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On one of my typical days, you’ll find me working on my projects, working out at home, running errands and looking frantically among my recipe books for something like “Easy Cake Recipe to make with kids”.

Re-adjusting to nursery and routine has been tough on us lately (check out the reason here). As a result, I’ve been dragging a 2 year-old, fiercely determined to make me feel guilty, to nursery every morning. As a good old mom who falls into a typical trap, I’ve been (as a result of desperation) referring to bribes and lots of promises I have the pressure to keep. One of those promises is to get ingredients so we can bake something nice in the afternoon.  So we have been baking quite a lot lately. However, there’s no question that the recipe should be of the easiest ones out there. Since a toddler is still impulsive and wants to do things themselves (plus, test their limits along the way and show no shame when it comes to tantrums), you need something practical and fast. A long search, a few messy experiences and burnt-on-one-side cakes later, I have found it! A yummy and easy cake recipe to make with kids, with a few steps and a nice outcome!

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So! Who’s trying this?

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.

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.

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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A traveler is someone whose home is not one place, but many places at once. A traveler is someone on constant move, eager to know different cities, towns and villages and eager to experience an array of cultures in the hope of enriching his or her soul and maybe help in the eternal search of the self.

Being born in a specific country, raised there and having a social life there, I have come to realize, does not make it your home. For me, home is where your heart is at ease. It can be in a backpack for all I know. It can be where people you love are, or it can be these different places where you feel that you have found yourself – that is, yourself at your most comfortable.

I, for one, consider myself to have different homes. Having travelled much (noting that “much” is never enough), I have built myself imaginary homes everywhere. In countries I have visited more than once, I find comfort in languages I know and food I love. I also find comfort in corners I like to sit in to sip a coffee and areas I have found to love and dream about when days are tough. Could it be that home is actually in yourself and in the hearts of your loved ones?

I have a lot of friends we can call “citizens of the world”. Max (creator of drifter’s guide to the planet) is someone who decided to see the world and go against the conventions of his culture and I admire him for that. Tania and Thierry, whose wedding we attended last saturday, have made the conscious decision to move cities every 2 years and experience what this world has to offer. I think that’s a great choice. Seeing the world can truly make you a better person. I will never say it enough: travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

Having said all this, I had very limited internet access during the past two weeks and I was thus not able to properly share with you all the steps of these wonderful 2 weeks in Italy and Croatia. I’ll therefore make sure to bring everything to you during the next few weeks, hoping to inspire you and serve you with tips for your next travels.

Also, it’s a new start for Breadonbutter as I will also be sharing new subjects more related to lifestyle (additionally to food of course) . After all, we’re all about Food & Things 🙂

Thank you for following and stay tuned! 🙂

Yesterday, we started off with a tour of cool and inspiring things in Lina’s kitchen (click here for more details). Today, it’s time to reveal the healthy, easy and tasty recipes Lina taught me while I was there.

We’ll start off with this quick grilled fish recipe.

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What you’ll need (for 3 persons)

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– 3 fish – Lina chose the Turkish “Ajaj” fish (make sure to choose them generously plump). The advantage of this fish is that it’s tasty and also has a good price – 1kg costs only 7 dollars.

– 2 tablespoons of flour

– Oil – Lina uses Grape Seed oil which is really healthy

– 3 lemons – sliced

How to make it:

1) Roll each fish in a bit of flour

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2) Add the lemon slices on top and inside the fish if you wish

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3) Sprinkle with grape seed oil and bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until golden

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And enjoy with a green salad or mouhammara (see ingredients picture), recipe soon.

The second recipe is of Armenian origin. It’s similar to the white beans we once cooked (click here) but with added tomato juice.

What you’ll need (for 3 persons)

– 0.5 kg White beans (or aysha khanum beans if you live in an arab country)

– 1 tablespoon of Grape seed oil

– 2 white onions, sliced

– White pepper and salt

– 3 juicy tomatoes, diced

– 250 ml of tomato juice

– Water

– Egyptian rice with vermicelli

How to make it:

1) Shell the beans and wash with water

2) In a casserole, heat the grape seed oil, add the beans and mix for 10 minutes

3) Add the onions and heat for 10 minutes

4) Add white pepper and salt, to taste

5) Add the diced tomatoes and mix

6) Add the tomato juice with a bit of water, mix, bring to the boil then let it simmer for approximately 10 minutes and there you go!

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Both recipes are so quick, easy and affordable that they’re great for weekday meals!

I hope you enjoyed this first kitchen tour on Breadonbutter. I’ll be coming back with more tours soon!

Afterwards, they always had tea in the kitchen, much the nicest room in the house ― Flora Thompson

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When cooks come together, the kitchen becomes only action and camaraderie. After all, good food and a warm kitchen is the essence of making a house, a home. So when Lina – a friend of my mom’s I’ve grown up to love – agreed to welcome me in her kitchen and sniff around, I was delighted! With a great, positive and fun personality, Lina is also a great cook. She has the gift of a mixed cultural background and thus the gift of a wide recipe index. I spent an entire morning in this sweet kitchen, photographing her tools, her spices and objects. She then taught me 2 recipes I will be sharing in the second part of this Kitchen Tour tomorrow. For now, here are my favorite things in Lina’s kitchen.

It all started with a delicious cup of coffee and fresh mini croissants.

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In Lina’s kitchen you can find all kinds of spices, a snack bar, a breadmaker and all the flour in the world, and beautiful Picasso mirror coffee cups.

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The detail to absolutely memorize is the beautiful kitchen top made from slate (Ardoise in french)

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The object to dream about is this pastel yellow Kitchen Aid mixer

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And here’s a preview of Lina’s Kitchen Tour Part II, tomorrow on Breadonbutter 🙂

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Hoping to inspire you, always.