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Vegan Heirloom beans – Lebanese traditional fasoulia bi zeit


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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 🙂

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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.

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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)

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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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Sup up your sandwich 4 – Italian sub


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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.

All you need is the right and a smarter choice of pairing your sandwich ingredients. Today’s fourth option of sandwich makeover is Italian sub.

  • Italian bread (or sub bread)
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • Salami, i chose the one with cracked peppers
  • Turkey breast slices, i chose it smoked with herbs
  • Lettuce, green leaf type
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickles (cornichon)
  • Onion
  • Mayo – ketchup sauce

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To build up your sandwich start by

  • a layer of Swiss cheese, i used emmental slices, heat it in the oven to melt (optional)
  • then a layer of turkey, as i mentioned above, i used the smoked one with herbs
  • followed by salami, i like the one that comes with cracked pepper,
  • onion, cut them rondelles shape
  • lettuce, i used the green leaf one
  • tomato slices, you can take a bit of its juice and seeds if you find it a lot juicy
  • and pickles, homemade cornichons prepared by my mum
  • Finally mix 1 tbsp of mayo with 1/2 tbsp of ketchup to spread it on the top layer of the bread to seal the deal.

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You can serve it immediately or warm it a bit in the oven if you like the bread a bit crispy. With a side salad it makes a nice meal.

I am sure this sandwich is going to be on your to do list, it’s one of my favorite full of flavors awe sub. You can make your own, adding black olives, green peppers or removing onion if they aren’t your thing! Feel free to add or omit as per your taste.

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If you like the idea of the sandwich makeovers, stay tuned for the next post with another delicious, quick and healthy choices.

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Purslane, avocado and rocket salad


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An easy and quick salad for those hot days when you look for a refreshing breeze. The blend of purslane, rocket, avocado, tomato, onion and pomegranate seeds make it so flavorful and nutritious.

In the beginning i found it a bit awkward to add purslane to this salad, i am used to the traditional one that mom used to make for us with tomato and cucumber. But since i am a lover of these soft leaves i wanted to give it a try and add it to this unconventional salad.

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For those who doesn’t know, purslane leaves have more omega 3 fatty acids than in some of the fish oils. Surprisingly, 100 grams of fresh purslane leaves provide about 350 mg of alpha linolenic acid. Research studies show that consumption of food rich in omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

Without forgetting it’s very low in calories (just 16 kcal/100g) and fats. This amazing green leafy vegetable is also rich in dietary fibers, vitamins (A, C and some B complex) and minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese). Isn’t it magical?!

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For two, you will need:

  • purslane leaves, almost two cups
  • a bunch of rocket leaves, almost 3 cups
  • one small onion cut a la julienne
  • one medium tomato coarsely chopped
  • one big avocado sliced
  • half cup pomegranate seeds

Mix all together and serve with a vinaigrette dressing (apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil and salt), or lemon and olive oil. Choose upon your taste.

purslane, avocado & rocket salad| marmite et ponpon

Vegetarian or vegan people will cherish this treasure. If you are avoiding animal products, go for this healthy dark green leafy vegetable and enjoy all the benefits of fish! I am sure i will be testing other ways to use this highly beneficial purslane and most of all succulent.

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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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