Happy Palm Sunday

Hello everybody,

Today I prepared myself to go to Abu Dhabi to spend Palm Sunday and Easter vacations with my children and grand children. I apologize for not having time to prepare anything to post today. But I will as soon as I can.

I will make our special Maamoul for Easter with my children.:) Which is our traditional sweet for the occasion.

My flight will take off within few hours.

A BIENTOT..

The Liebster Award

I had another nice surprise again last week when Rocksalt included me for nomination for the Liebster Award. She has a very nice blog with interesting information and recipes and she is very creative. Thank you very much Carol Ann for the nomination!

And now, following the rules of this award, I will do the following:

  1. Thank the giver and give link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
  2. Reveal your top five bloggers and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

Like you noticed, points 1 and 3 are covered but the 2nd one gave me a hard time because there are a lot of interesting blogs, choosing between them was difficult. In any case, I narrowed it down to these lovely blogs.

My top five blogs are (not in any particular order):

  1. Live2Eat Eat2Live, creative recipes with some innovations and experimental, new food.
  2. Dinutrition, healthy recipes with nutritional information, for better living.
  3. Patterned Plate, recipes with a step-by-step instruction to make it simple and easy.
  4. Cooktolove, Laura’s recipes are so inviting with beautiful pictures.
  5. Green Pocket Protector, Dave and Libby explore all sorts of green projects, give tips for the garden and sometimes recipes too.

That’s all for now! Thank you again Carol Anne for the nomination and congratulations to my top bloggers. Good luck to all of you, have fun and now you go make your own Liebster award post! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day

The 21st of March is he beginning of spring season, and in Lebanon and the Arab Countries , we celebrate Mother’s Day as well.

Mum, you’ve left us 10 years ago and I still miss you. I know you are in better place now. But I want to tell you that even now, that I am a grand mother I still need you. Rest in peace mum.

And I would like to wish a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all mothers in the world.

Kreativ Blogger Award


While working on my blog yesterday, I had a very nice surprise: I have been nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award by Laura of the blog “cook to love”, a lovely blog about healthy food and gluten free recipes. You should check it out. This nomination actually made me very happy, because people are enjoying Lebanese Food I am making and sharing with them. Thank you very much to all of you for supporting me, and especially to Laura for the nomination. When I started the blog a month and a half ago, I never thought that I would interact with so many nice people from around the globe.

So in accord with the “Rules of Conduct” for bloggers who are nominated for this award, I will do the following:

  • Thank the blogger who gave me the award and provide a link. Thanks again Laura!
  • List 7 interesting things about myself that my readers might find interesting.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and let them know.

SEVEN THINGS ABOUT ME:

1. I am a mother of four lovely children, two girls and two boys. My daughters are married and each have two children of their own. This makes me a grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren.

2. I have a master’s degree in French Literature. I learnt the English language from my children 🙂 Til now they help me everytime I write the blog.

3. I’ve worked in media for over 12 years. I was the editor-in-chief of a Lebanese magazine about Economical and Social issues. I did over a thousand interviews with people from all over the world.

4. I love to tavel and enjoy exploring new countries; my last trip was to France three months ago.

5.J’apprends toujours” is a quote from a French essay, and it literally means “I always learn”. Indeed, every day I learn something new, in cooking, dealing with people or life in general.

6. I love Lebanese Cuisine, but I’m also very playful and I enjoy experimenting with all sorts of cuisine, making my own inventions. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. Me and my youngest son have been looking for the perfect Baba au Rhum recipe, trying over 10 recipes a few times each. We still haven’t found the perfect one yet, and I’ll continue to perfect it (and I’ll share it with you when I do!)

7. Finally, whenever I’m cooking most dishes, I don’t measure the ingredients scientifically, except for desserts. I usually work by measuring with my eyesight. When I started this blog, I began to document the measurements for each recipe and I made an effort weighing and measuring the ingredients 🙂

MY SEVEN FAVORITE BLOGGERS:

First I have to say that it was really hard for me to choose only seven between so many talented bloggers.

1. Home in Greece: Heidi is an American lady married to a Greek man, living together in Greece. She shares her experiences and some delicious recipes as well.

2. Dutch goes Italian: Explore the real Italian life and lovely recipes with this blog.

3. Sugared Pecan: Donna enjoys cooking and baking all kinds of desserts. She shows an interest with arts and crafts, and also has an eye in photography.

4. Danny’s kitchen: Very creative meals and stunning photos.

5. Rocksalt: Carole has a very pleasant blog with a witty sense of humor.

6. Foodimentary: This blog always has some information about a food’s history, a very interesting read.

7. Sugardish me:  Tasty recipes made easy with step by step instructions for even the most inexperienced cook.

Falafel

Falafel is our traditional “take away sandwich”. It is like a vegetarian hamburger made in the Lebanese way. I remember when I was in complementary school, during our long  lunch break once a week, two of my best friends and I managed to escape from school to go down town and buy a Falafel sandwich and a bottle of Pepsi Cola, and we would come back to school and enjoy our lunch. I was amazed by the way the man could fry them so fast and then roll them quickly with vegetables in the pita to make a delicious sandwich. And above all this, I was totally in love with the smell of the frying pieces of Falafel.

I thought that it was very complicated to make them at home. But when I grew up I figured out the recipe so I can enjoy eating them any time I wanted to right at home.

A few years ago however, I found the perfect recipe for a home made Falafel. I want to share this with you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of chick peas
  • 2 cups of crushed beans(fava beans)
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tablespoon Falafel spices
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • oil for frying

Preparation:

  • Soak the chick peas and the crushed beans separately in 2 bowls of water for 24 hours
  • Drain the water and place them, separately in a food processor and mix well
  • Mix the crushed garlic with the fresh coriander and the onion
  • Mix all the ingredients together, season with salt, Falafel spices and the baking soda
  • Heat the oil, take a small piece of the Falafel mixture and put it in the special dispenser (called aleb falafel) and deep fry them until brown color
  • You can eat them with all kinds of vegetables you like: tomatoes, parsley, onion, pickles and lettuce, but the most important is the dip for the Falafel, the taratour

The dip(Taratour preparation):

  • Crush 2 cloves of garlic with salt, add 1 cup of tahini and mix with about 2 cups of water, then press 1 lemon and mix it with them
  • Adjust the lemon and salt to your taste.

ET VOILA…C’EST TOUT:)

My first post

As I am putting my first recipe, I thought at  the moments I was unable to decide what to cook for my children, and I remember the hesitation in choosing something to please them without causing me a lot of work!

This is why I would like to share these recipes with you and I hope that it will make life easier especially for new mothers.