Chia Pudding with Strawberries and Pomegranates

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How many of you are into superfoods?

How many of you look up superfood recipes online dreaming of getting all this goodness and instantly becoming “healthy” after swiping that credit card to fill your trunk?

It’s not like that darling.
Having a cupboard full of chia seeds, flaxseeds, oats, maple syrup, agave, olive oil, quinoa, and kale doesn’t turn you into a fitness guru and doesn’t make you healthier.
We can see the rings around your belly; Your donut.

I see you storing those in the kitchen and lashing out on a jar of that hazelnut spread crap you all like. Oh yes I did! Sue me!!!

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Fool Mdammas – Broad Beans and Chickpeas

I seriously have a problem that I need to talk to you about.

I need to know if I’m alone in this.
If you feel the same as I do, please let me know and release me from my agony.

HERE IT IS
From the moment I open my eyes, sometimes even before I open them, I start thinking of what to have for breakfast. I get up and start making something to eat

Am I alone in this?

Probably this is why I have so many breakfast recipes on this blog.

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Tomato and Quail Egg Bites

This is not precisly a bruschetta. Technically it is. It is a piece of toasted bread, rubbed with garlic, topped with delicious ingredients. BUT it is certainly not an antipasto for me, excuse me Italians. I love these little filling bites for the limitless options one can layer in such a small bite.

There are still some seasonal tomatoes in produce shops and I LOVE tomatoes; red, ripe, juicy, and super flavourful. Go and grab the last ones out there and treat them well!

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Gin and Herbed Butter Grilled Shrimps with Grilled Lemons

 It is now cooler to turn on a grill. Whether you like a charcoal or electric, it is definitely easier to stand by a hot grill with a couple of shrimps in one hand and a gin based cocktail in the other!

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Yesterday, a relative took us on a tiny boat into the sea where we went for a swim. The water is so clear there, so clear you can see your toes and the sand patterns at the bed of the sea. It was so fun and scary when he’s tipping the boat to one side when making a turn that I scream my voice out I almost lost it. I know how Ariel felt now. He promised us next time, he’ll take up fishing again. A trip we take before dawn to catch the fish when they come up to eat. Continue reading

Asian Duck Stir-fry

I don’t always get my hands on duck meat. It is only recently that I was able to taste it and fall in love with it. It is true that ducks are birds, but the meat is darker than chicken and it can be more tender. Did you know that duck has less fat than turkey?  That’s what I was told

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What I didn’t know is that duck meat is best eaten when the inside is still pink, unlike chicken. The filets that I got are part of the breast. When cooked, they are so tender and more flavorful than chicken and they should only be cooked for a short period to keep the center pink and moist.

This recipe uses the stir-fry method, which is cooking the food for a short period of time in oil until done. This keeps the duck meat soft and tender, just the way I want it. The sauce is incredible! The aroma of sesame oil while marinating is so appetizing the anticipation for marination time was a killer.

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