Monthly Archives: June 2012

Apricot halloum bites

  My brother, who for many years called Paris (France) home, asked me the following (very French) question last summer: Do you know how to pair Lebanese cheeses with fruits? I had to admit the idea never crossed my mind. So in the course of the year, I started thinking about what would go with […]

Sumac lemonade

The mysterious plant was indeed sumac, a Godsend for our forefathers and mothers who needed a lemony taste in their dishes but could not access lemons (either due to seasonal lack of availability or because they did not live in the coastal areas where citrus is grown). Sumac is dried and ground into a powder […]

Mysterious plant (edible)

Do you know or care to guess what this is? Hint: It has been mentioned a lot lately in food magazines; trendy, you could say. [Translate]

Jasmine and Fire by Salma Abdelnour (Giveaway)

This book is an account of American/Lebanese writer Salma Abdelnour‘s stay in Beirut  after a life spent in the US. This is a book that hundreds of thousands of Lebanese expats throughout the world could easily relate to. Salma Abdelnour is a gifted writer; she manages to write a 300 page book in which very […]

Baby pears (Meskaweh)

Got these adorable mini-pears at the greengrocer the other day; he said “these are ladies earrings,see?” and he held them to his ear.  I asked how they should be consumed and he said “just like that, raw in your mouth!”; he exclaimed excitedly “these will bring you barakeh (good luck)!” and a lady who was […]