Monthly Archives: December 2009

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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 […]

By |December 31st, 2009|Salty|8 Comments
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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 […]

By |December 30th, 2009|Sweets|8 Comments
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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 […]

By |December 29th, 2009|Salads|10 Comments
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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 […]

By |December 27th, 2009|Sweets|17 Comments
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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 […]

By |December 26th, 2009|Salads|9 Comments
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Christmas lunch in Beirut

My beautiful cousin Isabelle invited us for Christmas lunch.
She is a great cook and a fabulous hostess. I was thrilled to go and relievedas well.
Firstly, the tables were set up inside and outside on the balcony.

We had a few courses to wet the appetite:

Some salmon…

Some creamy, light and citrusy tuna paté…

Some […]

By |December 25th, 2009|Travel & Tourism|19 Comments
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A tribute to Old Beirut

Old Beirut versus New Beirut. Old Beirut is rapidly sinking and it is very sad to me. Like they say, on n’arrete pas le progrès! (one can’t stop evolution) and money talks. It was reported in the papers today that Beirut has seen an increase in the value of real estate seven-fold over the […]

By |December 24th, 2009|Travel & Tourism|16 Comments
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Christmas goodies in Beirut


You can safely say that when it comes to food and confections everything in Beirut is over-the-top. My preference however is for the simpler, homemade, delicacies that are available year-round and bear the signature of charitable associations that help needy families. The photo above is a sample of their creations. Sesame brittle, date-stuffed shortbread […]

By |December 23rd, 2009|Others|18 Comments
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Quince and Apple compote


Beirut is   an extremely social city; at holiday time, the family gets flooded with confections and pastries. Every day a new package lands at the door of my parents’ home in Beirut. So  anticipating eating these goodies throughout the day and night, I decided to make a simple, pared down dessert […]

By |December 22nd, 2009|Sweets|9 Comments
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Grilled Halloum cheese


In the summer of 2006, I was in Beirut visiting my parents, when Lebanon was (once again) the victim of a bombing operation  that lasted 33 days and left the southern part of the country with a carpet of 3 million unexploded cluster bombs. As an American citizen, I was afforded the luxury of […]

By |December 21st, 2009|Salty|11 Comments