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Fatteh batenjen – chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita


Fatteh batenjen - chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita|marmite et ponpon

In a previous post i mentioned that Fatteh, that levantine dish, varies from one country to other; could be vegetarian or featuring meat, could also have potato or eggplant, but the main ingredients are chickpeas, yogurt and crushed toasted pita.

The arabic word “Fatteh”means “crushed”, so fatteh or fattet hummos has its name after the crushed toasted pita and so other middle eastern dishes with crushed toasted pita like “Fattoush”.

Fatteh batenjen - chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita|marmite et ponpon

For this version of fatteh with aubergine you will need: (yield two portions)

  • 2 medium aubergine cut in big cubes
  • 3 pitas toasted and crushed in medium pieces
  • 500g yogurt (or two cups)
  • 2 tbsp tahina
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2 cups chickpeas boiled (could be canned)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves crushed

to top with:

  • 50g butter
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • chopped parsley or mint for garnish

Fatteh batenjen - chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita|marmite et ponpon

For a healthy option of this dish we will grill the aubergine in the oven after drizzling on top 2 tbsp of olive oil. and set aside

Same goes for the pitas, instead of frying them i will toast in the oven. When ready, put one layer of the toasted bread in a deep dish.

After boiling the chickpeas, or if you are using canned ones, add the garlic (cloves or powder) while it’s still hot, of course after removing its water, put on top of the pitas layer. Now distribute the aubergine evenly on the chickpeas.

To prepare the yogurt sauce, mix it with tahina and salt then pour it on the chickpeas and aubergine.

Fry the pine nuts with butter and drizzle over the yogurt and garnish with finely chopped parsley or mint.

Fatteh batenjen - chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita|marmite et ponpon

Fatteh batenjen - chickpeas, aubergine, yogurt and pita|marmite et ponpon

It’s one of my favorite dishes, and as mentioned before, it is a versatile one. You can enjoy it vegetarian or you can add ground beef or chicken. Very easy and quick, using simple available ingredients and hold so much flavors!

If you’ve tried this or any other recipe on the blog please let me know the result, I love hearing from you!

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Spinach lasagna roll ups


spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon

If you never tried these delicious lasagna roll ups, put this meal on top of your must make list! You will fall in love with it, as much as i did. The combination of flavors are soooo good you will be tempted to eat right out of the baking dish.

This irresistible meatless dish is worth a try. You will need to make it:

8 lasagna noodles, cooked as per box instructions

for the tomato sauce:

  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500 ml crushed tomato
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • salt to taste

Heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the onions and saute until translucent. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, garlic salt, dried basil and salt. Cover and allow the sauce to simmer for at least 20 minutes over low heat.

tomato sauce |marmite et ponpon

For the filling:

  • 2 cups spinach, i used fresh but you can use thawed frozen too
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded and 3/4 cup slices for garnish
  • 1/2 cup emmental cheese shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • salt to taste

to be all mixed in a bowl.

how to do lasagna roll up |marmite et ponpon

Once the noodles have cooled to touch, lay them down on a working surface, spread ¼ cup of the cheese filling evenly along length of the noodles. Roll the noodles to the opposite end. Pour 1 cup of tomato sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. Place the lasagna roll ups into the baking dish, seam side down. Add remaining tomato sauce on and place the mozzarella slices on top.

Loose cover with foil, make sure it doesn’t touch the cheese or it will stick. Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven to 200ºC.

spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon

spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon

spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon

One great thing about making these roll up style instead of layered lasagna is that they don’t seem like too much of a splurge because they can help with portion control.

spinach lasagna roll ups|marmite et ponpon

If you’ve tried this or any other recipe on the blog please let me know the result, I love hearing from you!

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Beetroot and feta tart


beetroot feta tart |marmite et ponpon

The best recipes are the ones calling for few ingredients, done in no time and effortless! Served at anytime of the day is a bonus! I am describing my recipe of today; beetroot and feta cheese tart.

beetroot feta tart |marmite et ponpon

Beetroot, better called “superbeet”, is a round dark red vegetable, sweet, earthy and tender. Whilst beetroot has a sweet taste, its leaves, which also are edible, taste bitter. This vegetable is linked with better stamina, improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. It was popular in Roman times to treat fever, wounds, skin problems and was used as an aphrodisiac.

beetroot | marmite et ponpon

If you don’t want fuschia hands, better wear gloves while working with it. No wonder why its color can be extracted and used as a natural food coloring. Try it with eggs at Easter time for a nice vibrant color!

For this recipe there is no exact measurements. You will need to roll out a sheet of puff pastry and cut it in medium squares (around 10x10cm), so it’s depending on how many squares you will make. I made 6 puffs, so i used a sheet of 300g. For that you need:

  • one medium beetroot boiled, and coarsely shopped into small pieces
  • 180g feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 tbsp thyme
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • egg wash

beetroot feta tart |marmite et ponpon

Heat the oven to 180ºC. Roll the pastry out into six squares as i already mentioned and score a 1cm border around the edge and brush it with egg wash.

