When in the mood for something sweet, I can’t even allow myself to think about having something else than 10 g of dark chocolate or a fruit. See, I’ve become accustomed to a generally healthy lifestyle. Milk chocolate bars and potato chips have been out of my vocabulary for years now – except for my pregnancy cravings which I have, thank God, grown out of. But sometimes, a fruit or a tiny piece of dark chocolate just don’t cut it. That’s when a homemade dry cake comes to mind. Continue Reading “Healthy Banana Cake”
During my year in England back in 2008, I was ecstatic about meeting Greek people, given that I’m part Greek but had never met fellow “compatriots”. I did meet a lot and became friends with everyone. I also learnt a lot about the culture and related to some aspects and habits we have in my family. One of the very first things I learnt however, was how to make the perfect homemade Cafe Frappé. For coffee lovers, this is absolute heaven in the summer. Continue Reading “How To Make Cafe Frappé in 3 Easy Steps”
Every year, approximately 400 billions cups of coffee are consumed, which makes it one (if not the one) of the most popular drinks in the whole world.
Other than being an important commodity, coffee is also the new target for those looking to develop a new hobby. I like to call them the bean-lovers – i.e. the people who love the smell of coffee so much they start to experiment with it. I’ve still to research and observe bean-lovers as they’ve only recently appeared on my radar.
I’m not a bean-lover yet but the truth is, coffee inspires me. Its smell fascinates me even more than its taste. It all starts with coffee for me – my day, my productivity or even any random activity. I mean, thank God for it. It makes me feel alive, safe, and at ease in my own little world. I even feel it understands where I’m coming from. All the time.
So I noticed that I’ve been quite inconsistent in my choice of coffee lately. I jump from one brand to the next, one kind to the next and find myself wanting all kinds of coffee machines (even though we already have two at home). It got me thinking about my coffee routine (and yours). That’s when I came to the conclusion that coffee habits change according to 3 factors: time, place and most importantly, mood.
I have my coffee “moments”, depending on what I’m doing and how I’m feeling. If I’m feeling comfy and a bit hungry, a huge Nescafe with a bit of creamer is my go-to. In the morning, I press the filter coffee machine button and wait for our filter coffee to diffuse its morning smell. My favorite filter coffee currently is Café Younes’ Special Blend (oh my!). Nespresso or Turkish coffee, I reserve for social encounters (i.e. if everyone’s having it). Cappuccino and latte are a treat. I drink them either when I’m out having coffee with friends or on the go from any Starbucks.
One of my favorite coffee ads is actually a Bollywood one of a cartoonist. Click on this link to watch it. I most certainly relate to this ad’s character.
I’d love to know about your coffee routine! When do you have it? Which one do you prefer? Any favorite brand?
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Since it’s Beirut Design Week and the city streets are packed with design-lovers heading to all of the events organized for the occasion, I thought I’d share with you my recent crush. I saw that copper french press at Lafayette Home back in Paris and fell in love instantly. I bought it of course but it’s safely tucked away until we move into the new house.
The Bodum brand has been present for over 40 years. Their motto is simple and encouraging:
Good design doesn’t have to be expensive
– Peter Bodum. www.bodum.com
Of Scandinavian origin, Bodum shows true functionality and aesthetics. They are specialized in coffee and tea products (from coffee makers to mugs and glasses and even travel mugs). Their production line doesn’t stop there as bodum satisfies your kitchenware needs by offering a selection of bowls, cookware, cutlery and electrics, and BBQ lovers, you get a choice of BBQ products and tools. You can check their selection here. In Lebanon, I know of BHV Déco (in City Mall and Khoury Home) and Carousel Ashrafieh, who sell Bodum products.
Going back to the beautiful copper french press, “the frame and lid, made of steel, undergo several chrome plating processes to obtain a durable shiny surface that will last for many years of intense use. The black CHAMBORD Polypropylene handle comes in a matte finish that not only gives a comfortable grip while serving but adds to the classic quality of the design.”
If you’re a coffee-lover and know your way around coffee beans, you are surely aware of The French press system. It is known for always being the simplest way of brewing an exceptional cup of coffee. To get the best out of it, use fresh coarse ground beans with boiling hot water to obtain the best cup of joe. It’s also ideal for when you have a few guests who appreciate good coffee 🙂
Did you know of the Bodum brand?
