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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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Breadonbutter Christmas Playlist : Let The Celebrations Begin

Wonderful Christmas dinners or lunches are never complete without some music. It’s always heart-warming to play the old Christmas carols we all know by heart, but I thought about drifting away from the classic versions this year and going for fun, new ones. As you all know by now (here, here and here), I’m a big fan of nice music. I think it adds a lot more perspective to every moment we’re living and adjusts our emotions, don’t you think? More specifically, music at Christmas adds this little something that makes everyone forget their problems for a while and focus on what’s important. My only wish for this Christmas is a healthy and happy family so cheers to that 🙂

In this Christmas playlist, I included songs for all tastes as usual so I hope you all enjoy it 😉 You can listen to the whole playlist on this link or youtube each song individually.

BreadOnButter’s 18 Songs to add on your Christmas Playlist:

Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Feliz Navidad – Celine Dion

O Come All Ye Faithful – Susan Boyle

Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos) – The Piano Guys

Let it go (disney’s frozen) Vivaldi’s Winter – The Piano Guys

Last Christmas – The xx

All I want for Christmas is you – Love Actually movie

Baby It’s Cold Outside – Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone

Wonderful Christmas time – The Shins

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Death Cab For Cutie

Joy To The World – Sufjan Stevens

Jingle Bells – Sugar & The Hi Lows

Sleigh Ride – Fun

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear—Norah Jones

Carol of the Bells — Sixpence None the Richer

Christmastime Will Soon Be Over — Jack White

I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Mindy Smith

Here Comes Santa Claus – Ara

I’d love more suggestions! So if you do have some, don’t hesitate to let me know so I can add it to my Christmas playlist! 

’tis the season to be grateful

 

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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

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

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

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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! 🙂

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What do you think?

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AZIZ Delicatessen Tips For Perfect Holiday Food Pairing

I frequently visit AZIZ Delicatessen, one of the most famous delicatessen houses in Lebanon. Known for its high-quality exceptional food products, Aziz has never lost its quality and can always be trusted.

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When we walked in the Kantari branch one evening to get wine for a night in with friends, I saw Aziz Junior 🙂 , a friend of my sister’s. In our conversation, I asked if I could get some tips for the coming holidays, what for the different menu musts and the best way they could be paired with wine, champagne, and other drinks. And that’s why I bring you today the first part of ideas for your Christmas menu, brought to you by one of the country’s most renowned delicatessen houses, AZIZ. First things first, let’s start by summarizing the essentials of a Christmas table.

Christmas Table Essentials

The classic starters mainly involve Foie gras (THE Christmas classic), an acquired taste that comes with time, as well as smoked salmon, caviar, cold cuts and cheeses (part 2 will be all about the cheese and charcuterie, so stay tuned).

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For the main meal, most houses cook a nice turkey for Christmas. Some, like my mom, name it after a Saint or someone who brings luck throughout the year to come. In other houses, lamb meat, duck, or fish is cooked as the main dish. You can combine the turkey with one of the latter, like a nice honey duck or fish.

Last but undeniably not least, come the desserts and pastries. We all know the ones we prefer: Buche, Mont Blanc, Pavé aux marrons, Marronier, Profiteroles, Meringues, and typical French pastries like tarts, éclairs, etc. A pure delight.

In collaboration with AZIZ Delicatessen, I’m sharing with you today 3 different menus you can make this Christmas (or order from AZIZ catering).

Menu 1

 Starters

Foie Gras platter

Smoked Salmon platter

Caviar

Quinoa and shrimps salad

 Mains

Turkey with vegetables

Sea food Paella

Cooked ham with fruits

Desserts

Buche (either chestnuts, praliné, moka or the regular chocolate one)

Aziz also offers the mix of the 4 tastes

Mont blanc

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Menu 2

Starters

Foie Gras en terrine

Caviar

Salmon cake (sushi cake)

Endives salad

Mains

Venison Leg

Roasted duck with orange, served with tagliatelles

Green curry shrimps

Desserts

Chestnut pavé

Chocolate Buche

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Menu 3

Starters

Sep or Asparagus Tart

Cold cuts platter

Black and white truffles linguines

Spinach sprouts, pecan nuts, pears, cranberry and blue cheese salad

Mains

Capon with vegetables

Lamb leg, apples and pineapples, marinated in honey

Thai style shrimps, mango sauce

Desserts

Marronier

Fruit Tarts

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Of course, you can add to it all potatoes in the oven, quiches (I promise an easy recipe real soon) and salads.

