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Sup up your sandwich 5 – Boursin cheese,spinach and strawberry


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Many of you find no time to cook dinner after long days at work, with kids or simply not fan of cooking. Sandwiches come to rescue the situation and satisfy your cravings; You can sup up any simple sandwich to become a consistent delicious meal. Not just that, it’s a pleasure to the eye also with all these colors blend.

Today’s sandwich in the makeover series, could serve you for breakfast as well; it is packed with nutrients and rich in compounds such as fibers (spinach), omega 3 fats (walnut), antioxidants (olive oil) and vitamins.

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Did you know that the anthocyanin in the strawberry boost the short term memory by 100% in eight weeks? I think i will be hooked on strawberries for the next eight weeks!

To make this super sandwich you will need:

  • Viennoise bread, or any type you favor
  • Boursin cheese (nature)
  • handful spinach baby leaves (6-7)
  • green leaf lettuce (2-3)
  • 4-5 walnuts
  • 2-3 strawberry sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Olive oil supplementation was found to positively affect the thickness of bones. It helps in the absorption of calcium in your body. I love how we Lebanese, and specifically our moms, do things by nature, like adding olive oil to a Labneh sandwich without having this knowledge. And many others examples that makes me feel proud of our healthy cuisine… Back to our sandwich, drizzling the olive oil on your Boursin cheese will help you benefit from the calcium in it and add a delicious taste.

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If you are not fan of Boursin cheese, try it with goat or cottage cheese, they can both give you this pleasure! You will love this flavorful and fresh sandwich.

If you like the idea of the sandwich makeovers, stay tuned for the next post with another delicious, quick and healthy choice.

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How to host a Raclette party at home


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Raclette is a type of cow milk cheese, consumed in Switzerland and France. It’s commonly used for melting in small pans known as coupelles that are placed under a specialized grill looking like an electric table-top grill. Then the slices of melted raclette are poured over veggies, pickles, charcuterie and meat. Served with wine to seal the deal!

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Throwing a raclette party at home is the most fun thing. Tomorrow is new year, and with kids outing became a bit difficult; We are hosting at home a raclette concept party.

Not going so much traditional, we are not just melting raclette, we got gruyere, mozzarella, gouda and brie. You can use any cheese of your choice that melts. As for the side ingredients with the cheese, you can go as much creative as you want; go for anything that pairs well with your choice of cheese.

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My favorite raclette ingredients that i am serving :

  • Veggies (fingerling potatoes, sliced courgettes, sliced aubergines, sliced mushrooms, asparagus spears, broccoli florets, sliced capsicum, onion rondelles and cherry tomatoes). You can precook them if you want to save time.
  • Fruits (melon, strawberry and grapes)
  • Pickles (cornichons, pearl onions, jalapenos and olives) you can add to this list anything pickled that you fancy
  • Meat (strips of beef, bresaola, salami)
  • Condiments (salt, pepper, basil, rosemary and oregano)
  • Nuts (walnut), the crunch of nuts is a tasty contrast to the creaminess of cheese.

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You can simply pour the melted cheese over these ingredients or include baguette slices.

If you want to end your dinner with a dessert, melt chocolate and marshmallows to satisfy your sweet tooth. With fruits you can take it to the next level.

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Hopefully this post was beneficial to you whether it’s your first time to have a raclette or you are already a connoisseur. Enjoy it, nothing says happiness more than cheese 🙂

racletteracletteracletteWith this post and being the 7th most viral blog for 2015 (in lebanon), i wrap up this year, wishing you a beautiful new one ahead full of blessings, joy, good health and new exciting events in your life.

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Banana loaf or love?


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Bananas get over ripe so quickly in hot weather. Every now and then a bunch of bananas leaning toward a shade of black, I know it’s time for a banana bread.

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After trying so many recipes, adding nuts, spices, chocolate chips or even cream cheese frosting, still this simple classic recipe is my favorite one, making me wish my bananas get over ripe with no regrets.

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The more ripe the bananas are, the more precious. Dark bananas are black gold! They give you this deep intense caramel flavor especially with the brown sugar. So to do this we need:

  • 4 slightly over ripe bananas
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven (180°C). In a mixing bowl combine mashed bananas ( simply with a fork when really ripe), oil, egg, vanilla and mix.

Then add sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix all to finally toss in the flour and combine.

Pour the batter in a greased and floured baking pan (10″) and bake for 45- 50 minutes. Start checking from minute 40 until a wooden pick comes out clean.

Allow to cool before removing from pan!

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Whether for breakfast or afternoon snack, this is your ticket for anytime of the day. All the family favor this banana loaf  ve.

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If you wish for individual parcels, just bake it in the muffin tray and enjoy!

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la miche de Nana


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Miche or country bread, is typically a large round loaf made from either natural leavening or bakers yeast. Most traditional versions of this bread are made with a combination of white flour, water, leavening and salt.

La miche de nana (Nadra my mother in law) is the sweet version of this traditional bread, tastes like brioche and even more delicious!

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Spending time with the family, cooking together, chatting and laughing is a treasure! Preparing this miche was so fun over 3 stages to get this golden braid!

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It’s a very simple recipe made with love. The secret is patience. For 4 braids of 35cm each you need:

  • 1 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of mahaleb (aka St Lucie cherry or prunus mahaleb)
  • flour to knead the dough

Mix butter and sugar. Add milk, eggs, vanilla, yeast, baking powder and mahaleb. Add flour little by little and knead the dough until it’s not sticky anymore. Let it rest for at least 6 hours, or overnight for a better leavened dough.

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Divide it into four parts and each part to three equal parts to make the braids. You can always reduce the recipe in half if you don’t want to make the whole quantity. But trust me it’s so delicious you will regret not to!

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Again you have to keep it to rest for ten hours before baking. That’s why i said patience is the key to a successful miche.

Brush the surface with egg yolk and bake for 20-25 minutes on 200ºC.

The irresistible aroma filling the house will kill your patience. I am sure  you will not let it cool to try your first piece that will drag many more!

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You can shape it other than braids, for instance teta prepared these small parts for nady! He was so excited and participating in the whole process!

Family cast for this yummy yummy  miche:

  • Teta nana: “the loving baker”, who prepared everything
  • Aunty Salma: “the great observer,” taking notes of the recipe, promising to bake it after her wedding which is so soon yeyyy!!
  • Uncle Hani: “the miche taster” and Nady’s football buddy
  • My precious Nady: “The energy sucker”, who made the process longer, we were all running after him, and we ended up by dancing in a circle 🙂
  • Antoun: “long distance killer” kept updated on whatsapp and facetime until he joins in two weeks
  • And me behind the cam!

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Sahten! God keep your families and happy times to all!