Saturday, June 9, 2012
Mark Twain said it best, but I wonder if he ever tasted the watermelons ripened under the Egyptian sun and fed from the waters of the Nile?
Friday, June 8, 2012
A few weeks ago I was invited to dinner at a friend's house here in Cairo. He was making Indian and Pakistani style food, and I told him I would bring dessert. Having converted to a low impact, mostly grain-free, sugar-free way of eating after the New Year (with a few slip-ups here and there), I racked my brain and my cookbooks for inspiration. Suzanne Pirret, in her book "The Pleasure is All Mine" had a lovely recipe, called "Cake" which seduced me by its simplicity (and possibly also by her witty writing). Her recipe used grams which I converted into cups for the American kitchen, although I personally like using a small kitchen scale and measuring ingredients in grams.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I must say there's nothing like the change of seasons from summer to fall. One morning you feel a slight chill in the air. Everything feels crisp and cool, but the afternoons are still warm and lingering. Like a sponge, you attempt to soak up the last real rays of sunshine before winter's cool breath chills you with its icy blast. At least, that's my feeling about a northeast winter in the States.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I was feeling like a light lunch today and thankfully I had a small squash I was meaning to do something with for some time. Yesterday was the first day of fall and nothing screams fall like butternut squash. Anyway, this is a really easy recipe that will allow you to be enjoying fresh homemade soup in less than 30 minutes, with minimal ingredients.