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    Olives Season

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    Grapes Season

Passiflora edulis

Passiflora edulis

The passion fruit pictures you’ll be seeing below are taken in my own garden, Mount Lebanon, Lebanon. My tree usually blossoms end of June to mid July, after which egg shaped green eggs begin to show, end of July throughout August the green unripe fruit...
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Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricots are eaten fresh in their season and then made into jams! Want to know how to prepare apricot jam at home? It's just a click away!
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Green Pine Cones

Green Pine Cones

In the old days, those green small young pine cones, used to be collected (while still freshly greenish) and barbecued over charcoal, cut and enjoyed as an appetizing treat. Have you ever tasted them?
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Asian Baked Salmon

Asian Baked Salmon

For a quick, easy and delicious dinner, check out this salmon recipe. It will only need 20 minutes!
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Homemade Maamoul with Women to Women Success!

Women to Women Success is a social initiative launched by two dynamic ladies, Maud Jabbour and Lama Diab, during the CSR in Action 2012 by Al Ahli Group. It is a non-governmental organization that improves the livelihood of unemployed and employed Lebanese women by creating home-based cooking services for a variety of clients, mainly working mothers.

By supporting them this coming Easter you’ll be empowering many unemployed Lebanese women, who are working hard from their own humble kitchens, in order to sustain an acceptable economic status for their families.

Order their delicious Easter homemade treats, the list  details as below:

W2W Maamoul Portrait

Contact Number: 03 – 28 78 90

Saturday Brunch at Secteur 75!

Two weeks ago I attended with a couple of friends a Saturday brunch. It was such an amazing experience; we spent like 3 incredible hours enjoying the place, atmosphere and of course the delicious food.  Sharing the experience, here’s a full blog post!

1 Friends at Secteur 75

An old traditional Beiruty house turned into a must try artistic resto-bar. It’s located in the heart of Beirut, Mar Mikhael Street. Its name refers to the area where it is located “Secteur 75”, which means district 75.

2 Secteur 75

The atmosphere is very artistic with graffiti decor and wall paint along with old style rustic chandeliers, doors, windows and unconventional furniture. The music is so nice, not too loud and not too low, you simply enjoy the stay while chitchatting peacefully with your friends.

3 Secteur 75 Menu

Here’s the delicious part!  The food is simply mouthwatering. We tasted a couple of their must try dishes that you should definitely give a try.
La Vie en Vert Cocktail (a mix of passion fruit, apple juice, litchi and alcohol)

4 La Vie en Vert Cocktail

Eggs Benedict

5 Eggs Benedict

Croque du Chef (with Bresaola)

6 Croque du Chef

Champignons des Dieux

7 Champignons des Dieux

Mushroom & Swiss Omelet

8 Mushroom & Swiss Omelet

Scrambled Eggs

9 Scrambled Eggs

Calamari Salad

10 Calamari Salad

Fish Tartar (one of their star dishes)

11 Fish Tartar

Omelet Burger (with a + 200g beef, bacon, Swiss cheese, and omelet)

12 Omelet Burger

Pancake Tower (excellent for groups)

13 Pancake Tower

Gaufre with Chocolate and Ice Cream

14 Gaufre with Chocolate and Ice Cream

See for yourself! Don’t wait long, go give it a try and let us know what you think!

Oh! and by the way, we were 4 girls, and we literally kept nothing in our plates :)

La Cave de Joël Robuchon Wine Tasting

I’ve attended a wine tasting session last week. It was held at La cave de Joël Robuchon – The Wine Library in Beirut Souks.

Cave de Joel Robuchon

We tasted the two types of wine: Chateau Marsyas Rouge 2010 and Marsyas Blanc 2012.

Distinguished for their amazing color, flavour and after taste you simply wouldn’t want to stop.

Red and white wine

 Moreover during the tasting session, they were introducing a special edition wine designed by Nada Debs (special coffrets).

Special Edition by nada Debs

La Cave de Joël Robuchon, is part of a concept store based in Paris. The boutique is the creation of Joël Robuchon, one of the most esteemed chefs in France and includes a fine selection of wines pre-approved by Robuchon himself. So if you get to pass by Beirut Souks don’t miss the Wine Library, it’s just next to TSC Signature. When you’re there, give it a try and let us know your experience.

Maamoul for a Cause!

Easter is around the corner and what’s better than maamoul to celebrate!?

This year a group of friends gathered to prepare maamoul for a cause. Here is what they have to say.

Let’s join them, let’s show them some support ! Order maamoul via “Little Helps” and help needy in Lebanon.

We are friends, we are foodies, we are party animals but we also bake for a Good Cause! Oh and we don’t just bake…we rock in baking!

‘Little helps’…That’s us!

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So yes we roll up those sleeves, lay out all the ingredients on the worktop, turn on those ovens and start baking! Whatever revenue comes out of the sale of those yummy baked goods end up as funds for the needy or less privileged.

With today’s economic and social crisis, as well as political unrest in Lebanon, we have joined our hands to Bake for a Cause. Crazy as it sounds here’s our project: Maamoul making , baking , and selling. All funds will be used directly to help the needy in Lebanon coming from various backgrounds. Among whom are the underprivileged living in different regions across Lebanon, orphans, the elderly and the refugees fleeing from Syria seeking shelter.

With your little help we will surely make a BIG difference.

Sales will start during the month of April in Souk el Tayeb Beirut Souks every Saturday!

For all Maamoul pre-orders, do send us an email on littlehelpslebanon@gmail.com

Call us on 03450390 – 03240073

The Little Helps team:

Sandra Dagher

Paola Skaff Alford

Rosie Choueiry

Tina Jarrous Faucon

Carla Skaff Jabra

Candice Lorfing

You can check their Facebook Page at this link >>  Little Helps

Experimenting the Armenian Cuisine!

