Yummy Homemade Hot Chocolate

When I was younger, I remember having the tastiest hot chocolate I’ve ever had at my aunt’s house. So last week, I recalled that taste and got the recipe from her.
And today, since it was raining outside, I decided to prepare it for a cosy night in ☕

Do you remember where you had your favorite hot chocolate?

Ingredients:
◇ 6 tbsps of cocoa powder.
◇ 6 tbsps of sugar.
◇ 3/4 cup of water.
◇ Pinch of salt.
◇ 3 and 1/4 cups of milk.
◇ 1/4 tsp of vanilla powder.

Method:
◇ Mix the cocoa powder with the sugar until well combined. Then in a pot on low heat, add the water and the pinch of salt and mix well until the cocoa is well dissolved. Then, place it on high heat until the mixture boils. Turn the heat down again and leave to simmer for 3 minutes. Mix it from time to time.
◇ Add the milk in various batches all the while mixing on low heat. Keep it as long as the mixture is not boiling. When done, add the vanilla extract, mix well and serve.
◇ You can also place it in the fridge and drink as a cold chocolate drink 🤗

There you have it 👩‍🍳 #instapic#yum#delicious#fresh#foodie#homemade#buzzfeedfood#feedfeed#thefeedfeed#huffposttaste #flatlay #autumnfoodparty #autumnleafwatch #autumnvibes🍁 #saladdressing #tomatosauce #veganfoodspot #vegan #chocolatecakes #hotchocolate #cakelovers #hotchocolaterecipe #lebanon

Another Colorful salad with Beans

Yellow is my favorite color! That’s why I always like to integrate it in one way or another in my salads! I think it adds some special vibe 💛
What’s your favorite color?

Here I added up what I had in the fridge to create this colorful salad: Iceberg lettuce, yellow bell pepper, cucmbers, tomatoes, heart of palm and canned red beans.
And let me tell you roasting sesame seeds have been my thing lately. It gives such a yummy taste to the entire salad.

As for the dressing I made an oil and mustard sauce.

Ingredients:
◇ 2 squeezed lemons.
◇ 1/4 cup of olive oil.
◇ 1/4 cup of mustard.
◇ 1 tsp of salt.
◇ Oregano.

There you have it 👩‍🍳 #freshsalads #yummydressing #balsamicvinegar
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Tasty and easy Salmon fillet

👆 this was our lunch today! I used to think it is complicated to cook salmon fillet but let me tell you it only takes 15 minutes!
And the good thing about it is that you can have as many side dishes as you want with it. Here, I made some potato puree and sauteed fresh asparagus.

What’s the easiest thing you’ve ever cooked?

Ingredients:
◇ 1kg of cut salmon fillet.
◇ Salt.
◇ Pepper.

Method:
◇ In a pan, place the salmon fillets side by side and sprinkle over each slice salt (not a lot) and pepper (you can be generous).
◇ Preheat your oven at 180°C for about 10 minutes then place the pan in the oven at same temperature for 12 to 15 mins. Remove it and bon appetit 😊

As for the Asparagus

Ingredients:
◇ 1 pack of Asparagus.
◇ 2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil.
◇ Salt.
◇ Freshly ground black pepper.

Method:
◇ Heat a grill pan over high heat.
Toss the asparagus lightly in the olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. ◇ Grill while you turn them occasionally, until tender. They may need 5 minutes.

I will give you the puree recipe in a later post! If you want it now, all you have to do is send me a DM.

There you have it 👩‍🍳 #instapic#yum#delicious#fresh#foodie#homemade#buzzfeedfood#feedfeed#thefeedfeed#huffposttaste #flatlay #autumnfoodparty #autumnleafwatch #autumnvibes🍁 #saladdressing #tomatosauce #veganfoodspot #vegan #bellpepper #vegetables #asparagus #purée #lebanon

Fresh Salad with a honey balsamic dressing

Fresh salads are the best! And I usually like to have them for dinner, so finding new dressings is kind of my hobby lately 🤗
What’s you favorite dressing?
Here is a balsamic vinegar mixture with honey I’m sure you’re going to love.
In this salad I mixed iceberg lettuce with fresh mushrooms, corn, tomatoes, heart of palm, some pomegranate and roasted sesame seeds.

As for the dressing
Ingredients:
◇ 1 clove garlic, crushed.
◇ ¼ cup balsamic vinegar.
◇ 3 tablespoons honey.
◇ 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard.
◇ ½ teaspoon salt.
◇ ½ teaspoon ground black pepper.
◇ ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil.

Mix them all together and there you have it 👩‍🍳 #freshsalads #yummydressing #balsamicvinegar #saladdressing #instapic#yum#delicious#fresh#foodie#homemade#buzzfeedfood#feedfeed#thefeedfeed#huffposttaste #flatlay #autumnfoodparty #autumnleafwatch #autumnvibes🍁 #tomatosauce #veganfoodspot #vegan #bellpepper #vegetables #lebanesefood #lebanon

Balila aka Chickpeas dish

Today one of the items on the menu was “Balila” a famous lebanese appetiser translated to “Chickpeas Dish”. Very easy to make. However, the preparation of the chickpeas requires an overnight wait. Unless you get them canned (60% boiled). I got them canned 🤗

Do you usually have the patience to wait overnight for something to be cooked?

