Jordan_Kerak Castle and Dana Biosphere Reserve

First year in Jordan was like a continuous road trip throughout the country; in my opinion the best way to get to know the culture and to explore new places. One of the most exciting ones was the trip from Amman to Kerak Castle with an overnight-stay in Dana – the good part was definitely…

Grilled Salad (Low Carb)

There are no seasons nor limits for barbecuing in Jordan – don’t be surprised I’m posting BBQ recipes all year long. It’s just a privilege living in a country with such incredible series of sunny days; and I enjoy it to the fullest. I knew grilled salad as a starter in fancy restaurants, but with…

Portugal_Lisbon: City of Colourful Tiles

Lisbon, nowadays everything else than unknown for a short city trip in Europe, pretty ‘en vogue’. A must visit when in Portugal – and I truly can’t deny that. We spent three nights in Lisbon and I could have spent few days more so easily. It wasn’t a surprise that the city amazed us from…

Pastéis de Nata: Peerless Portuguese Pastry

First of all, I admit, I didn’t prepare the puff pastry by myself. Sorry for that. I know it’s a shame. To be honest, it seemed too much work and even more important – whenever the ‘demand’ for Natas rises it should go quick,). I am sure you will face similar condition after trying –…

Portugal_Countryside: Òbidos – Medieval Town and a Portuguese Vineyard

As mentioned in my last article ‘Portugal_Atlantic Ocean: Algarve and North Coast – Praia de Mira’ we spent the next few days in Portugal’s countryside. One place I didn’t like to miss was romantic medieval Òbidos, which I stumbled over by watching the impressive images in social media by road.memories. To absorb the according feeling…

Portugal_Atlantic Ocean: Algarve and North Coast – Praia de Mira

Finally, after months of planning our trip to Portugal we arrived at Lisbon Airport. Well… our first target wasn´t as planned, small Algarve’s coast village ‘Albufeira’, but instead, we ended up at the baggage ‘lost and found’ unit of Lisbon Airport. We tried not to lose our mind (in addition to the luggage) right from…

Coleslaw-Eggplant Burger vs. Matcha Burger (Low Carb)

Matcha Green Tea is nowadays nothing unusual and I’m sure the most of you already ate or drank something with the green powder in it – so did I. The green powder isn’t just great in flavour, for example as a Matcha Latte, but also often used for body detox. Last time I searched the…

Jordan_Umm Qais and the Sea of Galilee

Umm Qais or Umm Qays is a town in northern Jordan known for the ancient Greco-Roman ruins of Gadara. By the way – ‘Umm’ means ‘Mother of …’ and ‘Abu’ means ‘Father of …’. In Arab culture it’s tradition that mother and father get named after the first born – so if the child’s name…

Calamari Fritti with Sweet Potato Chips

I guess just by nature we love the fresh fried calamari taste when on vacation by the sea? At least I am definitely one of them. The smell of a fresh fish catch and foreign languages spoken… hmmm that´s vacation feeling. But because I´m too impatient to wait for the next holidays to come I…

Jordan_Madaba: City of Mosaics and a Story about a Rug

As you may have noticed from some of my other blog articles, Jordan has plenty of religious and historical places to uncover.  Just to mention some: there is Mount Nebo, the peak where Moses finally found the Promise Land, the Baptism Side, where Jesus was baptized by John, but also many other places with stories…

Spicy Pancake Casserole

Recently, I watched one of my favorite Cooking and Travel series ‘Shane Delia’s Spicy Journey’. A guy from Malta travels around Middle Eastern countries to find out new recipes and spices to cook nicely looking (and I guess tasty) meals. Anyhow, after I watched the series last time I was motivated enough to try a…

Jordan_Ma’in: Hot Springs – Wellness Oasis in the Desert

Two years ago, when Stefan (my husband) and I were exploring Dead Sea area, we discovered plenty of steep Wadis, beautiful canyons down to Dead Sea. Among the most impressive ones: Wadi Ma’in with its Hot Springs. That time we only spent a couple of hours there to catch a glimpse of the waterfalls and…

Summer Pasta with Coco and Lime

Truly, Pasta has been one of my favourite dishes… since ever. But I guess I am not the only one thinking that way?! Not at least because there are so many different types of noodles and sauces – all kind of specialities and versions prepared with local proud and uniqueness. Spaghetti Carbonara or Spaghetti Bolognese…

Lebanon_Beirut: Street Life and Lebanese Food Style

Actually, Beirut was never on my bucket list, but since living in Jordan, where it is just an hour flight away, I got curious. After almost two and a half years I did it. Finally. I heard many different stories about the city – that it should be more western and mixed of cultures than…

Homemade Lentil Falafel

As you may imagine, the streets of Amman, and I guess that’s valid for every else city throughout the Middle East, are flooded with falafel stands. There is no need to prepare them at home, because in Amman you pay for 20 pieces around 0.50 JOD/~0.60 €. Traditionally they are prepared with chickpeas served in…

