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Vegan Heirloom beans – Lebanese traditional fasoulia bi zeit


Vegan Heirloom beans - lebanese fasoulia bzeit|marmite et ponpon

I heart our Lebanese cuisine for how versatile and wholesome is. Cooking traditional Lebanese is a pleasure, with few ingredients you can have a surprisingly deep flavor dish. Vegan, vegetarian or with meat the same dish can be presented, and each time as a symphony of blended middle eastern flavors.

Today’s dish is vegan heirloom beans, can be done with also pinto beans. Fasoulia (beans) bi zeit (zeit is oil, meaning meatless), when you say bi zeit immediately you think of eating Lebanese bread to substitute rice. Almost all Lebanese vegan dishes can be presented hot or at room temperature, as main dish or even part of mezze but the one thing for sure, is with bread and lots of vegetables. I told you we eat very healthy 🙂

Vegan Heirloom beans - lebanese fasoulia bi zeit|marmite et ponpon|marmite et ponpon

If you are cooking with dried beans, you need to soak them in water for at least 12 hours and better overnight. I am cooking with green ones, thanks for my parents who sent me some overseas.

One cup can serve 2-4 people depending on how you are serving it. I will make 2 cups in this recipe, (almost half a kilo) to serve 4 as a main dish.

  • 2 cups heirloom|pinto beans
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 big onion finely diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato puree plus 2 tbsp tomato paste (for deeper flavor)
  • salt to taste

In a deep pot fry the onions and garlic in olive oil until tender and fragrant.If you are not fan of garlic you can substitute with one tsp garlic salt for milder flavor. Add tomato puree and tomato paste and keep cooking for 2-3 minutes. Drain out the beans (if you have them soaked) and add it to the mixture. Pour 4 cups of water and let them boil.

When it starts boiling, reduce to low heat, cover the pot and let it simmer for an hour. If the water reduces feel free to add some more. The level of water should be always 2-3cm above the grains.

Vegan Heirloom beans - lebanese fasoulia bi zeit|marmite et ponpon|marmite et ponpon

Serve it hot or at room temperature as per your choice. Eat like a Lebanese with an endless choice of side vegetables like cucumber, tomato, radish, raw or spring onion… or even pickles!

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Shrimp basil linguine


shrimp basil linguine | marmite et ponpon

Shrimp basil linguine is an ultimate comfort food packed with a symphony of flavors. Whether you like to cook or no, i must say it’s a foolproof recipe, so inviting to hit the kitchen and give it a try. Easy and quick, trust me!

Serving 4, you will need:

  • 800g shrimps cooked and deveined
  • one medium onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced or 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 10-15 cherry tomato
  • a bunch of fresh basil
  • 500 ml heavy cream
  • salt to taste
  • linguine cooked as per pack instructions (enough quantity to serve 4)

shrimp basil linguine | marmite et ponpon

Cook the shrimp (boil or oven bake), devein and put it aside.

Cook linguine pasta as per pack instructions, drain and put aside.

In a sauce pan, cook onion and garlic in butter until translucent and fragrant. Add tomato and keep sauteeing for 5 mns, then the basil to cook for another 5 mns. Salt is added as per taste. Finally pour the cream and simmer for 10 mns over low heat.

Serve it on a bed of linguine and enjoy an absolute yummy dish!

shrimp basil linguine | marmite et ponpon

For garnish, as you see in the pictures i sprinkled a bit of chives. if you are not a fan of, you can skip this step and it won’t affect the outcome. Isn’t it easy and quick? Try it and give me your suggestions. Bon appetit!

shrimp basil linguine | marmite et ponpon

shrimp basil linguine |marmite et ponpon

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Coriander and garlic roasted chicken


coriander and garlic roasted chicken|marmite et ponpon

Coriander is one of my favorite herbs in cooking, especially when it comes to Lebanese food. I adore that peculiar and unique smell plus the taste that adds to the food.

