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Creamy spinach gnocchi

creamy spinach gnocchi|marmite et ponpon

The word gnocchi is derived from the Italian word nocchio, meaning knots (gnocco is the singular form). In italian cooking gnocchi are small thick dumplings usually made with potato, semolina or wheat flour, egg and cheese. Can be served with a sauce or in soup.

Creamy spinach gnocchi, this velvety deliciousness, is a very easy and quick recipe, served on your table in less than 30 minutes. For a quick lunch or dinner after a long day all you need is this foolproof recipe. It calls for: (serving two people)

  • 500g fresh gnocchi cooked as per package directions
  • 500ml milk  or 2 cups (you can use skimmed milk)
  • 200 ml cream, or one cup
  • 2-3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup fresh spinach (or thawed)
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • salt to taste

Cook the gnocchi according to package instructions and set aside.

Melt the butter over medium heat then add the flour and cook it to make the roux. Slowly add the milk and cream to the roux and whisk constantly to avoid any lump.

Before the sauce starts to thicken add the garlic salt, salt and spinach and cook for 3-5 minutes until the spinach has wilted and sauce thickened.

creamy spinach gnocchi |marmite et ponpon

Return the gnocchi to the sauce and fold to combine. You can add parmesan cheese to the sauce or simply sprinkle on top. Serve immediately and enjoy heaven in you mouth.

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creamy spinach gnocchi| marmite et ponpon


Brie, pear and honey crostini

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

A tiny bouchée to hold so many deep flavors! i would rather call it the brie symphony!

Though these are not the main hero on your menu, but a holiday table can’t be set up without these festive hors d’oeuvres.

Get your party started with these irresistible and elegant brie crostini. You will need: (you decide on the quantity)

  • baguette (toasted) sliced
  • brie cheese slices
  • pear slices
  • walnut chopped
  • cranberry
  • honey
  • arugula (or rocket leaves) for decoration

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

Layer the crostini with a slice of brie topped with a slice of pear. Drizzle with honey then add few chopped walnut and cranberry. The arugula comes at the end to shout out the spectacular look!

With this season full of special occasion, i am sure you will add this easy yet delicious appetizer to your repertoire.

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

This impressive combination of cheese, fruit and nut is a little bite of heaven. the smoothness of cheese with the crunchiness of walnut, the sweetness of honey and pear along with the sour taste in the cranberry create the symphony i told you about in the beginning!

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

This is my last post in the 2018. I wish you all a happy end of this year and a great 2019 ahead full of happiness and endless beautiful moments and blessings your heart can hold! Love always xoxo

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Savoury Christmas tree – feta and thyme filling


I bet on a Lebanese Christmas dinner table you can find 10452 kind of food, it’s not that we eat a lot, but we love and cherish good food. And since it’s a night for family reunion, all tastes should be satisfied!

I am someone who likes entrées, amuse bouches, salads…. and i like to add the festive look on the presentation for this special night that i believe it’s like no other! This year, I will be celebrating with my small family as we are not going home for this Christmas. My tiniest fans who are the most sincere fans and speaking the truth straight forward; it’s either yummy or yaki. So i had to try this feta zaatar (thyme) tree to see how many thumbs up i will get from Nady and Joud to avoid disappointment on Christmas eve! And lucky me I got 6 thumbs up counting in my husband 🙂


It’s very easy to prepare and can be presented in less than 20 minutes, to be eaten in 2 minutes 🙂 Few ingredients are needed, as: puff pastry, zaatar, olive oil, feta cheese crumbled or cut in small cubes, and one egg for the wash.


Roll out the dough on a parchment paper and cut 2 equal tree shape. Brush one tree with zaatar and olive oil, sprinkle the feta and cover with the second tree. Cut parallel and equal lines on both sides of the tree as the photo shows. Twist each part to do the branches and press it down to the parchment paper. Brush with the egg wash and bake on 200°C for 15 minutes or until golden brown.


There is no accurate amount for the ingredients, as you can make the tree the size you want, and put zaatar and cheese as per your taste! I told you it’s very easy and quick. Try it, i am sure it will add more fun to your Christmas table, and more yummy to your tummy.

Don’t forget to add some decoration on the side. Beauty is in details!



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5 minutes banana chocolate chip cake, great for school

Banana chocolate chip cakeOver ripe bananas means it’s time for a banana cake. This recipe is extremely easy and quick. If you’re not fan of cooking or baking, this fool proof cake will make you a star in the kitchen. It takes time to prepare less than the time you need to preheat the oven. 5 MINUTES!!!! yes, try it!

  • 3 slightly over ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chip

In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork, (when really ripe) then mix in oil, egg and vanilla. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix all to finally toss in the flour and combine. Finally fold in the chocolate chip. And the batter is ready, in 5 minutes!!

Banana chocolate chip cakeBanana chocolate chip cakeWe poured the batter in small paper molds (it makes 6-7 small cakes) as school friendly portions. I said “we” because my little munchkin is the chef behind this delicious cake. He was preparing his dessert for school.

Bake for 12-15 minutes in a preheated oven ( 200°C). Let it cool and enjoy every flavorful bite.

Banana chocolate chip cakeBanana chocolate chip cake

If you don’t want to bake individual parcels, bare in mind it will take more than 15 minutes to bake one. Start checking after 25 minutes until a wooden skewer comes out clean.

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no bake lazy cake: 4 ingredients in 4 minutes

lazy cake

Lazy cake, gateau froid or biscuits au chocolat… Opt for a name, meanwhile i will be done preparing it! Seriously 4 minutes!

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 200g nutella
  • 50g butter
  • 40 pieces Marie biscuit

In a heatproof bowl place the dark chocolate (cut in small pieces) with nutella and butter and heat it for 1.5 minute in the microwave. Take it out and mix it well until all ingredients melt and incorporate.

Crush each biscuit in 4 and toss in the chocolate sauce. Marie biscuit is similar to tea biscuits, you find it in many brands like Mcvitie’s, Tiffany, Britannia… and for Lebanese you know our famous ghandour 555!! it reminds me of my childhood and the famous “biscuit w raha”.

Fold gently so you don’t crush the biscuits in tiny pieces until all of them are well coated. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap to put the biscuits and chocolate, this way it will have a rectangular shape, easy to cut. Depending on how thick you want your cake to be, use the convenient mold size, mine is 11¨. With the back of a spoon (or your hand) shape the mixture in the loaf pan.

lazy cake

Refrigerate at least for 3 hours, take it out, unwrap, cut in slices using a sharp knife and enjoy!

lazy cake

Some people like to sprinkle over icing sugar before serving and others coconut powder… You can try if you are one of those lovers.

lazy cake

This cake stays well up to one week in the freezer, ours didn’t survive the time i wrote the post 🙂

lazy cake


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