Rose Petal Jam

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Surrounded by nature all around, it would be ridiculous not to use nature’s gifts that are presented on the door steps here.

We’ve been coming here to Hardine to help fix our friend’s house since March.

I’ve witnessed how nature changed from its idle state of slumber to its vibrant blossom and now with its lively greenery. It evolved with every passing week. It is fascinating seeing how silently nature worked to emerge those buds from the lifeless limbs of wood then for those buds to become blossoms and leaves.

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Strawberry Granola Bowl of Sunshine

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It’s been raining here for two days now. That ain’t stopping me tho!

Yo Rain, Cash me ousside, how bow dat?

I went to kick this storm in the butt. I walked out in the mist, defying all the horrific thoughts that stormed in my head about some monster jumping out of the mist to attack me. I calmed myself whenever I walked into a set of tangling trees whose branches are having an endless orgy for years. I calmed myself away from the idea that a beast might be lingering and I’m disturbing its natural habitat, especially when I hear them beasts of owls and wolves and foxes and other wild animals calling for something so loudly at nights all over the valley. Fortunately, all I ever found is countless tiny frogs jumping right and left as I walk by. I guess I squished hundreds or thousand of them, those who weren’t fast enough to hop to safety. I don’t think I’l be trying cooked frog legs any time soon. Continue reading

Sugar-free Roasted Apple Butter and EatTheLebaneseSeason

You know when you haven’t talked to someone for a while? They haven’t talked back either and you have no idea how to start a conversation again? I am having this with my baby blog. It’s been a while. It feels so wrong having all these recipes and gorgeous photos I took stored in folders as time passes. But here I am again, publishing a post after a week of behind the scene conversation to prepare for something fun. A fellow cook (@thekitchenbabe) and I decided to gather a few cooks on instagram and start posting recipes we cook and photograph according to what’s in season.

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#EatTheLebaneseSeason is the account and hashtag we decided to use to archive the recipes. This is our first week and things look very promising! We are now 9 passionate cooks willing to take the challenge and play with the seasonal produce! Care to join? Post your recipes on your blog and instagram account with the hashtag #EatTheLebaneseSeason and we’ll regram the best recipes. We’ll be posting the coming week’s ingredient early in the week to give you enough time to prepare and shoot your recipes.

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Salted Caramel No-Churn Ice Cream

It’s true we are in September but Summer is not over yet!

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I don’t have a “Back to School” alert to bring on the Summertime Sadness, yet the sadness is looming around. Yet nothing beats a good dose of nature, booze, and ice cream.

I am getting some dozes of booze, but not enough nature for this Summer to last me through the winter time. So bring in more booze and the ice cream! Continue reading

Grape and Plum Pie with Cardamom and Orange Blossom

Summer fruits are awesome!

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The plethora of produce is incredible: cherries to figs, to apricots, peaches, plums, grapes, figs, apples, and the list goes on. Having projects away form home get a little frustrating. I want to cook! I want to have fresh produce all the time. I want to make food and feed it to the people I love. Continue reading