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Smoked salmon and crab sandwich


smoked salmon and crab sandwich|marmite et ponpon

An utterly craveable sandwich, for a NO cook day, doesn’t require skills and the best part it’s ready in less than 10 mns. So if you feel like treating yourself effortlessly, enjoy this elegant sandwich.

To make 2 sandwiches you will need:

  • 6 slices of bread (could be toasted)
  • 150g thin slices smoked salmon
  • 100g imitation crab meat, shredded
  • 1 medium avocado pitted and mashed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 3-4 roman lettuce leaves

smoked salmon and crab sandwich |marmite et ponpon

Start by spreading on the first layer of bread the mashed avocado and lemon, then a layer of the shredded crab. Cover with a second layer of bread, spread cream cheese, lay thin slices of smoked salmon, a layer of lettuce and sprinkle some capers. Top it with the third layer of bread and serve.

You can use toasted bread or simply sliced from the loaf. Personally i like it toasted, if you do then you need to let it cool before making the sandwich, if the bread is hot, it might change the taste of the ingredients.

smoked salmon & crab sandwich|marmite et ponpon

smoked salmon & crab sandwich |marmite et ponpon

If you like onion, you can add couple of rondelles, or maybe substitute lettuce with rocket leaves. It’s a versatile sandwich, you can add whatever you like to pair with crab and salmon.

I am sure only by looking at the pictures your mouth is already watering. Wait until you try it, you will fall for it.

smoked salmon and crab sandwich by marmite et ponpon

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A perfectly spiced carrot cake


carrot cake

It’s been long i want to make a carrot cake. At last i found the right time with the best recipe to welcome my parents who are coming to visit me.

The secret behind a successful carrot cake is a the well balanced taste of spices in the batter and the perfect sweet taste of the cream cheese. I believe this recipe really nailed it.

I mentioned in the previous post that mom and dad are coming to visit us in Doha. Last time they were here, i welcomed them with the spectacular chocolate cake with red fruits, and it was a hit. This time should not be less at least. A moist fresh carrot cake with cream cheese frosting to say Ahla w sahla!

carrot cakeIf you like this cute welcome bunting, click here to download a printable file. You can make it yourself using two wooden sticks (or straws) and a green thread (or whatever color you want) to attach on it the letters. I believe simplicity is the best. Welcome mom and dad, Nady and Joud are so delighted to have teta and jeddo with us!

carrot cakeTo make this fab cake you need:

  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 500g finely grated fresh carrots

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and flower two 9″ round baking pan.

In a bowl mix oil, granulated sugar and brown sugar until combined then add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla and mix well.

In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients; flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg then add them to the liquid mixture and mix until all well combined and smooth. Finally fold in the grated carrots.

Pour the batter equally in the prepared baking dishes and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.

When they cool off, layer them with the cream cheese and frost outside the cake as you desire, i made it look like a big carrot adding orange and green food coloring to the cream cheese.

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To prepare the cream cheese you need:

  • 600g cream cheese
  • 200g butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

In an electric mixer cream together cream cheese and butter until no lumps remaining. Add the vanilla and salt and combine. Lower the speed and add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time and after the last cup increase the speed to medium high and beat until combined.

Some people likes it with walnuts or raisins. You can add some between the layers if you fancy.

This cake stays up to 4 days covered in the fridge. I suggest to serve immediately and enjoy it with your favorite people. I can’t wait!

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Spinach and cream cheese lasagna


spinach and cream cheese lasagna

Spinach is one of the most versatile vegetables to include in your meals. For a dish perfect in spring, try this delectable spinach and cream cheese lasagna done in no time!

spinach and cream cheese lasagnaWe all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach. Give your kids the habit to eat healthy and delicious. Among the World’s Healthiest vegetables, spinach comes out at the top of the ranking list for nutrient richness.

To make this lasagna you need:

  • 500g chopped spinach (thawed if frozen)
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 medium onion diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • lasagna sheets
  • 1 cup shredded emmental
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • salt to taste

Bring olive oil to heat and cook the onions until tender and fragrant. Add the spinach and cook until done. Take off the heat add the cream cheese and combine. Stir in the heavy cream.

To assemble, use a rectangular or square casserole dish, keeping in mind that a larger one will produce less layers and a smaller one will produce more.

spinach and cream cheese lasagna

Start with a layer of spinach cream cheese, lay down pasta sheets, add another layer of spinach cream cheese to cover followed by parmesan. Keep in mind, you will have to divide the cup of parmesan equally in your layers. Repeat (pasta – spinach cream cheese – parmesan) until you finish by a layer of spinach cream cheese and the thick layer of emmental cheese.

spinach and cream cheese lasagnaPreheat oven on 200°C and bake for 25-30 minutes. Slice and enjoy!

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Best Artichoke Spinach dip


IMG_5008This best ever homemade artichoke spinach dip. It is a huge hit appetizer, merits a standing ovation from your guests.

It’s a pinnacle appetizer for my husband and I, we order it almost at every diner restaurant until the day i made it home. Since then my husband craves this symphony of well blended flavors.

artichoke and spinach dip

To make this creamy dip you need:

  • 250g spinach chopped (thawed if frozen)
  • 400g artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • 250ml heavy cream
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 2 cups Emmental cheese (divided)
  • 1 big onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • salt to taste

In a pot cook the onion and garlic with the spinach for 3-4 minutes. Put the heat off and mix in the artichoke, cream, cream cheese, salt and one cup of the Emmental cheese. You can use mozzarella if you wish a milder taste.

Pour the mix in a baking dish, sprinkle over the remaining cup of cheese and bake on 200°C in the oven for 30 mins or until it’s bubbly and the cheese is golden brown.

artichoke and spinach dip

artichoke and spinach dipServe it with tortilla chips, toasted bread or crackers and dive right in! I am warning you it’s addictive 🙂

artichoke and spinach dip

The flavors are outstanding! Try it and give me your opinion.

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all berries no bake cheesecake


all berries cheese cake

No bake desserts are the best! Quick, easy and delicious. This creamy layered treat is one of the incredible indulgent sweet course. Each layer by itself is inviting. Follow me for a step by step tutorial:

To prepare the crust, put 250g of digestive biscuits into a food processor and blend until you get fine crumbs.

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Add 80g of softened butter and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Mix well until you get sand like mixture.

all berries cheesecake

For the filling, blend 500g cream cheese (I use philadelphia cheese) with 1 cup of icing sugar. Once mixed well add 2 cups of whipping cream and zest of half a lemon. Whisk to become fluffy.

all berries cheesecake

For  individual portions, choose a glass or shooter of your choice to press the crust in the buttom. Add the cream cheese, then all berries jam and let it cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

all berries cheesecake

You can use any jam you favor; could be strawberry, blueberry or even caramel…..

all berries cheesecake

If you like frozen sweets, put it in the freezer for couple of hours before adding the jam. Trust me it will be your summer dessert, you will melt for it!

all berries cheesecake

 

 

 

You are going to love these cheesecakes. Enjoy!

all berries cheesecake