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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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Take Your Summer BBQ to the Next Level with These Great Apps

You’re probably more grateful for your phone in the short moments that you find yourself idle, like when you’re riding public transportation, waiting for the bus, or, well, standing in front of the grill while waiting for your barbeque to finish. But did you know that your phone could actually help you throw the perfect summer BBQ?

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Around this time last year, Google announced that they finally hit 1 million apps in the Play Store, and Apple soon followed suit. Gaming Realms, who won Best Boutique Bingo Site for their mobile gaming website Iceland Bingo in 2013, also estimates that by 2015, the mobile market will be worth upwards of $4 billion. There are apps for everything out there, and even the most experienced pit master will find a useful app that can help them turn out beautifully grilled or barbequed steaks every time.

1. Weber’s On the Grill App

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People often have their own specialties on the grill, but you can have too much of a good thing. If you often end up making the same thing at your barbeques, then the On the Grill app just might help you. With over 250 recipes for full meals and even rubs, sauces and marinades, an ingredient check-list, and a timer, the On the Grill app has just about everything.

2. The Pit Pal BBQ App

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Dubbed by the USA Today as “one of the 10 best apps for Dad”, Pit Pal BBQ has everything anyone working with a grill could ever need. By tracking different variables from each cook, the app lets experienced grillers adjust these variables in order to come up with the best results. The best part? It’s also compatible with the BBQ Guru CyberQ Wifi and Stoker WiFi, so you can monitor your temperatures and smoke levels on your phone too!

3. iGrill

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Although not an app per se, the iGrill is perhaps the key to handless grilling. Just insert the probe into the steak you’re grilling, allow the device to connect to your iPhone, and let your phone tell you when you steak is done. You’re then free to enjoy the rest of your party, talk to your guests, and maybe enjoy a few beers! The app is also available on Android devices!

Order to Empower: July’s Menu

Order to Empower and support working women in Lebanon!

Order healthy meals this Ramadan from Deymeh, Mlawwan Healthy Corner – Home Cooked Meals prepared by Women to Women Success.

I’ve added July’s menu below. Plates are served with salad + dessert.

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Free delivery
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Open from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm

It’s Apricot Season

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It’s apricot season! So let’s get moving with the jams :)

Many of us think that jams preparation at home is quite an exhuasting job. Actually it’s quite simple and fun. We have posted previously the detailed steps along with pictures for you to visualize the steps.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

Deymeh: A Healthy Corner Initiative

Opening of Deymeh, a healthy corner initiative at Mar Mkhayel!

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Deymeh, an initiative by Mlawwan is a corner that delivers fresh, healthy and delicious home-cooked meals right to your doorsteps and also to corporate functions. Deymeh teamed up with the ladies of ‘Women to Women Success‘ for an exquisite tasting session on Friday June 06, 2014.

Here are a couple of the dishes I’ve tasted during the session. They were simply amazing, delicious and purely homemade :)

Savory Bagels with several stuffing of cheese and turkey & cheese; they also have an amazing sweet bagel stuffed with ricotta cheese and fruits. The sweet one is not to be missed!

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They offer several main courses of homemade kebbeh, kebbeh bi laban, shish barak, siyadiyeh, moughrabieh, lasagna etc…

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Their desserts just remind you of your mommy’s treats! Muffins, cakes, cookies and more.

Orange Muffin

As for the armenian cookies, they are simple mouthwatering. The taste is exceptional and the presentation is perfect.

Armenian Cookies with Dates

Order to empower! All meals delivered free of charge to your destination.

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I’ve attached June 2014 Menu for your reference.

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Global Donuts Day!

Om nom nom nom!

Global Donuts Day is here with Dunkin Donuts!

Get a free donut when you purchase any Dunkin beverage all day today, June the 6th 2014!

Thank you Dunkin Donuts for the delicious treats :)

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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:

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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.

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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)

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Eggs Benedict

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Croque du Chef (with Bresaola)

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Champignons des Dieux

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Mushroom & Swiss Omelet

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Scrambled Eggs

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Calamari Salad

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Fish Tartar (one of their star dishes)

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

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Pancake Tower (excellent for groups)

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Gaufre with Chocolate and Ice Cream

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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.

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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).

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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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