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There’s no greater pleasure than waking up in the morning and turning your coffee machine on. You then start getting ready with the sound of the machine brewing your favorite cup and all seems great about the day you’re about to start. At home, we are proud owners of several kinds of coffee machines, one of them being (of course) a Nespresso one. But because the one we have is now 4 years old, it’s time for a change. So we swung by the Nespresso store to look at their new machines. Apart from the small basic ones like the Inissia, there’s the one designed by Kitchenaid – a tempting beauty! Two of the top quality brands join hands to create one of the best coffee machines there is. It also comes with a milk frother to make your coffees more varied. Click here to discover the range of coffees you can enjoy with your Nespresso Kitchenaid and here to be tempted to go buy it 😉
For more information, you can go on their website.
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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
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
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
- 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!
Go through the same steps as the potato flowers, replacing the potatoes with bacon.
Recipe #3: Eggs – Poached, Half-boiled (runny) or sunny-side up
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 🙂
So who’s in for brunch this Saturday? 😉
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This week’s Design item is for coffee lovers. With this Kinto Coffee Carafe, you can enjoy watching your coffee drip into your mug with a delicious smell filling your house.
This coffee carafe set is great for long afternoons at home with a really great book in hand.
Experience Dripping Coffee by Hand. It will Fulfill Your Life.
Time slowly goes by with each drip of coffee. The series ‘Slow Coffee Style’ was born to bring you the taste of coffee brewed by the pour-over method with the relaxed passage of time. The carafe set and porcelain brewer both offer two choices to brew coffee either with stainless steel filter or paper filter. As the extensive lineup provides a wide range of choices for item coordination, you can easily find your own style of slow coffee. The mugs with the illustrations and the message newly join the series.
Kinto is a Japanese company specializing in house-ware. They showcase their products internationally, you can check their blog on this link.
What do you think?
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We live in a world where freelancing is becoming the trend, where bloggers are increasing and where meetings take place in trendy places instead of a standard office. Coffee shops are thus the place to be. A few days ago, I got a message from a friend asking us where he could go sit and work calmly with fast wifi and a nice cup of coffee. That’s when it dawned on me that I only knew about 2 places – the ones I visit all the time. But there surely had to be others. So I kept digging in my head and came up with those 5 places I think are the top to go work in.
Breadonbutter’s Top 5 Coffee shops to work in Beirut
Urbanista – Gemmayzé
The interior of the place is already enough to make you productive and creative. It’s really a coffee shop/library where you can spend the day working, eating and meeting people.
L’Appartement Beirut – Sioufi, Ashrafieh
This is a calmer place to work for days when you really have to concentrate. This charming appartment turned coffee shop/drinks/art showcasing place is welcoming and warmly decorated.
Dar Bistrot and Books – Clémenceau, Hamra
I like to go work at Dar on mornings just because of their excellent breakfast. If the weather is not too hot, their garden can be used as your inspirational place. Book lovers, prepare to rejoice.
Balima – Saifi Village
A quiet place in the midst of the city, surrounded by painting-like architecture will sure spruce up your creativity. A nice tea pot and your laptop will suffice.
Papercup – Mar Mikhael
Papercup has no wifi but you can take it as good news and go there to quietly work offline, surrounded by books. Order a latte and a piece of their daily cake and you’re all set! You can read all about the place on this link.
Where do you work? Any additional recommendation?
Back in Rome last August (click here for more details), we fell in love with this place my sister had recommended (here). On the day we stumbled upon Sant’Eustachio Caffé, we weren’t really looking for it, but just the sight of it made us feel like we had reached an oasis in the middle of the August heat. Once we’d taken a seat on one of the tables outside, we quickly learnt the difference of price between being served outside or just having a quick coffee inside, standing at the coffee bar. We opted for a seat, 1 cold coffee for me, one fresh Kampari/Orange for Jean and both of our captivating books. I can still feel the charm and pleasantness of it all 🙂
Sant’Eustachio Caffé is located in the heart of Rome, just minutes away from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, facing the actual Basilica named for the martyr of Saint Eustace. We went there twice while we were there for a nice coffee a l’italiana. When you enter to order, you learn the charming story of this place.
Sant’Eusatchio has been successful and crowded since 1938. Kissinger and many other international famous people have visited it. I say Kissinger because the owners are so proud of his visit that they hung the newspaper story about it on the wall and on their website (you can see the picture below).
