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How To Make An Irresistible Spaghetti Bolognese

I don’t know if some of you can relate, but some dishes get me confused as to how I will be serving them and how I prefer to eat them. With or without cheese on top? Do I melt the cheese before or put it on top as a final touch and enjoy a stronger taste? Do I mix the caramelized onions in or do I just let them add a crispy taste with each bite? So confusing, don’t you think? Continue Reading “How To Make An Irresistible Spaghetti Bolognese”

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Cook Like No One is Watching

It is particularly hard to work in an environment that doesn’t resemble you. Even though you still find colleagues with whom you develop affinities and become friends, the environment can still be bad for you. It usually is a bad environment when you feel like you don’t belong or like it doesn’t reflect your personality. Continue Reading “Cook Like No One is Watching”

Home & Kitchen 2 comments on 5 Books For Your Kitchen Shelf

5 Books For Your Kitchen Shelf

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.

So here are 5 books for your kitchen shelf to keep you inspired and motivated to be a better a cook.

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The Benefits of Green Garlic

Back in London last month, we discovered lots of new ingredients. Food markets are something to see in that city and we were in our own little paradise. When we went to Borough Market, Jean was in the lala land of fruits and vegetables. Among the amazing ingredients on display, was green garlic. We came out of there wishing we had this amazing selection back at home and daydreaming about the dishes we could cook.

We came back to Beirut our heads full of ideas and the willingness to make it happen. That’s when Jean went exploring the selection of fruits and vegetables our country offers and found green garlic!

Before that trip to London, I wasn’t aware of all the benefits of green garlic. So I did some research and it turns out it is full of virtues. It looks like spring onions as green garlic is a younger form of garlic that is collected before the cloves form and mature. I love the taste it gives to food and frankly, I’m starting to get addicted. So here are the most important benefits of green garlic:

  1.  It’s great for the health. It basically boosts your immune system by increasing defense mechanisms. It’s rich in iron and fights all kinds of infections and inflammations. It prevents heart disease and keeps cholesterol levels at their best.
  2. It’s full of flavor thus perfect for cooking. You can stir-fry it or easily use it raw in salads and other entrees. You can also crush it and make it into a paste, then use it in pasta sauces or even in soups.
  3. Its smell and taste are truly delicious – as opposed to normal garlic that can sometimes be heavy and annoying to the stomach.
  4. It’s easier to chop than normal garlic. You won’t have to think twice about adding garlic to your dish if you’re feeling lazy.
  5. It’s as good as ginger for weight loss. It helps with the reduction of body fat as it has a high fat-burning effect (combined with healthy eating and exercise of course – don’t go thinking an unhealthy diet full of garlic will make you slim down now 😉 ).

That’s about it! For now at least 🙂 Anything you might want to add?

 

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The Perks of Cooking In Group

In the world of Therapy, cooking and having a positive entourage have always been recommended to boost serotonin levels and increase relaxation and happiness. Over time, I have found that baking cakes have the superpower of calming me down, bringing me to impressive levels of serenity – something I didn’t know I was capable of, being the anxious person I am.

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In the past year, I was lucky to make new friends who love cooking and food as much as I do. Since I’m prone to sharing my recipes and not greedily keep them in a secret notebook, I’ve engaged in a new venture: gathering people around our stove. I find it so much fun and gratifying to have friends over with their favorite ingredients and recipes to cook all together and learn from each other. Laughs are also guaranteed!

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Based on these good times and on the atmosphere of family meals and children wandering around the cook in the kitchen to learn and get a taste of what’s cooking, we had our first cook-off not long ago. Hisham from Cookin5m2, Sarah who owns Dulce n’ Banana, Maya who writes Playing With Fashion, Betty who’s the great photographer behind BetKet Photography, Sleiman who’s the one behind K-frame, and of course my husband and favorite Chef Jean, were all here to lend a hand in a meal we all had together. Hisham made a delicious chicken pot pie, Sarah made a special apple crumble and we all worked to concoct entrees of all flavors and genres.

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Food has a lot of meaning. Whether it’s culturally, ethnically, or religiously, it brings people together. Baking, cooking a meal, shopping for the food and certainly sitting down together and socializing is a pure pleasure of life.

Cook-offs are not only meant to give a chance to meet new people, but also to discover food and ingredients that people might not have come across before. Also, everyone can leave with leftovers and a new recipe.

In the future, I’d love to bring experienced winemakers, brewers, bakers, butchers, etc. to teach others tricks and techniques.

The main focus of cooking in group is on socializing, learning to cook and to cook together, learning about new ingredients and types of food, maybe even how to shop for food before learning how to cook it.

The cook-off affected all of our moods positively. Having this meal gave us greater satisfaction because we cooked it together.

Cooking has therapeutic value physically, cognitively, socially and intrapersonally. Physically, cooking requires good movement in shoulders, fingers, wrists, elbow, neck, as well as good overall balance. Adequate muscle strength is needed in upper limbs for lifting, mixing, cutting and chopping. Furthermore, sensory awareness is important in considering safety while dealing with hot and sharp objects.

This is the therapeutic value noted by the University of Alberta.

Here are more photos of our cook-off if you’d like to see. There will be other cook-offs organized so if you wish to participate, all you have to do is send an email to: breadonbutterblog@gmail.com ! 🙂

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Photos were all taken by the great Betty from BetKet Photography.

