Lemonade and Orange Sorbet

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Last month I had the chance to pass by Saida, in South Lebanon, throughout our Clown Me In tour, and see the stalls of the last few citrus varieties before the season is over.

I bought a 20kg crate of beautiful yellow lemons and another of Valencia oranges and got them home. I swear I spent a whole afternoon with a big bowl of water to wash them and the zester to zest most of those lemons and orange and freeze them for later use. I’m grateful for sitcoms and comedy shows that kept me company all day.
But I can’t complain.
It felt good. Relaxed and unwound with the zesty citrus aromas.
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Ghammé; Fweregh & Kroush

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Keeping up with my brand and my blog, I am mixing things up and posting things late.
Last week we celebrated the start of a great initiative started by two awesome ladies, Nadia and Mai. We celebrated on April 2nd, along with all the participants by hosting a gathering with my foodie friends at a local restaurant that I LOVE for its food, atmosphere, and simple feel.

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Yesterday we celebrated the start of #aprilisforarabfood, an initiative to share our beautiful diverse cuisine and tell the world where hummus and shawarma come from, for example (you hear that, culture robbers?) . ☠️☣️ . We feasted on some of the delicious creations of @kahwetalfranj from this kibbeh and labneh that I licked every thing off the plate, to the cheese kaaké, and amazing salads. . 🥙🥖🥗 We had a special guest and awesome cook and author: @bethanykehdy. She blessed us with her creative creation, kishk akhdar mtabbal that got almost wiped out before the food got to the table 😂 . 🥘🌾 If you're interested in taking part in this initiative, we'll be releasing a weekly these of posts. All you have to do is use the hashtag and enrich us with your mouthwatering creations. . It was lovely catching up with these kick-ass ladies @ptitnfit @bethanykehdy @revivebyrania @healthyliciousbysara . Initiative by @sweetpillarfood and @almondandfig . . . #food #foodie #foodphotography #lebanesefoodstylist #canon #lebanesefood #levant #foodblogger #meetup #middleeast #middleeasternfood

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The initiative is called April Is For Arab Food, and it is to celebrate our heritage recipes and bring exposure to it. To me, most importantly, this is so important in the west where our food is being appropriated and promoted as Israeli food. I live online and I SEE!
My friend, blogger and cookbook author, Bethany Kehdy said it best in her book and shared it on instagram. I could not have said it any better Continue reading

The SP!LL

Here we are again!
Another week and another spill.

I’ve decided to take another hiatus for no specific reason and come back after it with tons of things I want to share. Wendy Williams got nothing on me!

But before I leave, I have important news I have to share with you.
I have decided to become vegan. I am finally illuminated by the posts vegans share of cute animals asking us not to eat them. I am going to delete all the meat recipes from the blog and remove meat photos from Instagram

I have decided to join a gym and get my summer body ready for some sun, sand, salt water, and the eyes of those hungry for this vegan meat!

I will be living off juices and smoothies. No solid food for 4 days a week. Coffee is out of sight. Also, alcohol would be off the menu. No alcohol, no partying, no socializing and outings to cut down the temptations. Yes, it is a month of major changes!

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Blood Orange Dark Chocolate Cake with Blood Orange Glaze

I’ve been obsessing over winter’s best fruits.

Citrus

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I’ve had crates over crates of different citrus fruits that I could lay my hands on.
It is fascinating how life gives us these fruits on the days we need them the most; gloomy, grey, dark, and rainy. Nature gives us these colorful fruits hanging from brown and green trees with leaves glistening with winter rain waiting to be harvested.

The colors fascinate me. I would only like the gloomy rainy days when I don’t make any plans and stay in bed. Or when it stops raining at the moment I’m stepping out of the house. The sight of bitter oranges on the branches of the line of trees in Monot street makes my day. It makes me dance with joy when now in March, those branches carry small yellowish white buds instead of the fruits and the scent of orange blossom fills the streets with a beautiful fragrance that covers up the recent smell of trash that is occasionally looming over Beirut.

My latest obsession was with blood orange. Continue reading

The Spill

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  • It is a late spill today because my body is trying to procrastinate and prevent me from writing the spill I want to share.
    So I am obliging and listening to my body and postponing the heavy spill for next week where I’ll hopefully have more time to write it properly.
  • Speaking of procrastination, do you also feel that you leave important things till the last minute and only do it because you have to?
    I do. I did almost all my life. Continue reading