But, what counts the most is the combination of all this food with the fitting drink. So let’s pair your menu with the dishes’ drinks, as per Aziz’s recommendations.

The Foie Gras (Jean Larnaudie)

You can choose from a variety of flavors, like duck foie gras, Foie gras de canard, Foie gras d’oie, Foie gras de canard truffé, Foie gras d’oie truffé, Foie gras de canard au torchon, Foie gras d’oie au torchon, Foie gras en terrines.

It is best paired with sweet wines. The best sweet wine you can find at AZIZ is Les Sauternes or Alsatian wines like Gewürztraminer Selections de Grains Nobles and Gewürztraminer Vendanges Tardives .

Foie Gras is also delicious when paired with wine jam (also Sauternes) or fig chutney.

The smoked salmon

It can be paired with white or red wines. More specifically, if you’re looking for the best brands, you can go for:

  • In white wines: Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre or even a south african Cape Heights.
  • In red wines : AZIZ’ famous Crozes Hermitages 2011 Les Allegories or Saint-Joseph Hermitage 2012.
  • It also works very well with the full-bodied wine from Chile, the Montevista Carmenere 2010.

The Caviar

When it comes to caviar (Beluga Royal is the type you can find at AZIZ), you can have it with Vodka on the rocks.

For wine lovers though, dry white wines should do, more specifically Chardonnay and Semillon grapes. One brand you can choose is Chablis or Ch. Carbonnieux 2010

The Lamb Meat

If you choose a menu with lamb meat as a main meal, you can shop for a variety of Red wines, ideally cahors and wines from the Rhone Valley.

You can ask for the following while shopping at Aziz: Ch. de Chambert 2009 (cahors); Chateauneuf du Pape 2010, Les Choregies (Rhone Valley) – For Burgundy lovers, their famous Nuits Saints Georges 2011 Domaine Faiveley.

The Duck

The duck should be paired with Red wines, ideally with Ch. de Valandraud 1999 and 2000. Ch. Beauregard 2006 , Ch. Clinet 2003.

The Fish

It is known to all that fish or dishes like Seafood Paella are to be paired with white wine. Sancerre, Chablis, Meursault, and M de Minuty are just a few brands to choose from.

The Turkey

Now for the most consumed dish at Christmas, the Turkey shall be eaten accompanied by Red wines from “Premieres cotes de Bordeaux” and “Cotes de Blaye”. Brands to look for are Ch. De Paillet-Quancard 2009 and Ch. D’Aiguilhe 2010

Dessert and Pastries

Ideally, they are had with Champagne. At AZIZ, they have 2 of the most delicious champagne brands there are: Billecart-Salmon And Joseph Perrier.

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 And there you have it!

 Of course, all you need to do is go there and ask for the great advice they all know how to give.

However, if you’re not hosting a Christmas party at your house but going around several ones to visit family, you can combine foie gras with their assorted wines and chutneys and take them as a gift to your host. You can do the same with dessert and even add a nice Cognac bottle (Delamain) for warmer winter nights.

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What is the item you buy the most from AZIZ Delicatessen? And anything to add to these ideas?

You can visit their website here and facebook page here for more information. Also, follow them on instagram: @azizdelicatesse

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Christmas Gifts for Travel and Design Lovers

After the Food lovers gift list last week, here come two new lists for Christmas Gifts: one for the travel lovers and one for design lovers. It’s a mix of everything nice and includes all price ranges of course. Here they are!

BreadOnButter Travel Lovers Christmas Gifts

1) There are two books I think all travel lovers should read: “Make the most of your time on earth” and “The New York Times: 36 Hours 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada”  – Can be found at Papercup Store, Mar mikhael

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2) While exploring the world, comfortable walking shoes are a must. These Adidas classics are a safe and beautiful choice – Can be found in any sports outlet

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3) I’m starting to like the idea of a passport holder to keep all of your traveling documents together – Can be found at Longchamp or Antoine Stationery ABC (at different price ranges)

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4) The iPad mini or Kindle for e-freaks – Can be found in any electronics outlets

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5) Skullcandy earphones for those who like to travel peacefully – Can be found at Virgin Megastore

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6) For travelers who still prefer a good live map instead of the google maps app, these Crumple City foldable maps are more than ideal! – Can be found at Papercup Store, Mar Mikhael

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7) A Lush mini shampoos and bath bombs travel kit would make any girl happy – Can be found at Lush Lebanon

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8) Choose a compact camera with a good resolution for those who like to travel light but capture the beauty around them – Nikon coolpix can be found at any electronics outlet

