Marjoram and Pine Cone Roast Chicken

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Being up here in the mountains is therapeutic.

Each week, we get all the stuff we need for our weekend event Blooming April and take the one-and-a-half-hour road up on Thursday to start preparing the space and the food before the weekend arrives.

Fridays are busy for us here. We lay out the mats with the tables on top of them, we wash the water and arak pitchers, we fix the garden and the house inside, and we work on the food prep with what we can make a day ahead. Despite the work load we have, I cannot miss the chance at enjoying a delicious lunch. Continue reading

Rustic Wild Sorrel Salad with Fresh Mint, and Thyme

This week was supposed to be a full working week on an upcoming project with Bethany Kehdy. We were scheduled to be doing video recipe filming up here in their mountain fortress at the foot of Sannine mountain. I was in charge of the off-screen cooking and the styling. During the past couple of weeks Bethany and I fixed our heads to the computer screens and pen and paper to note down every single recipe, every single ingredient, props, and every piece of kitchenware a kitchen might need since we’re starting the kitchen from scratch. Continue reading

Green Thyme and Purslane Salad with Crumbled Feta Cheese and Our Crazy “Clown Me In” Interventions

One of my recent activities is spending time with an overwhelming group of people behind red noses. We have been going around selected schools to teach children how to wash hands properly during the Hand Washing Day funded by UN Habitat.

Name of the group: Clown Me In

Active members in this campaign: 5 crazy clowns

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Breakfast Sandwiches Part I

How many times have you heard breakfast is the most important meal?

Don’t start counting. We all have. Countless times.

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You will not appreciate a good breakfast until you’ve had one. I’m not talking about those breakfast buffet where I go and fill my tummy until I can barely move and be able to skip lunch. I’m talking about a breakfast you make and eat at home before going to work that will keep you full, or at least managing, until lunch time. I’m starting to discover some.
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Creamy Mushroom Soup and a very cold winter

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Isn’t it a lovely winter?
Those cosy nights with a blanket, soup and a warm drink to keep you warm. It’s entertaining to listen to the sound of rain droplets tumbling down the roofs and the messing neighborhoods too. Don’t you love this season too?
(Editor’s notes: please don’t burst his bubble and tell him it hasn’t rained in a while and temperatures are rising) Continue reading