Strawberry Labneh Verrines

Strawberry Labneh Verrines

During our family trip to Iceland in May 2015, we discovered the “skyr". Skyr is an Icelandic dairy product and its texture is close to strained greek yogurt. We had it in savory but mostly sweet dishes. It made me think about the Lebanese yogurt variations that we usually enjoy in savory recipes. I had to create something for a sweet labneh! :))

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

This Gluten Free Chocolate Cake is very easy to make and dangerously easy to eat! You have been warned! :))
The cake is decadent, crumbly delicious, beautiful and is gluten free. It is a great recipe to make if you have allergy problems or diet restrictions. It is also a good dessert option to offer when entertaining friends or a large group of people.

The chocolate is intense and goes extremely well with hazelnut. You don’t need to be reminded how incredible and heavenly delicious is the chocolate hazelnut marriage; it’s a match made in aroma heaven.

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Fava Bean, Prosciutto and Melon Spoon

Fava Bean, Prosciutto and Melon Spoon

This fresh Fava Bean, Prosciutto and Melon Appetizer Spoon takes the classical melon / prosciutto combination to a whole new level. The textures are interesting and the colors attractive. It is salty, sweet, fresh and surely invites you for more…

You know by now how I love appetizers. I made this colorful spoon for a dinner party with very close friends. We always laugh about it but I think that over the years, they earned their “trusted taster” badges!  We agree that they have to give constructive criticism and honest opinions because that is the only way to improve! This appetizer spoon got their seal of approval and I hope you like it too!

Bon Appétit

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Mujaddara

Mujaddara

Mujaddara is a classic healthy vegetarian lentil based dish. It is a staple of the Lebanese Cuisine and each family has its own version. The ingredients are very simple and always available in a Mediterranean kitchen.
Personally, I grew up refusing to eat this dish and remember arguing with mom over the Mujaddara each time it was on the menu. Mujaddara was a “weekly special” dish in my family; I recall my grandmother preparing it every single Friday. One Friday was the Mujaddara (we called it: Mdardara) where rice and lentils are cooked together and topped with crispy fried onions and the other week would be the Strained Mujaddara; where lentils and onions are cooked and strained like a thick soup, and the rice would be added at the end so its starch would give this comforting dish the consistency it needed.

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Mango Shrimp Spoons

Mango Shrimp Spoons

Summer is almost here. This mango shrimp appetizer spoon is deliciously sunny. The curried apple sauce is a hearty and flavorful vehicle that contrats beautifully with the sweetness of the mango and the shrimp. It does not require a lot of cooking, can easily be made a few hours in advance and will surely wow your guests.

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