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*Sobremesa*

The literal meaning of ‘sobremesa’ is “over the table”. This untranslatable Spanish word designates the time spent in conversation right after a meal. It can be with friends, family or even business partners.

In Mediterranean cultures, sobremesa is something that is practiced with absolute spontaneity. That time spent around the table chatting about life is one of my favorite things in life. Picture everyone full and happy, discussing interesting topics and deep revelations.

For me, December is sobremesa. Friends are back in town, families reunite, and new friendships are made. It all happens around some table, sometime in December. The Holidays and twinkling lights open up our hearts and minds, bringing out the good in us.

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes like to imagine a dinner between friends before it happens. I imagine the conversation and its direction. I imagine talking about my friends’ plans for the next year, or about life’s big changes. I imagine discussing my sister’s job or fitness resolutions, my husband’s entrepreneurship journey or even my own career and travel goals.

2015 has passed by at the speed of light. We’re at a political and technological turning point. Technology is growing faster than us and we’re all growing up so fast. So let’s live this month like it matters more than anything. Let’s make the most of it and be ready for the new year to come.

Until Christmas, every post I write will include a topic for your Sobremesas. Conversation is something we should hold on to and avoid technology taking it away.

So, what will you be talking about this Christmas?

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4 Summer Drinks To Make At Parties This Summer

Summer parties are upon us and for those of us who love to host dinners, lunches and barbecues, having a bar corner is crucial. Since the weather is hot and one of our goals is to keep our guests refreshed, fruity drinks are the best option.

To inspire your next gathering menu, here are some drinks ideas for your bar corner!

1) The famous Aperol Spritz.

In 3 easy steps, you can have yourself an amazing refreshing drink that takes you straight to apperitivo time in Italy. Click here for a video of the recipe.

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2) A delicious grapefruit and rum fizz!

This is so refreshing and you can substitute the rum with vodka or gin if you prefer. Click here for the recipe.

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3) Bubbly white sangria.

To make your party more colorful and fruity, try this cooling white sangria. It’ll be so popular you’ll need two punch bowls of this drink! Click here for the recipe.

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4) Classic Red Sangria.

In my opinion, a white sangria is nothing without its red other half. This basic red sangria is a year-round drink you can make in no time and that almost everyone loves. You can find the recipe here.

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If you’re also wondering which drink to adopt on a specific night out, here’s an infographic that might help you: Are you thirsty?

Thoughts? Any drink you’d like to share?

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Eat Al Fresco : How To Have The Perfect Picnic

Our generation is always complaining about the lack of things to do in our country. We claim it’s always the same things and that there aren’t enough choices out there. So in an effort to innovate your outings, we, Breadonbutter and Playing with Fashion collaborated to bring you a complete guide to having the perfect, most charming and fashionable picnic there is.

On a sunny and hot Monday morning a few weeks ago, we packed our things and went up to the Bekaa to have some fun, eat some food and take nice photographs. We then hurried to compile the best way we can inspire you to go have a fun picnic yourself.

Breadonbutter was of course responsible for the food and Playing with Fashion was obviously responsible for showing you the best way to dress.

So if you’re planning on having a picnic out in nature anytime soon, this is what I think is a good checklist to follow.

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Food

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The best way to go when it comes to picnics is to make sandwiches. You can be as creative as you’d like when it comes to the toppings. Here’s the list I suggest:

  • Parma ham
  • Chorizo or Turkey slices
  • Gruyère cheese
  • A small-sized camembert cheese
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Bread of your choice

Drinks and Beverages

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Here, I would suggest you take only 3 kinds and get a cooler. Water is the basic thing you should think of, followed by a nice bottle of white or rosé wine and a bottle of juice that you can substitute with a soft drink if you’re a true addict.

Fruits

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Fruits will provide something fresh to munch on while you’re sipping your drink and having a conversation with your picnic pals. Here’s a list of fruits that can last the trip:

  • Dried:kiwi and apricots
  • Fresh: Apples, Strawberries and Sour plums

Snacks

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If you don’t feel like having fruits, or if you feel like biting on a variety of flavors as snacks, you can get some of these:

  • Kaak or grissinis
  • Crisps (my favorite brand is Kettle)
  • Raw nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts

Sweets

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Last but not least, how can a picnic end without a sweet bite? I chose:

  • Cookies
  • Dry raisin cake
  • Amaretti biscuits I had from Italy (which I highly recommend!)