Sant’Eustachio is not merely a Coffee shop, but also a Roaster. Brothers Raimondo and Roberto Ricci began running the Caffè in 1999 to continue the family tradition of selecting coffee varieties and offering a range of product prepared with a legendary secret blend. Their priority is only one: ensure consistent quality. The Sant’Eustachio coffee blend is made with the best Arabica beans. The raw coffee is slowly roasted over wood.
You can of course sit down for a nice cup of coffee but you can also purchase it and make it at home.
All the coffee varieties, roasted, washed and selected, are top quality. The freshness and the high quality of the product guarantee an ever fresh fragrance and a quintessential aroma which cannot be found in the coffees of large-scale retail trade.
Of course, the place is now more touristic and more expensive than typical Italian coffee places, but in my opinion, at least one visit there would be a nice addition to your trip.
Another great thing about Sant’Eustachio Caffé is their Buon Caffé initiative
The Buon Caffé Program is an initiative by Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè. The Program consists in donating the extra proceeds from the sale of the traditional Sant’Eustachio Blend to COOPFAM, the Brazilian Fairtrade certified co-op from which Sant’Eustachio buys coffee. The protagonist of this initiative is the consumer who, through a traceability procedure, can actually control the use of the proceeds.
Have you been to Rome? Any other places to recommend?
I’ve been thinking lately about the cake recipes I already master (example lemon cake, fluffy chocolate cake and baba au rhum), and decided it was time to add a few newcomers to the list. So I’ve been trying out new ones, this one included. I wasn’t expecting it to be an immediate success but it definitely entered the list of possible cakes to bake when in need of a warm snack.
The preparation doesn’t take much time, but it does need baking time so be patient.
Coffee Cake Topped With Caramelized Toffee Nuts
What you’ll need:
For the Cake
- 150 g unsalted butter, softened – You can use the Lurpak Cook’s Range butter blocks for better measurement, they’re 50 g each.
- 130 g soft brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk, extra
- 150 g plain flour, sifted
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp hot water
- 1 tbsp instant coffee
- 0.25 cup skimmed milk
For the Toffee Nuts
- 220 g caster sugar
- 0.5 cup water
- 20 g butter
- 100 g raw almonds (or any choice of nuts, they can also be mixed)
How to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Place the softened butter and brown sugar in a bowl and beat for about 10 minutes until creamy
- Add the egg and egg yolk and beat well
- Add the flour and baking powder and beat until combined
- Place the coffee and hot water in a cup and stir
- Add the coffee mixture and milk to the butter mixture and fold through
- Spoon the mixture into a greased mold
- Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean, then set aside
- Make the toffee nuts: In a saucepan, place the caster sugar, water and butter on medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes until dark golden, then continue mixing with a wooden spoon until a soft caramel paste forms. Add the nuts and stir to combine. Spoon immediately over the cake and serve!
Are you a coffee lover? Would you make this cake?
Items used in photos: Tablecoth from Zara Home; Plates, Cups and Forks from my mom’s cupboards 😉
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We all know Kenwood as the traditional kitchen tools our parents always had lying around the kitchen. I was recently nicely surprised to discover the other side of Kenwood, the innovative side. Kmix is a Kenwood sub-brand that is colorful and innovative.
Stunning good looks and innovative thermal technology give the kMix Coffee Maker range a distinct edge over other filter coffee machines. It’s a piece of art in the kitchen.
We’ve tried it with a variety of coffee brands, including illy (of course) and tesco Kenyan finest.
When it comes to coffee and coffee machines, it’s illy coffee I always had a crush on.
When I was in Rome last August, my crush for illy could only grow. Everywhere we went, the brand was kind of omnipresent. We found the illy shop on Piazza di Spagna, and went there to have a look. It was so awesome we stayed there for hours – they have a coffee shop upstairs with a library.
I already spoke about the illy machines in a previous Design of the Week post (click here to read it). Apart from the coffee and style illy offers, what I admire about the brand is that they chose Art to convey their image and target the people they want to target. On their website, they offer lots of information about coffee and culture. You can also check out their Art collection and Art initiatives.
Illy is a combination of the best of things: Art and supporting it, culture and developing products around it and science to develop the product.
They even give courses to baristas in a place called Università Del Caffé (check out the video here).
Here’s a glimpse of the illy caffé we went to in Rome 🙂