Dining table and chairs from Dfouny Technotel  – available for rent

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Recipes 2 comments on Healthy Beef Stroganoff

Healthy Beef Stroganoff

Mother’s Day is fast approaching so it got me thinking about the kind of food my mom cooks at home. The first thing that pops into mind is her famous beef stroganoff. She knows how much I love it and surprises me with it when I’m having the worst days and pop by for a visit. I can smell it when I enter their house and it just makes the happiest girl!

Today, I was lucky to have lunch at home. Since everyone, including my mom, was busy, I decided to make myself a healthy version of beef stroganoff. I had some serious doubts at first since I decided to use yogurt instead of cream, but it turned out to be delicious and guilt-free 🙂 Here’s the recipe.

Healthy Beef Stroganoff

What you’ll need (for 2 persons)

  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 500 g lean beef, sliced
  • 8 medium fresh white mushrooms, sliced
  • 500 g fat free plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red or white wine
  • Chili powder, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How to make it

  1. Melt the corn flour in the warm water and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat the canola oil (on low heat).
  3. Add the diced onions, beef and sliced mushrooms. Toss until the meat is cooked while seasoning with salt and pepper, then set aside in a bowl or plate.
  4. In the same pot, add the yogurt and melted corn flour and stir until it thickens.
  5. Add the beef mixture, season with salt and pepper, and stir for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the mustard and tomato paste and mix until combined.
  7. Season with more pepper and chili powder, add the wine, and stir until you obtain the preferred thickness.
  8. Bring to the boil then let it simmer for 2 minutes and turn off the heat.

And you’re done! You can choose to have it with brown rice or a fresh green salad (that’s if you want to cut carbs on that specific day).

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Bon Appetit! 😉

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Bucket List 3 comments on 2015 Round-Up and January Bucket List

2015 Round-Up and January Bucket List

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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Christmas 0 comments on The Breadonbutter 2015 LAST-MINUTE Gift List

The Breadonbutter 2015 LAST-MINUTE Gift List

This year, it’s all about last-minute. We’ve been moving since the beginning of the month so you can imagine the mess we’re living in. I am thankful for every bit of it, but I’ve been neglecting Christmas planning – which is wrong for someone who drinks in an ‘I Heart Christmas’ mug all year long. It’s the last week before Christmas. The day is fast approaching and we’re expecting the first batch of family members this week already! I better get moving with their gifts as they come bearing presents from the land of beautiful things 😉 I thought I would write my list of last-minute gift ideas for those of you who, like me, have had no time to shop yet.

1) Polygel cookie cutters or stamps, with an adorable mold of the shape you prefer.

On the top of my list, a gift for home bakers! The best thing about this is that you can choose and order everything online. Just head to their website and make your selection.

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Photo taken from their website.

2) A board game.

Nights in are the new Saturday night fever. Card games and board games are the first choice for a Saturday night in winter, hand in hand with great cheese of course. A board game like the all-new Monopoly or Risk is perfect for the cool geek in your family.

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 Photo taken from google.

3) Double wall cups – MG supplies.

For the family members or friends who have just moved in, those double-wall glasses are perfect to drink their hot tea or espresso in style.

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 Photo taken from MG Supplies.

4) H&M Home objects.

Also for those who have just moved in – excuse the bias – head to H&M Home. Pure bliss.

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Photo taken from their website.

5) A Lonely Planet book collection.

This is for the hard-core travellers. Depending on your budget, make a selection of Lonely Planet books and wrap them into one gift to inspire their new traveling year.

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 Photo taken from google.

6) Jamie Oliver Cookbook series.

This is for the crazy Jamie fan (hint, hint). You know those people, so enough said.

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 Photo taken from google.

7) Tea collection – Kusmi Tea.

For your mother who loves tea and hosts afternoons at her house, a beautiful and colorful Kusmi Tea selection is the best choice.

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Photo taken from their facebook page.

8) Ye!! Speaker.

That’s for the cool young brother whose world is music. He can take it wherever he goes.

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Photo taken from google.

9) A dinner with Bibayti.

Christmas time is followed by some special events. Be it valentine’s or a capricorn’s birthday, there’s nothing better than inviting them for dinner at their own home.

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Photo taken from their facebook page.

10) KitchenAid toaster.

Many of us wake up just for breakfast. This toaster would make anyone think twice about hitting that snooze button.

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 Photo from MG Supplies.

11) Lamps for the bedroom or office – Decalé.

That’s for the uncle who works from home. The choice of lamps at Decalé is as confusing as beautiful.

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Photo from their facebook page.

12) A wonder.full box.

The good thing about this gift is that there’s a box for every personality. Head to their website to browse your choices.

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For more ideas, head to Playingwithfashion.com

For previous years gift ideas, click here and here.

Any other ideas?

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Things To Do, Watch 0 comments on BURNT

BURNT

Last night, we were all invited by Zomato to the Beirut Premier of the long-awaited movie BURNT in City Center’s VOX cinema.

BURNT is a comedy-drama starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Bruhl, Matthew Rhys, Alicia Vikander, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson. I absolutely love each of these actors and it was a delight to watch them all in roles of cooks, Chefs, Critics and Psychoanalysts.

In the movie, Adam Jones plays the role of a famous Chef who lost his restaurant because of drugs and unpredictable behavior. When he tries to rebuild his life in London in the hope of gaining his third Michelin Stars, we witness his ups and downs along with his mouthwatering dishes.

I found the movie a bit too long for the plot but for those of us who appreciate cooking techniques, it passed by like a breeze.

BURNT is out on the 30th of October in all cinemas so make sure to watch it if you’re a true foodie! Here’s the trailer if you’d like a preview.

Will you watch it?

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