Christmas lunch in Beirut

December 25, 2009  •  Category:



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 locally made goose liver paté… so good I wanted to eat only that!


A plump  turkey…so moist…with a ham and mushroom stuffing.


Brussel sprouts and chestnuts sauteed in butter…


A mixed greens salad with lemon vinaigrette…


An assortment of cheeses…


A mango tart with pastry cream,


A Saint-Honoré.


Putting the finishing touches to the Mont-Blanc (chestnut cream over meringues and topped with whipped cream)


And just in case you don’t fancy desserts, a little scoop of fresh fruit salad.



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  1. northshorewoman says:

    Your Christmas lunch looks gorgeous. Such a special Christmas Day celebration. I can’t imagine no snow at Christmas, but your photos have shown me that not only is it possible, it can be desirable!!.

  2. Rosa says:

    Wow, that Christmas food looks so tempting!

    Have a wonderful time!



  3. Dinners & Dreams says:

    It looks gorgeous! I love the red Christmas tree and all the food, of course.


  4. heni says:

    Wow everything looks so delish and inviting! Yu had a very nice Christmas it seems!

  5. Nadjibella says:

    En plus d’un menu très alléchant, prendre son repas de Noël sur la terrasse. Quel bonheur.
    Joyeux Noël à toi et à toute ta famille.
    Et Paix sur tout le Moyen-Orient.
    A bientôt.

  6. crazynonna says:

    big kissss for you and plein de belles choses sur ton blog comme toujours !!!!

  7. pierre says:

    you are so lucky to have such a cousin but your cooking is also great ! wish you the best for 2010 !!!
    passe de bonnes fêtes à Beyrouth (il a l’air de faire beau ! ) Paris est magnifique sous un ciel bleu mais froid ! Pierre

  8. Peter says:

    Merry Christmas again! Your cousin laid out an extravagant lunch…lots to enjoy.

  9. spice says:

    Pics sre so inviting…tempting food… that flowery look of mango tart……I guess cooking good food runs in your family….I like your cooking, now I see your cousins cooking, both very inviting.

  10. Azita says:

    what an amazing and delicious feast, it looks incredible!
    Have a wonderful time and enjoy!

  11. Ann says:

    WOW!! That is an AMAZING spread! That looks like something out of a 5 star hotel!!!! And what an AMAZING view as well. your cousin is very talented indeed!

  12. Arlette says:

    Marhaba Joumanah
    Joyeux Noel et Bonne Anne….
    Iove your photos, if I am not mistaken the photo of the building behind the beautiful Red Christmas Poinsettia
    flowers is by Burj Al Mur/Riad El Solh Area….Love the Photo of Jounieh , and eating outside on the balcony….gorgeous view, I learned from my sisters that it was + 22C in Lebanon on Christmas Day, and here we were covered with snow and freezer rain….Oh God I miss all that beauty and my family and the weather and the nice people and yummy food.

  13. kouky says:

    somptueux festin et trés beau site!! trés bonnes fêtes de fin d’année à toi et à ta famille!! que la nouvelle année soit pour toi fleurie et heureuse! bises! kouky

  14. Maninas says:

    Amazing spread, and an amazing view!
    Happy Christmas, Darling!

  15. Alépine says:

    Quel beau repas ! Je suis impressionnée ! Et en plus, vous aviez le droit à une splendide vue, le rêve !
    Ta cousine a des origines françaises (Je reconnais un repas bien français 😉 ) ?
    Bonnes fêtes

    • Joumana says:

      Oui, tu as bien deviné; elle est française de père! Mais elle parle et écrit un excellent arabe ( je suis très impressionnée par ça surtout!-c’est son père qui insistait pour que sa fille maitrise l’arabe!)

  16. Mona says:

    Whoa, what a spread!

  17. Bethany says:

    Oh man this post took me back home, especially the view. Adma right? that’s the same view from my house. Looks and sounds like you had a fab time. Who wouldn’t in Lebanon!

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