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Fish tagine in Tahina sauce

fish tajine in tahina sauce |marmite et ponpon

A very simple recipe where Tahina is the main ingredient for the sauce, in which the baked fish will bathe. Onion and lemon juice come to add the deep flavor and sour kick. The added bonus here are the roasted almonds and pine nuts that creates the contrast with its crunchiness.

Whether you are planning to serve it as an appetizer or main dish, you will have everyone licking their lips in anticipation.

fish tagine in tahina sauce |marmite et ponpon

You will need:

  • 500g fish fillet or whole fish to be baked, could be sea bass, hamour or red snapper or any available white fish of your choice.
  • 1 cup tahina (sesame paste)
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon
  • 2 medium onion cut a la julienne
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • roasted almonds and pine nuts for topping
  • chopped coriander for garnish

fish tagine in tahina sauce |marmite et ponpon

First start by oven baking the fish. Set aside the fillets (or deboned whole fish) to prepare the sauce.

Cook the onion with olive oil until tender, keep stirring while cooking as you don’t want them to brown. In a bowl mix together tahina, water, lemon and salt before pouring over the onion, you want the sauce a bit runny because it will thicken a bit while on heat. When you see the first bubble forming, turn off the heat and stir in the fish.

On a serving plate, sprinkle the top with roasted almonds and pine nuts. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve. You can have it warm, at room temperature or cold.

fish tagine in tahina sauce |marmite et ponpon

If you want to eat like a lebanese, then serve it with pita bread to seal the deal.

fish tagine in tahina sauce |marmite et ponpon

A middle eastern/Lebanese specialty dish that’s full of flavors with few ingredients. If  you never cooked your fish this way, you should consider trying marmite et ponpon recipe and you will never regret.

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fish tagine in tahina sauce |marmite et ponpon

Advent calendar – Santa claus beard


Welcome to that time of the year that works magic on my serotonin! They say in each one of us there is a hidden child… mine really likes to have an appearance around Christmas time.

…Everything gets dressed in festive look; windows at the shops are more joyful, same food and desserts taste better, red and green are not just ordinary colors anymore and all eyes are on that enchanting sky hoping to see the red nose between the stars…

It’s the time when we all pause and reconsider our values, belief and attitude.

It’s the perfect quality and happiest time with the family, especially for those living abroad, but unfortunately this year we can’t make it back home for the reunion… It’s sad we are not sharing this Christmas with the family, but thinking positively, Santa got me an early gift this year, I have a new friend. And this is what Christmas is all about; something new and precious is born…

Today is the first day of the festive month and i am aaaaaaall ready for Christmas, this buzzword “Christmas” you will be reading zillion times in my posts during December until we reach the D day. So let’s start the countdown folks!


This year i have to prepare 2 advent calendars, one for Nady and one for Joud! They are both about Santa’s beard; one is trimming it while counting down to reach Christmas and the other about growing it, since Joud is only 16 months and can’t use scissors, sticking cotton balls on the beard was a good and fun idea for his age.



If you are wondering about the fun part, the daily sweet or toy, Nady will find it written behind each strip he will cut and Joud will collect it from the christmas tree 🙂

If your kid’s age let you take the advent calendar to the next level, don’t just offer sweets or toys, you can teach them the real meaning of Christmas by putting words of values (such as faith, forgiveness….) instead or along with the daily surprise.

Click here to download the trimming option and click here for the growing one.



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A five minutes lazy cake bahamas


This lazy cake (some call it biscuits au chocolat or gateau froid) without doubt, will be a staple in your fridge. When talking about winning combos, we shouldn’t undermine the marriage power of chocolate and banana!

A classic lazy cake is already a hit, I always wondered how it will turn out if i stir in some bananas, and here is the day i dared trying it. Trust me it’s heaven in your mouth.



All you need is:

  • 75g butter
  • 200g dark chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 bananas ripe (mashed with a fork)
  • 40 pieces biscuit marie

Heat butter and chopped chocolate until melted, you can do it in a heat prood bowl in the microwave or simply in a pot on a medium heat. Stir in cocoa powder and sugar, whisk until sugar is melted. Take off the heat then add bananas and finally crush each biscuit in 4 and toss in the chocolate banana sauce.

Fold gently so you don’t crush the biscuits in tiny pieces until all of them are well coated. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap to put the biscuits and chocolate, this way it will have a rectangular shape, easy to cut. Depending on how thick you want your cake to be, use the convenient mold size, mine is 11¨. With the back of a spoon (or your hand) shape the mixture in the loaf pan.

lazy cake

Refrigerate at least for 3 hours, take it out, unwrap, cut in slices using a sharp knife and savor!



Some people like to sprinkle over icing sugar before serving, it’s not a bad idea actually, it makes it look more festive and appetizing. You can serve with roasted walnut as well, it goes well with chocolate and banana.

It’s a new recipe to add in my creations, i am sure i will revisit more often, it’s a real pleasure to the palate. When you try it, i would love to have your opinion, don’t hesitate to write for me.

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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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Santa napkin – DIY

santa napkin - DIYThis is the first time i am hosting my family for Christmas dinner after 4 years of marriage; we were alternating between my parents house and my in laws. I am beaming with excitement, it’s also Joud’s first Christmas. I want everything to be up to this special holiday, this year should be memorable.

Beside crafting some of the decorations with my son, my little artist, dressing the table for the traditional réveillon, is as important. A simple yet enticing Santa napkin will add a festive mood to the dinner.

santa napkin - DIYIt’s so simple and easy that your little ones can be involved in the making. All you need is red napkins, white pompoms and click here to download a printable file for Santa’s face that you need to cut out.

Here is a sneak pic to how my table will look like on Christmas Eve.

santa napkin - DIYFollow this step by step tutorial to see how to make this cute Santa, it will take less than 5 minutes:

how to do santa napkinPlace one on each plate, wow your guests and let your table radiate with joy!

santa napkin - DIY

You can check here previous posts form Marmite et ponpon on napkin folding and napkin rings for Christmas:

It’s never early to start celebrating. Happy holidays to all. Ho Ho Ho!

santa napkin - DIY

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