Jordan_Wadi Rum: Hike to Jordan’s Highest Mountain

After our first day Jeep tour, find the story in my last article ‘Wadi Rum – A Bedouin Lifestyle’, the second day started with traditional Arabic breakfast (hummus, lebaneh, zaatar, etc.) totally what I needed before the hike. Musa, that’s the name of our Bedouin guide, picked us up with his ‘Monkey’, a very cool…

Green Beans Curry (Low Carb)

Asian kitchen… with a lot of curries and of course coconut milk… yummy. This time I liked to try a curry with another, for my cooking unusual, sort of vegetable. To find out which ones are in season I took a look around the colourful vegetable markets to get a better idea. It became green…

Jordan_Petra – 800 Steps and a Love Story

Can you imagine packing your things and living from one day to the other in a two thousand-year-old cave? This is the story about the life of Marguerite van Geldermalsen a New Zealand-born nurse who fell in Love with Mohammad Abdallah Othman a Bedouin who lived in Petra. Last time I visited Petra, it was…

Beef Goulash without Onions (Low Carb)

Lately I felt some unusual appetite for goulash. Since I discovered an onion intolerance I am trying to avoid dishes with too many onions. What a shame because I love them. But goulash without onions? Aren´t they the flavor carrier? I thought I give it a shot. Hopefully my father never finds out – he…

A Fish BBQ (Low Carb)

Summer arrived which means BBQ season peaks. I´m a big fan of barbecuing not at least because it is less work than cooking, but also because of the smell. Like almost everywhere around the world (I think) also the Jordanians love to have BBQ – mostly a lot of vegetables and lamb. Every year funny…

Morocco_Atlas Mountains: Ouarica Waterfalls

Certainly, Morocco has much more to offer than the small hideaway alleys and crowed markets of Marrakech, even though so breathtaking adventurous and colorful. The white snow covered mountaintops of the High Atlas caught my attendance already when the airplane approached Casablanca runway. Watching from the plane’s window, I was losing some of my thoughts…

Morocco_Marrakech: Lost in Medina

Marrakech… another bucket list goal. I was so excited to finally visit Morocco that the last two days before vacation became an insomnia. Starting from Amman I had a stopover at airport Rome Fiumicino. Duty free shopping, slices of Italian pizza, four or five espresso and one crema later, the connection flight to Casablanca started…

Zoodles with Tomato Pesto (Low Carb)

To have perishable food leftover before leaving for vacations is a common problem. This time I had plenty of zucchinis and tomatoes so I decided to make Zoodles with a tomato pesto. Also not bad to eat something healthy before a week of delicious and often excessive vacation dinning habits. The dish turned out very…

Cured Jordanian Olives Rice Dish

Short before the rainy season the Jordanian olive harvesting time starts. Unfortunately, until today, I didn´t get the chance to be part of the procedure, but a Jordanian friend of mine told me all about it and of course, she brought me samples of cured olives to try. First time I tried them, I was…

Jordan_Down to the Jordan River

Jordan has only few rivers, but a real famous one: Jordan River.  Jordan River springs at Tiberias Lake, the ‘Sea of Galilee’, and runs along Jordan Valley into Dead Sea. The river is short but long in history. And so the story of the Baptism Site. It is right at the border between East Bank…

Hearty Egg Muffins (Low Carb)

After traditional ‘Easter egg decoration’ I asked myself; What to do with all the leftover eggs? The hearty egg muffins are a fast and easy solution – also for busy days through the year. You can eat them warm or cold for breakfast or lunch, and you can keep them in the fridge for some…

Jordan_A Muddy Day @ Dead Sea

Visiting the Dead Sea was always a dream of mine. Just 50 km from Amman, reaching the earth’s lowest elevation on land, about 400 meters under sea level. Because of the high salt content there is no sea life and also you won´t see any else action on water. So… it is quite a perfect…

Hot Cauliflower Soup (Low Carb)

In Jordan, the week starts on Sunday – just like a Monday in western countries. Today is Sunday and I swore to myself that I would continue living a healthy lifestyle. As usual, after lazy days without exercise and with too much unhealthy food, I searched through my old recipes and found one for cauliflower…

Jordan_Mount Nebo with View to the Promised Land

Mūsā, the taxi driver who brings us home from the 8th circle after typical Saturday’s shopping tour, once again tells us the story of his name’s fame. I have to admit it’s not the first time listening. Mūsā, or Moses, the man who found the ‘Holy Land’ while standing right at the top of Mt….

