I recently read an article about how and why most of us resorted to baking during quarantine. Whether is it anxiety baking or procrastibaking, as the article states, it is an activity that we enjoy to let time pass during confinement and have a good delicious product, that is usually more delicious because we made it ourselves.
I was never really into baking bread. I LOVE eating bread, but when it comes to making it, whether it is our local thin chewy pita bread or a good crusty loaf, my motto was (a literal translation of an Arabic saying) buying it rather than raising it. That was until confinement hit us and I decided to start raising my bacteria pet: Quarant7ino (the 7 reads as the other H sound in Arabic, and t7in/t-hin means flour)
Yes, I started a sourdough starter from scratch.
I did a lot of research and checked out different sources, watched videos, read articles, asked people, got helpful replies and tips on instagram, looked into different flours and methods, and now I am finally able to say
I MADE A GOOD LOAF Continue reading
Following the “nutritious and conscious eating” lecture from the previous post, I want to talk about how aware eating will help us become in control of how our body behaves.
In his article, Michael Ruhlman, from Food52 states that “fat is not bad, stupid is bad” and I agree. When we consume food sold under the label healthy, low fat, no fat, low sugar, no sugar, diet,…etc, but we don’t really take a closer look at what is replacing all those already-existing elements that make food. For example, it has been stated recently that butter isn’t as bad as it was promoted a few decades ago. While the alternative, margarine, is found to be more harmful because of the trans fats content, caused by the hydrogenation process that turns liquid fats, vegetable oils, into solid. Looking at the ingredients list of products we consume, you’ll find a lot of hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, artificial (and added natural) flavors, preservatives, corn syrup, and sugar. Continue reading
Lent is over and so is my incubation with my vegan concept Sprouts.
I decided to plant my sprouts somewhere else because the air got a little bit stifling.
It was a pleasure meeting so many people, some of them are followers of the blog and some are followers of the restaurant, while some are curious to know what vegan creations I was concocting. Very few were the dissatisfied ones, mostly the heavy meat eaters, or the ones deceived into dining at Sprouts. So many recipes prepared, so much pleasure in cooking and seeing hungry people savoring every last spoon of each dish. Continue reading