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Classic bulgur pilaf and vermicelli


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Bulgur or burghol in Arabic برغل is the crushed whole raw wheat berries. It provides iron, protein and fiber while it still contains the outer bran and germ of the wheat. With such powerful whole grain, you guarantee a wholesome vegetarian dish,full of nutrients and flavor, plus offering a longer period of satiation, especially during lent, for people abstaining from meat.

Bulgur pilaf with vermicelli is one of my favorite simple dishes, that comes to rescue you on a lazy day. Doesn’t need preparation at all, using one pot and can be served in less than half an hour with a heap of yogurt to seal the deal.

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There is two types of bulgur, one finely crushed we use in kebbeh or tabbouleh and this one, the whole grain cracked in half which is love the texture, firm but soft and fluffy after being cooked, mostly in pilafs.

To serve two people you will need:

  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 2/3 cup vermicelli
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • yogurt to serve with (as er your taste)

Start with cooking the vermicelli with butter and oil until golden brown. Add the bulgur and combine well and cook for another minute before adding the water. When it starts to boil reduce heat to simmer until all water disappears, it will take 20-25 minutes.

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Turn off the heat and cover the pot with a towel for 10 minutes. Open the lid and fluff it with a fork to serve it warm with yogurt or simply as is.

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Fatteh hummos – chickpeas, yogurt and pita


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Fatteh, a wholesome levantine dish, varies from one country to other; could be vegetarian or featuring meat, but the main ingredients are chickpeas, yogurt and crushed toasted pita.

The arabic word “Fatteh”means “crushed”, so fatteh or fattet hummos has its name after the crushed toasted pita and so other middle eastern dishes with crushed toasted pita like “Fattoush”.

For this simple dish yet flavorful you will need: (yield two portions)

  • 3 pitas toasted and crushed in medium pieces
  • 500g yogurt (or two cups)
  • 2 tbsp tahina
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2 cups chickpeas boiled
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves crushed

For garnish:

  • 50g butter
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • chopped parsley or mint for decoration

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You first start with a layer of toasted pitas, some people likes it fried, but i prefer to keep it light and healthy.

After boiling the chickpeas, or if you are using canned ones, add the garlic (cloves or powder) while it’s still hot and pour it over the bread, of course after removing its water.

To prepare the yogurt sauce, mix it with tahina and salt then top the chickpeas with it. Fry the pine nuts with butter and drizzle over the yogurt and garnish with finely chopped parsley or mint.

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It can be served as healthy breakfast, appetizer or main dish. You can always save leftovers in the fridge as you can eat it cold, at room temperature or hot. There are many variations to it, but this way is my favorite. Some people add lemon juice to the yogurt, fry the pitas or add cumin powder to the chickpeas, fried ground beef or chicken… no harm in trying!

This vegetarian version is very easy and quick especially if you are using canned chickpeas, it will be served on your table in less than 20 minutes. It’s an ideal dish to keep you full for a long time during lent, for people abstaining from meat.

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Spinach, leek and cheddar cheese quiche with tips for successful baking


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❤ QUICHE ❤ , this glorious meal at any time of the day, starting from breakfast to dinner. Served hot, cold or room temperature and packed with rich flavorful ingredients from veggies to meats and heaps of cheeses, bathing in a custard of eggs and cream. Baked in the most buttery and flaky crust, could be bought ready made or if you wish for a homemade one, like i do, check marmite et ponpon recipe along with some advises to get the best pâte brisée ever!

The most important, it doesn’t require too much preparation and whichever you choose to make it’s always a hit.

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Spinach, leek and cheddar cheese quiche. For a 9″ (22cm) quiche you will need:

  • 3/4 cup leek, or one large stalk chopped coarsely
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (baby leaves fresh or thawed if frozen)
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs (or 4 medium)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • salt to taste

Cook leek, spinach and garlic powder with olive oil until fragrant. Set aside to mix with cream, eggs and cheese. Pour in a precooked pie (for 20 minutes in 180°C oven), to ensure a crisp and flaky texture. Bake in the oven for almost 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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The best quiche consists of the perfect ratio between eggs and milk. Using too many eggs results in a rubbery and firm quiche. Not using enough eggs will prevent the filling from setting. Remember 1 large egg to 1/2 cup of dairy. That’s why in this quiche i used 3 eggs fro 1 1/2 cup of cream.

If you are adding fillings like vegetables, make sure they are as dry as possible. For instance, if you are using thawed spinach, squeeze them to get out as much as you can from its remaining water.

For a perfectly cooked quiche, bake it until the edges are set, but it still wobbles a little in the center (for a creamy and silky texture). It will take 30 to 40 minutes in a 180°C oven.

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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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A heart warming broccoli cheese soup


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So full of flavors and warming the heart, exactly what i needed today! The weather is going crazy here (doha), calling for a hearty soup to tame the cold!

It’s an absolutely perfect comfort food, if  you like soup, you’ll be rewarded with the best, creamiest and richest one.

-“What’s that amazing smell?”. It’s broccoli and cheddar cheese hun.

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It’s an easy soup to make and is ready in half an hour. To serve 4 generous portions you will need:

  • 50g butter
  • 1 medium onion finely diced 0r 1/2 cup
  • 1 large carrot chopped (small pieces) or 2/3 cup
  • 1 tsp garlic salt\ powder
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 liter or 2 cups milk
  • 1 medium head of broccoli florets chopped
  • 225g or 1 cup of freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Heat the butter until melted. Add onion and carrots and saute until onion is translucent and fragrant (about 3-4 minutes). Stir in the garlic salt and flour and saute for another minute.  Whisk in the vegetable broth, (you can use chicken broth also but i liked to keep it vegetarian) and milk. Combine well before adding the broccoli florets. Don’t cut them too small, keep some as medium chunks. When the soup reaches a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until broccoli is cooked. Use salt responsibly as the stock and the cheese will do the job. Stir in the freshly grated cheddar, i said freshly grated because the ready grated ones that comes in bags are coated and doesn’t melt easily. Whisk until cheese is completely melt (2-3 minutes) and serve immediately.

Even people who don’t like broccoli will love it when bathing in a creamy and cheesy broth. It doesn’t just warm your body but your soul too!

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There’s a few optional spices, that makes it not taste boring, like paprika or mustard powder, they’re not mandatory if you don’t keep them on hand, but they do add extra depth of flavor. I wanted to serve my children so i kept it mild.

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