Chicken pesto with spaghetti


chicken pesto with spaghetti|marmite et ponpon

It’s a one great pesto recipe to whet your appetite. I love to see heaping dishes getting relished, one of the best days when i cook to my family and leave them with a big smile and clean plates. It means it was a memorable meal!

chicken pesto with spaghetti| marmite et ponpon

A Spaghetti dish with chicken and especially pesto that comes to boost the flavor quotient and intensify the pleasure. You will need to prepare it: (yields 4 servings)

For the pasta:

  • 1 pack of spaghetti
  • 1 cup pesto sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup garlic oil
  • salt to taste

For the chicken:

  • 4 big chicken breasts cut lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp pesto sauce

 

  • roasted pine nuts for garnish (1/2 cup almost)
  • parmesan or emmental cheese for garnish (1 cup almost)

Boil spaghetti as per pack instructions and sauteed it with olive oil, garlic oil and pesto.

Marinate the chicken with the olive oil, garlic oil and garlic powder and cook them until nicely golden. Add the pesto sauce and combine well.

Put a generous bed of pasta, top it with chicken (as per your taste), garnish with pine nuts and cheese.

chicken pesto with spaghetti|marmite et ponpon

chicken pesto with spaghetti|marmite et ponpon

Serve it warm and enjoy the symphony of flavors. Who is counting calories? i personally don’t, i am just counting memories! Enjoy your precious time with your family and make the best out of it.

chicken pesto with spaghetti|marmite et ponpon

chicken pesto with spaghetti|marmite et ponpon

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“Funfetti cake” Happy 1st birthday my Joud


funfetti cake|marmite et ponpon

The perfect cake that screams celebration inside out! It’s my Joud’s first birthday, i wanted to make a fun cake that serves also as a smash “one piece of the”cake for him. Yes i am saying one piece of it because it’s so delicious that you can’t sacrifice it all to play with:)

As the name suggests, funfetti cake, it’s a really fun cake full of colors and flavors. Orange layer cake with rum buttercream.

funfetti cake|marmite et ponpon

funfetti cake|marmite et ponpon

I believe it’s the only time you can decide on the cake design, later on your kids will do according to their favorite color or character! Funfetti cake resembles so much my son’s first year, colorful and full of happiness and life.

funfetti cake|marmite et ponpon

To prepare this orange cake you will need:

  • 1cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (227g about 2 sticks)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup grated orange zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tbsp rum
  • 1 cup colored chocolate vermicelli
  • 1/2 cup colored pearls for decoration

Heat the oven to 180°C. Grease and flour two 8″ pans

Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, beat in the eggs, one at a time, and the orange zest.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the orange juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour.

the last step is to fold in the chocolate colored vermicelli delicately before dividing the batter in the pans and smooth the tops.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a wooden skewer comes out clean.

funfetti cake|marmite et ponpon

Meantime prepare the rum buttercream for frosting

  • 200g butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tsp rum
  • food color (you choose your favorite)

Mix the butter with an electrical mixer until fluffy. Add milk and rum than sugar 1 cup at a time and beat until you get the consistency you want. Keep it in the fridge while your cake is cooling for easier use later.

After frosting the cake, sprinkle the half cup of colored pearls to give the final fun look.

funfetti cake|marmite et ponpon

funfetti cake|marmite et ponpon

You can choose the color combination you favor. I wanted green and blue, very summerish and happy together! You can keep it white also, while the colored pearls do the effect. As i said it’s a very appealing cake, you will feel the celebration with every piece you cut. A pleasure to the eye and palate.

funfetti cake|marmite et ponpon

funfetti cake|marmite et ponpon

Happy Birthday my love Joud, may all your life be full of colors, happiness and health, together with your brother Nady . Love you both to bits❤

funfetti cake|marmite et ponpon

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A recipe to note down: pancakes


pancakes|marmite et ponpon

Being Lebanese, we cherish every meal of the day. We love food and we enjoy it! I know nothing can beat our Lebanese breakfast, it’s wholesome, varied and irresistible, but when you try this amazing recipe, you will add it on your favorite breakfast list; the best basic recipe!

pancakes|marmite et ponpon

For that you will need (yields 9-10):

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 free range egg
  • 15 g butter melted
  • more butter to grease the pan

Mix together dry ingredients and make a well in the center. Mix egg and milk until combined, pour it in the well along with melted butter. Whisk until all ingredients are incorporated.

Heat a pan greased with butter. Poor the same amount of batter each time to get homogeneous pancakes (i used a quarter cup to control the size). Cook each side for 2-4 minutes until nicely browned.

pancakes|marmite et ponpon

pancakes|marmite et ponpon

Drizzle some maple syrup or even chocolate syrup depending on your taste. Enjoy!

pancakes|marmite et ponpon

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le Soleil nutella puff pastry


le Soleil nutella puff pastry|marmite et ponpon

A gooey sun, made of two ingredients and thousand feelings of bliss. Each ray takes you to a different world full of light and warmth especially when shared with a family. One of the best things during summer vacation, i get to share my recipes with my family, not just for appreciation but for the pleasure of sharing. I believe, the best family gatherings are over food!

le Soleil nutella puff pastry |marmite et ponpon

It’s a very simple and easy dessert prepared in no time and served in less than half an hour. All you need is 2 sheets of puff pastries, thawed and rolled into 2 same size circles, and 1 1/2 cup of Nutella.

Place one of the puff pastry sheets on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread the Nutella avoiding 2cm from the edge. Brush this left 2cm with water and place the other puff pastry sheet on top and press them well together.

Place the lid of Nutella jar in the middle and cut into 4 rays starting from the lid. Then cut each quarter in half, then each eighth also in half. You will get a total of 16 rays.

Remove the lid and start twisting each ray by putting your finger near the center and gently make 3-4 turns. Repeat with each ray.

Preheat oven to 200°C. Brush with egg wash (one egg + 1tsp cold water) and bake for 20 mins or until nicely golden. Let it barely cool done before all get their hands on it.

le Soleil nutella puff pastry| marmite et ponpon

le Soleil nutella puff pastry | marmite et ponpon

Do i even need to say that the end result was heavenly? Nothing was left after 10 minutes! Only the trace of “once upon a time there was a sunny flaky Nutella pie on this parchment paper…” it’s always a happy ending when there is chocolate!

See you in the next fairy tale…
sunny nutella puff pastry|marmite et ponpon
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A summer addiction: Watermelon and Bulgarian salad


Watermelon and bulgarian cheese|marmite et ponpon

I believe that salads promoting fruits are always a hit especially for summers days. Watermelon and Bulgarian cheese is a perfect refreshing salad, celebrating summer at its best. If you wish to impress your guests, this is one incredible salad that deserves a big applause.

Watermelon & bulgarian cheese|marmite et ponpon

 

Everything about this salad is amazing, from the watermelon to the Bulgarian cheese, rocket leaves, fresh mint leaves and roasted almonds. And I decided to top it off with a sweet balsamic and olive oil dressing.  It was the perfect finishing touch to this salad.

There is no precise amount for the ingredients, you will need pieces of watermelon cut in square shapes and slices of Bulgarian cheese, same size, to insert between. You decide how many piece you need, depending on the amount of guests you have. Top each watermelon and cheese square with rocket leaves and few fresh mint leaves. A handful roast almonds to give it some crunchiness. Drizzle a little of olive oil and sweet balsamic glaze.

Watermelon and bulgarian cheese| marmite et ponpon

Watermelon and bulgarian cheese | marmite et ponpon

Isn’t that screaming summer?! If you give it a try give me your comments. Happy Lebanese summer days:)

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