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,…

Serious Picnicking, Jordanian Style

Jordan

Over the past week I’ve come to the conclusion that living here in Amman is my dermatologist’s nightmare. With temperatures well into the 70s and even up close to 90 yesterday, we are living outside. My skin is already a lovely tawny color – no sunbathing required – just an open sunroof, internet surfing while sitting on our…

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…

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…

Dario Cecchini’s Italy

Markets, Restaurants, Travel

Our anniversary trip through Umbria and Tuscany was a whirlwind of food, beautiful scenery, several churches, and more food.  The weather was dreadful, cold and overcast with occasional thunderstorms and hail, but it did little to dampen our tour of the Italian countryside in our little rented Fiat convertible – the top down at  the…