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9) These Moleskine travel journals are the best for travelers who like to take notes – Can be found at Antoine or Papercup Store

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10) For practicality, choose a Longchamp foldable bag – Can be found at Longchamp ABC

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BreadOnButter Design Lovers Christmas Gifts

1) For those in love with beautifully designed stationery, you must get these A Whole Lotta Love notepads

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2) If you have a design-lover loved one who works from home, this “London” lamp made in aluminum painted and chrome metal, original BTC would do the trick – Can be found at Urbanista, Gemmayze

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3) For the home, Nada Debs trays are perfect for a colorful touch – Can be found at Nada Debs, Saifi Village

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4) Going back to Moleskins, their Passion Journals are great for planners – Can be found at Antoine or Papercup Store

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5) For creative photography lovers, a Lomo fisheye camera is ideal! – Can be found at Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ABC Ashrafieh

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6) I once wrote (here) about those cool Hu2 wall stickers that can be ordered online – Can be found at hu2.com

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7) For a design lover’s home, head to Nayef Francis’ gallery in Mar Mikhael and choose one of the below for a nice touch – Can be found at Nayef Francis Design, Mar Mikhael

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8) At IDEO Parfumeurs, Gemmayze, you can choose from a variety of candles and scents

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9) A nice set of plates and bowls from West Elm

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10) For fans of DIYs and funky picture-taking, this mini Polaroid camera would be perfect – Can be found at Virgin Megastore

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11) A stylish ipod dock for great party atmosphere – Can be found at Virgin Megastore

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I hope you find these lists useful! Any other ideas to share?

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Great Foodie Books To Offer This Christmas

On Monday, in the 11 perfect food lovers Christmas gift list, the very first item was a nice and efficient foodie book. I promised a list of great foodie books to offer this Christmas. So here are 10 of them I’d thought I’d classify according to every cook’s personality. There you go:

BreadOnButter’s List of 10 foodie books to offer this Christmas:

To: The classic cook who loves to make things from scratch:

Julia Child – Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volumes I & II

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To: The modern woman who loves hosting parties:

Des Recettes Pour Recevoir – Hachette Cuisine

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To: The one who likes to cook unusual but easy things:

Donna Hay – Seasons

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To: The healthy cooks who love adding flavor to their dishes:

Jamie Oliver – Cook With Jamie

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To: The oriental fusion fan:

Orient Express – Silvena Rowe

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To: The lovely baker with a fun edge:

Lily Vanilli – Sweet Tooth

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To: The inspiration-seeker:

Beirut Cooks – Pascale Habis

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To: The Entrepreneur:

A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs

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To: The amateur Chef:

Joel Robuchon – The Complete Robuchon

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To: The ambitious on-the-way-to-culinary-school Chef:

The Professional Chef – The Culinary Institue of America

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I’m actually searching for a new cookbook. Any other recommendation?

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Why We Celebrate St. Barbara

Berbara is our Halloween. It happens on the night of December 4th and it’s when the kids in different neighborhoods wear costumes (or more typically, simple masks) and walk around, knocking on doors singing a song for St. Barbara – the origin of this amazing tradition.

St. Barbara’s story is a mesmerizing one that haunts me every year (even though I’m all grown up, masks still scare me a little 😉 ).

There are different versions of St. Barbara’s story depending on where it is told. Basically, Barbara was the daughter of a very rich pagan man. She decided to convert to Christianism after hearing the preaching of Jesus Christ and was punished for it by the King, who imprisoned her and ordered her dead. But before she was killed, she miraculously managed to run away, and kept on going using different masks to disguise herself and fool the soldiers. For food and shelter, she relied on her faith in humanity and the kindness of stangers. One day, she reached a blocking mountain in Syria, and long story short, the mountain was hit by lightning and she made her way to a safe, free and peaceful life.

The best thing about Berbara is that both Christians and Muslims unite to celebrate since Berbara comes right before the beginning of Islam.

In all countries that celebrate this holiday, the traditions are all the same. Children gather with costumes (typically clothes borrowed from their parents) and different masks – so as to commemorate the way Barbara ran away with disguises – knocking on neighborhood doors asking for treats.

Getting to the good stuff, the best thing about Berbara is the sweets that are handmade and sold around the villages and cities. The main ones are: ‘ameh, ‘atayef, mshabak, oouwaymet, maakroun. We’re making ‘ameh tonight, and I promise the recipe tomorrow, along with the atayef recipe!

For those of you who are close to Ashrafieh, the best places to go and buy these sweets are: Wardy and Hanna Mitri. Ask around for directions, everybody knows them.

