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Chicken pesto with spaghetti


chicken pesto with spaghetti|marmite et ponpon

It’s a one great pesto recipe to whet your appetite. I love to see heaping dishes getting relished, one of the best days when i cook to my family and leave them with a big smile and clean plates. It means it was a memorable meal!

chicken pesto with spaghetti| marmite et ponpon

A Spaghetti dish with chicken and especially pesto that comes to boost the flavor quotient and intensify the pleasure. You will need to prepare it: (yields 4 servings)

For the pasta:

  • 1 pack of spaghetti
  • 1 cup pesto sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup garlic oil
  • salt to taste

For the chicken:

  • 4 big chicken breasts cut lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp pesto sauce

 

  • roasted pine nuts for garnish (1/2 cup almost)
  • parmesan or emmental cheese for garnish (1 cup almost)

Boil spaghetti as per pack instructions and sauteed it with olive oil, garlic oil and pesto.

Marinate the chicken with the olive oil, garlic oil and garlic powder and cook them until nicely golden. Add the pesto sauce and combine well.

Put a generous bed of pasta, top it with chicken (as per your taste), garnish with pine nuts and cheese.

chicken pesto with spaghetti|marmite et ponpon

chicken pesto with spaghetti|marmite et ponpon

Serve it warm and enjoy the symphony of flavors. Who is counting calories? i personally don’t, i am just counting memories! Enjoy your precious time with your family and make the best out of it.

chicken pesto with spaghetti|marmite et ponpon

chicken pesto with spaghetti|marmite et ponpon

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A summer addiction: Watermelon and Bulgarian salad


Watermelon and bulgarian cheese|marmite et ponpon

I believe that salads promoting fruits are always a hit especially for summers days. Watermelon and Bulgarian cheese is a perfect refreshing salad, celebrating summer at its best. If you wish to impress your guests, this is one incredible salad that deserves a big applause.

Watermelon & bulgarian cheese|marmite et ponpon

 

Everything about this salad is amazing, from the watermelon to the Bulgarian cheese, rocket leaves, fresh mint leaves and roasted almonds. And I decided to top it off with a sweet balsamic and olive oil dressing.  It was the perfect finishing touch to this salad.

There is no precise amount for the ingredients, you will need pieces of watermelon cut in square shapes and slices of Bulgarian cheese, same size, to insert between. You decide how many piece you need, depending on the amount of guests you have. Top each watermelon and cheese square with rocket leaves and few fresh mint leaves. A handful roast almonds to give it some crunchiness. Drizzle a little of olive oil and sweet balsamic glaze.

Watermelon and bulgarian cheese| marmite et ponpon

Watermelon and bulgarian cheese | marmite et ponpon

Isn’t that screaming summer?! If you give it a try give me your comments. Happy Lebanese summer days 🙂

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La salade niçoise


Salade NiçoiseAfter two long hektic weeks, moving to a new house, i am back if you are wondering where i’ve been!

My first post from my new kitchen, eagerly presenting the french “salade Niçoise”, in the style of Nice, France.

Traditionally made with hard boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, olives, green beans, tuna, anchovies, tomato and onion presented on a bed of lettuce. Some sources exclude anchovies, add artichoke hearts or even presented without lettuce.

Salade NiçoiseTo serve 4 people you will need:

  • 3 canned tuna drained and flaked
  • 4 hard boiled eggs quartered
  • 8 small potato boiled and quartered
  • 12 cherry tomato halved
  • 150 g green beans steamed
  • around 24 black olives pitted
  • 1 big onion cut rondelles
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped into bite size pieces

Mix all together drizzle with vinaigrette or lemon olive oil dressing and serve!

Salade NiçoiseUsually this salad is served as an entree, but with some french baguette or croutons it can be a wholesome and sustaining dinner.

Salade Niçoise

Happy to be back, miss you 🙂

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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!

succulento caprese pasta salad


caprese pasta salad

A brilliant dose of colors on your plate brings life to your dish and health to your life! Original caprese salad was made to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green. Caprese pasta salad is deep in colors and flavors!

Basil is a highly fragrant plant, it has become one of the most recognizable herbs ever since pesto.
Cherry tomatoes are a treasure of riches when it comes to their antioxidant benefits. Intake of tomatoes has long been linked to heart health. And who doesn’t fall in love with buffalo mozzarella, that soft, delicate cheese of southern Italy.

caprese pasta salad

To make this salad you need: (4 persons)

  • 500g spaghetti cooked as per the pack instructions
  • pesto sauce (click to get redirected to the recipe)
  • 200 g cherry tomato cut in half
  • 350g buffalo mozzarella
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic oil/ chilli oil (optional)

Mix all the ingredients and serve it as entree or main dish

caprese pasta salad

One of my favorite cuisine and my comfort zone in cooking! I always had a leaning towards italian food! I confess i am a pasta and pizzaholic.

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