Gear

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You’ll need a practical and useful gear to put all this food in and be comfortable throughout the picnic. What I took with me:

  • Plastic wine glasses
  • Plastic cups
  • 3 glass jars
  • Straws
  • Cutlery (I prefer wooden or plastic for such outings)
  • 1 regular knife, to cut the cheese and bread
  • A cooler
  • Tiny fun bags for the nuts
  • A board for the sandwich toppings and the bread
  • Small containers for fruits
  • A basket to carry it all up there
  • And a tablecloth to sit on of course 🙂

Now girls, to get outfits ideas, head to www.playingwithfashion.com for the picnic lookbook!

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Photography by: BetKet Photography (you can view her website here).

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Welcome Spring: The Ultimate Checklist For The Perfect BBQ

Last Saturday was really fantastic. The weather was wonderful and we all headed outside the city to Batroun for a fun BBQ in the sun. We were a whole bunch of people (including Maya from Playing With Fashion and her husband) and everyone was happy and excited. The goal was to get there a bit late and to start eating around 3 pm to then enjoy the beautiful sunset. By 1 pm, everything was set: a ping pong table and darts game, drinks, and music.  All that was left was for people to get there so that the grilling could start.

A BBQ can be manageable and trouble-free. You just need to be really organized and keep things uncomplicated. To make things easier on you, here’s a checklist you can use if you’re looking to have some fun with friends around a grill.

Breadonbutter’s Ultimate BBQ Checklist

1- The Material

When you’re hosting a BBQ, no matter its size, you want to be able to have fun with your guests and not end up cleaning for hours afterwards. To do that, it’s all in the material you get. Since a BBQ is always outdoor and very casual and laid-back, you can easily go plastic: plastic plates, plastic cutlery, plastic cups. No one will judge and you’ll be way more relaxed as nothing will break and everything goes in a huge garbage bag at the end of the day. Of course, skewers are essential and a nice BBQ toolkit would be a great plus. Jean got this one at Christmas from his little brother (the most useful gift ever). For those who will be actually grilling the meat (thank you Gigi and Marwan 😉 ), make sure you have a handy enough grill or grills for that matter. If you’re planning a big party, make sure you have enough space to grill enough food for everyone and not keep them waiting.

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2- The Food

If you usually prepare food for friends and family, you should know by now that not everyone eats everything. Some don’t eat meat, some hate chicken and some can’t even get near the smell of seafood. You’ll even have those friends who’ve just turned vegetarian on you! So be prepared for everything and be ready to satisfy all of your guests. What we had on Saturday:

– Two kinds of marinated chicken wings and drumsticks (recipes soon)

Kafta (Kebabs) sandwiches

– Shrimps

– Calamari

– Mini burgers

– Eggplant and Zucchini skewers (just cut them in cubes and get them ready for grilling)

– Potato skewers

– Accompaniments: bread, ketchup, mustard, mayo, tabasco

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3- The Drinks

Aside from soft drinks, water and beer, I suggest you make two yummy punches your guests can start with as soon as they arrive. On Saturday, we made a nice Sangria (recipe here) the night before and a non-alcoholic punch for those who wanted something fresh but didn’t want alcohol (recipe soon). Jean also became really popular with his delicious Gin Basil drink (recipe soon as well!)

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4- The Music

A nice playlist with various types of music is an absolute must! Having no electricty plug is no excuse nowadays as a laptop or speaker is enough. Stay tuned for a BBQ playlist 🙂

You can use the checklist below if you’re hosting a BBQ soon!

 

BBQ checklist

So go out there, get in the sun, play some music and hang out with your dearest friends. That’s how life should be. 🙂

Are you a fan of BBQs?

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The Perfect Breakfast Menu

It’s only Tuesday but with this weather, the weekend is already on my mind. There’s nothing more pleasing than waking up on Saturday to the smell of a freshly prepared breakfast. Whether you’re having a meal with family members, alone with your significant other or hosting a big brunch at home, here’s a great menu to put together. Most recipes are not complicated and can be prepared in advance. It’s all about a nice combination of easy breakfast dishes with fresh juices, coffee and tea.

