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,…

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…

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…

Girls’ Night Pampering Party

Entertaining, Pastry, Recipe

Sorry it’s been a while, but with two new clients and a whole slew of engagements for which I was also cooking, it’s been a little hectic over here! One of the events gave me a lovely excuse to have some fun in the kitchen and expand my repertoire just a bit. A dear friend of…

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…