Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

Roasting or flash roasting vegetables is a super easy and quick way to have a warm dinner. When your tomatoes, zucchini, cauliflower etc.. are lonely and getting sad in the fridge and you don’t have time to plan for an elaborate meal here is my advice: roast them!
While the vegetables are going through their magical oven transformation, you have time to prepare the rest of the meal components. The technique is easy and simple and the possibilities are endless. Be hungry. Have fun!

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Kafta

Kafta

Kafta aromas hold thousands of childhood culinary memories. Lebanese Kafta is a mixture of ground meat with parsley, onions and spices. It is sometimes referred to as the “lebanese burger” but this meat preparation has various “applications” that make it great for BBQ, baked in the oven with potatoes and tomatoes, as meatballs in tomato stews with rice on the side, for my grandmother “Téta Emilie” famous fattit Kafta and much more…

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Spring Onion Tarte Tatin

Spring Onion Tarte Tatin

I enjoy preparing tarts a lot. I know; I must have said that multiple times. But it’s true. My legendary love for Tarte Tatin grew even more when I started using this technique for savory applications. 
I was at the grocery store shopping with my meticulously written list when I saw the spring onions. They were too pretty not to take them home with me! I had to prepare a dish that will make them shine. Their flavors and colors did not disappoint. I have prepared onion tartes Tatin a few times before that but this “spring onion” version is the absolute best.

The flavors are sweet and the balsamic aromas compliment the sweetness of the onions. The herbs add a needed touch to brighten everything up. I like to use lemon thyme and strong peppery oregano to balance the overall caramelized notes of this dish.

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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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