position, we came for a long weekend to visit the city and see if it was a place I thought I could live and be…

Epic Hike Granola Bar Fuel

Jordan, Recipe

We had a bit of an adventure last Friday. Since we moved here I’ve thought it would be a terrific idea to take advantage of Jordan’s natural majesty and get out into the countryside and walk. The purpose would be twofold: we’d get some much needed exercise and discover the many natural wonders of the…