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The Lebanese Take on Pizza: Mixed Man’oucheh

It is amazing how the Mediterranean cuisine can be similar in many countries but never be the same.

If the Italians can claim the pizza, the Lebanese can claim a similar concoction: the Man’oucheh. Typically eaten for breakfast, but if made in mini it can be used as an appetizer or as party finger food.

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Quick Glance at what We Ate over the Holidays

I know, I know… I abandoned things here since a while ago and I have not even posted a thing about the holidays. Things have been a little hectic on one side, on the other I was a bit lazy. I did not do any cooking worth really sharing with you. It was mostly a risotto here or a pasta there, but all in the standard realm.

But I will share the food we ate over the holidays with you still. I took pictures of most if not all.

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Taste-Buds Lebanese Vacation

I know we are guilty of abandoning this blog for a little while, OK… OK… it was a long while (Hangs head in shame!). But I have an excuse, I really do! It was a really hot summer here in Lebanon, temperature climbed to incredible heights and humidity was not a bad competitor either. You don’t believe me? You can ask my T-B Clint. Yes one of my Taste-Buds visited me actually! How cool is that! We can officially scratch the part that says we all never met. It was such a nice experience to meet a long time friend and a recent co-author. You can of course guess that a lot of food was included in the trip. After all this is Lebanon, where most revolves around food, and we are two food bloggers. We did the regular sightseeing too but this post is mostly gonna be about food!

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Culinary Flags

As I was reading one of the blogs on the Taste-Buds links, Learn Food Photography I came across a link they posted on their site and I thought it was a very interesting one to share with our readers.

Click the following link to discover the Culinary Flags, do not pass the opportunity to see  a great work of creativity!

Christmas: A Lebanese Celebration Tale

Christmas in Lebanon is one of the most celebrated holidays around the year. It reflects a spirit of welcome and joy.

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Beef Breyani: Traditional South Africa in Lebanon.

I did my shopping along the week to get all the ingredients/spices for the Breyani. I meant to prepare it on Sunday (October 6). I even asked the maid at the office where I can find a place that sells masala and similar spices. She is Sri-Lankan and I figured that they use something similar in their cuisine. She pointed a close by place, but after some asking and a lot of running around, I declared myself forfeited. I don’t know if it is the maid’s broken Arabic, the people who did not know the place but pointed different spice stores or it was me who did not get the directions: result was no masala. I tried the supermarket but the masala I found had most of the spices I got. I even found a Breyani mix, but again it had the same spices I already had.

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After Work Sofficini

I set myself to make the Sofficini today.

I have had the tomato sauce prepared a while ago. I am against buying what you can easily prepare yourself. I also had some very ripe tomatoes.

Not to mention a basic tomato sauce could always come in handy in a wide range of recipes.

Here is how I make it: I brown diced onions and crushed garlic then when they get a golden color, I add the cored and peeled tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Some add some sugar but I prefer the acidity of tomatoes, so it is a matter of taste. Then I let it simmer till it becomes a little less thick than a paste and blend when cold.

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Parmesan Chicken Paprika with Apple and Raisin Salad

I got to cook the chicken paprika as lunch for my family today.  I decided to serve it with apple and raisin salad which oddly enough was to my dad’s taste. For those who know my father, they would be extremely surprised to hear that he said a dish is good. The chicken was approved also, but everyone mostly liked the caramelized onions and mushrooms.

I did not cook the recipe exactly as in the posted challenge.

First I made little pouches in the chicken breasts and stuffed them with Parmesan. Although, next time I would cover the chicken with the cheese and bake them for like five minutes in the oven.

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Challenge 2: Paprika Chicken with Mushrooms

I’ve been asked to set the next challenge. I decided to go for a paprika chicken recipe I recently discovered. Follow the link for the recipe. It has lovely strong flavours which I really enjoy. As a beginner, I have been choosing easy recipes that are versatile. Have fun with this one!

A Greek Twist

I’m excited about this first challenge, although an easy recipe, I’m keen to see what my friends have done with it. This is my interpretation. Enjoy!

tomatoe, olive, feta pasta

I decided to change the recipe a bit, since I am not a fan of cold food. The praise however, goes to a very good friend of mine, who showed me this recipe.

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