Monthly Archives: December 2009

Lupini beans (Termos)

This was a favorite snack growing up; we’d buy it from the cart vendors in the street  and  munch on them , leaving the skin aside. Apparently these beans were favored by the Romans and since we had to contend with the Romans for a few centuries, that would explain why we are still eating […]

Cupidons (chocolate/honey caramels)

These are chocolate caramels that are homemade  in Beirut and offered to visitors. They are so good that a former neighbor started a home-based business selling them from her home. What is special about these is their dark chocolaty flavor with the honey aftertaste.  I was craving thesecupidons(little cupids) as they are called and in […]

Wheat berry salad

Yesterday I was invited to lunch at Tawlé , the latest “in” restaurant in Beirut. The food there  is cooked by different  chefs  every day who cook the specialties of their village. You never know from one day to the next what to expect. The food is served buffet-style, with unlimited refills  and the stylish […]

Mulberry and Milk Pudding (Tootiyeh wMuhallabiyeh)

My parents eat four meals a day at a set time; even when  five-ton bombs are landing everywhere, the schedule is respected.  At four o’clock  they  eat  fruits,  puddings and  pastries; I saw my mother consuming supermarket puddings filled with sugar and additives. Shou? Quoi? I will not allow it!  So I made this using […]

White broad bean salad (Salatet Fassoulia)

I don’t know about you but the last thing I want to worry about today is cooking something elaborate!  A simple and delicious and healthy salad of fassoulia or beans is the ticket! Just boil the beans or buy them canned and quickly whip up a lemon, garlic and olive oil dressing; throw a handful […]