All posts tagged: brunch

Samah’s Mango Yogurt with Fruits and Granola

One of my best friends’ 2 favorite things in the world include: mangoes and yogurt with granola and so I couldn’t not make something in her honor. The following recipe is for 2 people. The beauty of this recipe is that you can use absolutely any fruits you like or combinations. Smash a ripe banana with a few strawberries, passion fruit with chunks of peaches, figs!!! Mango and peaches, mango and blueberries…you get my point… A little tip: this tastes better if it sits for half an hour in the fridge. Ingredients: 1/2 cup Labneh or natural yogurt 1/4 mango, peeled and sliced 1 tablespoon of honey or to taste Strawberries, raspberries A handful of granola for each bowl. Method: Mash the mango. Add the labneh to a bowl and whisk to loosen it up a bit. Add mango to labneh and add the honey. Mix well. Divide in 2 serving bowls. Top with granola and fruits. Drizzle some more honey or even maple syrup. Enjoy!!! Buon Appetito!

Carrot Cake

Who doesn’t love a good slice of homemade carrot cake covered with cream cheese frosting ? Specially when it’s super easy to make!! I advice you do this cake and treat yourself…yumm Ingredients: For the Cake: 250 ml vegetable oil 4 eggs at room temperature, slightly beaten 225 gr soft light brown sugar 1 cup grated carrots, packed 225 gr self raising flour 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 140 gr chopped walnuts, optional For the Icing: 45 gr butter, softened 170 gr full fat cream cheese, at room temperature 300 gr icing sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 tablespoons of milk Method: In a bowl stir together the oil, eggs, sugar & carrots. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda & cinnamon into a large bowl. Fold the 2 mixture together and then fold in the walnuts if using. Divide between 2 tins and bake in the center of a preheated oven on 180 for about 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes then turn the cakes …

Avocado Toast & Eggs

Few are the things that top the simplicity and taste of an avocado toast with eggs and whether its for breakfast, lunch or dinner these are hard to resist. Im sorry in advance for making you drool now but you will thank me later as these come together in 10 minutes! Ingredients: Favorite bread, toasted 1/2 an avocado, smashed Egg cooked as preferred Salt & Black pepper Method: Mash the avocado with a pinch of salt. Spread it over the toasted bread. Top it with egg Season with salt and black pepper Buon Appetito!

Leeks Quiche

Rustic quiche are my favorite ever! Creamy and cheesy quiche is perfect for brunch, lunch and dinner and I simply love it with a simple side salad dressed in lemon and oil. I used store bought shortcrust pastry and it made my life so much easier! Ingredients: 1 pack shortcrust pastry, defrosted 2 big leeks, washed and roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed A couple of springs of fresh thyme leaves 4 eggs 300 ml cooking cream, at room temperature 1/2 cup Labneh or sour cream 100 gr mozzarella, shredded 1 cup grated parmesan A pinch of nutmeg Salt and pepper to taste Method: Start by blind baking the pastry. While the pastry is cooking cook the leeks in a bit of olive oil till wilted. Add the crushed garlic, thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl add the eggs, cooking cream, mozzarella, parmesan, labneh or sour cream and the nutmeg. Season to taste and give it a good whisk. When the pastry is ready add the cooked leeks in an …

Vospov Kofte – Red Lentil Patties

This is a traditional armenian dish that will surely gather all the family around the table. So flavorful and healthy usually these patties are served with a salad (recipe below) , fries and pickles. Dig in and enjoy!! Ingredients: 2 cups red lentils, cleaned and washed 4 cups of water 1 ½ cup fine bulgur, washed till water runs clear 2 big onions, very finely chopped 1 heaped tablespoon cumin 1 teaspoon paprika Salt to taste 1 tablespoon red pepper paste, optional Olive oil or vegetable oil as needed Method: Place the washed lentils in a deep pan and add the water. Season with salt and let it come to a boil. Reduce heat and, skimming white foam from water, let them cook  for about 30 to 40 minutes until smoochy. Turn off the heat and add the bulgur. Give it a good stir,  cover pan and let sit till lukewarm and bulgur has absorbed all the remaining water. In the meantime fry the onions until just about golden. Add them all to the lentils …

French Toast

Who, I ask, doesn’t simply love French toast??? Perfect for breakfast on a Sunday morning or even as dessert after dinner…indulgence never hurt anyone right?? Try adding different flavors to the egg mix like nutmeg or even orange zest. I love them with warmed good quality maple syrup or my homemade salted caramel… Buon Appetito!!! Ingredients: 6 thick slices of Brioche or bread 2 large eggs ¾ cup of milk 1/ 2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon of vanilla A tiny pinch of salt Butter Method: Beat together eggs, milk, salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add a nob of butter. Put each slice of bread in mixture and let soak on both sides. Place in pan without overcrowding and fry on each side until golden brown. Serve hot.