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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Pan-fried Halloumi and Mushrooms, and Gigantic Pain Perdu Copycat Recipes From The Hangout with serVme

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.

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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

The Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge and Cauliflower Steak with Lentils

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Cauliflower Steak with Lentils – Dinner

I have (somehow) completed week 1 of the Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge. I’ve been following the daily preparations since last Saturday evening when I bought the veggies and greens, washed them and packed them accordingly. It felt good; less bloated, less stomach rumbling or discomfort after eating, better bowel movements, fewer hunger storms because of stomach satisfaction and a general feeling of well-being.

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