Soujok & Mixed Bean Stew, and Counting my Blessings

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When your life takes an unexpected turn and gives you a lot to think about and process, sometimes you are left with your thoughts, overworked from the craziness of things in your head at one moment. Early this year I was an employee working from 8 to 5 in an office, on a desk, behind a screen, endlessly clicking the mouse before the bell rings announcing the day’s end. I had an opportunity that seemed to bright, and too got to be true. I knew I would be dumb and regret it if I didn’t take it. So I jumped.
In the past five months, my life matched my soul; floating, figuring things in the ether, finding it’s calling. I’ve cooked, managed the restaurant, sous chef-ed, catered at a gala event as part of the Bi Bayti team(you can hire me to cook at your home now!), cooked in the mountains for more than 50 person each time, got my name and work printed (read my interview on one8one magazine here, and buy the latest issue of The Carton to read my entry), and I went on TV.  Continue reading

Vegan Chili Bowl with Rice, and Almost Fatal Snow-shoeing in Laqlouq

A couple of Sundays ago, I joined a group of my colleagues for a long walk across the snow up the Lebanese mountains in a well-known winter sports town; Laqlouq. Vegan Chili Recipe - Cookin5m2-8Laqlouq Vegan Chili Recipe - Cookin5m2-11The plan was to take a 3-hour walk across the snow-covered hills, around the high hill with the large white cross overlooking the whole area, back to our starting point. We wore special snow shoes to help us walk better and prevent our feet and legs from taking a dive into the high heaps of fresh snow. We began our journey with enthusiasm and excitement, enjoying the warm first of March sun, that kissed us really badly at the end of the day. I turned off my mobile data and decided that I don’t want to use my phone. I took out my camera and took a few shots every now and then.

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Quick Beans and Quinoa in Tomato Sauce (Quinoa bi Banadoura)

This is a non-traditional dish with traditional Lebanese roots. Or maybe I’m making this up to make you fall for this delicious dish. It’s delicious and filling for sure. The only traditional thing I felt in this is the texture of the ingredients in the tomato sauce. Reminded me of burghul pilaf in tomato sauce, or burghul aa banadoura.

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Foodie Blog Swap: Holiday Dishes


Hello! I’m so honored to be guest posting as part of the blog swap meet! Today I’ll be sharing with you one of my family’s favorite winter meals: hearty and warming Tuscan bean soup cooked in the slow cooker! It’s absolutely delicious and you’re going to love it!

Slowcooker Tuscan Bean Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Italian herb mix
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 2 cans Cannellini beans
  • 3 cups pork stock
  • 4 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 250g cooked ham
  • salt
  • pepper

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The 2-5-40 challenge: omelette, salad and white bean spread

No I haven’t been ignoring my blog. How can you ignore your baby?

It is just that I have started a new day job 3 weeks ago and it is draining me out. I’m getting back home with barely any energy left and no intent to go back behind the screen again. I work in graphic design and my new job is in books design. Back to the challenge, this is the 3rd recipe and 2 more to go.

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Cooking on a budget requires a little more effort. You shall not buy ready-made and frozen food since it is so out of the daily budget, and health wise, home cooking is way better. And tastier. 

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