On this breakfast menu: Blueberry pancakes, Potato and Bacon Egg flowers, all kinds of eggs and accompaniments.

Recipe #1: Blueberry Pancakes

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Make the pancake mix (for 2 persons):

In a bowl, mix 1 cup of flour, 1 egg, 1 Tbsp of sugar, and 1 Tbsp of baking powder, adding milk until the mixture is watery but still thick.

Make the pancakes:

In a greased pan, add a spoonful of pancake mix and top with 4 to 5 blueberries. Flip on the side of the blueberries and transfer to the serving dish. Top with maple syrup and enjoy!

Recipe #2: Potato Egg and Bacon Egg Flower, by our Designer Cook Maria 

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Potato flowers:

Ingredients (for 3 potato flowers)

  • 1 potato
  • 4 medium mushrooms
  • 3 eggs
  • Bread of your choice
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Shredded gruyere cheese
  • A pinch of salt
  • Oregano
  • White pepper
  • Olive oil

Wash you potatoes, slice them then boil them for about 10 minutes with some salt and olive oil.

Dice the mushrooms and cook them in olive oil with just a bit of garlic and salt, until brownish.

Cut the bread into round pieces and fit them in greased ramekins .

Place the potato slices around the bread (resembling flower petals). Top with a mix of shredded cheese, mushrooms, salt, then cheese again. Break the egg on top, add salt and pepper, and place in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes (keep watching).

When the egg flower is baked, sprinkle with oregano and serve!

Bacon Flowers:

Go through the same steps as the potato flowers, replacing the potatoes with bacon.

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Recipe #3: Eggs – Poached, Half-boiled (runny) or sunny-side up

Use the diagram at the end of this article for different ways to boil an egg, and this recipe for poached eggs.

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Accompaniments

Blood Orange juice (or normal oranges if it’s not the season), Fruits (Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Bananas, Kiwi, etc.), Coffee, Tea, Peanut butter, honey, jam (recipe here in case you wish to make your own), and a generous big loaf of bread 🙂

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 So who’s in for brunch this Saturday? 😉

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Inspirational Photos For Your Christmas Table Setting

My favorite part of hosting a party is the decoration and setting up part. Whether it’s only lighting up a few candles around the house or fixing a nice flower arrangement, it brings me massive happiness. What I enjoy the most in decorating is coming up with a creative table setting. I guess I got a hang of it when I was younger and used to help around the house when my parents were hosting parties (and there were lots of them!).

Nowadays, we are also blessed with internet and more specifically, Pinterest. So for Christmas, I’ve been researching beautiful and fun ideas for a nice table setting and I’ve stumble upon many. I’ve selected a few for you to get inspired! I hope you enjoy it.

Inspirational ideas for your Christmas table setting

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Found on ahouseinthehills.com

Key items: Pine Cones between the candles

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Found on ellematovin.se

Key item: Cozy Tartan fabric

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Found on itsoverflowing.com

Key items: Rustic wood place mat and checkered runner tablecloth

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Found on makinglemonadeblog.com

Key item: Garland lights

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Found on refinery29.com

Key items: Miniature Christmas trees and Christmassy drinking glasses

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Found on refinery29.com

Key items: Black tableware and Fruit decoration

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Found on squidoo.com

Key items: Red place mats and Candy cane decorated candles

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Found on sugarandcharm.com

Key items: Christmas tree centerpiece, Nutcrackers and Cozy mugs

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Found on Pinterest

Key item: Lanterns

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Found on Pinterest

Key item: Fresh Rosemary and Branch centerpiece

 So who’s getting creative this Christmas? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas, Recipes, Sweet 0 comments on Sugar Coat Your Holidays With These Scrumptious Cookies

Sugar Coat Your Holidays With These Scrumptious Cookies

If you’re a cook at heart, you surely know about the food network. Their portfolio of cooks and chefs is the most fascinating and diverse. Naturally, I have my favorites, and Giada de Laurentiis is unquestionably one of them. Italian by origin and Emmy Award winner for outstanding Lifestyle host, this woman fascinates me and inspires me.

