American, Poetry, Root Vegetables, Too Hot to Cook, Vegetable, Vegitarian

Not My Mom’s Harvard Beets … green tea with pomegranate … featured poet, Myra Schneider

My mom loved Harvard beets, which she prepared using canned beets.  Actually, not bad, but I always have to play with my food and how wonderful to play with fresh sweet and earthy jewel-toned beets. It’s too hot to use the stove or oven, so I microwaved the beets this evening, setting the scrubbed whole… Read More Not My Mom’s Harvard Beets … green tea with pomegranate … featured poet, Myra Schneider

Gluten-free, Lebanese, legumes, Tea, Vegan, Vegitarian

Lucious, lip-smacking Tahini recipes; featured tea, iced Lebanese lemonade tea; featured poet, Michael Steffen

… If form follows function,  it stands to reason that pain is the fate of all “brainy” things – cauliflower, coral and raspberry clumps, the florets that sizzle in my spiced tahini. The Veggi Life by Michael Steffen  Hummus photo above courtesy of Beyrouthhh under  CC BY  3.0  License These dips are tasty with veggies for… Read More Lucious, lip-smacking Tahini recipes; featured tea, iced Lebanese lemonade tea; featured poet, Michael Steffen

Coffee, Coffee Culture, Ethiopean, Guest Contributor

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony … “For the Love of a Good Cuppa” by Karen Fayeth

A coffee ceremony is a ritualised form of making and drinking coffee. The coffee ceremony is one of the most recognizable parts of Arab, Eritrean and Ethiopian culture. Coffee is offered when visiting friends, during festivities, or as a daily staple of life. If coffee is politely declined then most likely tea (shai) will be served.  [Wikipedia] FOR THE LOVE OF A GOOD CUPPA… Read More Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony … “For the Love of a Good Cuppa” by Karen Fayeth

Coffee, Poetry

Coffee Dark, Poetry Light … How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee … featuring poet and short story writer Dan Roberson

Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water. ~The Women’s Petition Against Coffee, [England 1674] to Keepers of the Liberties of Venus; The Worshipful Court of Female Assistants, &c. from the Several Thousands of Buxome Good-Women,… Read More Coffee Dark, Poetry Light … How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee … featuring poet and short story writer Dan Roberson

General Interest

Simple Pleasures

“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground IN A WORLD GONE MAD … …we still have civilities: morning coffee, afternoon tea and poetry. Welcome to a  celebration of simple pleasures featured here along with book reviews, author interviews, tasty recipes and photographs… Read More Simple Pleasures

Coffee, Coffee Culture, Lebanese, Turkish

Lebanese Coffee, Cardamom Scented; featured writer, Freya Stark

“We found a little side valley for lunch, and made a salad and cooked the coffee.” Letters From Syria, Freya Stark As a child I lived for a while with my Lebanese grandmother, my Sidto. Every Tuesday afternoon some of the ladies who traveled to the U.S. with her would come to visit. They’d bring store… Read More Lebanese Coffee, Cardamom Scented; featured writer, Freya Stark

Gluten-free, Grain, Tea, Vegetable, Vegitarian

Spinach Pilaf (Spanakorizo); featured tea, camomile; featured writer, Katherine Mansfield

“How little I thought, a year ago, In the horrible cottage upon the Lee That he and I should be sitting so And sipping a cup of camomile tea.” Camomile Tea, Kathrine Mansfield A calming herbal tea, camomile, and a nerve-steadying and calcium-rich Greek spinach pilaf makes a lovely lunch. Greeks love their camomile, and… Read More Spinach Pilaf (Spanakorizo); featured tea, camomile; featured writer, Katherine Mansfield

General Interest, Wine

Hello World!

This site is under construction. Bare with me and do come again. Warmly, Jamie Dedes “The Poet by Day” 1997 Massimo Romeo Estates DOC Vin Santo di Montepulciano 375 mL Wine into which you might dip a biscotto * The Gentleman of the Bocce Court that other time and other place are history – so… Read More Hello World!