Category Archives: appetizers & salads

Vegan Heirloom beans – Lebanese traditional fasoulia bi zeit


Vegan Heirloom beans - lebanese fasoulia bzeit|marmite et ponpon

I heart our Lebanese cuisine for how versatile and wholesome is. Cooking traditional Lebanese is a pleasure, with few ingredients you can have a surprisingly deep flavor dish. Vegan, vegetarian or with meat the same dish can be presented, and each time as a symphony of blended middle eastern flavors.

Today’s dish is vegan heirloom beans, can be done with also pinto beans. Fasoulia (beans) bi zeit (zeit is oil, meaning meatless), when you say bi zeit immediately you think of eating Lebanese bread to substitute rice. Almost all Lebanese vegan dishes can be presented hot or at room temperature, as main dish or even part of mezze but the one thing for sure, is with bread and lots of vegetables. I told you we eat very healthy 🙂

Vegan Heirloom beans - lebanese fasoulia bi zeit|marmite et ponpon|marmite et ponpon

If you are cooking with dried beans, you need to soak them in water for at least 12 hours and better overnight. I am cooking with green ones, thanks for my parents who sent me some overseas.

One cup can serve 2-4 people depending on how you are serving it. I will make 2 cups in this recipe, (almost half a kilo) to serve 4 as a main dish.

  • 2 cups heirloom|pinto beans
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 big onion finely diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato puree plus 2 tbsp tomato paste (for deeper flavor)
  • salt to taste

In a deep pot fry the onions and garlic in olive oil until tender and fragrant.If you are not fan of garlic you can substitute with one tsp garlic salt for milder flavor. Add tomato puree and tomato paste and keep cooking for 2-3 minutes. Drain out the beans (if you have them soaked) and add it to the mixture. Pour 4 cups of water and let them boil.

When it starts boiling, reduce to low heat, cover the pot and let it simmer for an hour. If the water reduces feel free to add some more. The level of water should be always 2-3cm above the grains.

Vegan Heirloom beans - lebanese fasoulia bi zeit|marmite et ponpon|marmite et ponpon

Serve it hot or at room temperature as per your choice. Eat like a Lebanese with an endless choice of side vegetables like cucumber, tomato, radish, raw or spring onion… or even pickles!

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Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls


Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

These colorful rolls bring sweet memories for me, they remind me of my favorite asian restaurant when i used to live in Bahrain, These rolls were on my to cook list for so long. Usually they are called Vietnamese fresh rolls, but since it’s not the classic recipe, i didn’t dare call them so! This is my own version of fresh rolls using a symphony of ingredients that i found going heavenly together.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

These effortless rolls are the freshest, nutrient packed, crunchy and sweet while looking fabulously colorful! Finally, having them ready on my plate, these happy rolls added some brightness to my day!

Usually they are served with a Vietnamese peanut sauce made of peanut butter and hoisin sauce which is thinned out with either milk or water, vinegar for a bit of tang, garlic and a touch of chilli. Personally, i prefer the Thai sweet sauce! It’s all up to your taste at the end.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

To prepare 15 rolls (one pack) you will need:

  • 1 pack of rice paper (about 15 papers)
  • 500g shrimps cooked and deveined (you can also broil in the oven)
  • 1 medium mango cut a la julienne
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 4-5 iceberg leaves
  • a bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • a bunch of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 medium carrots finely julienned

Take 1 rice paper and place in a shallow plate filled with warm water. Allow rice paper to soften for about 10 seconds. Remove and lay flat on working table – be gentle so you don’t rip the delicate paper. If this is your first time to use this type of paper, you will rip some in the beginning until u get used to 🙂

Start layering all veggies and fruits in the center of rice paper, Start with the lettuce so it holds the other ingredients. On the top part of the rice paper, place 3 shrimps with a mint leaf in between, or avocado to have the final look as per the photo below. Your rice paper rolls should look pretty with the shrimps and mint leaves or avocado on the smooth side of the roll and the seam on the underside of the roll.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

 

 

 

Fold the left and right edges of the rice paper in, then starting from the bottom, roll up to cover the lettuce bundle, keep rolling firmly to reach the shrimps.  The rice paper is sticky, it will seal itself.