A few days ago, Jean showed me this delicious ricotta lemon cookie recipe to try at home, knowing how much I love baking. Turns out it was a recipe from Giada on the foodnetwork.com. So I had to try it right away! And then of course, give it a Christmassy feel. So here goes!

Ricotta Lemon Cookies Recipe

What you’ll need:

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For the Cookies:

  • 2.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • The zest of 1 lemon

For the Glaze:

  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice
  • The zest of 1 lemon

How to make it:

Make the cookies:

1) In a bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.

2) In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.

3) Add the eggs one by one, mixing in between until combined.

4) Add the ricotta, lemon juice, and lemon zest and beat to combine.

5) Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

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6) On an oven tray, place a baking sheet and spoon”how much” the dough on top, evenly and leaving a bit of space between each so they don’t stick together later.

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7) Bake for 15 minutes or until golden on the sides then let them rest and cool 20 minutes.

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Make the glaze:

1) Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest and stir until combined and smooth.

2) After the cookies have cooled, spoon the glazing on top and let it harden for 2 hours.

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Have it with a dark coffee or mint tea!

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 What do you think? 

Breadonbutter Guests, Christmas, Guest Chefs, Parties & Happenings, Recipes 0 comments on Christina’s Tips For the Juiciest Christmas Turkey

Christina’s Tips For the Juiciest Christmas Turkey

I’ve been watching people cook for as long as I can remember. Writing down kitchen tips and hints is known to be my thing and I still carry my old-fashioned notebook in every kitchen I visit (it’s actually almost full now and I panic at the idea of buying a new one and starting afresh).

One of the dishes I watch being cooked every single year is the Turkey my mom (Christina) makes on Christmas day. What I love the most about it is that she names it differently every year after someone who brings luck.

Turkey is not usually my thing as I mostly think it’s a dry meat that makes me full a few bites through. However, and I’m not saying this because it’s my mom, the turkey she makes is never dry. She even succeeded in making people who could never imagine having it for a meal fall in love with it. It’s so tender and juicy you can’t help not having at least a bite of it, accompanied with its special rice and grilled chestnuts of course. You can check the nutritious advantages of chestnuts in this post by Carla Mourad.

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So after years of observations and questioning, I bring you tips to make the best out of your turkey this Christmas!

  1. The Size: Your turkey has to be small – i.e. be a maximum of 6 kilograms, so it doesn’t get too dry. The bigger the turkey, the drier it will be. If you must make a bigger quantity for a larger party, 2 small turkeys are better than a big one
  2. The Seasoning: While the turkey is still raw, scrub it with a mix of : 7 spices, coarse salt and lemon juice. Then, rub it well with a mix of Dijon Mustard and Moutarde a l’Ancienne de Dijon (grain mustard)
  3. The Resting Period: Let the kneaded turkey rest in the fridge overnight or even for a whole 24 hours, covered hermetically with aluminum foil
  4. The Roasting: On D day, be careful with the cooking process. The first thing to do is to roast the turkey in a pre-heated oven, uncovered for an hour, on high heat. This allows it to caramelize and bring out its flavors
  5. The Cooking Time: After the 1 hour of roasting, cover the turkey hermetically with aluminum foil and cook it for 4 to 5 hours (depending on its weight – each kg counts for 1 hour) on very low heat
  6. The Juicing Process: Do not leave it for 4 to 5 hours in a row! Take it out of the oven every hour, uncover it and juice it with its own juice. Take advantage to set some of the juice aside for the sauce later
  7. The Hermetic Cover: Make sure to close it hermetically. No particle of air should come out from or enter the turkey dish!

To sum up, the most important factors to pay attention to, are:

  • Extremely low oven temperature
  • Mustard and Spices
  • Airtight cover
  • PATIENCE! After all, it is 6 hours of dedication to a pretty fat bird 😉

Do you make your own turkey? Any other tips?

