Monthly Archives: December 2010

Mint tea with arak

In 1988, the American Red Cross awarded the Lebanese Red Cross with a medal commending it for the best rescue effort internationally. Back then the war was still raging and casualties numbered in the thousands. Volunteers from the Lebanese Red Cross displayed heroic courage in their rescue efforts. A few years later, when the war […]

Baklava in ten minutes

For those of you still scrambling to come up with a speedy dessert for a New Year’s eve party I have uploaded a video version of my ten-minute baklava post. For the recipe, click here. [Translate]


There is a Filipino sub-culture in Lebanon due to the large number of people who move there with employment contracts from the Philippines. Thanks to Jessica, a Filipino lady I befriended who lived in the country for fifteen years before going back home to marry, I discovered this wonderful dish, called pancit. It is a […]

Barazek tuiles with sahlab

Last Christmas season I was in Istanbul for a short visit and while my daughter wanted to visit the beautiful monuments all around us, I only wanted one thing: to get some sahlab AKA salep or sahlep. The monuments could wait. Sahlab AKA salep or sahlep or sahleb is a powder that is mixed with […]

Last-minute holiday ideas

The seven-hour lamb, for the recipe click here. Lebanese couscous with lamb shanks and pearl onions, for the recipe click here Spiced fish, for the recipe click here. Swiss chard cake, for the recipe click here Tangerine sorbet, for the recipe click here. Apricots filled with clotted cream, for the recipe click here. Shredded phyllo […]