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Livio's Laal Maas

Ingredients 20 Red Chili (Can go up to 40 if you’re brave) 1 cup plain yoghurt 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 5 teaspoons of ground fresh coriander 1 teaspoon ground turmeric powder 3 tablespoons of ground garlic 3 medium onions thinly sliced 5 green cardamom pods 3 black cardamom pods 1 Lamb Shank Olive Oil Butter (because Livio loves it!) Directions Discard the stems and deseed the dry chills, let them soak in water for fifteen minutes. Then mix the yoghurt, coriander, turmeric and chilies together and let this mixture rest for ten minutes. In a heavy pan heat some olive oil and add the garlic until fragrant, then add the onions, cardamom pods and stir fry on medium heat until...
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Words of Love with Abdullah Al Awadhi

Two years ago we set on a collaborative journey with our talented friend, the designer and architect Abdullah Al Awadhi. An avid lover of calligraphy, we decided to use his artwork on a linen bisht. His calligraphy consists of different words of love, so we lined our bisht with these words.  A few weeks ago I had a conversation with him about his favorite calligraphy and words of love, about women who inspire him, and how his mother is a constant source of encouragement.  Below you can find the interview in English and Arabic.     Why did you choose to collaborate with ecru? It’s very important, and very hard at the same time, to know your limits.  To know what...
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Indian Remedies

There is no way that I could go about my day or tackle the work I have to do without my support system, which includes many people of course, but today I’m going to tell you about the ones at home. Our team at home consists of three extremely wonderful women who keep our house cosy, clean and warm. We all feel very lucky to have them working with us.  What I love most is their knowledge of Indian remedies. I’ve asked Manbhari ji, Anita ji and Lakshmi ji to share one of each of them with you. Manbhari Ji Whenever we have had a fever, or more violently, when Livio had dengue, Manbhari ji would pick a leaf from...
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A Night of Romance

It is not a secret that I'm a huge fan of old Hollywood movies.  I've seen a lot of the classics, however, there is a lot I haven't seen yet.  Since Valentine's Day is around the corner, I decided to look in to the old romantic movies to watch.  Here is a list of movies you can binge watch on Valentine's!    Desire, 1936, stars the sultry Marlene Dietrich as a jewelry thief who meets a vacationing Gary Cooper.   Roman Holiday, 1953, is the perfect romantic comedy.  It stars one of my favorite actors, Gregory Peck. If you are missing travel this will take you to 1950s Rome.  Can be streamed on Amazon Prime.     Singing in the Rain, 1952,...
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The Great Mubarikya

My favorite place in Kuwait is Souq Al Mubarikya.  The Souq is the one of the oldest markets in Kuwait and has been around for 200 years. It was the center of trade prior to the discovery of oil.  I love Mubarikya because you can get lost in there for hours.  It’s the perfect place to hunt for antiques, handwoven rugs from Iran or Afghanistan, get authentic Bishts and Farwas (cloaks) buy gold and jewelry, or get the best traditional Arabic perfumes and bukhoor (incense).  Another thing you can shop for is groceries, as there’s a huge produce and spice market, fish market, and meat market.  That’s only half what the market can offer.  Even though, I’ve visited the market...
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The History of the Flea Market Saint Ouen

After the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, the rag-and-bone who had been ousted from Paris built the first merchant villages in Saint-Ouen.  These wandering scavengers were nicknamed "bone pickers", "rag grabbers" and "street grubbers", and also, more poetically, "moonlight sinners" as they would roam through towns at nigh looking for discarded items or rubbish that they went on to sell at markets.   The year 1885 saw the official opening of the Marché aux Puces flea market.  The town of Saint-Ouen rallied together to cleanse and secure the area.  The merchants wishing to sell their wares at Les Puces had to pay for the right to do business there.  The press published several complimentary reports about the market between 1905 and 1914. ...
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The Lebanese Art Scene

My parents were part of an incredible movement of young artists in the 70s, most of whom didn’t realize would become so important in Lebanon’s artistic history. Artists, Calligraphers, Theatre Directors, Gallerists and more. We are lucky to call them friends, I will introduce you to two artists as they continue to inspire me. Etel Adnan A poet, an author, a visual artist and a painting, there is not much that Etel does not touch with out interpreting it and making it her own in the most inspiring ways. We love what she does and at the age of 95 she continues to inspire us. Amine El Bacha We grew up with Amine’s beautiful watercolors spotted around the house, which always...
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Lebanon, A Source of Infinite Inspiration

People often ask me where home is, and it is something I find very difficult to explain. The way I usually put it is that I was raised in Kuwait, Kuwait gave me a culture that was similar but also completely different from my own, a warmth and generosity unparalleled. My work base, Jaipur gave me my passion, it allows me to work with masters, it teaches me new things every day, it is the place where I matured the most surrounded by friends who fast became family.  Beirut, Lebanon, however, is different. Beirut is the chaotic city in which I feel the most comfortable. Both my eyes and my ears are stimulated, passing interactions, moments of warmth in mayhem. It does something to...
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سلام الملح تاتستريح

Today we visit Lebanon, with our illustrated sayings series.  The illustrator Kamal Hakim explains to us the saying, سلام الملح تاتستريح salam almlih ta tis tarih.   When your guest first arrives from travel it is important to allow them to rest before harassing them with questions.  When you ask a favor from a friend and they use this expression as a response it signifies that they need the necessary time to help you.   (Illustration by Kamal Hakim) 
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Cacio e Pepe with Livio

From the Tuscan hills, where this dish is absolutely not from (it’s a Roman dish), Livio is going to teach us how to make the perfect Cacio e Pepe. One of those simple dishes that really makes you feel like you can’t cook, because although it comprises of exactly three ingredients it is extremely difficult to master. This is for those of you who like a good challenge. Ingredients for Four People  A handful of peppercorns, either ground in a mill or a mortar and pestle Pecorino, approximately 150 grams Spaghetti 500 grams (good quality) Coup de main Method Grind the pepper in a mortar with a pestle or using a pepper mill, ideally you should end up with around...
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