Christmas, Parties & Happenings 2 comments on Cheese and Wine Christmas Menu by AZIZ Delicatessen

Cheese and Wine Christmas Menu by AZIZ Delicatessen

As promised last week in the Christmas menu ideas sponsored by AZIZ Delicatessen (click here), the second part of this collaboration is all about cheese, cold cuts and their pairing with the appropriate wine. Over the years, I’ve discovered that not all families roast a turkey and cook a whole lot of stuff to have for their Christmas meals. Some of them go for a simple cheese and wine party with delicious bread of all kinds. For those people, here is the best menu inspiration AZIZ brought us.

Cheese and Wine Christmas Menu by AZIZ Delicatessen

Cold cuts

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Choices: The cold cut platter can include the following: Parma ham of your choice (it can be smoked or crudo which is my favorite), 2 or 3 kinds of salami (depending on the number of people), sliced turkey breast, chorizo (also one of my all time favorites), and a type of cold cut sausage. Just head to the cold cut side of any AZIZ branch and choose your favorites.

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Drink with: Bordeaux red wines, Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The brands you can find at AZIZ are Les Granges de Civrac 2010, Ronan by Clinet 2010, Cossieu Coutelin 2009 and many more.

Cheese Platter

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A good Saint Maure de Tourraine (a delicious unpasteurized French cheese made from full fat goat’s milk you won’t regret) with a Red Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011 or a White Cuvée Clémence

Chèvre affiné (a type of goat cheese) with a Mercurey La Framboisière 2011

Brie de Maux with a White Chateau Carbonnieux 2010; Brie aux Truffes with a Chateau Tour du Pin 2010, or any Brie of your choice with a White Chablis 2012

Brique de Brebis with a Chateau De Terrefort Quancard 2009

A nice Saint Felicien cheese with a Blason de L’Evangile 2010

A great camembert (recipe on this link) with a Clos Marsalette 2009

Roquefort or any Blue Cheese with a White Riesling Grand Cru 2011

A Comté cheese with a Red Chateau Haut Condissas 2009 or a White Sancerre 2012

Parmesan with Amarone della Valpolicella 2009

And finally, a Burrata Mozzarella with a Chianti 2012

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Which menu will you be choosing this Christmas? We’d love to know 🙂

 

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Trio Of Party Food Crostini For The Holidays

After the 6 lip-smaking party food recipes in under 10 minutes we made last month, we found that finger food is more than ideal for the holidays. Like I said last time, it’s the most successful during these busy times. You can also go back to the post (here) to follow the 4 steps for successful and efficient kitchen work.

This time, it’s all party food crostini recipes. For the bread, I love Bar Tartine‘s country bread, a nice Ciabatta OR for a really healthy (and yummy) choice, you can try Annette’s Crostinis, The Caringly Low Carb brand launched not long ago and available at these outlets.

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So here are the 3 delicious crostini recipes you can make for your guests:

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Party Food Crostini recipe I: Sweet Potato on a bed of roasted garlic

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For 4 persons

Ingredients:

  • 2 Heads garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 0.75 cup labneh or sour cream
  • 0.5 tsp lemon zest
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • Ciabatta

How to make it:

  1. Cut ¼” from the top of each garlic head, exposing the cloves. In aluminum foil, place the garlic and sprinkle it with olive oil. Then place them in the oven for 30 minutes until soft and light brown. Once done, peal and crush them until they form a paste
  2. Combine the labneh or sour cream with the lemon zest, and the salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate
  3. In a pan, heat a bit of olive oil and place the diced sweet potatoes on medium heat. Cover and let cook until soft and a bit brown
  4. On the bread of your choice, spread 1 tsp of garlic, top with labneh or sour cream then with sweet potatoes

Spicy lovers, you can sprinkle with chili flakes 😉

Party Food Crostini recipe II: Avocado with Sesame Sauce

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For 4 persons

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 0.25 raw almonds
  • 0.25 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 cup peanut oil
  • Salt
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 cup coriander leave for garnish

How to make it:

  1. In a small pan, toast the sesame seeds, almonds and peanuts, stirring often until they are golden (about 7 minutes). Then place them in a blender and crush them. Let cool
  2. Add the peanut oil to the mix and blend until it forms a thick sauce. Season with salt, to taste
  3. In a bowl, toss the avocados in the lime juice and add a bit of salt. Then spoon the avocados on top of the bread of your choice
  4. Pour sauce on top, garnish with coriander and enjoy!

