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6 Top pinterest boards for Christmas inspiration

Pinterest is a lifesaver and my source of inspiration. I was very excited to attend a talk by Pinterest London’s community manager back at Food Blogger Connect 2015, in which she motivated us to pin like there’s no tomorrow.

Since I spend a lot of time on that platform, I thought I’d share the top 6 Pinterest boards for Christmas for you to get inspired.

Martha Stewart Living

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PoppyTalk Pinterest boards for christmas | breadonbutter

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Make it and love it Pinterest boards for christmas | breadonbutter

Damn Delicious Pinterest boards for christmas | breadonbutter

Make sure you check out and FOLLOW Breadonbutter’s pinterest account. There are Christmas boards there as well! 🙂 Pinterest boards for christmas | breadonbutter

What have you been pinning lately?

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How To Decrease Food Waste This Christmas

The whole World is in deep crisis, overwhelmed with terrorism, chemicals and technology evolution. In Beirut’s case, garbage is one of the biggest problems.  An increasing majority has taken up serious recycling and composting. Wherever I go, I hear about creative ideas not to ‘WASTE’ anymore. While some people are still focused on the problem and forgo the little acts that can help in the long-term,  lots of efforts have been made lately.

Since this blog revolves around food, I present you today with some ways to reduce food waste this Christmas. We’re lucky to have a meal planned for Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day so let’s act responsibly. There goes:

  1. Never throw leftovers. Ross didn’t go through the “my sandwich” crisis for nothing. We learnt to try and top Monica’s sandwich with Turkey leftovers every 26th of December. Keep including that turkey in your post-Christmas meals until it all disappears.
  2. You’ll be surprised how many things you can freeze for as long as 6 months. For example, if you’re keen on making a pumpkin pie but the pumpkin you got was so big that there are leftovers, cut them in squares and freeze them in sandwich bags. You can then make a nice soup in January.
  3. Try to buy only the exact quantity of ingredients you need to make your recipe.  During our Christmas food shopping, we tend to exaggerate the ingredients’ portions because of all the promotions we see at the supermarket. If you know you won’t need that much, just don’t.
  4. Check what you already have in your freezer. Chances are you once fell for that buy 1 get 1 free puff pastry and you kept them both in the freezer. So no need to get new ones. Just use what you’ve got. Plan dishes around stuff you kept in your freezer.
  5. All real cooks have at least one edible plant on their balcony. Before those basil or rosemary leaves die in winter, use them to season your meals. If you also happen to have a small raspberry tree, why not make this cheesecake? You won’t have wasted all that good natural produce and also saved yourself some extra bucks.
  6. If you have lots of leftovers and can in no way finish them all , call the Lebanese Food Bank. They’ll be more than happy to gather your food and give it to people in need.
  7. It’s okay to continue having the same dishes after Christmas. So on a quiet night after the Holiday, just pour yourself some leftover wine (if any), and finish that cheese in front of the TV. Oh, and don’t forget that bite of baguette!
  8. After your family Christmas meal, prepare a small Tupperware for everyone. You can make it all cute and tempting for the next day. That way, you’ll have taken care of their next day lunch.
  9. Do not go to the grocery store again until you have cooked a meal with all the ingredients you bought for Christmas. They’re called “use-it-up” meals.
  10. When cooking, do not throw away stems, extra leaves and potato skin. They can all be used to make extra side dishes that turn out as delicious as the bigger dishes.
  11. Store food properly in the fridge afterwards. For instance, if you served nuts and crackers before the meal, make sure they’re in sealed airtight containers right after everyone leaves. You can use them for other gatherings later on.
  12. Compost! Convert food waste into useful resources. Put them in your backyard, or, if you don’t have one, give them to someone who does. I’m referring to those potato skins and stems that you might not want to cook with.
  13. Study your menu well. You don’t need to make loads of dishes to show your hospitable side. It’s all about a nice and warm atmosphere after all.

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Sobremesa topic: There are so many more fascinating ways to reduce waste. If each one of us pays attention and develops these new habits, we can be on the way to a better world.

