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Shrimp Tortillas Straight From The Grill

Our ‘thing’ this summer is – as you might have guessed – having barbecues by the sea. When I wrote about how to beat the Sunday Blues, one of the recommendations was to stay out late on Sunday. Who sleeps early anymore anyway, right? On one of our BBQs, we made these amazing shrimp tortillas that all of our guests loved. This recipe was cooked straight out of the grill by the sea on a nice summer day. It’s easy and delicious! I strongly recommend it to add an extra touch to a simple BBQ.

Shrimp Tortillas Recipe

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What you’ll need (for 6 persons):

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  • Fresh shrimps (count 8 medium ones per person)
  • A bunch of fresh coriander leaves
  • 3 fresh red chili peppers
  • 2 medium shallots
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Mixed spices: we used Jamie Oliver’s salt and chili mix
  • 12 Tortilla bread of your choice (2 tortillas per person)

For the sauce

  • 3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Paprika, to taste
  • Chili powder, to taste (optional)

How to make it:

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  • Marinate the shrimps in the lime juice and mixed spices, then place them on the grill.
  • While they grill, make the sauce by mixing all of the ingredients together until well-combined.
  • When they’re done, place the shrimps on a tortilla bread and sprinkle the sauce on top.
  • Top everything with fresh red chili, coriander leaves and shallots.

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Wrap and enjoy!

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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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Breadonbutter Goes Camping

When you’re a nature lover, the Lebanese mountains and their weather are a treat. Last weekend, six of us went camping in Tannourine, one of my favorite mountains in the country. The night was freezing cold but a good fire and perfect food kept us warm. 
The road leading to our camping location – which was basically a flat piece of land with nothing blocking it and where actual helicopters land – was marked by countless apple trees.

We got there at around 5:30 pm, set the tents and started the evening.

The fire lasted well into the late hours of the night, while we barbecued a lamb’s leg, and some other treats. To list a few: chicken wings marinated in beer, kafta, grilled potatoes, green chili pepper, and mushrooms.

The next day, breakfast was a whole other story. Water was heated for those who wanted tea or coffee, canned fava beans were also heated and served with oil and onions, there were eggs (sunny side up), Nutella and Labneh.

What else?

Recipes 0 comments on Indoor BBQ Chicken & Beer

Indoor BBQ Chicken & Beer

Don’t you sometimes fancy a quick and tasty barbecue just for the taste of it all?

Well because the weather has been unstable lately and nights still don’t feel like Spring, here’s how you can have a barbecue on a rainy evening.

It’s fast and easy. All you have to do is head to the supermarket to get:

– Chicken wings (the quantity depends on the number of people on the dinner table)
– Beer
– Fresh ginger
– Spices: Paprika, Basil, Ginger powder and Ground pepper
– Potatoes
– Lettuce
– Olive oil
– Lemon
– Mustard

1) Crush the fresh ginger in a bowl

2) Marinate the chicken wings in the beer and add the fresh crushed ginger and spices on top, and leave aside for 20 to 30 minutes

3) In a pan, pour a little olive oil, and place all the wings on top. Then light the fire underneath and leave until the chicken is roasted

4) Meanwhile, wash then cut the potatoes into slices. Grill the potatoes on a grill, each side for 3 to 5 minutes, and cut the lettuce for the salad.
For the salad’s sauce: 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the juice of 1 to 2 small to medium lemons, 1 teaspoon of mustard, and salt.

And there you have it! Roasted chicken wings with grilled potatoes and salad. That’s what I call an mini indoor barbecue.

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*Apres la pluie le beau temps*

Have you checked the coming weekend’s weather? It sure is a promising one. Sunny, no rain, and a plan to barbecue the weekend away.
If you’re wondering what to do, here’s the perfect idea: a bunch of friends gathering around a delicious fish barbecue – with accompaniments of course.
Meet the Red Snapper, one of the tastiest fish I have ever eaten. It’s one of the most popular of all white fish. The first time I ever tasted one, we were backpacking in Sri Lanka last August. It was so delicious that we have been dreaming of it since then. 
Red Snappers waiting for clients in Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka
As it turns out, it can be found in Lebanon and anywhere in the world. The trick is to make sure it is a real one. You should buy your fish from someone who knows what he is selling (either buy it from the fish store you always buy your fish from, or ask someone who knows about it).
A real Red Snapper has an exceptional and firm texture, it has a sweet, nutty flavor that fits perfectly with chilis and herbs, and it’s just perfect for grilling.
Our Lebanese grilled Red Snappers
For the delicious accompaniments, you will need:
1) Fresh chilis from the store – we chose them in a very small size because the smaller they are, the spicier they are, and we love spices:
Incredibly spicy mini chilis
2) The legendary “Batata Harra” (i.e. Arabic for Spicy Potatoes), a recipe taught to us by Feddo, the  amazing chef of a tiny restaurant on a rock by the beach in Batroun, Lebanon (Johnny Beach is the name – for those of you who are interested). For this recipe, you will need:
– Potatoes cut in big cubes
– Fresh garlic cut in very small cubes
– Finely chopped Coriander
– Fresh Lemon juice
– Chili Powder
– Optional fresh chili (see photo above)
– Salt, Pepper
– Olive Oil
Fry the big potato cubes in olive oil until they look slightly brownish.
While you fry the potatoes, prepare the sauce: Mix the garlic, the coriander, half the lemon juice, salt and olive oil.
Once the potatoes are done, add the sauce and then sprinkle with chili powder (as much as you’d like). Add the other half of the lemon juice, salt again, and pepper, and enjoy the meal!
Batat Harra to go with it all
Ready to be eaten