Friday, December 11, 2015

Soulful Soup

As the temperature drops, there's no better meal to warm you up and fill your insides with a little sunlight than home-made soup.

I love making soup all-year round but soup in winter tastes a little bit better.

The ingredients could be anything and everything.  I opened up my fridge, and everything I saw was used.

Friday, November 27, 2015

My version of the babaghanoush

This is probably the most refreshing dip you'll taste.  The aubergine adds depth to this dish and the greek yogurt elevates the palates with its tangy freshness.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Organic Shmorganic

There is so much debate on whether to buy organic or non-organic "conventional" food.  Some  say that local produce here in Bahrain is pretty organic since our farms are not the 'industrial-sized' farms (like in other major exporting countries) using excessive amounts of pesticides and other chemicals.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Popsicle maker, check. Delicious recipe kids love, check!

So now that we have the popsicle maker review out of the way, what better way to test it out than with a fail-proof, kids-approved, healthy recipe?

This is a short and sweet post.  Literally.  Figuratively.

Best popsicle maker. Ever.

Hot weather is synonymous with ice-cream.  But as I'm sure you noticed, my quest for healthy options never ceases.  So homemade popsicles are the perfect treat.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Waffle Wednesdays

My kids love waffles.  Until very recently, they would enjoy the ready-made ones by McVities.  They would have them as a snack for school and sometimes for breakfast.  But a quick label read shocked me at how much sugar they packed (9% of daily intake!).

Lately, I've been getting involved more into their breakfast preparation.  Usually, they wake early and ask for a cheese sandwich, cereal, or waffles and it would be prepared by the nanny.  I hated that.  But due to the morning rush and the fact that I didn't have time what with getting ready for work, preparing my lunch...etc, I was forced to leave the breakfast part of their day in the hands of the help. 

But mom guilt combined with my nutrition awakening meant that I took matters into my own hands and for the past week, I shifted my routine around to be able to prepare breakfast for the kids.  So now eggs are breakfast for one day, cereal/granola for another, sandwich...etc.  I ensure they have some fruits with their meal and that they leave the house with a happy and full tummy. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Perfect Summer Salad Take 2

Some people think that making a salad takes up a lot of prep time and so resort to making other quicker meals or worse, ordering in.

The key to making such prep-heavy meals is to prepare in bulk make in advance.  So for example, once a week I would cook enough brown rice and quinoa to last me throughout the week.  I also tend to buy washed and chopped greens (always local).  Cherry tomatoes for instance are so easy to prepare you just cut them in half and you're set!  Cucumbers can be prewashed and ready for chopping (I use a mandolin).  So you catch my drift - right?

Okay, so this is such a delicious salad and is refreshing  for a hot summer day.  Enjoy it as an appetizer or a meal on its own.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nothing can kill the chocoholic in me

Every time I cave into my chocolate craving, I immediately feel guilty.  Although I tend to make a lot of homemade stuff (cookies and such) to avoid store-bought snack, I still can't shake off the guilt.

Dark chocolate helps sometimes, but for instance, my kids don't like it.  My quest for finding that guilt-free and delicious chocolate treat continued.  Until I found these two recipes.  Bear in mind, my quest is ongoing and I am accumulating recipes as I along.  I have a few that were complete failures, but the two I'm about share have been tried and tested to perfection.

Behold, creamy chocolate mousse and overnight breakfast oats.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Beet Hunger - Part 2

In my previous post I talk about the unbelievable benefits of beets.  Here's a continuation to that post with this delectably light salad - perfect as a main or side.

Beet Hunger - Part 1

You don't see beets on superfood lists anywhere, but they ought to be.  The benefits of beets are endless, their nutritional content is superior, and they taste good in both sweet and savory dishes.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Rainbow for Food

Not only is color beautiful, but it also means the food you're about to enjoy contains a magnitude of nutrients and minerals.

So when you're shopping for groceries, go for color and you're all set!