Ingredients:
◇ 2 Canned chickpeas. Or 4 cups of chickpeas soaked overnight.
◇ 1 tbsp of bicarbonate.
◇ 2 garlic cloves.
◇ 2 squeezed lemons.
◇ 1 tsp of salt.
◇ 1/2 cup of olive oil.
◇ Sprinkle of cummin.
◇ Fried pine nuts.

Method:
◇ Open the canned chickpeas, drain them and wash them with clean water. Same method applies to the soaked peas. Place them in a pan with water to the surface with 1 tbsp of bicarbonate (makes them cook faster). Leave to boil on high heat for 5 mins then on low heat for as long as they need to be tender. You have to constantly check. (The canned chickpeas need around 15 mins on low heat, the soaked ones need more time).
◇ On the side, mince the garlic with the salt, and mix them with the lemon juice and olive oil. Fry the pine nuts with some olive oil.
◇ When you’re ready to serve it, place the chickpeas with some of its water in a serving bowl then add the dressing and mix. Sprinkle cummin over them and the fried pine nuts.

There you have it👩🏼‍🍳 #instapic#yum#delicious#fresh#foodie#homemade#buzzfeedfood#feedfeed#thefeedfeed#huffposttaste #flatlay #autumnfoodparty #autumnleafwatch #autumnvibes🍁 #saladdressing #tomatosauce #veganfoodspot #vegan #bellpepper #vegetables #chickpeas #balila #lebanesefood #lebanon

Yummy and easy pumpkin soup

Nothing screams autumn like a pumpkin soup 👆

I finally found a recipe that I actually like and it’s super easy 😊. Here it is👇

Ingredients:
◇ 1.2 kg of fresh pumpkin cut into squares, or you can get frozen pumpkins.
◇ 1 medium sliced onion.
◇ 2 whole peeled garlic cloves.
◇ 3 cups of chicken broth.
◇ 1 cup of water.
◇ 1 tsp of salt.
◇ 1/2 tsp of pepper.
◇ 3/4 cup of cooking cream.

Method:
◇ Place all the ingredients (except the cooking cream) in a sauce pan and leave to boil on high heat, uncovered. After boiling, leave for 5 mins and then lower heat and leave for 10 mins to simmer.
◇ When all is tender, remove from the fire and use a stick blender (while they’re still hot) and blend them until smooth.
◇ Season to taste with salt and
pepper, stir through cream (never
boil soup after adding cream, cream will split). ◇ Pour the soup into serving bowls and drizzle over it
a bit of cream, sprinkle with pepper and parsley. Best served with crusty bread or toast!

There you have it👩‍🍳 #pumpkinseason🎃 #pumpkinsoup #pumpkinsoup🎃 #foodography #foodphotography#fresh#foodie#homemade#buzzfeedfood#feedfeed#thefeedfeed#huffposttaste #flatlay #autumnfoodparty #autumnleafwatch #autumnvibes🍁 #tomatosauce #veganfoodspot #vegan #bellpepper #vegetables

Snaynye, Sweets for First Tooth

Do you usually celebrate a baby’s first tooth? Here in Lebanon, we do so by preparing something called “Snaynye” (mainly made of wheat bran) and offer it to family and friends.
And since I like family gatherings, I decided to set up the table and invite the family over 🤗. Check the pictures in my stories’ highlights on instagram: http://www.instagram.com/babyinmykitchen

Ingredients:
◇ 2 packs of wheat bran.
◇ 2 cups of powdered sugar.

◇ 3 tbsps of ground cinnamon.
◇ 2 tbsps of rose water.
◇ 2 tbsps of ground anis. (All these quantities may vary according to your taste).
◇ 1 bag ground coconut.

Decoration:
◇ Pine nuts.
◇ Walnuts.
◇ Almonds. ◇ M&M’s.
◇ Teeth shaped candy.
◇ Colorful candy.
◇ Lollipops.
◇ Marshmallows.

Method:
◇ After cleaning the wheat bran from residue, soak them in clean water one day prior to the preparation.
◇ Next day, place them in a cooking pan with drinking water 5 cm above their surface. Leave them on high heat, uncovered until the water boils and leave them 5 mins after boiling before reducing to low heat, covering the pan and setting your alarm for 1h 15mins.
◇ When they’re done, place them in a large mixing bowl and add all the ingredients one at a time all the while constantly mixing.
◇ Taste it and add whatever you feel is missing.
◇ When they cool off, place them in serving bowls and decorate each bowl separately. You can also place them in a big serving pan and decorate it. For more ideas check my story highlight on Snaynye.

Hope you will enjoy 😍
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