The Road to Jerash

Artisan, Jordan, Shops

Yesterday we took a morning ride to Jerash,  a small town just 45 minutes drive North of Amman, and home to the majestic remains of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa. While we weren’t visiting the ancient ruins, they are visible from the main road into town, their gorgeous gold hue the same color as the caverns’ rocks…

The Pantry Supper Club

Events, Supper Club

Last night I cooked the first, of what I hope will be a series, of Supper Clubs. Twenty four lovely guests signed up for the event, unwittingly agreeing to be my guinea pigs as I experiment with how this formula of meals will best work! This particular evening was hosted with Jordan River Wines and…

Books, Beets, Borscht & Blini

Entertaining, Events, Recipe

After years of avoiding them, I’ve joined a book club. Finally, it seems enough time has passed between the six years I spent in university and grad school doing nothing but reading and talking about books ad nauseam with a bunch of people who fancied themselves experts on just about everything. Nowadays it is the…

Fancy Food – Duck Breasts with Blood Orange & Star Anise

Entertaining, Holiday Food, Recipe

It’s been a while since I’ve had regular dinner party clients. While I’ve had lots of regular mid-week family dinners to prepare, it wasn’t until a recent stretch of menu planning and preparation for some swanky dos, that I realised how much I miss preparing that sort of fancy food.  All of those ideas gathered…

Spanish Chicken Stew

Healthy Eats, Recipe

Today marks the start of week four of our eight week I Quit Sugar journey. My dear husband is starting to see the pounds fall off him, and except for a few unpleasant detox symptoms, I’m still feeling excellent and continue to be overwhelmed with the amount of energy I have compared to just a couple…

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.…