carrot & chana dal hotpot

Ahlan wa sahlan, shabaab! Life update: I’m six days into a summer-long intensive Arabic course, and already I’m dreaming in Arabic (OK, so they’re more like stress dreams about the next vocab quiz, but I’m hoping that my dream-self will start speaking shaami¬†any night now). In addition to four hours of class time plus three…

moroccan red lentil stew

Much has happened since my last post more than a month ago. I spent two weeks home in Michigan (and survived the polar vortex). I spent a weekend in Milwaukee and another in Philadelphia. I saw a lot of old friends and a lot of new movies. And now, back home in Brooklyn, life has…

swiss chard & white bean stew

If recipes were clothing, this one would be that old sweater you’ve had forever that you probably wear too often but that fits you like a million bucks and makes the perfect fall day even more perfect. Just like that old sweater, this recipe isn’t flashy or expensive; it doesn’t turn heads but it does…

lentil chickpea soup

It’s a strange experience, to be abroad on a major national holiday such as Thanksgiving. Here in Corsica, there were no cartoon turkeys or Pilgrims adorning elementary school classrooms, no cans of pumpkin puree or cranberry sauce flying off the grocery store shelves, no television sets buzzing with the Patriots tackling the Jets. Thursday passed…