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

Chia Pudding with Strawberries and Pomegranates

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How many of you are into superfoods?

How many of you look up superfood recipes online dreaming of getting all this goodness and instantly becoming “healthy” after swiping that credit card to fill your trunk?

It’s not like that darling.
Having a cupboard full of chia seeds, flaxseeds, oats, maple syrup, agave, olive oil, quinoa, and kale doesn’t turn you into a fitness guru and doesn’t make you healthier.
We can see the rings around your belly; Your donut.

I see you storing those in the kitchen and lashing out on a jar of that hazelnut spread crap you all like. Oh yes I did! Sue me!!!

Drop it where it is and take this jar instead Continue reading

Easy S’mores Pie

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Heck, it’s whenever I meet anyone that’s their first question.

It has become know that Hisham is the one who can either take us or prepare for us the good stuff! And boy, have I not failed them!

I cannot hide that I enjoy giving people good food experiences; the look in their eyes and on their faces whenever good flavors are dancing on their taste buds, sending neuron information to their brain and back then releasing all the happy hormones. Continue reading

Cherry Pie with Red Wine, Rosemary and Thyme

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It is without a doubt that if you have been following me lately, you would notice how excited I was for the release of the new album LUST FOR LIFE by Lana Del Rey. I have played it countless times already. More than 45 times on my MacBook alone, knowing that I listen to music on my phone WAY more.

Ever since one of the songs was shared in a video snippet from one of the rehearsals, I fell in love with it and was so eager listen to the official release. There was nothing that disappointed me when I listened to it in the album. I fell in love with it even more. Continue reading

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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