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Supermarket at your door – Spinneys Delivery

I’ve always been a fan of the supermarket. Ever since I was a child, a trip to buy groceries and roaming around a huge supermarket has always been fun and kind of comforting. I especially love it when I’m in no hurry and have no list to stick to. We just walk around, inspecting aisle after aisle till we find something we need, discover a new product or even welcome products that we’d only seen abroad. Continue Reading “Supermarket at your door – Spinneys Delivery”

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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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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Kitchen Collections: Statement Mugs

So I have this thing with mugs. Whenever I happen to be someplace that sells kitchenware, I run to the mug section. There, I can spend hours scrutinizing each one, looking specifically for big fat cozy ones with soothing colors. You might think I’m crazy right now but I’m sure lots of you can relate.

As you might have seen on Instagram (@breadonbutter_), we’re in the process of renovating a recently-bought apartment. We’re changing everything, from tuyauterie to walls, to windows and halls. But all I think about is my mug collection. Here are my favorites. They are very “Design”, trendy and not cheesy at all. Here goes!

The Pantone Series – I still am looking for those in Lebanon so if anyone has any idea on where to get them, please leave a comment below!

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Photo by: thelondonkitchen.com

Anthropologie Letter Mugs

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Photo by: weddingbee.com


Zara Home Sun Tea Mug

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Photo taken from Pinterest

Churchill Mugs – can be found at MG supplies

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Ferm Living Black and White Mugs

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Photo taken from: finnishdesignshop.com

Any cool mug recommendation? 😉

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Design Item Of The Week: ‘My Kilos’ Bread box/Chopping board

As we are starting the new house plans and pinning pictures that reflect the style we wish to achieve, my Design antennas are sharper than ever. I can’t wait to unpack the stuff we’ve brought from all of our trips and to try new DIY projects again. Of course, the kitchen is of great importance in Breadonbutter’s house 😉 and we are fixed on the idea of marrying practicality and aesthetics. So when I stumble upon a beautiful and handy kitchen tool, it makes me want to buy it right away. This week’s design item is this minimalistic bread box that is also a chopping board. This box not only allows you to store bread but also all kinds of vegetables and fruits, and the lid transforms into a chopping board which is great for storage. Plus, aren’t the colors lovely?

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The My Kilos brand is of German origin. You can check it here.

All of their furniture and accessories are made in Europe: most in Germany, and from naturally aging materials such as untreated wood, raw copper and stone. They speak a very clear and clean visual language, their focus is on functionality and sustainability — and they work just as good in private apartments as in offices.

The great news is that you can order it online because they ship worldwide!

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Any takers? 😉

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Design Item of The Week: Bodum French Press

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.”

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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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5 Pizza Toppings With A Twist For A Fun Night With Friends

As you grow older, get married and start having responsibilities, your lifestyle slowly changes. For example, when you have kids like some of our friends do, you go out less and have to make do with staying at home more often. You then start honing some of your skills, like cooking and DIY projects, and when you’re lucky enough to find friends who share the same passions and hobbies, you hone those skills and experiment together. Instead of going out for pizza or crazy wings night, you go ahead and buy that bread-maker and start having your own “crazy” pizza nights at home.

That’s exactly what we did last week over at Khater and Lea’s house (you can check Khater’s previous guest recipes for fig jam and brie crispy shells on this link and for lemony chicken on this link). Using a Moulinex bread-maker, Khater made the pizza dough (ingredients below) and we had fun with different toppings. So here are some toppings ideas, with a twist, for your pizza night.

First, make the dough.

Pizza Toppings Ideas

What you’ll need:

  • 800 g flour (20% of which can be corn flour as it gives the dough a crunch)
  • 450 ml water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar (for the browning of the crust)
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp yeast

First steps:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Flatten parts of the dough with a rolling pin to the size you prefer and prepare it for toppings.

If you’re not using a bread-maker, you can refer to this post to read about making a dough from scratch. 

Pizza toppings ideas:

Pizza Toppings Ideas

1) Vegetarian

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Top one pizza with tomato sauce, green pepper, black olives, corn, mushrooms and block mozzarella cheese. Place in the oven until the crust is lightly golden and the cheese has melted.

2) Brie and Rosemary leaves

Pizza Toppings Ideas

Top the dough with brie cheese and rosemary leaves. Top with olive oil and salt then place in the oven until the crust is lightly golden and the cheese has melted.

3) Zaatar (thyme) and Feta Cheese with pepper

Pizza Toppings Ideas

Top the pizza dough with fresh thyme leaves, feta cheese and black pepper. Place in the oven until the crust is lightly golden and the cheese has melted.