After the success trial of the sweet Armenian  Tsheureg bread; I wanted to try another Armenian recipe and it turned out to be addictive!!

I just want to try all those delicious recipes.

Do you know the Armenian Cuisine? Do you have any mouthwatering suggestions?

Tahinov Rolls (rolls stuffed with Tahini, Sugar and Cinnamon).

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Itch (Bulgur salad with tomatoes, parsley and chilli pepper).

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Mante (meat dumplings with chili tomato sauce and yoghurt).

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Tsheureg an Armenian Sweet Bread

 

Tsheureg (choreg) is a famous Armenian Sweet Bread that can be enjoyed for breakfast or afternoon tea break.  Usually formed of braided strands of dough and topped with sesame seeds. Sometimes raisins or black sesame seeds are added to the dough. This sweet bread is famously consumed around Easter time like in Greece.

Pamper your senses and try it out at home :)

Choreg Armenian Bread

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon mahlab
  • ½  cup milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon backing powder
  • 2.5 large eggs
  • Lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon brandy
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Choreg

Preparation:

1-     In a medium saucepan, heat milk until hot. Then add to it the butter & sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.

2-     Mix the eggs with the lemon zest and brandy (you can also add vanilla extract).

3-     Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water; add a bit of sugar to activate the yeast.

4-     In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and mahlab. Make a hole in the center of the flour.

5-     Add the eggs and the milk mixture to the flour then the activated yeast.

6-     Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic (slightly elastic).

7-     Cover the dough and set in a warm place for 2- 3 hours (or overnight).

8-     Shape the dough and add on a baking sheet and keep to rest for 20 minutes.

9-     Brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. You can add raisins to the dough before forming it.

10-  Bake on low medium heat for 15 – 20 minutes.

11-  Serve warm.

Pumpkin Pie

It’s the time of year to experiment with Pumpkins!! What shall we do?

I’ve tried a couple of recipes from pumpkin cake, bread and pie. I can say this was the best so I’ll share it with you :)

 

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Makes 14 Piece Pie

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1-     Dough

  • 500g Sable Dough (for a 14 piece Tart)

2-     Stuffing

  • 600g Pumpkin Puree (Boiled Pumpkin Cubes then mashed)
  • 1 ¾ cups Liquid Fresh Cream
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs +   1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1  lemon zest

3-     Cream Cheese Topping

-        150g Cream Cheese (I like Kiri Cream Cheese)

-        150ml Whipping Cream

-        4 Tablespoon White Sugar

-        1 Teaspoon Vanilla (liquid)

Preparation Method

1-     Prepare the dough or purchase a frozen sable dough

2-     For the stuffing:

-        Cut the pumpkin into small cubes, boil and mash (smooth semi thick texture). Cool

-        Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and add to them the sugar, salt, spices and lemon zest.

-        Add the mashed pumpkin to the eggs and stir with a spoon.

-        Finally add to them the liquid cream until you get a homogenous liquid mixture.

3-     Fill the pie:

-        Spread the pie in the tart pan and pour on top the filling

-        Bake at medium heat for 40 – 50 minutes (when you pick with a toothpick it’ll come out clean)

-        Keep aside to cool

4-     For the cream topping:

-        Whisk the cream until it becomes whipped and fluffy.  Add gradually the cream cheese then the sugar and finally the vanilla.Whisk until you get custard-like mixture.  (don’t whisk too much or else the cream will split).

Appetito Trattoria

I’ve tried a new Italian restaurant few weeks ago with some friends in Hamra named “Appetito Trattoria”.  It’s located at one of the corners of Hamra Street. It’s cozy and comfortable and we had a great time.

Trying a new place, we decided to taste some of Trattoria original plates. Have a look!

Fritti Misto: Fried Calamari and shrimps with Trattoria homemade sauce

Shrimps and calamari

Insalata Caprese: the traditional Italian fresh mozzarella salad

Caprese Salad

Potato e Lardo: A pizza with potato, goat cheese and Italian bacon

Italian Pizza

Crispolini: Rolled Crepe with spinach, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and creamy sauce

Rolled Crepe

They have lots of other ideas; if you try it let me know what your favorite is :) 

Cheers!

Chili’s Grill & Bar

I’ve attended a social gathering at Chili’s Gemmayzeh on  October the 23rd  during which we had the chance to taste Chili’s great food (signature items: margaritas,  fajita, tortilla dips and the molten chocolate cake) along with an exclusive kitchen tour and social fun activities.

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The food is amazingly delicious, a combination of fresh top quality ingredients with high standards. The kitchen tour was amazing, emphasising on Chilis high dedication not only to offer delicious foods yet also clean & safe items.

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It was a fun gathering; one of the activities done was a competition between participants to prepare the best drinks, where I had to prepare a drink from the ingredients behind the bar. Despite the drink I prepared was terribly awful, it was lots of fun and the other participants had some surprisingly delicious drinks.

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Their Margaritas bar in Gemmayze has a cosy ambience with its inner warm décor and bar. If you still didn’t try Chili’s then what are you waiting for?

Pizza Cups in Beirut!

Pizza Cups, a home-made catering business with a trendy pizza concept, they deliver straight to your door step yet, orders should be placed 48 hours ahead as they’re just a small startup.

Pizza Cups

 

What’s the concept?

Pizza made in the form of a cup, there are salty pizza cups with two crusts white & whole grain and sweet pizzas with a cinnamon crust. They have a wide variety of 12 salty cups and 3 sweet cups.

 

Salty Pizza Cups

There’s very delicious and great for gatherings, dinners or events.

As mentioned on their outer box, for the best experience customers are advised to reheat the cups :)

 

Pizza Cups? You have to try them :)

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