Party Food Crostini recipe III: Ricotta and Caramelized Grapes

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For 4 persons

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup seedless green grapes
  • 1 cup seedless black grapes
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 0.25 cup fresh rosemary
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 0.75 cup Ricotta cheese

How to make it:

  1. Mix the grapes with the balsamic vinegar, rosemary and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss. Place in the oven for 15 minutes until the grapes are softened and their skin starts to wrinkle
  2. On the toasts of your choice, spread 1 tablespoon of ricotta cheese and spoon the caramelized grapes on top

Serve with a drizzle of honey!

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Which crostini did you prefer? 🙂

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Dress Up Your Panettone In Just 4 Steps This Christmas

The Panettone is of Italian origin and is typically concocted and enjoyed during Christmas time. Its name derives from “panetto”, Italian for small loaf cake. Its story dates back to as far as the early 20th century. Bauli, an Italian bakery based in Verona and also present in the USA, is the most recognized Panettone brand in our present day. At home, we basically have the panettone cake for breakfast during the month of December. Dipped in black coffee, it brings you the optimal warmth you need. But not long ago, I noticed Bauli’s challenge on social media to style your panettone. This led me to be more creative with ours and to have fun with it by dressing it up 🙂 If you’re looking for something creative to do with kids, this can be a fun activity.

So here are the steps to styling your panettone for Christmas. It’s full of colors and candies to make everyone happy.

What you’ll need:

– 1 panettone. Choose the flavor of your choice but make sure to stick to the shape in the picture below

– Candy canes: large and small

– Icing sugar

– Any fun Christmas decorations in miniature (I got small Christmas ornaments and paper Christmas drawings)

– A box of toothpicks

Step 1: Hold your panettone firmly from the top and cross cut it. You’ll get slices of stars

Step 2: Re-arrange the slices so that it looks like a Christmas tree

Step 3: Stick some toothpicks evenly everywhere on your panettone then hang the ornaments and mini candy canes on them. Top the cake with 1 or 2 crashed large canes

Step 4: Add your last decorating touches and sprinkle the cake with icing sugar by sifting the sugar right above it

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Enjoy! 🙂

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 Are you a fan of the legendary Panettoni? Style up yours and share your pictures on instagram  and facebook with hashtag #breadonbutterchristmas

Breadonbutter Guests, Christmas, Guest Chefs, Parties & Happenings, Recipes 2 comments on Caramelized Nuts: Christmas Treats With A Twist

Caramelized Nuts: Christmas Treats With A Twist

These caramelized nuts are proof that us cooks just love coming up with our own stuff. Getting ready-made dishes is just not enough anymore and with time, we become addicted to trying things out by ourselves. Jean, our beloved guest Chef here on Breadonbutter, fits this description exactly. He slowly became the type of cook who can’t even think of not making his own ingredients and recipes. So yesterday, he decided to make his own caramelized nuts recipe on a cheese and wine night in, and he brought to it a delicious twist. I found it to be an excellent addition to the holiday Christmas treats around the house and a great idea for elegant and tasty party food when you’re hosting a party.

Here’s the recipe of these delicious Christmas treats.

What you’ll need:

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– 2 cups of raw pecan

– 2 cups of raw almonds

– 2 cups of raw walnuts

– 0.25 cup of maple syrup (the purest the better)

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 2 tbsp mixed herbs: rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano

– 0.25 tsp cayenne pepper

– Salt and Pepper

How to make it:

1) Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celsius

2) In a bowl, mis the raw nuts with the syrup, olive oil, herbs and cayenne pepper

caramelized nuts | breadonbutter

3) Spread the tossed nuts on a baking sheet and bake them for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until brown

caramelized nuts | breadonbutter

4) When they’re out of the oven, season with salt and pepper and toss them until cooled

caramelized nuts | breadonbutter

You can make them and use them for 2 whole weeks, provided you reserve them in an airtight container.

A very easy recipe that brings a twist to your Holiday food traditions! 🙂

caramelized nuts | breadonbutter

caramelized nuts | breadonbutter

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