4) Eggs and chorizo

Pizza Toppings Ideas

Before topping the dough with the ingredients, fold its corners to prevent the eggs from overflowing.

In a bowl, break 3 eggs and whip them with a fork. Place the chorizo on the dough and top it with the eggs.

Place it in the oven until the crust is lightly golden and the eggs are cooked.

5) Proscuitto (parma ham), mozzarella and pesto sauce

Pizza Toppings Ideas

Top the pizza dough with all of the ingredients and bake in the oven until the crust is lightly golden and the cheese has melted.

And there you have it! A trouble-free and fun pizza night! Thank you Khater! 🙂

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Any other toppings suggestion?

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Design Item Of The Week: Nespresso By Kitchenaid

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 😉

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For more information, you can go on their website.

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Design Item of The Week, Home & Kitchen 0 comments on Design Item of The Week: Multitasking FERM LIVING Wire Baskets

Design Item of The Week: Multitasking FERM LIVING Wire Baskets

I recently learnt about FERM LIVING, the Danish Design brand for the Home. Its simplicity and contemporary designs quickly got my attention.

DANISH DESIGN – MADE WITH LOVE
ferm LIVING draws on Scandinavian design traditions and retro charm – but with a distinctive graphic edge that makes every item firmly contemporary. ferm LIVING is rooted in Denmark, where Trine Andersen founded a graphic design studio in 2005. The decision to start her own business sprang from a personal vision of a bird on a branch, ready to take off. That bird remains a part of the ferm LIVING logo today.
Last week in Paris, we visited Fleux’, a concept store in the Marais neighborhood. I was in paradise. This place is everything a Design-lover could ever ask for, including FERM LIVING products. My current Ferm obsession are these wire baskets to fill with anything lying around your home. Not only are they useful keeping any room tidy and providing storage space for blankets, cushions, magazines, laundry, books, toys or even firewood if you are a chimney owner, but they also transform into tables if you get the Ferm smoked oak tops. The baskets are fabricated with iron wire with powder coating.
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“The name ”ferm” was actually inspired by my grandmother. When she said that someone was “ferm på fingrene” – i.e. skilled with their hands, literally “good with their fingers” – it was high praise indeed. I like to think that she would approve of the ferm LIVING range; it is modern, but also has a reassuring homelike quality – and we try to make sure that every piece is made well.”
Trine Andersen
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“My designs have always been based in my own life. The very first wallpaper came into being because I couldn’t find the sort of crisp, graphic design I wanted. So, I simply decided that if I wanted a specific graphic style someone else might want it too – and went ahead and did it. Later, we became parents, and faced a similar situation when it came to design elements for children’s rooms. Later still, we found ourselves needing new things, as we moved into a bigger, loft-like home. Everyday life is my inspiration.”
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“I have never created anything on the basis of strategy or cool calculation; it has to come from the heart for me. I am very happy and grateful – and still somewhat surprised! – to see that these designs have appealed to so many people worldwide. And I still stick to the same design philosophy that began it all – doing what feels right. Then it has a much better chance of feeling right for someone else too.”
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You can order them online here. My favorite color is the Rose one. Details of the item below:

Item no: 3068
Colour: Rose

Size: Ø: 60 x H: 45 cm
Material: Iron wire with powder coating

All photos were taken from Ferm Living’s website. You can check it here.

Have you hear of Ferm Living? Do you own a piece of their designs?

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Design Item of The Week: Joseph Joseph Cooking Utensils

When I first started cooking, I secretly wished for smarter utensils that could make any cook’s life easier. I mean I love preparing dishes and baking cakes but sometimes, it’s just a hassle because of the practicality of it all. Little did I know back then that smart and beautiful cooking tools did in fact exist. They exist since 2003 under the name of Joseph Joseph. Founded by two British brothers, the brand became widely known as blending beauty, efficiency and innovation. It can be said that they have mastered kitchen efficiency, also making sure their products are aesthetically noticeable.

Here are 3 Joseph Joseph kitchen utensils I chose to inspire you

The chopping boards collection

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Inspired by an office filing system with indexes indicating the categories, these chopping boards also tackle the issue of cross-contamination that comes with prepping raw food and mixing them with vegetables. You’ll really enjoy the easy and practical use.

The folding colander

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Aside from being easy to store because of its folding possibilities, this colander is also practical to slip your vegetables or pasta right in the dish.

Garlic crusher

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This no pain and compact garlic crusher is easy to use and easy on the arms.

You can also watch the video below to get a general idea on the brand.

Do you know of Joseph Joseph? If yes, do you own of the products?

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Design Item of the Week: Kinto Coffee Carafe

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.

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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.

http://www.kinto.co.jp/en/products/drinkware/scs/

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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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