Whole Roasted Cauliflower a la Baron Restaurant

Beirut, Recipe, Restaurants

I am often asked if I get lonely when my husband travels for work as he does so much of the time.  And while I do miss him terribly, miss palling around town, eating meals together, just being, I don’t ever think of myself as lonely. Instead I like to use the time he’s away to…

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…

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…

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,…

Amman’s Emerging Foodie Movement

Cheaper Eats, Healthy Eats, Jordan

So you know all that stuff I wrote last week about living outdoors and the sun and amazing Jordanian climate? Well, it all came crashing down abruptly this weekend with temperatures dropping 40 degrees in just 24 hours, hail and even snow! Unfortunately, for the Christians here, it coincided with the Orthodox Easter holiday weekend…

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.…

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…