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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”

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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.

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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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Travel 2 comments on Home Is Where The Heart Is

Home Is Where The Heart Is

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! 🙂

Uncategorized 0 comments on Vacation Is A Beautiful Word

Vacation Is A Beautiful Word

Dear Breadonbutter Readers,

Today, I’m packing swimsuits, shorts, dresses, flip flops and the likes because I’m going away for 2 weeks. It’s just a holiday and I will be back on August 25th with new posts, new ideas for the home, new recipes and of course, travel guides! I’ll tell you all about Italy and Croatia once I’m back. Thank you all for reading and following me and I promise you more of life’s colors when I’m back.

Lately, the situation in our region has been tough. I haven’t mentioned it and continued sharing bright things instead just to get your minds off everything. I believe we all need it in these difficult times. Of course, we all pray for things to get better and all that’s left is our hope that it will.

I will be with you again soon but meanwhile, I thought I’d compile a selection of links to previous posts in case you seek some breadonbutter during these 2 weeks.

Recipes: Lemon Cake, Fresh Seafood Spaghetti, Chocolate Tart, Thai Shrimps, Baked Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, Sweet Sesame Chicken, Stuffed Vine Leaves, Banana Boats

Home and Kitchen: A cooking playlist, Creative kitchen, What’s really in your pantry?, The multipurpose coffee table DIY, Candle jars DIY, Sweetest BalconyBaking tools

Travel: 16 reasons why travel is good for you, Summer travel playlist, Backpacking through Sri lanka, A day in Rome, Yet another side of London town, Istanbul: to the city, World food: Barcelona, A food story: a day in Zahle

Fun things from around: What your coffee says about you, Where in the world will you have beer this summer?, The language of food, Seinfeld on the supermarket experience, Are you thirsty?

Things to do: Papercup store: behind the scenes, A day in Beiteddine, A foodie book

Breadonbutter guests: Guest chef Jean Fares’ ultimate lamb chops and their compote, The Veggie diaries: happiness with a pinch of nostalgia, The world is his oyster, Mateus’ awesome beef and coffee stew, Guest chef Khater’s fig jam and brie crispy shells, Guest chef Jean Fares’ veau blanc au miel

Parties and Happenings: An afternoon birthday gathering, Cocktail-style birthday party, Apres la pluie le beau temps

Breadonbutter’s feature in The Carton’s Asrouniyeh issue: Who’s jam is it anyway? 

Arrivederci! 😉

Home & Kitchen, Recipes 0 comments on Kitchen Tour – Lina’s Sweet Kitchen – Part II

Kitchen Tour – Lina’s Sweet Kitchen – Part II

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!

Home & Kitchen 1 comment on Kitchen Tour – Lina’s Sweet Kitchen – Part I

Kitchen Tour – Lina’s Sweet Kitchen – Part I

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.

Home & Kitchen 0 comments on What To Do with Wooden Pallets – Part 2: The Shoe-Mirror

What To Do with Wooden Pallets – Part 2: The Shoe-Mirror

After the great and practical coffee table, here comes the shoe-mirror! If you still have some extra pallets, here’s a great idea of what to do with them.

All you need is 2 of them, the same nails and screw-connectors we used for the table (click here for more details), silicon glue and an actual mirror that you can have done at the same place where you had the glass table top done.

How to make it is a simple three-step procedure:

1) Nail both pallets together from both sides

2) Apply silicon glue on the pallets exactly where the mirror will be placed (you also want to measure the sides properly)

3) Place the mirror on the pallets while they’re still on the floor

Wait 24 hours for the glue and mirror to settle well before lifting the whole thing up and placing it against the wall.

After that, decorate it with light garlands of your choice (you can even use Christmas garlands), and place your shoes on the sides! The pictures below explain it all 🙂

For info on how to get wooden pallets as well as glass table tops and mirrors, you can send me an email on lynnbedran@gmail.com and I’ll provide you with more details!

Home & Kitchen 1 comment on What To Do With Wooden Pallets – Part 1: The Multipurpose Coffee Table

What To Do With Wooden Pallets – Part 1: The Multipurpose Coffee Table

Since as long as I can remember, I’ve been daydreaming of the things I would have in my own home. When I was only 13, I would buy tons of interior design magazines and fold the pages where I saw stuff I liked. I still do that but, with the arrival of Pinterest in my life, I do it less and less. What I remember wanting, is to have a house with personality. Not those houses you copy from catalogues or furniture stores’ windows, but a house with pieces that make it yours.
When we moved into our apartment 2 months ago, we were looking for coffee tables ideas. And after multiple research and brainstorming, we had the idea to do it ourselves. With a few wooden pallets, some screws and smoothing paint for wooden surfaces, the job was done. Not only did we now have a coffee table, but extra storage space as well! Groovy, right?

So here’s how we made it. We went into a handy store and got the following:

– Transparent smoothing paint for wooden surfaces
– A box of nails
– An electric screw-driver (you don’t actually have to buy one, you can borrow it from someone you know who has it)
– Metal screw connectors
– Small wheels

 

We also called a guy we know who makes mirrors and glass table tops and ordered a glass top for the table with the exact same measurements as the pallet’s.
We painted the pallets and let them dry over night, then placed them on top of each other, nailed them together from the sides with the metal connectors and of course, the nails, then pinned down the wheels on each bottom corner and placed the glass on top. Here are some pictures to help you visualize it all. It’s pretty easy and so much fun!
Also, it turns out my friend Mediha (who lives in Istanbul) had the same idea but with only one wooden pallet and the result was so stylish 🙂 (pictures below)

More pictures of the multi-purpose table 🙂

Home & Kitchen 0 comments on *All Christmas Trees are Perfect*

*All Christmas Trees are Perfect*

Finally, it’s that time of year again! For many, including me, it’s the happiest of times. Christmas and all its magical atmosphere. Houses are warm and cosy; sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles all come home, families are reunited; stories are told; engagements and weddings happen; and emotions make their way to the surface. In other words, Life is sugar-coated.
The first thing that tells me Christmas is really here is when my mom takes out the long box from storage. It’s somewhat a feeling of relief, as if a really wise person you love was gone all year and is now back. The Christmas Tree comes out of its box and we all engage in our usual tactics to make him stand again, in all its splendor, in our living room. From the moment the tree is up and for the next month or so, that’s what you’re coming back home to. Your tree will make all noise, traffic, work stress and dust go away. To come home to it will make you feel good and toasty. You’re Home, another year of marvelous experiences has passed, and it’s Christmas.
Here are the steps to our tree, hoping it will inspire you.
When the Tree is the only light in the room 

Are you making your Christmas Tree this weekend?

Home & Kitchen 0 comments on The Sweetest Balcony

The Sweetest Balcony

So many people inspire me to cook and master those recipes that make you emotional, those that make you special to your future kids and their friends. One of the greatest things when you love cooking is  getting recipes from your loved ones, recommendations, small hints and tips that you can’t learn from books and that have been handed down from generation to generation.
My mom never stops inspiring me. When she cooks, you can feel her love of food. Not too complicated, with the JUST appropriate flavors. For the beginning of summer, she decided to grow her own cooking essentials instead of buying them from the supermarket. 
She bought little pots and distributed them across her balcony. She’s got tea, different kinds of rosemary leaves, strawberries, basilica, bay leaves and even lemongrass. 

I’ll definitely grow all of those myself in my future balcony overlooking the sea. It’s very easy to do. 
Just buy lots of pots of all sizes, and plant seeds or already grown lumps of your favorite seasoning ingredients. Water them every 2 days or when you feel the ground of the pot is getting dry.