Foodies will be able to relate to the following statement: I remember the exact time and place I first tasted a fondant. It was in Paris, about twenty years ago, and my brother had taken us all to a restaurant not far from where he lived. Nothing fancy, kind of a family eatery chain. […]
The sight of freshly puffed marshmallows on chocolate cream, served on a plain cookie elicits delight on a universal scale.
Then, why not serve s’mores on a holiday table, for a dessert made in a jiffy? You can whip these in under 5 minutes flat and make adults and children happy, without having to […]
This has been an easy low-key Thanksgiving year, with only one request from son: French onion soup AND something chocolate (my request to myself). Well, if you are part of the die-hard chocoholics club (and all my friends are), you will enjoy this cupcake and the rocky road trimmings.
Here we go:
INGREDIENTS for […]
Mother’s Day falls on different dates in Lebanon and the US. I have finally caught-up with it in May (it takes place in March in Lebanon) Roses are in full bloom here, the kind that people make rosewater from (called ward joury).
I had pulled-up at a gas station in Dallas and as I lowered […]
Last night, both my daughter and I had a craving, the brownie craving, and needed to get it answered within the hour.
This version uses oatmeal flour instead of the regular all-purpose white flour; I tried it as an experiment and was so relieved to find that it tastes the same and makes me feel […]
It dawned on me that Easter is coming up when I saw rows of chocolate eggs all over the chocolate stores in Beirut; figured I needed to come up with something quick. My mother subscribes to a French weekly women’s magazine and leafing through it I found what I was looking for; their recipe […]
I was leafing through a Donna Hay magazine and saw: “Make & Freeze”, molten chocolate puddings. Now that’s a concept that really hits the spot! Do you ever find yourself wishing you could have something chocolat-y, and resorting to a mediocre candy bar as the only available option?
The idea is to make these ahead […]
Growing up I was fascinated with a beautiful rock that was on display on a glass shelf at home; my mother had brought it back from one of her trips; it had fine pointed edges and it was called rose des sables (desert rose).
It looked like a rose made of stiff sand. I […]
This is a simple shake, part dark chocolate, part rose ice-cream; no need to make your own rose ice-cream, just add some rose syrup to vanilla ice-cream until the taste feels right to you; I also added some rose petal jam which is usually available in any Middle-Eastern store.
Question: Why does’n’t milk shake become […]
Beirut is not lacking in fine pastry shops; quite the contrary, I can list several that rival Paris best pâtisseries (there is even a Ladurée shop in Beirut for macarons), not counting my friendAnne-Marie’s yummy creations.
As a side note, the reason Lebanon has such a strong French influence is not because it was a […]