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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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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? 😉

Design, Design Item of The Week, Home & Kitchen 0 comments on Design Item Of The Week: ‘My Kilos’ Bread box/Chopping board

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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Product of The Week: Natural Maple Syrup (With Healthy Pancake Recipe)

Growing up, most of us had the only notion of maple syrup as being the ‘Aunt Jemima‘ one that we used to pour endlessly between each fat pancake on happy Saturday mornings. I’m okay with Aunt Jemima-ing pancakes from time to time (even though I do it very rarely), but now that we’re all grown up and are very careful about what we eat and the ingredients we use, we mostly prefer pure and natural sweeteners. Here lies the big difference between the fun maple syrup we used to have and the healthier option that is more natural than artificial sugar.

Natural maple syrup is extracted from trees and it is largely produced in Canada (Quebec, to be more specific). Apart from being had with pancakes, waffles, porridge, and pain perdu (click here for our legendary pain perdu recipe), natural maple syrup can be used as a natural sweetener in cakes or other baked goods. It is full of manganese and zinc, two very important antioxidants and optimal immune system functioning.

Grant it, it costs more than the artificial maple syrups at the supermarket, but isn’t our health worth it? We’re increasingly being exposed to new technologies and chemicals. It is therefore becoming an absolute must we pay attention to everything that enters our body.

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You can find pure maple syrup at New Earth Store in Ashrafieh and in the organic sections of most large supermarkets in Lebanon. I loved the Buckwud brand.

Pure from tree to table

Here’s a healthy flour-less and lactose-free breakfast recipe on which you can freely pour pure maple syrup. It was given to us by a good friend who’s lactose and gluten intolerant but finds a way to continue eating the food she likes by solely replacing ingredients.

Natural Maple Syrup Healthy Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup oat flour
  • 1.5 cup rice flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1.5 cup almond milk
  • 2 tsp natural maple syrup

In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients and whisk until combined. Grease a pan, cook your pancakes, then have them with pure maple syrup and bananas on top. Delicious and guilt-free!

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Design Item of The Week, Home & Kitchen 1 comment on Design Item of The Week: Bodum French Press

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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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: 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.

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Design Item of the Week: Le Creuset Teapot

Whenever I’m out shopping for kitchen tools or nice things for the home, I find myself lusting over products made by Le Creuset, a French cookware manufacturer known for its casseroles made in cast-iron. They also make various types of cookware like these colorful kettles. Not only are they nicely designed and are a pleasure to the eyes but they’re are also built to last. The material they are fabricated with is basically enamel on steel, made with robust carbon steel and completed with a vibrant porcelain enamel finish. The dexterity in their creation, combined with their beautiful design is more than satisfying to the home owner.

There’s a huge variety of Kettle sizes, colors, and styles to choose from, made for every kitchen. Below are 3 different kinds of kettles available at Le Creuset.

The Zen Kettle

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The Peruh Kettle set with mugs

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The French Press Coffee set

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 Do you own a Le Creuset product? 

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Opinion 0 comments on Valentine Special: Be Pampered By Your First Love – Food

Valentine Special: Be Pampered By Your First Love – Food

We constantly read about the benefits of different types of food for the skin and for the mind. We even get old tips for soft hair and skin that often include mixing eggs, avocados and olive oil. Amazingly, Lush puts them all in differently shaped products and allows you to benefit from the goodness in a “lush” (i.e. luxurious) way 🙂

I had heard of Lush before and how cool it was, but it wasn’t until last summer in Rome that I started using their products properly. It was so hot that a nice bubble bath at the hotel was due every afternoon.

A Lush bath bomb thus became a basic need. I was so fascinated by their mechanism that I started researching it and found out that all their products were made of food! Everything is carefully concocted in the Lush Kitchen in the UK (click here for more details about it and watch the video below). Chamomile, bananas, blueberries, cinnamon, and endless other ingredients are used to make you feel pampered and revitalized.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a bathtub at home. I’m hoping to have one soon, so meanwhile I take advantage of bathtubs in hotels whenever I’m on a weekend away or on a trip somewhere. I did exactly that a while ago at Byblos Sur Mer (check out the post here). I used the moisturizing star and the Tisty Toasty bath bomb, then applied Popcorn Lip Scrub before going out.

Breadonbutter Tried and Tested Lush products 

The cinnamon shower gel that really keeps you warm during winter and the Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly, which is a fun shower gel and soap.

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The moisturizing massage bars and soaps: bear, vanilla and star – moisturized skin guaranteed.

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All kinds of bath bombs: I just love the feeling of throwing food into the bath tub and watching it fizz away. My favorite one was the tisty toasty (a romantic rose scented bath bomb) where you can then watch chamomile flowers float in your bath and open up, Granny takes a dip (for a revitalizing bath), Butterball (for a moisturizing relaxing bath that smells of delicate vanilla), and Twilight (for a relaxing lavender scented bedtime bomb).

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All of the Bubbleroon bubble bars, made of a blend of essential oils that make everything better.

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Popcorn lip scrub: for those who constantly have chapped lips and need to have them soft before applying their red lipstick on.

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And for men (also tried and tested), the macaroon shaped shampoo bar is great for making their hair grow and shine : it’s a spicy, stimulating bar that’s especially good for fine or thinning hair. They just have to rub it straight unto their wet hair to create a creamy lather, then wash and rinse. Check out this link for more information about it.

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