Happy Christmas Shopping! 🙂

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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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BDL Accelerate – What To Expect

BDL Accelerate 2015 will gather entrepreneurs, investors, and support institutions from key emerging startup ecosystems across 5 continents. BDL Accelerate 2015 will host 3,000 attendees, 100 speakers, 100 exhibitors, and 100 startups from around the world. BDL Accelerate 2015 be hosting 2 startup competitions, 2 workshop spaces and 2 hackathons. Hackathon is not a word one hears everyday but in the tech world it is not so foreign. A Hackathon is an event that provides space for creatives and tech-geeks to come together, form groups around a challenge or idea and collaboratively create unique solutions from scratch. The end result could be a website, mobile app or even a robot. BDL Accelerate 2015 is hosting two hackathons: a Wearables Hackathon Powered by DNY Group and a Web & Mobile Hackathon organized by MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab & WDS. Both will gather makers and builders from different backgrounds to collaboratively brainstorm and work extensively to find solutions to specific issues that are shared with them at the start of the Hackathon. Anyone is free to join the Hackathon competitions with no restrictions on age or years of experience. If you can code, design, or conceptualize ideas than Hackathon competitions are for you. Participants in the Wearables Hackathon will be working towards a hardware solution while the Web and Mobile Hackathon’s main output will be mobile or web based solutions. Participants of both hackathons will be provided with material and the machines to create along with know-how and mentorship all throughout the duration of the competitions. Applicants may apply as a team of 3-5 members; if an applicant doesn’t have a team he/she may apply as an individual and the organisers will assign the teams. Teams will pitch their solutions during the conference to a panel of judges on the 11th of December. Cash prizes are up for grabs. Winning Teams will win a 3,000$ cash prize, 1st Runner-Up Teams will win a 2,000$ cash prize and 2nd Runner-Up Teams will win a 1,000$ cash prize.

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BDL Accelerate 2015 – Introduction

The Central Bank of Lebanon (Banque du Liban / BDL) is organizing Lebanon’s second annual international startup conference – BDL Accelerate 2015 – on Thursday and Friday, the 10th and 11th of December 2015 at Forum de Beyrouth.

The theme, “Emerging Startup Ecosystems”, will gather entrepreneurs, investors, and support institutions from key emerging startup ecosystems across 5 continents. BDL Accelerate 2015 will host 3,000 attendees, 100 speakers, 100 exhibitors, and 100 startups from around the world, with 2 stages, 2 startup competitions, 2 workshop spaces, in a total conference space spanning 6,000 sqm.

There will be 2 stages at the conference, one of which will be dedicated to panels, keynotes, and fireside chats as a space for 100 influential speakers from over 30 countries to share their best practices and exchange knowledge. The second stage will be dedicated to the startup pitches as part of the two competitions BDL Accelerate 2015: Idea Stage Competition and Early Stage Competition.

Last year’s speakers included Alexander Asseily, co-founder of Jaw Bone, named the 33rd most influential person in Silicon Valley, and Ramzi Rizk, co-founder of EyeEm, a Berlin-based photo-sharing social network akin to Instagram, that has recently raised $18 million in new venture funding. Participants had the chance to network with the speakers; international partnerships and employment opportunities naturally ensued. BDL Accelerate 2015 is hosting more than 100 influencers from all over the globe; the potential is limitless. Hurry up and register, capacity is limited.

Watch 2014’s Video here .

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Make Your Movie Night Sweeter: Movie and Dessert Pairings

Rainy nights are the best, don’t you think? Whether it’s girls’ night in, date night, or a much-needed rest day, there’s nothing quite as comforting as curling up with a classic movie and some tasty treats. For a foodie, the treats are just as important as the movie. Good thing some of our favorite flicks feature iconic desserts that we can whip up in our kitchen in no time. Think ice cream sundae and ‘Home Alone’ or milkshakes and ‘Pulp Fiction’.

To showcase these perfect movie and dessert pairings,Shari’s Berriesillustrated a fun graphic, because plain popcorn is better left at the movie theater, right? So next time you want to make your movie watching experience a little bit sweeter, pull up this guide to determine which memorable dessert is just right.

Movie and Dessert Pairings

Movie and Dessert Pairing Guide

Any of the above your favorite? Any other suggestion?

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October Bucket List

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A few days ago, someone asked me if I was able to achieve all of the items on my bucket list. My only reply was that I try. Coincidentally, I saw a quote today that said: “no matter what you do today, let it be enough”. It is true that we put too much pressure on ourselves to always achieve more than what we have already done. We never let it be enough. While I make lists of things to achieve, I always pay attention to not putting too much pressure on myself and not bring mysef down if I don’t check them all off the list. 

