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Yesterday marked the first day of fall. Although the heat is still on and humidity is more stable than ever, this date instantly makes me think about cooler temperatures, fresh air and a light cardigan.

I’ve been looking at recipes lately and I find myself drawn to soups and comfort food. This year, I have come to the decision of making more and more one-pot dinners. I collaborated with Bibayti to create recipes for Happy – the supermarket chain. Here’s a simple and inexpensive chicken and rice (in one pot the whole time, I promise!). Stay tuned for warm food and new recipes throughout the new season!

Over the past few years, I have come to embrace winter and its cold weather. I never find myself complaining about the rain or wind during this time of year simply because I enjoy cozying up at home and having great conversations with family and friends over food. Some of you might be thinking this weather is ideal only if you get to stay at home all day. On the contrary, I appreciate home even more when I’m away at work all day. There’s something actually comforting about getting home to take a hot bath and curl up in front of the TV with a nice snack. Since tea is my go-to drink during weeknights, the best snack to go with it is a bowl of fluffy madeleines. My friend Hisham thinks it weird to love fluffy shell-shaped mini cakes so much, but for me, they’re little pieces of heaven. Besides, they’re the easiest dessert to make and the satisfaction you feel after removing them from the mold is kind of weird to describe. You have got to make it! Here’s an easy and hassle-free recipe:


madeleine recipe | breadonbutter

What you’ll need (for 21 madeleines)

  • 150 g flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 70 g butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest of a clementine (2 teaspoons)
  • 1 tsp baking powder

How to make it

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 190 degrees celsius
  2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until the mix is foamy
  3. Add the melted butter, the zest, the flour and the baking powder, and mix well
  4. Fill 2/3 of each madeleine mold, and bake for 10 minutes, checking constantly

madeleine recipe | breadonbutter

Are you a madeleine fan?

This soup was the only one I ate when I was younger. On rainy days, we’d come back home from school and we could just smell it. The best thing about it was the whole process. My mom would serve soup in an oven-friendly dish, grab a round toast, toss it in, top it all off with grated Emmental Cheese, and let it all heat up in the oven for about 7 minutes.

I used to think that onion soup was a complicated one to make, but turns out it is really easy. It could also be a great start for when you throw a dinner party at home, especially that you can make it ahead of time and add the cheese and bread as soon as your guests arrive.

So here goes!

Breadonbutter’s Toasty Onion Soup Recipe

What you’ll need:

onion soup | breadonbutter

  • 5 to 6 medium white onions, diced
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil of your choice
  • 30 g unsalted butter
  • 2 liters of water
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Bread, of your choice
  • Emmental cheese (or if you prefer brie or camembert cheese, you can do it!)

How to make it:

1) In a large casserole, throw in the cooking oil, butter and diced onions and cook until lightly golden

2) Add the water and bring to the boil

3) Lower the heat, add salt and pepper, then let it simmer for about 10 minutes until the water is slightly colored. Turn off the heat

onion soup | breadonbutter

4) In a soup bowl, spoon a bit of soup, add the bread and cheese on top and place in the oven for a minimum of 10 minutes, depending on how you prefer the cheese to be (slightly burnt or just melted)

onion soup | breadonbutter

soup

onion soup | breadonbutter

onion soup | breadonbutter

onion soup | breadonbutter

And serve! Satisfying, tasty, toasty and full of flavors!

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onion soup | breadonbutter

Are you a fan of onion soup?

P.S. Check out previous recipes from the soup series here.

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Pumpkins are not just for Halloween. They’re in fact one of the lowest calories vegetables to make a meal with, and the most recommended by health professionals for lowering cholesterol and losing weight. Full of antioxidants, they’re the perfect ingredient option.

There are loads of recipes that can be cooked with a nice pumpkin, but since we’re in full Winter mode, Breadonbutter’s soup series are here to make you feel warm this January. Make this pumpkin soup and be on your way to warmness.

Soup chases away chills, soothes the soul, nurtures the appetite and leaves you feeling warm and loved all over

– Donna Hay

This recipe is inspired by Donna Hay‘s. However, I kept it simple and basic and added just a little bit of cream. You can omit it if you wish to stay really light and healthy, but a little cream doesn’t really hurt 🙂

So here’s what you’ll need (for 5 persons):

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 800 g of Pumpkin, peeled and diced
  • 4 small cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of Honey
  • 1 liter of Chicken Stock
  • 250 ml Light Cooking Cream
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bread (optional)

How to make it:

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius

2) In an oven tray, lined with a baking sheet, toss together the oil, pumpkin, onion, garlic, honey, salt and pepper. Roast for 35 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender

pumpkin soup | breadonbutter

3) When the pumpkin is roasted, place half of the mixture in a food processor along with half of the chicken stock and blend until smooth. Set aside in a big casserole and repeat with the second half

pumpkin soup | breadonbutter

4) In the casserole, add the light cream to the pumpkin purée and bring to the boil (on high heat)

5) Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes until the soup has thickened

Note: If the pumpkin you bought is huge (like mine was), you can store the extra quantity in the freezer and make another soup this winter.

And serve!

pumpkin soup | breadonbutter

pumpkin soup | breadonbutter

 You can check previous soups from Breadonbutter’s soup series lentil,potato and chard and noodle soup.

Items used in photos: All from Zara Home

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Unlike last winter, this one promises to be cold and rainy. Unsurprisingly,  everyone seems happy about it. After all, we needed the water and we all miss going skiing on weekends and splurging on Fondue dinners at night in front of a cool fireplace. Over the years, we have explored a lot of cozy places with nice chimneys. So to give you ideas on what to do and where to go this winter, here’s a first list of some of the best fireplaces in town.

Lola – Bikfaya – Lebanon

Located in the heart of the mountains, Lola is a warm restaurant with a magnificent view that opens its doors in summer and winter. For spicy lovers, I strongly suggest their special spicy fondue. You won’t regret it!

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Byblos Sur Mer – Jbeil – Lebanon

This cozy hotel holds a special place in my heart as that’s where we got married a year ago. With a view over the great Byblos port, they also offer a comfy place to sit and relax by the chimney. Grab a book, order a nice hot cocoa and read the day away.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

La Maison de la Forêt – Bkassine – Lebanon

Ideal for a weekend away in summer and winter, La Maison de la Forêt is the perfect hideaway. Snuggle with family around their fireplace and enjoy Tawlet Bkassine’s food.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

La Gargote – Broumana – Lebanon

One of the rare authentic bistrots in the country, La Gargote‘s atmosphere has always stayed true to itself. Head there for a nice Soupe à l’Oignon and enjoy the crackles of the chimney wood in the background.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Ristorante La Traviata – Gemmayze – Lebanon

For the ultimate urban winter experience, you must try La Traviata‘s grilled chestnuts! The best thing about it all is that you get to sit outside with your coat still on, sipping wine and eating bits of parmesan cheese. It’ll be up and running by Monday so hurry up and book a table.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Pierre and Friends – Batroun – Lebanon

If you just can’t get away from the sea for long, Pierre and Friends‘ fireplace is the place to be.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Shangrilla – Laqlouq – Lebanon

For a quiet weekend with board and card games, head to Shangrilla Hotel in Laqlouq and relax by the fireplace. They also just launched their fondue and raclette menu so you’re in for a nice treat.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

I hope you enjoyed the list and I’d love to know your feedback if you try any of the places! Any other fireplaces suggestions?

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