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Turkey and red fruits jam with brie dip


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Cold weather is the perfect excuse for eating, especially comfort food that warms the body and the heart. At the end of the day and when kids go to bed, all i want is to relax on the couch, enjoy a nice dinner with hubby while watching tv.

By this time i am out of energy, i need a quick dinner served with no preparations. Turkey, red fruits jam, brie and basil olive oil… did i grab your attention? All you need is 5 minutes of preparations, and this is exactly the time you spend to make a sandwich.

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How to do?

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  • Roll out a ready puff pastry into 2 circles (almost 8″ or 20cm).
  • Place the first circle of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Brush the surface lightly with red fruits jam leaving the center, the size of your brie cheese.
  • place the cheese in the center and lay around turkey slices, i chose turkey with herbs, my favorite.
  • place the second circle on top, after cutting off the circle, the size of the cheese.
  • divide the dough into 16 equal parts, starting from the edge till the center, without touching the cheese.
  • twist each two parts in different directions to meet. Take each pair of twisted slices and press the ends together firmly to seal the dough.
  • brush the surface with olive oil
  • make several cuts in the cheese to not burst in the oven
  • sprinkle some basil
  • bake on 180°C for 15-20 minutes or until the surface is golden brown

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Is your stomach rumbling by now? Don’t wait till the night, you can have it as an appetizer for your lunch, it could also serve as a breakfast too! i hope you get the chance to try it.

Dip in the cheese and savour!

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Zaatar (thyme) and cheese straws


zaatar(thyme) and cheese straws |marmite et ponpon

These savory straws are perfect as appetizers, quick and easy to make and most of all they are addictively tasty. Yes i am hooked on these flaky sticks.

The most common recipes call for cheese, but being Lebanese and fond of our man’oucheh zaatar (thyme), can’t but give it a try using this frangrant and flavorful herb!

Man’oucheh  style straws, and it’s heavenly delicious!

zaatar(thyme) and cheese straws| marmite et ponpon

To make Zaatar straws you need:

  • a sheet of puff pastry (250g) makes 10-12 straws
  • egg wash (one egg +1 tbsp cold water)
  • 1/3 cup ground zaatar (prepared with sumac and sesame as for man’oucheh )
  • pinch of salt

Roll out the defrosted puff pastry on a lightly floured board until almost 25×30 cm. Beat the egg with one table spoon of cold water and brush the surface of the pastry. Sprinkle the zaatar and salt and with the rolling pin press gently the zaatar into the dough. With the knife or pizza wheel cut the puff pastry into (1.5-2cm wide) strips. Twist each strip and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to bake for 15 mns (in a preheated oven to 200°C) until browned and puffed then turn them to bake for another 10 minutes.

 

zaatar(thyme) and cheese straws|marmite et ponpon

zaatar(thyme) and cheese straws | marmite et ponpon

To make cheese straws you need:

  • a sheet of puff pastry (250g) makes 10-12 straws
  • egg wash (one egg +1 tbsp cold water)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded gruyere
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan

Roll out the defrosted puff pastry on a lightly floured board until almost 25×30 cm. Beat the egg with one table spoon of cold water and brush the surface of the pastry. Sprinkle the garlic salt, pepper, gruyere and parmesan. With the rolling pin press gently the flavorings into the dough. With the knife or pizza wheel cut the puff pastry into (1.5-2cm wide) strips. Twist each strip and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to bake for 10 mns (in a preheated oven to 200°C) until browned and puffed then turn them to bake for another 10 minutes. Don’t over bake to not burn the cheese, they are more delicate than the zaatar straws.

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zaatar(thyme) straws and cheese straws| marmite et ponpon

You’re gonna sooooo love these melt in your mouth deliciousness. Try it with a glass of wine or bottle of beer, and enjoy!

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Cheesy pull apart bread


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How perfect is this cheesy pull apart bread for the football season? But i am afraid no one would actually be watching the game when you serve it. A perfect and fun amuse bouche to serve when entertaining!

Very easy to make and everyone will rave about.

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You will need:

  • one round (or long) country bread
  • 100g butter melted
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp knorr salad seasoning powder (garlic and herbs)
  • 100g cheddar shredded
  • 100g mozzarella shredded

Start by cutting the bread vertically and horizontally, making sure not to cut it all the way. Mix butter with garlic powder and knorr salad seasoning. If you don’t find knorr use any mixed herbs of your choice with the garlic. Brush the bread in between the cuts then stuff it with the cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes on 180°C in the middle rack.

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I dare you not to eat this straight from the oven! That’s why i didn’t take so many pictures, i was in a hurry to dig in. Try it and i am sure it will become a favorite in your house.

If you want deeper flavors you can choose also olive bread or zaatar bread… they go heavenly with the cheese.

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Fasoulia mtabbalé secret seasoning – vegan Lebanese butter beans


fasoulia mtabbale - vegan butter beans|marmite et ponponLebanese mezze are so versatile. You can serve them as appetizers, side dish or even main dish. All  depending on how and with what. During lent, this vegan butter beans mezze (fasoulia mtabbalé) is served with bread or potato to be a main dish.

For 1kg butter beans, boiled until tender (yields 4 servings) you need for seasoning:

 

  • 2 lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste

fasoulia mtabbale -vegan butter beans|marmite et ponponApparently it’s a very easy and quick dish to serve. You boil the beans until tender and you mix with the seasoning ingredients. BUT! there is an astuce to tell you about, that gives the deep flavor and richness. It’s not a secret ingredient but the way you prepare the seasoning!

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When you mix lemon, garlic, oil and salt, take from the beans (half cup almost) and mash it to become like a puree and add it to the seasoning. It gives it a thick texture and coat the beans perfectly when mixed. This way you will taste the deep flavor of seasoning in each bite.

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fasoulia mtabbale-vegan butter beans |marmite et ponpon

One more thing to mention, prepare the fasoulia mtabbalé at least two hours before serving to absorb the seasoning. Serve it at room temperature or cold. Enjoy!

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La salade niçoise


Salade NiçoiseAfter two long hektic weeks, moving to a new house, i am back if you are wondering where i’ve been!

My first post from my new kitchen, eagerly presenting the french “salade Niçoise”, in the style of Nice, France.

Traditionally made with hard boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, olives, green beans, tuna, anchovies, tomato and onion presented on a bed of lettuce. Some sources exclude anchovies, add artichoke hearts or even presented without lettuce.

Salade NiçoiseTo serve 4 people you will need:

  • 3 canned tuna drained and flaked
  • 4 hard boiled eggs quartered
  • 8 small potato boiled and quartered
  • 12 cherry tomato halved
  • 150 g green beans steamed
  • around 24 black olives pitted
  • 1 big onion cut rondelles
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped into bite size pieces

Mix all together drizzle with vinaigrette or lemon olive oil dressing and serve!

Salade NiçoiseUsually this salad is served as an entree, but with some french baguette or croutons it can be a wholesome and sustaining dinner.

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Happy to be back, miss you 🙂

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