Go Local, Go Organic, Go Amman

Healthy Eats, Recipe, Vegetarian

One of the most difficult things to get used to here in Jordan is that Sunday is, well, it’s like Monday. Friday and Saturday (and much of Thursday afternoon) are the weekend, with Friday being the more tranquil and religious day and Saturday, well, it’s like the Saturday I’m accustomed to. But come Sunday morning,…

Lightning Strikes – Desert Truffles

Healthy Eats, Jordan, Recipe, Vegetarian

I don’t know if you remember, but last March when we visited Amman I was rueing the fact that we’d just missed desert truffle season (see here). Called kima here, they are a springtime treat, looked forward to by locals and mired in ancient legend and folklore. This year, it seems the season started a little…

Quinoa Veggie Salad Bowl

Healthy Eats, Recipe, Vegetarian

I know it’s been a while devoted readers, and for that I do apologize, however please understand that eating sugar-free does not generally make for interesting reading. There are plenty of blogs completely devoted to eating gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, paleo, and on and on and on (I know, I’ve been checking them out). However, this…

Pumpkin Sour Cream Pancakes

Recipe, Sweets, Vegetarian

Tomorrow my darling husband and I are embarking on an eight week experiment to rid our bodies of sugar and see what happens. I’ve been keeping to the I Quit Sugar regiment pretty strictly for almost ten weeks now, including daily serious morning jogs and reformer pilates, and walking at least 10,000 steps a day.…

Summer’s End – Tomato Season

Healthy Eats, Markets, Recipe, Vegetarian

While I’ve now gone on about le rentree and the seasons changing and all that good stuff, the produce at the markets belies the cooler days, and the tables full of glorious fruit and vegetables, the best of the year in my opinion, are stacked high with end-of-summer delicacies.  So before le rentree (Fall to you…

Essence of Summer: Watermelon Salad

Healthy Eats, Recipe, Vegetarian

When I was first charged with making the watermelon salad starter at Public restaurant in New York nine years ago, it was a revelation. I’d never thought of putting watermelon with savory ingredients to create a refreshing salad. It was full of contrasting flavors and textures, which I always love, and not having much of a…

A Special Lunch Delivery

Entertaining, Recipe, Sweets, Vegetarian

My fellow American and just general all-round lovely lady, Caroline, recently welcomed a second child to her family here in London. And while diaper genies and swaddling blankets and stuffed toys remain all the rage, the gift I always give a new mom is a home cooked meal prepared and delivered by me. I think the gift…

Springtime Party Ideas

Entertaining, Events, Recipe, Sweets, Vegetarian

With Easter almost upon us and the spring weather tantalizingly close to being warm and tempting me back into the garden, I’m offering a menu today that is a perfect brunch, lunch, tea, or snack — suitable for almost any Springtime frolic, indoors or out, with friends and family. Originally, this menu was developed for the…