Coriander and garlic chicken is a relish. Doesn’t require efforts or skills, just prepare the marinade and give it time in the oven to obtain this perfect juicy meat and crispy skin.

coriander and garlic roasted chicken |marmite et ponpon

Serving 4-6 people you will need:

  • 12-14 pieces of chicken (could be thighs, drumsticks or breasts)
  • 1kg potatoes cut in medium cubes
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • juice of 2 lemons almost 3/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

In a food processor blend coriander, garlic, lemon and salt until smooth. Poor it over the chicken, add the olive oil and store in a bag for marination. Keep it in the fridge for an overnight.

coriander & garlic roasted chicken|marmite et ponpon

Take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before baking. Put together with the potato cubes in a baking dish and bake uncovered on the middle rack for an hour on 200°C.

coriander and garlic roasted chicken | marmite et ponpon

coriander and garlic roasted chicken| marmite et ponpon

I guarantee you a perfect juicy chicken and full of flavors. So yummy that’s going to be on your “to cook list”. Is your stomach rumbling? i hope you get the chance to try it.

coriander & garlic roasted chicken |marmite et ponpon

coriander & garlic roasted chicken| marmite et ponpon

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Hasselback potatoes


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Hasselback potatoes or sliced baked potatoes are my new addiction now. Being a potato lover, and who doesn’t anyway, i guarantee you are going to make it right away!

They might look difficult to make but in fact they are absolutely simple. With a sharp knife, cut slits across the potato (well washed), about half a centimeter, taking care not to cut all the way through. This might be the most difficult part, while it’s really easy, all you need is to stop before the knife reaches too far.

hasselback potato|marmite et ponpon

And here is your accordion potato. I prepared 1.5 kg potato, for that you will need:

  • 100g butter melted
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese

Mix butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper and brush the potatoes, making sure you reach as well between the slices.

hasselback potato |marmite et ponpon

Bake on 250°C for half an hour and take it out to brush it with the remaining butter before you bake it again for half an hour. If your potato is too big, poke it to make sure it’s done, or you can leave it for more time. If you want crispy finish make very thin slits, all depend on your taste.

hasselback potatoes| marmite et ponpon

Take it out of the oven and gently open each slit to insert the cheese. I chose cheddar, you can also use parmesan or gruyere, or any melting cheese of your choice. Return to bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese has melted.

Hasselback potatoes are very versatile, you can add bacon, ground beef, eggs… anything that you find it pairing well with potato.

hasselback potatoes |marmite et ponpon

Top it with sour cream and serve it immediately while cheese is still melted and bubbling!

hasselback potatoes | marmite et ponpon

Now i will leave you to gorge on this…

Hasselback potato | marmite et ponpon

Hasselback potatoes|  marmite et ponpon

Hasselback potatoes  |marmite et ponpon

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honey ginger glazed chicken


honey - soy glazed chicken

The most delicious oven roasted chicken you will ever eat! Honey, soy, ginger and garlic combined to make this succulent glaze.

It only takes few minutes to prepare the marinade. Pour it over the  chicken and let it rest in the fridge for couple of hours to absorb more moisture and the result is a sweet glazed oven-roasted chicken that is incredibly tender.

honey - soy glazed chickenSuch a luscious and savory lacquered chicken pairs perfect with potatoes, rice or noodles. I had some leftover of sesame ginger rice, it went great together, with the extra glaze i did.

For that you need:

  • 10 pieces of chicken (you can use breasts, thighs, full legs or just drumsticks)
  • 3/4 cup soy
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Combine together all ingredients and pour over the chicken. Keep it in the fridge to marinate at least 2 hours to overnight until time of baking.

Preheat oven 240°C and bake for 45 minutes. Keep an eye on the chicken and be careful not to overcook it.

honey - soy glazed chicken

The sweet smell was filling the house, I was preparing the table to take some pictures (for this post) when Antoun came in from work to have lunch. This is the most challenging part, not letting him dig in before i take the pictures. I only had 3 minutes, I don’t blame him actually, i was in a hurry too, they looked so delicious, they made my mouth water!

honey - soy glazed chicken

honey - soy glazed chicken

This meal is so rich in flavors, it caters all tastes. Try it!