Serve immediately with the dipping sauce. These rolls are to be eaten fresh and on the spot, with time the rice paper gets dry and chewy.

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

Basil, shrimp, avocado and mango fresh rolls|marmite et ponpon

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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 180ÂşC. 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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Turkey-mozz braid appetizer


turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

I heart appetizers, actually we (my husband and I) heart appetizers. I believe this love runs in the blood, as we are Lebanese, we come from the land of birthplace of mezze.

I confess, sometimes we only order a variety of these convivial small dishes and we never reach to the main dish.

Turkey and mozzarella braid is one of our favorite appetizer, prepared with few ingredients and served on your table in less than 20 minutes.

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

You will need:

  • one sheet of puff pastry (300g)
  • 100g turkey (5-6 slices)
  • 100g mozzarella (4-5 slices)
  • 1 tbsp red fruits jam
  • 11/2 tbsp pesto
  • egg wash before baking

how to do turkey and mozzarella braidRoll the pastry dough into a 30 cm x 30 cm square. Lightly divide it (without cutting) into 3 equal rectangles. Using a rotary cutter or simply the pizza cutter cut about ten strips, on the side rectangles. Leave the center rectangle intact. Remove the corner sections from each of the 4 corners strips.

Spread the jam in the center followed by a layer of turkey, i chose the one with herbs, then mozzarella and finally pesto. Start by folding the top right strip over the filling slightly diagonal and press lightly to adhere. Then fold the top left stripe in the same manner. Repeat with the remaining strips until you reach the end, but before folding the last two strips make sure you folded the bottom flap.

Follow the scheme for a easy tutorial of this no fail braid. Brush the top with eggwash and bake on 200°C for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve it with extra red fruit and pesto dip.

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

Bon appetit!

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Smoked salmon and asparagus quiche – Hello Spring!


smoked salmon and asparagus quiche | marmite et ponpon

Checking the seasonal produce guide, spring (and precisely march) is the best season for fresh asparagus. Asparagus, ranging from pencil-thin to very thick, comes in; colossal, jumbo, large, standard, and small. Can be green, white or purple. Varieties are interchangeable in recipes, with the only change being in the color of the resultant dish.

Celebrating spring arrival, today i am using baby green asparagus with smoked salmon for my beautiful and delicious quiche:

smoked salmon and asparagus quiche | marmite et ponpon

Quoting my self from a previous post, quiche is a glorious meal at any time of the day, starting from breakfast to dinner. Served hot, cold or room temperature and packed with rich flavorful ingredients from veggies to meats and heaps of cheeses, bathing in a custard of eggs and cream. Baked in the most buttery and flaky crust, could be bought ready made or if you wish for a homemade one, like i do, check marmite et ponpon recipe along with some advises to get the best pâte brisée ever!

The most important, it doesn’t require too much preparation and whichever you choose to make it’s always a hit. Smoked salmon and asparagus quiche requires (for a 9″or 22cm dish):

  • one medium onion finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • salt to taste
  • 200g smoked salmon cut in medium to large pieces
  • bunch of baby asparagus, almost 200g enough to create a flower like shape on top

Cook onion with olive oil until fragrant and not brown. Set aside. In a bowl mix cream, eggs and cheese then add the cooked onion. Pour the whole mix in the precooked pie (for 20 minutes in 180°C oven, to ensure a crisp and flaky texture). Distribute the salmon pieces evenly then create a flower shape with the asparagus.

smoked salmon and asparagus quiche | marmite et ponpon

Bake in the oven 180°C, for almost 30 minutes or until golden and the edges are set but it still wobbles a little in the center for a creamy and silky texture.

smoked salmon and asparagus quiche |marmite et ponpon

smoked salmon and asparagus quiche | marmite et ponpon

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