Falafel

Falafel

I love Falafel. Lebanese street food at its best. When I left Lebanon I knew I will be craving some food that taste way better “out” or “on the street” than their homemade version! Take the Shawarma for instance; there is no way you can achieve the meat or chicken shawarma flavors at home… it just doesn’t work. It is good, probably healthier but their is always something missing! I thought the same way about the Falafel and 10 years later I finally tried to make them at home, from scratch, because the craving was too big to ignore. After a lot of trials and overflowing ideas I narrowed the recipe to its basic form. It is still a work in progress but this structure is a delicious base to any creative twists and additions.

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Mini Roquefort Popovers

Mini Roquefort Popovers

How cute are these mini Roquefort popovers? They present very well and make great appetizers. Their color and golden brown edges are very tempting. If you are a blue cheese fan you won't be able to stop devouring those little pockets of deliciousness. 
I have made these adorable popovers with Roquefort and Stilton cheese. This recipe is my go-to-trick when I have blue cheese leftovers that don't look good anymore. "Save the blue cheese!"

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Pain Au Lait

Pain Au Lait

One of my wishes for 2015 was to stop buying non artisan bread. No room for classical New Year's resolutions here; it always fails! The kids love bread: they eat it all day long. It is a traditional part of our breakfast and besides being always available during the main meals of the day, they will ask for a labneh or jam sandwich as a snack. I make a lot of bread at home but their favorite kind are the sliders buns and “pain au lait”. Ideal size, easy handle, soft texture and great support for any sweet or savory filling. I no longer buy prepackaged bread and make pain au lait at home, as often as required.

The pain au lait recipe is easy, cute and delicious. It is also a great support for different “bun” shapes. It can be baked plain or topped with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, coarse salt, herbs etc…

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Guacamole

Guacamole

I always loved guacamole and tried many recipes before coming up with my own, where I find the proportions balanced and sunny. This recipe lets the avocado shine with bright notes of lemon and lime, cilantro, scallions and a hint of garlic.

My favorite guacamole version is spicy and includes some finely chopped jalapeño but I usually prepare this creamy recipe without any added heat so the kids can enjoy it too!

It is of course a crowd pleasing appetizer, but I also use it as a condiment to grilled meats and as a spread for some yummy tostadas and sandwiches…

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Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

I should make this dessert more often! It is a classical Chocolate Mousse with great texture, a nice body and delicious aromas. The subtle notes of liqueur add a nice touch to this lovely chocolaty dessert.
I play with different liqueurs and depending on the guests and the rest of the party menu, I add Grand Marnier, Frangelico or even some coffee liqueur!

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