Jordan_Wadi Rum: A Bedouin Lifestyle

We were ready. We started with a backpack filled with adventure, a toothbrush, a fresh shirt and some underwear. We took the first bus in the morning from Amman to Aqaba. For us it seemed to be the most convenient and stress-free way to reach our destination. After four hours bus ride through the impressive…

Lemon Pistachio Cake (Low Carb)

The most delicious cake I´ve ever baked. To be honest, I´m not the best and most passionate baker, but since I started to eat low carb I´ve asked myself – which sweets are left over low carb at all? Surprise, surprise… there are some very delicious recipes. The following recipe is my personal creation, bringing…

Italy_Spiritual Pathways of Francesco of Assisi

While strolling through narrow alleys and medieval piazzas of Perugia, rewarding myself with great Italian food, I had to confess that some thoughts were outside of Perugia’s heavy town walls, especially knowing that Assisi wasn’t far. So I decided to track some of Francesco’s trails for a day leaving the town. It was a half…

Mixed Quinoa Eggplant Rolls (Low Carb)

Catching up through online research, quinoa was a staple food of the ancient Incas to be translated with “the mother grain”. There are a lot of different types of quinoa but the most well-known are the white, black and red ones. For me, cooking with quinoa is a must, especially due to my part-time low…

Tel Aviv_Lively Spot at the Mediterranean Coast

Heading to Tel Aviv by hired car. Just a drive of approx. 1 ½ hour from Jerusalem towards the Mediterranean Sea. In my imagination, Tel Aviv was always a city full of modern, but ugly skyscrapers. But it clearly isn’t. Yes, there are a lot of skyscrapers, one can find them unpleasant, but alternated by…

Umbricelli – Pesto Genovese

As I mentioned in ‘BACI(S) from Perugia’ post, Umbricelli is the traditional Umbrian pasta dish. Can´t forget the lovely taste… It´s a no-egg pasta which goes perfectly with almost every pasta sauce. This time, I would like to prepare it with a homemade Genovese pesto. The name pesto comes from the Italian word ‘pestare’ which…

Italy_BACI(S) from Perugia

Perugia isn´t necessarily one of the most famous cities, but definitely worth a visit. Perugia – a medieval city with good potential being the location of the bestseller ‘The Perfume’ by Patrick Süskind – (which is, by the way, one of my favorite books). A hundred of stairs guiding you through the city up to…

Homemade Taco Shells for Mexican Silvester Night (Low Carb)

Honestly, my husband and I have never been too crazy about Silvester. The city is always too crowded and there is no place to sit or even stand relaxed to enjoy your drink or whatever… it´s just not our favourite day of the year. That`s why we decided to stay away from stress and make…

Almond Flour Bread (Low Carb)

Living in Jordan makes it a challenge to find some well-crusted bread with a bite. Of course, you can get a wide range of white bread everywhere and almost with every dish, but no whole-grain bread or ‘Schwarzbrot’ like we use to say in Austria. For this reason, I tried to bake my first bread…

Jordan_Christmas in Amman

Coming from Austria, where everything shines and blinks starting by October, I wasn’t expecting much of that Christmas spirit in a Muslim country. I was surprised that around the Second Advent shopping malls and foreigner populated restaurants and bars begin to decorate for Christmas – just as in Europe. For an Austrian, three weeks before…

Pomegranate Curry with White Hibiscus Tea

In Jordan, pomegranates are very popular. In fact, they hold share of Jordan´s agricultural production. Many Jordanian dishes are served with this, for out-siders ‘exotic’ fruit, you can enjoy all year around. To appreciate this fruit, I created my absolute favourite curry and named it ‘Pomegranate Curry with White Hibiscus Tea’. Before starting with the…

Jerusalem and a Trip to Bethlehem

Ancient city, melting pot of different culture’s history, art and lifestyle. Undoubtedly, Jerusalem became one of my favourite destinations. Living in Jordan, it was only a matter of time to visit it. But honestly, after the many stories about everlasting and kind of strange procedure at the border crossing, I wasn´t that keen on leaving…

Baked Apple – Smells like Advent (Low Carb)

Temperature in Jordan is getting lower and the city starts to prepare for Christmas. Although only around 5% of the population are Christians, there is nearly nothing you can´t get for Christmas except a fir tree ;-). Definitely time to bake nice-smelling dainties. With the knowledge I brought from home, spoiled with tons of cookies,…

Dead Sea Cosmetics

One of the benefits of living in Jordan is to be at the source of Dead Sea products. Besides the real Dead Sea, which is just 50 km from Amman, you get a wide range of Dead Sea cosmetic providers. Trinitae was the second label I tried and it immediately became my favourite. The products…

A Variation of Mashed (Low Carb)

A variation of mashed pumpkin, cauliflower and eggplants. Usually, I prepare just one ‘mashed’ side, but this time, I felt like combining a variation of vegetables on one plate. To be honest, cooking process was a little bit too intense for an everyday’s routine, and is likely more appropriate for a gathering with friends or…

Jordan_Introducing Amman – City of 19 Hills

…even though once built over 7 hills… It started 2 years ago as an adventure. Now, Amman has become my new hometown. Where mosques are built next to churches, a westernized city with an authentic Arab charm. With this I like to show you some of the most beautiful places that I explored, starting in…

Spiralizer – Different Shape, Different Taste (Low Carb)

I usually avoid buying unnecessary kitchenware, but I truly love my spiralizer. It transforms a wide range of vegetables and fruits into lovely looking dishes. For me the aesthetic appeal of a dish is almost as important as its taste. With the right power you can certainly spiralizer nearly everything J, but what I would…