I remember one time walking out of Hamra street, a once vibrant street in Beirut, during the last days of winter and seeing a vendor with styrofoam boxes overflowing with lump-like things held together with clear tape.
The first time I saw these sandy-stone-like produce I thought they were the world prized truffles with the amazing flavor and the unique aroma. I made risotto and shaved* some of those on top. I even buried one in a jar of short grain rice to fragrance it for risotto.
*shaved, more like crumbled it on the box grater’s slicer side only to get grains of sand later with every bite because I didn’t clean them well
Only later did I learn that these truffles are not the same thing.
These beautiful spores are called Desert Truffles. They are harvested not using dogs or pigs like western truffles but by roaming the desert landscapes (not desert dunes, but bare lands with rare vegetation) looking for bumps and cracks in the land. They dig their hands down and pull out the sand hoping there’s a something worthy in there.
I go back to the archive and see what recipes should I make and add to keep a variety. I find that I should no longer post any salad recipe. But HOW CAN I? I LOVE SALADS
Mind you, when I say SALAD, I don’t mean lettuce and tomato and cucumber. This is a plain old [BORING] salad.
My salads are usually fun and exciting as I use ingredients that are not typical in restaurants. I love mixing between grains like lentils and freekeh, and big filling vegetables like zucchinis, carrots, peppers, and radishes, and leafy greens like the superfood spinach and rockets leaves and chards. All those are things you can easily get in the produce shops with an average price tag.
Ever had too much work but you didn’t feel like doing any?
You sit, open your computer, and just stare at the screen. Maybe open a couple of links and waste time until the day is over and you come to the conclusion that you didn’t do anything all day.
Today, I’m sharing 2 recipes in one post. I copied these recipes off The Hangout restaurant’s menu for you to try and replicate them at home. This is part of a new collaboration between Cookin5m2 and serVme where I will be sharing me experience with the chef, not my review because I don’t find myself qualified enough to dictate your taste buds, then share recipes on this recipe dedicated blog.
I got a date with Chef Salah, the chef at The Hangout, (all thanks to the sponsors serVme) one Tuesday night and I went with full enthusiasm to meet the chef and learn new recipes. Chef Salah was really nice, and we got to talk before and after our recipe session. Continue reading
A couple of Sundays ago, I joined a group of my colleagues for a long walk across the snow up the Lebanese mountains in a well-known winter sports town; Laqlouq. The plan was to take a 3-hour walk across the snow-covered hills, around the high hill with the large white cross overlooking the whole area, back to our starting point. We wore special snow shoes to help us walk better and prevent our feet and legs from taking a dive into the high heaps of fresh snow. We began our journey with enthusiasm and excitement, enjoying the warm first of March sun, that kissed us really badly at the end of the day. I turned off my mobile data and decided that I don’t want to use my phone. I took out my camera and took a few shots every now and then.