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dainty orange chocolate cake, you will dream about it!

orange chocolate cake

Finally I have my own creation cake recipe. I always wanted so. Few trials, and finally i have a successful 100% jay’s recipe: chocolate orange cake.

The challenge was to create an egg, milk and butter free cake recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tbsp orange zest

Sieve flour and cocoa powder. Mix with sugar, baking soda, salt, instant coffee and orange zest.

Make a well in the center and add oil, vanilla, white vinegar, water and orange juice. MIx well together and pour in a greased 11¨ pan.

Bake in the middle rack of the oven (180ºC) for 40 mns or until a skewer comes out clean. Start checking from 25 mns onwards.

orange chocolate cake

Cool for 30 mns before inverting onto a wire rack.

Make sure the cake is completely cool before pouring the chocolate ganache over the cake.

Quick reminder of how we make chocolate ganache:

Put 200g of dark chocolate into a large heatproof bowl (must first be chopped into small pieces so that it will melt evenly). Bring 250 ml of cream just to a boil over medium-high heat or put for 3 mns in microwave; pour over chocolate. Let stand 10 minutes.

Stir the mixture very gently, incorporating the cream steadily, without overworking. The mixture should begin to appear glossy.

Let it cool for 20 mns in the fridge before using it.

orange chocolate cake

Choosing to do this fabulous cake today was for a reason. Tomorrow  am going to Lebanon for the summer vacation. I wanted to prepare for my hubby his favorite cake, orange chocolate as a compensation gesture for leaving him alone in Doha .

Knowing that It’s my first time to bake this cake and i am so happy and proud to have my own creation recipe.

chocolate orange cake

The chocolate and orange aroma was filling the house! i was cutting the oranges to decorate the top of the cake when Antoun arrived and couldn’t resist the smell.

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He was so impatient, he barely gave me 5 minutes to take some pictures before he had the first piece in like 10 seconds!

orange chocolate cake

Sure there will be no remaining till i leave! The cake will be hoovered today!

orange chocolate cake

orange chocolate cake

To not feel so bad for him, he will be following shortly for his sister’s wedding.

It will be a beautiful summer, full of plans and happiness, and we will be surrounded by the family. Stay tuned for beautiful posts from Lebanon, it might not be daily ones but i will do my best.

tangy orange sesame chicken

orange sesame chickenA favorite dish of mine, involving crisp, fried chicken bites smothered in a wonderfully sweet and tangy orange sauce.

It’s an easy recipe, served in less than 30 minutes.

orange sesame seeds


  • 2 large eggwhites
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 500g chicken breast cut in cubes
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 scallion trimmed and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh orange
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce

In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, cornstarch, sesame seeds and salt until you get frothy and fluffy batter.

Using egg whites instead of whole eggs (or yolks) in the batter creates a crispier coating.

Add the chicken and toss to coat.

Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat.

Cook chicken until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Work in several batches, you don’t want your chicken to be cluttered.

Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

orange sesame chicken

Wipe the pan with a paper towel. Add orange juice, soy sauce, and sugar. Boil over high heat until a bit thick about 4 to 5 minutes.

Put chicken in sauce and add scallions.


orange sesame chicken

Cook until heated through and coated with sauce, about 1 minute.

orange sesame chicken

You can serve it like this or pair it with steamed rice.

orange sesame chicken

Damn it’s so delicious! the sauce has so much flavor.

I am a fan of asian cuisine and my husband prefers the italian one, i felt flattered when he said, “this is a very delicious dish you have to make it more often, thumbs up”!

orange sesame chicken


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!