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Meanwhile, you can memorize these lyrics to sing along this Thursday night 😀

 Heshleh Berbara

Maa banet el harra,

Aariftah min aaynayha,
W min lafet edayha,
W min haki el 2iswara,
Heshleh Berbara

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11 Perfect Food Lovers Christmas Gifts

Before we start off with awesome food lovers Christmas gifts ideas, I’d like to say that on this first of December, we should be happy and grateful more than ever. Beyond gifts, food and parties, December is a month of feeling thankful and appreciating what we have. It’s the month to let go of all the effort we’ve been doing throughout the year and enjoy the little things. It’s that time where you gather with family and friends,  help others a bit more and feel warm inside and out.

For food lovers, this time of year is pure excitement. We get to eat without feeling guilty, we get to cook for our loved ones, we get to make warm and fuzzy drinks, and we get to get ourselves the most wonderful cooking tools there are!

For those of you who are looking for inspiration for food lovers Christmas gifts, I’ve compiled a list of 11 very cool things to surprise them with. All price ranges and preferences are in there of course.

Take a look! I hope it inspires you 🙂

BreadOnButter 2014 food lovers Christmas gifts ideas:

1) A nice and efficient foodie book. I’ll be posting a list of the best foodies books I’ve read, later this week!

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2) A lovely apron – found at Zara Home

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3) Joseph Joseph fun cooking utensils – found at ABC Department Store L3

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4) A nice coffee machine. To choose, think of the foodie’s personality and go for one of these 4 :

Kmix for the filter black coffee lovers. I once wrote about it as design item (here) of the week – found at BHV Déco City Mall

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Nespresso Inissia for the minimalistic ones – found at Nespresso ABC L1

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Illy X7.1 Iperespresso machine for funky ones who love a vintage decorative look and some extra foam – found at Illy Shop Downtown or Ginette Gemmayze

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto for pure nescafe lovers – found at BHV Déco

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5) And their respective cups

Illy art collection coffee cups for artists and colorful people – found at Illy Shop Downtown

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Nespresso colored stainless cups – found at Nespresso ABC Ashrafieh

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6) For hard-core bakers, this beautiful copper kitchen aid mixer will make them jump up the roof! – found at BHV Déco City Mall

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7) This ceramic cocotte minute will make any cook happy as they’ll be able to make those winter recipes without extra cleaning work – found at Sel & Poivre ABC or BHV Déco City Mall

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8) Also for bakers, but for a lower budget, these barazzoni baking trays are awesome for upside down cakes. Plus, they look lovely – found at Spinneys Hazmieh or any other large supermarket

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9) For cooks who love making their own things at home, get them this Black and Decker Breadmaker – found at Khoury Home

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10) A nice ceramic knife set with all kinds of knives would be a pleasure for an everyday cook – found at Think Kitchen Ashrafieh

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11) And finally, for tea lovers, a Kusmi Tea package would be great – found at Kusmi Tea ABC Ashrafieh

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Any other ideas? What are you getting your foodie other this Christmas?

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6 Lip-Smacking Party Food Recipes In Under 10 Minutes

During the Holidays, those of us who love to cook are always in need of menu inspiration for the parties we throw for friends and family. With time, I have found that simple and quick party food is the most successful to make when all you want to do is join the crowd and enjoy your time. I learned this the hard way when I saw that when we host gatherings at home, there’s always one of us stuck in the kitchen while the other one’s busy entertaining our guests. So today, to spare you fighting over who will be staying in the kitchen to supervise the oven, I bring you 6 recipe ideas for quick, easy and delicious party food.

Before we get to the good stuff, you should know that the most important thing to do is to properly manage your time and organize yourself in the kitchen for you to be ready before the party. I suggest you:

  1. Preheat the oven a good 15 minutes before you start
  2. Prep all of the ingredients
  3. Choose the dishes you will be serving in (don’t forget to be creative!)
  4. Then throw everything together, plate the food nicely and enjoy the evening with your guests

Following these simple steps will help you get everything ready and not have to go back and forth between the kitchen and living room.

Here are the 6 party food recipes to inspire your next gathering.