The Awakening

It's no secret that I am an advocate to healthy cooking and using less oil.  So naturally I opted for a cooking product that was calorie- and fat-free - hi Pam.

But lately, I had an epiphany.  I read the label.  I almost always read labels but for products like Pam, when historically, I read them in so many recipes and even saw them being used sparingly in cooking shows, I took the content for granted.

What I found online resulted in a typhoon of emotions: shock, disgust, fear, disappointment.  And the resulting action? I disposed of these IMMEDIATELY.

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Uprising That is Artifact

I found out about this amazing service from my friend, @rshrsho, who published her beautiful photographs on their wood calendar.

When I received my calendar, I was impressed with everything!  The quality of the paper, the print clarity, even the smooth mechanics of the clip - I could tell that this was the real deal.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pores? What pores?

So I have pores.  And I hate them.  I tried every remedy, ice-cubes to rubbing alcohol.   But honestly, nothing works.  I'm born with them and they won't go away.  And I have accepted that.

But with makeup and especially if you are going for a flawless complexion, they need to disappear. And fast.

In comes this amazing product that makeup and skincare manufacturers are starting to take notice. Pore minimizers.

Their aim is to eliminate your pores.  Immediately and very temporarily.  So basically, you wipe them off with your makeup.

I tried and tested 3.

And I really tried and I really tested.  I tried each product for about a month. Really gave it a chance to shine (or not).  So here's my take.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Perfect Summer Salad

I think we've all established that salads are pretty popular in my house.  And most salads I make consist of ingredients we like.  Period.  I don't follow recipes much but instead, create salads based on colors, texture (crunch versus smooth), what's in season, and ingredient compatibility.

This salad is a prime example of all the above: what goes well with chicken? Avocado! What's offsets the soft green leaves of lettuce? Crunchy purple cabbage! And what adds that pop of acidity to just elevate the entire salad to another level? Capers!

So without further ado, I introduce to you the perfect summer salad *crowd goes wild*.

Monday, April 13, 2015

More Soup For You!

I absolutely love the Philips Soupmaker. I reviewed this gadget in 2012 and I still use/love it.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Heaven in a Kettle

I am addicted to coffee.  American, Italian, French, Turkish - you name it, I crave it.

The one coffee I consistently fail at is our very own Arabic coffee (or gahwa).  I tried the best grinds, the most fail-proof methods, and even different cooking utensils - all failed.

Monday, March 9, 2015

My Take on the Nicoise Salad

This is one of the prettiest salads I ever made.  It looks and tastes fresh, and is a definite crowd pleaser.

This salad has a lot of preparing so bear with it.  However, the end results are so pretty.

Pizza Pinwheels

As fun as this recipe sounds, it's even more fun to make, and even MORE fun to eat!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My Own Minestrone

The beautiful thing about Minestrone soup is that you can easily make it your own, use a medley of your favorite vegetables and you're set.

The vegetables simmering in that pot result in the most delicious flavors - and this is what I aim for with this recipe.  It's super healthy and can last in the fridge for days after.

I improvised my recipe by adding bell peppers and kale - and trust me when I tell you this - it's to-die-for.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Last Night A Caterer Saved My Life

This is a long overdue post.  The title says last night, but technically, it was 3 weeks ago.

I hosted a family dinner at my house and the night before the dinner, the food arrangements all changed.  I realized at midnight, the eve of the dinner, that I had no food to put on the dinner table.

Panic set in.  My backyard was all dressed up, and had nowhere to go.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Spreading Happiness - One Gift at a Time

I had the pleasure of attending the opening of PaperMoon at The Walk.  I was intrigued from the moment I received the personal invite.  It was elegantly presented and the concept inside was refreshingly different.  Wrap a gift and they will present it to a sick child.

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Mean Sandwich

Sometimes, all you need is a quick, homemade sandwich that feels gourmet and tastes like a franchise.

And more than often, you find that a simple condiment can actually make (or break) this sandwich.  This post is dedicated to that condiment.