Wood-Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Freekeh and Lentils

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Remember when we were a republic with no president?

Not anymore. Orange is literally the new black. After more than two years with no president finally the Lebanese parties (most of them at least, the ones who got a share of the cake) have agreed to vote for a candidate. Two hours of labor in the parliament proved that we still have a wicked sense of humor despite all, and that keeping the child in you alive is super important even if you’re a member of the parliament. Nothing feels good like re-living classroom fights between the bullies in the back, the nerds in the front, the teacher on the platform by the blackboard, and the supervisor pretending to be monitoring that everything is going as planned. All on live TV

Politics aside, it is purely coincidental that I am posting an orange pumpkin on such a day. This recipe was supposed to go last week as part of Pumpkin Week with the EatTheLebaneseSeason squad, our initiative to give recipes on how to cook and use local seasonal produce. But here it is: a super flavorful salad that can sub for a main meal with all the goodness it is packed with.

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Sprouts, A Month of Excellent Vegan Food

Four weeks.

A quick setup for an existing space, but designing a new menu and testing it, then going on with it. Sprouts came to life in less than a week and it fully was operational.

Twenty three dinners and six brunches of solely vegan food. The menu is designed to fill you up on nutrients rather than bread (if you came hungry and could not resist nibbling on the delicious bread, I lift the responsibility off my back) with dishes that focus on pulses, grains, beans, and of course vegetables. Cooking vegan is a lot harder than vegetarian cooking or cooking with meats. You need to bring up the flavor with cooking techniques and spice blends, and the main ingredients themselves. It is challenging, and i think I played the challenge well.

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Grilled Chicken on a Bed of Wheat and Lentils

Grilled Chicken on a Bed of Wheat and Lentils recipe cookin5m2

Wooh!

Been a very long time. Feels as if the months of July and August are doomed on this blog. It’s like I am not allowed to celebrate by blog’s birthday with my readers and friends.

But no worries. Two years ago on this day, the first recipe was published.

SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO COOKIN5M2 !

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Here I am, 2 years later, with more than 70 recipes published, with food adventures, delicious ever-progressing food photography skills, and more delicious food.

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