Party food recipe I : Manchego and Chorizo dipped in Sherry

Preparation: 4 minutes – Cooking Time: 5 minutes

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For 4 persons

Ingredients

How to make it

  1. Cut the manchego and chorizo into cubes
  2. Pair manchego and chorizo on toothpicks (with the chorizo on the bottom)
  3. In a pan, heat the sherry and cook all of the bites in it for 5 minutes

Party food recipe II: Mushrooms Provencal

Preparation: 2 minutes – Cooking Time: 5 minutes

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For 4 persons

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1.5 cups fresh coriander leaves
  • 750 g mushrooms

How to make it:

  1. In a pan, heat the olive oil and margarine
  2. Add the garlic and heat until all combined
  3. Add the coriander and the mushrooms and heat on low fire until the mushrooms are tender
  4. Cook on high fire for 1 minute then serve

Party food recipe III: Parma Ham and Mozzarrella Crostinis

Preparation: 6 minutes – Plating: 3 minute

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For 4 persons

Ingredients

  • 100 g fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tsp pesto sauce (you can either buy it ready-made or go to this link to make your own)
  • 200 g parma ham
  • Crostini bread

How to make it:

  1. Spread 1 tsp of pesto on each crostini
  2. Top them with sliced mozzarella then parma ham and serve

Party food recipe IV: Bruschettas

Preparation: Preparation: 5 minutes – Plating: 2 minutes

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For 4 persons

Ingredients

  • Half a box of Cherry tomatoes cut in cubes
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • Fresh basil leaves, cut in small pieces
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Country bread cut in slices

How to make it

  1. Mix the tomatoes with the olive oil, basil leaves, garlic, salt and vinegar
  2. Spoon the mix on each piece of bread and serve

Party food recipe V: Baked Camembert Cheese

Preparation: 2 minutes – Cooking Time: 6 minutes

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For 4 persons

Ingredients

  • 1 camembert cheese (whole)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary leaves
  • Thyme
  • Mixed herbs (fresh rosemary leaves, dried oregano, dried basil)
  • Pepper

How to make it:

  1. Open up the top of the camembert
  2. Sprinkle with oil, herbs and pepper
  3. Bake in the oven for 6 minutes
  4. Serve with red grapes and bread

Party food recipe VI:Parmesan Biscuits

Preparation: 2 minutes – Cooking Time: 2 minutes

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Ingredients

  • Grated parmesan
  • Dried basil

How to make it:

  1. On an oven platter covered with a baking sheet, form round-shaped biscuits made of grated parmesan
  2. Sprinkle with some dried basil
  3. Allow to cool for 1 minute and remove the biscuits off the baking sheets

And voila! 🙂

I’d love to know your party foods ideas! What do you cook for your guests?

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The Ingredient That Will Make Your Cheese and Wine Complete

If you’re a fan of entertaining, you must spend a big part of your winter planning cheese and wine parties. You have a checklist with the different wines you want to get, the different cheeses you want to try out and that bread from the best bakery in town (you can check out the best wine and food pairings here). You think you have everything but when your guests arrive you realize something is missing: good music that suits this warm and welcoming party!

A big part of entertaining is the atmosphere and general mood you set to your living and dining rooms. Along with many other elements like candles, lighting and overall décor, nice music is a must when you’re looking to create a fun and engaging atmosphere in which everyone is happy and at ease. The season of Cheese and Wine parties has officially started and I thought it was time for me to compile this Cheese and Wine playlist for those wonderfully warm evenings. I’ve put in a little bit of everything to please all tastes. You can also listen to this while you’re setting up the food.

To listen to the Cheese and Wine Playlist, click on this link. Below are all the songs’ titles and singers! I hope you enjoy it and Happy hosting 🙂

  • Belle & Sebastian – The Boy with the Arab Strap
  • Césario Evora – Tchintchirote
  • Césario Evora – Amor di Mundo
  • Vampire Weekend – Horchata
  • Vampire Weekend – Diplomat’s son
  • Cat Empire – Two Shoes
  • Cat Empire – Sol y Sombra
  • Ben (L’Oncle Soul) – I kissed a girl
  • Ben (L’Oncle Soul) – Sympathique
  • Cake – Strangers in the Night
  • Cake – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
  • Cake – I will survive
  • Michael Kiwanuka – I’ll get along
  • Wayne Wade – Lady
  • Indila – Dernière danse
  • Vance Joy – Riptide
  • Gotan Project – Tango Square
  • Sam Smith – Stay with me
  • Afreen – The 100 Foot Journey
  • Herbie Mann – Dance of the semites
  • Parov Stelar – Libella Swing
  • The Real Tuesday Weld – Heaven can’t wait
  • Alex de Campi – Evelyn, Evelyn

Also, stay tuned for more tips on Food and Drinks pairings for this Holiday season!

What do you think? Any cool song you might want to add to this playlist?

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