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Creamy spinach gnocchi


creamy spinach gnocchi|marmite et ponpon

The word gnocchi is derived from the Italian word nocchio, meaning knots (gnocco is the singular form). In italian cooking gnocchi are small thick dumplings usually made with potato, semolina or wheat flour, egg and cheese. Can be served with a sauce or in soup.

Creamy spinach gnocchi, this velvety deliciousness, is a very easy and quick recipe, served on your table in less than 30 minutes. For a quick lunch or dinner after a long day all you need is this foolproof recipe. It calls for: (serving two people)

  • 500g fresh gnocchi cooked as per package directions
  • 500ml milk  or 2 cups (you can use skimmed milk)
  • 200 ml cream, or one cup
  • 2-3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup fresh spinach (or thawed)
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • salt to taste

Cook the gnocchi according to package instructions and set aside.

Melt the butter over medium heat then add the flour and cook it to make the roux. Slowly add the milk and cream to the roux and whisk constantly to avoid any lump.

Before the sauce starts to thicken add the garlic salt, salt and spinach and cook for 3-5 minutes until the spinach has wilted and sauce thickened.

creamy spinach gnocchi |marmite et ponpon

Return the gnocchi to the sauce and fold to combine. You can add parmesan cheese to the sauce or simply sprinkle on top. Serve immediately and enjoy heaven in you mouth.

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Brie, pear and honey crostini


Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

A tiny bouchée to hold so many deep flavors! i would rather call it the brie symphony!

Though these are not the main hero on your menu, but a holiday table can’t be set up without these festive hors d’oeuvres.

Get your party started with these irresistible and elegant brie crostini. You will need: (you decide on the quantity)

  • baguette (toasted) sliced
  • brie cheese slices
  • pear slices
  • walnut chopped
  • cranberry
  • honey
  • arugula (or rocket leaves) for decoration

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

Layer the crostini with a slice of brie topped with a slice of pear. Drizzle with honey then add few chopped walnut and cranberry. The arugula comes at the end to shout out the spectacular look!

With this season full of special occasion, i am sure you will add this easy yet delicious appetizer to your repertoire.

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

This impressive combination of cheese, fruit and nut is a little bite of heaven. the smoothness of cheese with the crunchiness of walnut, the sweetness of honey and pear along with the sour taste in the cranberry create the symphony i told you about in the beginning!

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

This is my last post in the 2018. I wish you all a happy end of this year and a great 2019 ahead full of happiness and endless beautiful moments and blessings your heart can hold! Love always xoxo

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Beetroot and feta tart


beetroot feta tart |marmite et ponpon

The best recipes are the ones calling for few ingredients, done in no time and effortless! Served at anytime of the day is a bonus! I am describing my recipe of today; beetroot and feta cheese tart.

beetroot feta tart |marmite et ponpon

Beetroot, better called “superbeet”, is a round dark red vegetable, sweet, earthy and tender. Whilst beetroot has a sweet taste, its leaves, which also are edible, taste bitter. This vegetable is linked with better stamina, improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. It was popular in Roman times to treat fever, wounds, skin problems and was used as an aphrodisiac.

beetroot | marmite et ponpon

If you don’t want fuschia hands, better wear gloves while working with it. No wonder why its color can be extracted and used as a natural food coloring. Try it with eggs at Easter time for a nice vibrant color!

For this recipe there is no exact measurements. You will need to roll out a sheet of puff pastry and cut it in medium squares (around 10x10cm), so it’s depending on how many squares you will make. I made 6 puffs, so i used a sheet of 300g. For that you need:

  • one medium beetroot boiled, and coarsely shopped into small pieces
  • 180g feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 tbsp thyme
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • egg wash

beetroot feta tart |marmite et ponpon

Heat the oven to 180ºC. Roll the pastry out into six squares as i already mentioned and score a 1cm border around the edge and brush it with egg wash.

Place them on the baking tray, scatter evenly the feta cheese, then the chopped beetroot. Sprinkle on top the thyme and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the pastry is well puffed and golden.

beetroot feta tart |marmite et ponpon

Leave it for 5 minutes to cool down then drizzle the olive oil and two drops (or three maximum) of balsamic vinegar and it’s ready to serve! Alone or with a salad it tastes just delish! If you are not fan of balsamic vinegar you can skip and it will still taste amazing.

beetroot feta tart |marmite et ponpon

I used rocket leaves for garnish, you can also use thyme or any other green leaves you fancy and it’s at hand. Bon appetit!

beetroot and feta tart |marmite et ponpon

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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.

tomato sauce |marmite et ponpon

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 🙂

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Artichoke spinach quiche


artichoke spinach quiche|marmite et ponpon

The weather is calling for hearty food. Dunno what is happening  but yesterday  it was raining in Doha! Although it’s not feeling cold, but the rain and the thunderbolt gives you the feeling of it! I thought of quiche, it serves the purpose without being too heavy and we could eat leftovers for dinner! I already mentioned how i love lunch leftovers (especially those of a delicious dish) that come to rescue the craving at dinner time.

artichoke spinach quiche |marmite et ponpon

To prepare the crust, click here to get redirected to one of my posts that explains step by step how to do a perfect pâte brisée.

For the filling you need:

  • 250g spinach chopped (fresh cooked or thawed if frozen)
  • 200g artichoke hearts coarsely chopped (fresh cooked or canned)
  • 1 big onion finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Parmesan grated
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • Mozzarella cheese for garnish

Cook onion with olive oil until fragrant. Take off heat add spinach and artichoke. In a separate bowl mix cream, eggs, salt, pepper, lemon zest and Parmesan then add all to the spinach artichoke mix.

Pour the filling in the crust (already rolled out in a 9″pan), spread evenly and garnish the top with Mozzarella. Bake on 180°C for 30 minutes or until the filling is set.

artichoke spinach quiche| marmite et ponpon

Let it cool for 10 minutes before slicing it. Serve it warm! The Best about quiches, they can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. They are so versatile, you can fill them with almost everything. Plus they are served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Who doesn’t like quiche anyway?!

artichoke spinach quiche | marmite et ponpon

artichoke and spinach quiche|marmite et ponpon

artichoke and spinach quiche |marmite et ponpon

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