Even though the modern cook prints recipes from the internet or even flips through them on his or her iPad, I still love a colorful cookbook to get inspired from. Book lovers surely understand what it is to physically touch what you’re reading and having it tucked in safe onto your bookshelf. I know I write recipes and I’m counting on you guys to refer to them for this blog to survive 😉 but physical stuff still matter.
I’m not a person who can commit on the long-term to something that doesn’t really, truly interest me. I’m more the type of person who embraces change and actually needs it. If I decide to start a new hobby or commit to something new, you’ll find me losing interest more often than not. On the other hand, some things and people remain in my life forever. Moments I love become habits I foster over time, and I make it a point to keep loved ones happy. I’ve mentioned before that this blog is a true passion and that it reveals aspects of myself that even I hadn’t discovered. In 2015, it has brought me a lot. Not only did I see that what I write is appreciated (check out Breadonbutter as the number 8 most influential blog in Lebanon!), but I also challenged myself through it. Through my monthly bucket lists, I was able to set small goals that led to achieving bigger ones. It was a pleasure writing each and every one of these lists. You can check them all here.
To start 2016 properly, I wanted to remember my favorite things about 2015 before writing the first bucket list of the year, so here goes:
- Trip to Paris, London and the Lake District
- Attending Food Blogger Connect 2015, meeting great people and tuning in to amazing talks by inspiring people.
- Reading lots of books
- Watching loads of movies
- Collaborating with fellow bloggers who became dear friends
- Exploring Lebanon
- The Whole 30 challenge which led me to replace bad eating habits with healthier ones
- Volunteering for the AUB Cookbook that is to be launched in June of 2016
- Trying out new recipes that I usually found impossible to make (like this ramen)
- Discovering lots of new ingredients and products
- Meeting a lot of inspiring people
- Cooking with Bibayti
- Moving houses!
There are so many more things and the above are just highlights of last year. Moving on to the present and near future, say hello to the first list of the year 😉
Breadonbutter’s January Bucket List
- Get fit again
- Plan our next trip
- Continue online photography courses
- Start planting on our balcony
- Host lots of cocktail parties
- Sleep early at least 4 days of the week
- Go hiking somewhere new
- Finish the book I’m currently reading (All The Light We Cannot See), which is a must-read
- Have cook-offs at home with friends who love cooking
- Watch old classic movies like Casablanca and Psycho
- Have lots of nights in with the Sherlock series and a nice bowl of homemade popcorn
Any plans this January?
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In February, I shared my decision to write a bucket list every month of 2015 and promised to try and follow it. You can read my February bucket list on this link. I tried to achieve everything but succeeded in only doing some of the items on my list, like cooking Ramen, and healthy dishes, I tried Spin the Hen and Prune Bistro so that’s my 2 new restaurants to try out, I went to yoga class as much as I could, discovered new songs (new playlist coming soon), I discovered a new ingredients (soon on the product of the week series), planned a trip (but to a place I’ve already been to – sneak peek), and watched the theory of everything (awesome movie!). So this month, I’m keeping some of the things I didn’t do on my list and adding new ones as well. Here goes.
Breadonbutter’s March Bucket List
- I’m going to Paris at the end of the month. I’ve already been there tons of times, but I plan on discovering new things I’ve never even seen in this city.
- Try a no-flour cake (and make it puff up)
- Go someplace new in Lebanon – Any suggestion would be most welcomed
- Develop my photography skills with the help of these cool videos
- Discover at least one of Beirut’s hidden gems
- Walk around more instead of taking the car everywhere
- Drink more smoothies as afternoon snacks
- Start Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage
- Cook an ethnic meal (maybe Ethiopian)
- Try to make giant meringues (with success)
- Make homemade donuts
- Watch The Darjeeling Limited , Birdman and Waitress (both recommendations of Beirutista and Nouchaline) – I’ve been so hooked up on series that I don’t make time for actual movies anymore
Any other suggestion? 🙂
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When you’re an avid food lover, you start getting ideas. Not only do you enjoy trying out new places and cooking new recipes, but you also get creative, wondering what you could add to the foodie scene. That’s why this book is great. It brings you hope and helps you develop your creativity while at the same time showing you the changes the food scene keeps going through.
A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs, talks about the new food movement and the people that made it happen. It takes you into the minds of “groundbreaking foodists who are fine-tuning cooking, baking, and brewing methods”, rediscovering ingredients, inventing new recipes and experiencing food in its most creative state. You get to read about the different personalities behind these food entrepreneurs. You get to discover which tools, utensils, ingredients and events they use. Most importantly, if you’re a foodie at heart, you get inspired to become part of this movement taking place today.
Have you read this book?
P.S. You can check out January’s Foodie book here.
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Wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, I always stumble upon things that inspire me. I always jot down my flowing ideas and I end up with notes everywhere – on my phone, on my desk, on my bedside table, in my Moleskine, or even on a supermarket bill in the car. So to channel those plans and thoughts, I decided to put everything in writing, on an organized list every month. Now that list might not be very realistic or achievable, but a life without dreaming is a life without meaning 😉
Breadonbutter February Bucket List
- Plan a trip to a place I’ve never visited before
- Cook Ramen
- Cook healthy dishes
- Try a no-flour cake (and make it puff up!)
