But, for my own part, it was Greek to me

. But, for my own part, it was Greek to me William Shakespeare, The Life and Death of Julies Caesar (Act I, Scene II) . A massive outdoor 1916 production of “Julius Caesar” in Beachwood Canyon to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 300th birthday. It was during a search for an “old” recipe that would use ricotta, that’s when I…

often referred to as passion cake …

The carrot gets its characteristic and bright orange color from β-carotene, which is metabolized into vitamin A in humans when bile salts are present in the intestines. Massive overconsumption of carrots can cause carotenosis, a benign condition in which the skin turns orange. Carrots are also rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. It was…

The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs …

The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Song of Solomon 2:13 It is Autumn, and the season has nature in its grip. Leaves change from a subtle green to various shades of yellow, orange and…

A night in Beirut ….

About a week ago we had an unexpected thunderstorm. It all started with a magnificent sunset … and then it started to get dark …. …. and darker still …. and windy …. It was over rather quickly and gave us this view from our terrace …. …. of course the daily ritual involving a…

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

. . It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. And this is the pumpkin patch behind my parents house in Austria. Pumpkins, more than other seasonal fruits and veggies play an important in rural live. Both, folkloric…

going on a date

Well, not quite. On our drive up north yesterday we came across these laden date palms. Like these yellow dates … …. and there are the red dates …. They where shining in the sun. You could see them from a mile away. Everybody who knows me, knows that I start seeing cakes, when I…

Who’s strudel is it anyway …

. Apple Strudel Apfelstrudel – Stroudel aux pommes There is hardly a pastry dessert in the world whose fame can match that of the old Viennese Apple Strudel, and quite appropriately, it is not the easiest thing in the world to prepare! But have no fear, nothing can stand between you and the perfect Apple…

You Have Your Lebanon And …

You Have Your Lebanon And I Have My Lebanon  (Written After The First World War, In The 1920’S) You have your Lebanon and its dilemma. I have my Lebanon and its beauty. Your Lebanon is an arena for men from the West and men from the East. My Lebanon is a flock of birds fluttering…