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Snaynyé – celebrating the first tooth out

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Snaynyé, lebanese tradition to celebrate the baby’s first tooth out.  The word Snaynyé comes from “snen” that means teeth. The mother prepares this traditional sweet once the first tooth appears and she sends to family, neighbors and friends who will return the empty plate with a gift to wish mabrook the new tooth.

snaynye- celebrating the first tooth|marmite et ponpon

Snaynyé consists of boiled wheat garnished with sugar, orange blossom and nuts. Previously they used to put colored sugar coated chickpeas and pomegranate seeds, but nowadays with the endless variety of sweets they decorate it with jelly beans, marshmallows, M&M….

Very easy and simple to make. You choose how much wheat you want to make, you soak it in water at least 12 hours and then you boil it until tender. For a nicer hint of anise taste, you put anise seeds when boiling. When serving you add sugar and orange blossom water to each portion according to the person taste. It’s served cold and hot also depending on your taste. personally i like it hot.

For garnish you can put almonds, pine seeds, pistachio, walnut or any nut you favor. Raisins and pomegranate seeds go heavenly with it as well. As for the sweets you can go as creative as you want. The aim is to have candies that need strong teeth to be chewed, to say that our baby now has his first strong tooth. I only put candies (in form of teeth) trying to be as classic as possible.

snaynye-celebrating the first tooth out|marmite et ponpon

It used to be offered in plates, nowadays people go more creative. I chose to send it to my relatives and friends in jars adding a smiley spoon to remain as souvenir. And as a sushi lover i added to some jars a small boy (smiling and showing his teeth) that serves later as automatic chopsticks for beginner kids to “my sushi lovers friends”. With a “my first tooth” tag to complete the souvenir.

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snaynyeh-celebrating the first tooth|marmite et ponpon

snaynye- celebrating the first tooth out |marmite et ponpon

I love our traditions and i try to keep them and let my kids live them (though we are living abroad). It’s beautiful how we make from every milestone in our kids life an important and joyful event. God bless all kids and keep them safe, healthy and happy. Mabrook your first tooth my baby love ❤

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How to host a Raclette party at home


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!


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.


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.


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.


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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How to add fresh fruits to your green salad – 4 succulent combinations

fruit in saladIntroducing a fresh fruit to your simple leafy salad transforms it to a delicious and non ordinary dish.

Pomegranates, apples, oranges or strawberries pair well with cheese and nuts. Add any type of fruit you like, a handful nut of your choice or cheese and expect an interesting sweetness, that will go beautifully with the crunchiness of the vegetables.

it’s not just the delicious taste that will invite you to dig in but also the beautiful colors.

Here are 4 of my favorite salads that I prepare frequently:

Goat cheese and pomegranate salad

goat cheese pomegranate

  • Mix greens (rucola, frisée, boston)
  • Goat cheese
  • Pomegranate
  • Walnut

Apple chevrette salad

apple chevrette

  • Lettuce
  • Red apple
  • Chevrette cheese
  • Walnut

Goat cheese and strawberries salad

goat cheese and strawberries

  • Mix greens (rucola, frisée, red romain)
  • Goat cheese
  • Strawberry
  • Walnut

Tangy crab salad

tangy crab salad

  • Iceberg and romaine lettuce
  • Shredded crab
  • Avocado
  • orange
  • grapefruit

These pretty salads could be served with balsamic or lemon mayo.

It’s a pleasure to the palate and the eye. Enjoy!