When you cook often, you get small revelations. Things that make you go “How did I not know that before? It changes everything!”. I thought I’d share some cooking tips with you today. They’re easy tips but important to take your cooking up a notch. Here goes. Continue Reading “8 Easy n’ Useful Cooking Tips”
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.
The moisturizing massage bars and soaps: bear, vanilla and star – moisturized skin guaranteed.
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).
All of the Bubbleroon bubble bars, made of a blend of essential oils that make everything better.
Popcorn lip scrub: for those who constantly have chapped lips and need to have them soft before applying their red lipstick on.
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.
You can follow Lush on Instagram on these accounts: @lushlebanon @lush @lushkitchen
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As a cook, the essential thing to have in your kitchen is a cupboard full of herbs and spices to go with any kind of meal. I found this infographic that shows the best way to use all kinds of herbs: as complements, with recipe ideas and which flavors they go with. Enjoy! My personal favorites are rosemary and coriander. What are yours?
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.
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
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
Breadonbutter’s feature in The Carton’s Asrouniyeh issue: Who’s jam is it anyway?
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.
What you’ll need (for 3 persons)
– 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
2) Add the lemon slices on top and inside the fish if you wish
3) Sprinkle with grape seed oil and bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until golden
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
– 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!
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
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.
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.
The detail to absolutely memorize is the beautiful kitchen top made from slate (Ardoise in french)
The object to dream about is this pastel yellow Kitchen Aid mixer
And here’s a preview of Lina’s Kitchen Tour Part II, tomorrow on Breadonbutter 🙂
Hoping to inspire you, always.
I just love opening that cupboard in the kitchen with all the meal and snack ideas. This cupboard is where I like to keep limited canned goods for when you’re in a meal hurry- I say limited because there are only a few canned things I like – drinks, healthy (and a few fatty) snacks, and some sauces.
Choosing carefully what to have in that cupboard can help you save a lot and constantly keep what you need at an easy reach.
So here are a few of the things I never let myself run out of:
– Tuna in water
– Some salad toppings like Palmito and Artichoke Hearts and Asparagus
– Cooked Beans
– Â Bamboo shoots for an Asian vegetable recipe
– Coconut milk in case you wish to add it to your Asian dish
Rice and Pasta:
– Plain white Basmati rice
– Brown Rice – a very healthy option
– Sushi sticky Rice
– Risotto Rice
– All kinds of tea
– Hot Chocolate
– Nespresso capsules
– Sesame Oil
– Soy Sauce
– Rice Vinegar – I strongly recommend this. It counts as 0 calories and brings a lot of flavor to your salads. You also need it to make sushi rice.
– Fish Sauce and Oyster Sauce. Adding one tablespoon of these sauces to your dish will make it a lot tastier.
– Rice Paper for fresh vegetable rolls (recipe soon)
– Sesame seeds
– Porcini Mushrooms (that you can also use in a nice risotto recipe)
– Tongorashi powder (to spice up your dishes or sushi)
– Tomato Sauce
– Worcestershire Sauce
– A jar of Nutella for “I don’t care about anything anymore” moments
– Dark Chocolate
– Pop Corn
– Salt & Vinegar Rice Crackers
– Chocolate Pasta I bought back in London at ‘Hotel Chocolat’ (I promise to share the recipe soon)
What’s in your pantry? Anything else you’d recommend? 🙂