- Eat at 2 new restaurants
- Do more yoga at Nok Yoga Shala
- Go someplace new in Lebanon – I’ve never been to Ehden and I hear it’s beautiful
- Hike and ski more – I’ve become quite sedentary lately and that’s wrong!
- Have a fondue night somewhere cold before the hot weather strikes again
- Discover new songs and compile a new and fresh playlist (you can check previous playlists here, here and here)
- Be more productive
- Discover a new ingredient – just like we discovered Sriracha
- Discover new neighborhoods in Beirut – you think you know everything but you don’t
- Watch The Theory of Everything and The Darjeeling Limited
- Read at least 2 chapter of the Baking Basics & Beyond e-book
Anything you can relate to? 🙂
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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:
To: The modern woman who loves hosting parties:
To: The one who likes to cook unusual but easy things:
To: The healthy cooks who love adding flavor to their dishes:
To: The oriental fusion fan:
To: The lovely baker with a fun edge:
To: The inspiration-seeker:
To: The Entrepreneur:
To: The amateur Chef:
To: The ambitious on-the-way-to-culinary-school Chef:
I’m actually searching for a new cookbook. Any other recommendation?
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!
2) A lovely apron – found at Zara Home
4) A nice coffee machine. To choose, think of the foodie’s personality and go for one of these 4 :
– Nespresso Inissia for the minimalistic ones – found at Nespresso ABC L1
– Nescafe Dolce Gusto for pure nescafe lovers – found at BHV Déco
5) And their respective cups
– Illy art collection coffee cups for artists and colorful people – found at Illy Shop Downtown
– Nespresso colored stainless cups – found at Nespresso ABC Ashrafieh
6) For hard-core bakers, this beautiful copper kitchen aid mixer will make them jump up the roof! – found at BHV Déco City Mall
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
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
9) For cooks who love making their own things at home, get them this Black and Decker Breadmaker – found at Khoury Home
10) A nice ceramic knife set with all kinds of knives would be a pleasure for an everyday cook – found at Think Kitchen Ashrafieh
11) And finally, for tea lovers, a Kusmi Tea package would be great – found at Kusmi Tea ABC Ashrafieh
Any other ideas? What are you getting your foodie other this Christmas?
Happiness is your main ingredient, always.
Yesterday evening was Beirut Cooks’ first book signing event. It took place at The Food Dealer, a very very cool new deli in Mar Mikhael. Apart from the wonderful interior we noticed when we entered the place – despite the crowd of people – we saw a long table where the author of the book, Pascale Habis, as well as some of the cooks featured in it, were seated and signing the books of eager food lovers.
Beirut Cooks is really something unique as it brings together the recipes of amateur cooks from various backgrounds. They are entrepreneurs, they are artists and business people. They are everyone and everything, and that’s what makes their recipes beautiful. Each recipe is the product of a different realm of life itself. The first thing that hits you when you open the book is the images. They are exceptionally vivid, colorful and clear, it makes you want to read it all right away. And when you do read it, you are far from being disappointed. Get ready to be enchanted by real people!
The book starts with a charming preface written by Nicolas Audi, a gastronomer himself (www.nicolasaudi.com), and goes on to introduce the cooks. To name a few: Bernard Khoury (Architect), Joanna Debbas (Restaurant Owner), Monique Rizkallah Chebli (Artist and Yoga Intructor), Karim Chaya (Industrial Designer), Barbara Massaad (Food Writer and Photographer), Johnny Farah (Artisan Créateur and Restaurant Owner), Karen Chekerdjian Fattal (Product and Furniture Designer), Karine Zablit (Cake Designer), Michael Zammar (Consultant and Businessman), and Carine Bejjani (Event Planner). Recipes from around the world, with a personal twist, can be found in the book. Some of my favorites until now are: Carine’s Lemon Meringue Pie, Bernard’s Pancakes, Joanna’s Three-Melon Salad, and Karim’s Corn on the Cob with Lime Chilli Butter.
I’m a huge book lover, a reader who will never switch to kindle or any other technology that could replace a beautiful book’s smell, the touch of its pages and the happiness of seeing it worn out. Don’t you book lovers just have a weakness for run downÂ books, showing the trepidation in which you read them, drank them with your eyes and turned pages avidly wanting more?
A book I thought I’d suggest for you to read this weekend is a book for all foodies who want to hear luscious stories. Mastering the Art of French EatingÂ is written by Ann Mah, a food and travel writer who is married to a diplomat. In the book, they move to Paris for a diplomatic assignmentÂ and that’s when they learn that her husband must be in Iraq for a while and that she has to live in Paris alone. Once the Julia Child in Ann Mah kicks in, she embarks on this really great culinary adventure through France, telling us all about the differences in specialties through the country, delicious mouthwatering details included. Believe you me, you’ll want toÂ make a major life move after this book. You’ll probably also want to cook a stew andÂ daydream about a nice lip-smacking choucroute.
Enjoy culinary storytelling at its finest.