October Bucket List

1) The new house is almost ready! I plan on making at least a DIY project like old times.

2) Choose my next travel destination wisely.

3) Write more. To do that, I organized all the tools I need to make it easy on myself. More on that later.

4) Work harder towards my business goals. I’ll need to set a clear plan for that soon.

5) Start baking again.

6) Learn more about coffee brewing.

7) Make sushi at home.

8) Practice what I learnt the past month at Food Blogger Connect and on all the online courses I took.

9) Plan and organize myself better.

I won’t add infinite stuff on my list, but I’ll focus on achieving those first!

What are your goals this month? 

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#EatOutForLife

Eat out for Life is a special and unique campaign, launched in 2011, whereby a percentage of the dining bills at the participating restaurants are donated to CCCL.

Just by visiting the participating restaurants during Eat Out for Life, you will be contributing to the treatment of a sick child at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL): since a percentage of the bills will go to the CCCL.

For more information visit Eat Out for Life’s website: www.eatoutforlife.com

CCCL is a regional center pioneering in the treatment of children with cancer. Thanks to their international affiliation with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee; and the rigorous research of their doctors and scientists at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), they have an average cure rate of 80% for their beloved kids! All children treated at the CCCL are treated free of charge, with no cost at all on their parents.

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Website: http://www.cccl.org.lb/index.php

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Announcement – AUB Alumni Cookbook – ‘Abundance’

So I’ve been working with the AUB Alumni Association (WAAAUB Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Alumni Chapter) on a new Cookbook called ‘Abundance’. It has been an amazing journey. I’ve certainly learned a lot and met great people! So I come to you with this request:
Do you know of a book distributor who may be interested in selling and distributing a Unique Cookbook?

“Abundance” is a unique cookbook because it:

  • is assembled totally by university alumni volunteers to celebrate their university’s 150th anniversary in 2016
  • features 150+ Mediterranean recipes with introductions and nutritional facts per recipe
  • features healthy tips that support the latest research in healthy eating
  • is being sold to raise funds for student scholarships

If you are interested or know someone who is, please send an email to asma.ghannam@gmail.com, Cookbook Project Leader, by August 31st, 2015.

Thank you all for your help!

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August Bucket List

Despite the fact that it’s burning hot, August has to be a month I love given that it’s the month I was born in (YEAY!). Those of you who were also born in August and the other ones who know of a person who was born in August, must be aware of how much we love our birthdays. I thought my love for that day would fade away with time, but I find myself with the same excitement as when I was a kid.  It’s just one of the things in life that make me happy.

This month is full of plans, including lazy days at the beach and barbecues with friends in the mountains. Although I won’t be able to take time off from work, I plan on making the most of the hottest month of summer before everything calms down again and our lives get back to a somewhat normal routine. So here goes.

Breadonbutter’s August Bucket List

  1. Get back into DIY projects. Since we lost my grandma last Christmas, I’ve been trying to keep her values through the things she used to do herself. It certainly were little things but with a huge impact on everyone.
  2. Appreciate the things we have in this country instead of focusing on what we don’t have (which is plenty, grant it).
  3. Get active again on Pinterest. I just love this platform but I’ve been setting it aside lately.
  4. Keep on working hard. My main resolution for 2015 was to work hard and I’m keeping it.
  5. Start working out again. Swimming might be my only option, and on weekends only.
  6. Cook cakes again. I miss baking so much it hurts.
  7. Eat healthy 85% of the time as I have come to really like it.
  8. Drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day. It shouldn’t be that hard with the current temperature outside.
  9. Re-focus on my blog. My bad for working too much on other things.
  10. Write somewhere outside the blog.
  11. Create rituals. I’ve been enjoying many simple things lately, like an evening bbq with friends by the beach, so I’m planning on keeping those wonderful gatherings alive.
  12. Plan a kick-ass birthday (Obviously!) 😀
  13. Laugh out loud more often.
  14. Collaborate with more people.
  15. Stay nice. With everything happening around us, we tend to be aggressive and on the defensive. But I won’t let the heat and garbage get to me!

Any plans this August?

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