Zaalouk Focaccia

Zaalouk Focaccia

Happy Friday and happy first day of the last month of the year! Can you believe it’s already December? How do you feel about 2018? I have a good feeling about it, but it’s probably because I have this weird habit of thinking that years which end with even numbers will always be better… So let’s see how 2018 turns out. Rendez-vous next year!

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Saffron Chorba with Roasted Aubergine and Sweet Potatoes (Vegan)

Saffron Chorba with Roasted Aubergine and Sweet Potatoes (Vegan)

Hello from Tokyo where we’ve just spent the craziest few days. We arrived in Japan a week ago and it feels like we’ve been here for a whole month. It’s been so condensed and memorable, I wouldn’t even know where to start if had to describe our whole trip, I guess unforgettable is the word. 

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Merendina

Merendina

Recipe development and blogging requires “a bit” of creativity. You want to make sure you come up with recipes your readers will like, but you also want to ensure that the recipes are not too hard to follow; don’t require challenging ingredients, are seasonal and super tasty. I have a file in my computer with about a thousand recipe “thoughts” where I have the most random recipe ideas such as Moroccan gyoza? (the question mark means I don’t think it’s a good idea) and Harissa and lemon chicken traybake! (the exclamation mark means I think it’s a great idea).

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Chicken tagine with chickpeas and fresh figs

Chicken tagine with chickpeas and fresh figs

Never start a new TV show before going to bed, it’s the worst! When the show is good, you can’t help but press play for the next episode and the next thing you know, it’s 3 am and your brain is navigating somewhere between auto-pilot sleepiness and excitement for “who is the murderer?”

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Baked stuffed apples with almonds, raisins and orange blossom

Baked stuffed apples with almonds, raisins and orange blossom

Summer is not “officially” over, I know, but apple season has kicked off and we have to make the most out of them! As long as I am not using anything pumpkin as an ingredient, I won’t be blamed for embracing autumn a few weeks in advance, right? This makes me interestingly aware that before I realize it, it will soon be the end of 2017! Hello 31/12/2016’s resolutions, where have you been? We were supposed to be good this year. Oh well!

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Krachel French Toast

Krachel French Toast

Hello from Beirut friends! I am having such a blissful time in Lebanon, between good food and blue skies I really can’t complain. Yesterday, my friend Tamima took me to a small village in the mountains called Beit ed-Dine and it was so much fun. We left from Beirut and managed to watch the sunset as we drove up the mountains to get there.

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