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,…

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…