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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.

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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 🙂

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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parmigiana di melanzane|marmite et ponpon

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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DIY – chuck angry bird palm sunday candle


chuck angry bird palm sunday candle |marmite et ponpon

Who wouldn’t know, if you follow my blog activities, that this year is the angry birds year par excellence to my eldest son. Being a big fan of angry birds, i was expecting his request for the palm sunday candle decoration.

Again, i will say unique and personalized things are not just meaningful but treasured for it has some of your heart. Do your little ones candle, not just to stand out the crowd but to show that you care and they are special and exceptional.

Follow this step by step self explanatory tutorial, and don’t forget colors are always subjective, depending on the theme design and outfit they are wearing.

how to do chuck angry bird palm sunday candle|marmite et ponpon

Et voila our “Chuck” angry bird candle. If you are using another character, you can change the yellow ribbon to the adequate color.

All i can say, Nady’s reaction when he saw the candle was priceless and memorable.

chuck angry bird palm sunday candle |marmite et ponpon

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DIY – star crown palm sunday candle


star crown - palm sunday candle|marmite e tponpon

Unique and personalized things are not just meaningful but treasured for it has some of your heart.

Personalized candles have a way of standing out from the crowd, let your little ones feel exceptional and special as they were born!

star crown - palm sunday candle|marmite e tponpon

I am sharing with you my little boy candle (19 months), it won’t take too much of your time and doesn’t require craft skills. Colors are always subjective and depending on the outfit they are wearing. Follow this step by step tutorial to see how beautiful things are found in the simple!

star crown palm sunday candle DIY|marmite et ponpon

The choice and quality of ribbons, colors matched together and the way of combination make all the difference. Keep it simple and elegant is the golden rule! Happy palm sunday!

star crown - palm sunday candle|marmite e tponpon

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Blotto painting lion – kids art and craft


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A fun and alluring art project for kids. So fascinating that when you open your paper to reveal the lion face, you think it’s a painting that took days and hours to accomplish while it’s just done in 5 easy minutes!

Blotto painting! A surprise painting to discover when the paper is unfold.

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Fold a white paper in half, better a thick one, than open it to put drops of paint in the center, using the lion colors, different browns and yellows.

Close it again and rub gently the paper to help spread the paint, in a circular move to obtain a round face, and finally open it to reveal your surprise lion face.

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Surprise surprise! what a beautiful lion face, the look of surprise on Nady’s face was priceless! Leave it for several hours to dry completely, better for overnight, not to risk loosing all the arbitrary details you get from the wrinkled paint.

We cut the face to paste it on a frame (white canvas). Then we drew eyes, nose and mouth with a black marker. Lions have always been symbolic of ferocity and strength, so it’s time to make his mane that makes him so wild.

Using yellow paper yarn, cut different lengths to paste all around the face.

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Et voila our lion! It’s for a school project, can’t wait to return it home to hang on the wall in Nady’s room where he has his favorite pieces.

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It’s a great fun project to fire your kids imagination. All parents should favor the imagination of their children and feed this power. It’s like revealing the natural genius in them. A child with a good imagination is a happy child. He is more alert, presenting ability to cope with life’s changes, and more likely to grow into a secure adult.

For all the people who thinks you should be an artist to craft with your kids, or crafting with your kids will make them grow to be artists, i want to tell you, a creative child, is not necessary growing into an artist adult.

Creative people see things in different ways and find solutions to problems others might miss. Problem solving and innovative thinking begins with the power of imagination. Imagination ignites the forces of creativity in your children.

Last but not least, leaders are creative people!

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