Place them on the baking tray, scatter evenly the feta cheese, then the chopped beetroot. Sprinkle on top the thyme and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the pastry is well puffed and golden.

beetroot feta tart |marmite et ponpon

Leave it for 5 minutes to cool down then drizzle the olive oil and two drops (or three maximum) of balsamic vinegar and it’s ready to serve! Alone or with a salad it tastes just delish! If you are not fan of balsamic vinegar you can skip and it will still taste amazing.

beetroot feta tart |marmite et ponpon

I used rocket leaves for garnish, you can also use thyme or any other green leaves you fancy and it’s at hand. Bon appetit!

beetroot and feta tart |marmite et ponpon

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Parmigiana di melanzane (aubergines parmesan)


Hello friends, how i miss sharing with you what i love doing the most! I know It’s been more than three months since the last time i posted, all i can say that i had too much on my plate and i was juggling between all my duties…. Bref! I am back 🙂

parmigiana di melanzane|marmite et ponpon

I am the biggest fan of aubergines, i find it strange how some people, (referring to my husband) don’t fancy and even find it bland. I can even eat the simplest way done, fried or grilled with just a pinch of salt or a drizzle of olive oil!

parmigiana di melanzane|marmite et ponpon

Parmigiana di melanzane, or aubergines parmesan, is an italian traditional dish far to be boring or dull! it consists of aubergines and cheese layered in a tomato sauce! Try it and if you were not fan of aubergines, trust me you will change your mind.

parmigiana di melanzane|marmite et ponpon

  • 500g aubergines about 2 medium aubergines
  • 1 cup mozzarela cut in cubes
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 3 cups tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp dry basil or a fresh bunch chopped coarsely
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • salt to taste

Slice the aubergines (medium thickness) removing the top and bottoms. Sprinkle them lightly with salt and set them aside for 1 hour. This drains out any excess water and helps with frying/oven grilling. Rinse the aubergines under cold water to remove the salt and pat them dry with a kitchen towel. I will not fry the aubergines, instead i will grill in the oven after drizzling on top 2 tbsp of olive oil. The taste won’t change, it is just a healthier recipe!

aubergines prp

Meantime to prepare the tomato sauce, sauté the onion in a pan with one tbsp of olive oil until translucent and soft but not browned. Add the tomato puree and basil. Add a pinch of salt, stir then let it simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. Set aside.

tomato sauce |marmite et ponpon

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spoon a small amount of tomato sauce into the bottom of a baking dish and spread it around, this will prevent the aubergines from sticking. Next,  add one layer of aubergines to the dish followed by a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, cubes of mozzarella, and little tomato sauce (make sure to save 1/3 of the sauce for the final layer). Continue with the next layer until you have the last top layer to spoon over the remaining tomato sauce, grated parmesan and mozzarella cubes. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 15 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes until golden and bubbling.

parmigiana di melanzane|marmite et ponpon

Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

parmigiana di melanzane|marmite et ponpon

parmigiana di melanzane|marmite et ponpon

parmigiana di melanzane|marmite et ponpon

You can serve it with toasted bread or a green salad, and why not both 🙂

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Spiral butter cookies – mini chefs in the kitchen


spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

In previous posts, i mentioned the reasons you should enjoy cooking with your kids, for how much benefits it has. To recapitulate:

  • Literacy (building vocabulary): cooking with kids gives you the opportunity to introduce new words. You will be talking about the ingredients which gives them food knowledge. They will be observing and talking about the process  as well (like creaming, whisking,…). It’s good  to mention the new words several times and put them in a sentence they will understand and repeat after you. And when you read for them the recipe (if they can’t read yet) they will learn also that there is a method and instructions to follow. When am with with my son i enjoy mostly the open conversation we have all the time of cooking.
  • Brain development by exploring their senses: sensory experience is essential for the brain development. Cooking engage all the senses of your kids; seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting (especially smelling and tasting). My son is the curious type he likes to taste everything!
  • Motor skills: Developing fine and gross motor skills is as important as the sensory experience. They will be training their tiny muscles (fingers, hands, arms and even all body) by stirring, whisking, beating, kneading….. I love watching my son doing all this, i see a small proud man using his beautiful hands magically 🙂
  • Math and logic: By counting and using the measuring cups or spoons to follow the accurate recipe.
  • Self esteem: you will experience the look of confidence and pride on your kid’s face when he sees the outcome and especially when he offers it to others. When i bake with my son, he keeps on telling what he did to everyone he sees, and insists on offering some of “his creations” and waiting for the rewards for his efforts.

All these benefits go without neglecting the amount of fun we have and the quality time together which is sacred for me.

The most important thing though is you don’t force the learning to happen, it should flow naturally. The golden rule is to enjoy the time with your kids in the kitchen.

If you like to cook with your kids but you are struggling to find simple recipes to do, here is one easy recipe, Nady shared with his friend Gia mae.

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

You will need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 300g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • food coloring

Mix butter, flour and sugar, and rub them until they become like sand. Add the eggs then vanilla. Mix well but don’t over mix. Divide the dough in half. Take one part and divide it as much as colors you want to use. We did 5! Roll the first half in rectangular shape, then the colored ones as strips within a rectangle. Put The colored rectangular dough on top of the first part and roll, following the scheme. Let it rest in the fridge for at least half an hour before cutting it.

how to do spiral butter cookies

Bake on a parchment paper for 8-10 minutes on 180°C. Let it cool before serving.

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

No doubt, cooking with kids takes more time and effort, but for the many learning experiences you can embrace while your kids are in the kitchen, and the fun you share, i encourage you to do it more often.

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