Pesto Spaghetti with Mozzarella and Roasted Vine Tomatoes

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The wonderful thing about this time of the year is the great variety of produce you can get from the market. I go to a nearby shop and buy stuff to get home. On the days where I’m working from home are the best days to experiment. I cook breakfast, lunch, sometimes desert, and even dinner if I’m staying home at night.


I recently received a bunch of basil. The most obvious thing to do is pesto. The first thing to do with pesto is add it to pasta. Then adding cheese. But what’s not so usual is roasting vine tomatoes and adding them to the dish. And that’s what I did. Pretty Genius, no? *pulling a Kanye moment* Continue reading

Lebanese Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa, Amaranth, and Mixed Greens

We have a saying in arabic that literally translate to
“The splendor is for the rice and the burghul hanged himself”

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Labneh Sandwich in Wood-fired Tannour Bread

On an early Summer weekend, my family and a couple of friends decided to have a sleepover and rafting in Al Assi River in the Bekaa. We hit it off for the 3 hour drive, co-piloting to my sister’s friend which made the time pass like a breeze.

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We reached there at night, modest bungalows by the freezing river, under the pitch black sky, around the fire that the other groups have started to keep warm. We slept around midnight to get some rest before the busy day ahead. Continue reading

Quick Beans and Quinoa in Tomato Sauce (Quinoa bi Banadoura)

This is a non-traditional dish with traditional Lebanese roots. Or maybe I’m making this up to make you fall for this delicious dish. It’s delicious and filling for sure. The only traditional thing I felt in this is the texture of the ingredients in the tomato sauce. Reminded me of burghul pilaf in tomato sauce, or burghul aa banadoura.

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Mhallabiyeh – Traditional Milk Pudding

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Some time ago, a new face on the blog’s comments (actually I haven’t seen her face) suggested a recipe she was making. I got excited, connected with Lara and we followed each other on twitter. She was making a traditional milk pudding – Mhallabiyeh – flavored with rose and orange blossom water and topped with coarsely ground pistachios.

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