Friday, July 31, 2015

827. Breakfast Healthy Banana Split

This is a breakfast version with smart healthy swaps of the famous banana spit dessert. A banana split is an ice cream dessert where a banana is split in half lengthwise, and three balls of ice cream are put between the halves (traditionally chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry). The lot is topped with copious amounts of whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and strawberry sauce, and a final sprinkling of flaked almonds.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

826. Aubergine Chips with Coriander Cashew Pesto

I can't imagine why anyone would hate aubergines. There's really no wrong way to cook it. Case and point: this recipe is as simple as it gets. Slice the aubergines and either fry or bake them to a crisp. The fresh and vibrant coriander cashew pesto serves as the dip.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

825. Breakfast Yogurt Granola Popsicles

Ice cream for breakfast seem to be taking off! The recent boost in the healthification of so called naughty foods is finding a firm fan base. These breakfast popsicles are made up of natural yogurt lightly sweetened with honey, and swirled with a touch of jam and granola chunks.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

824. Espresso Chocolate Ice Cream (No-Churn)

With this magical new way of making a no-churn ice cream, I want to throw out my ice cream maker!
All it takes is whipping cream and a can of sweetened condensed milk, plus whatever flavorings you want.
Today's is a favorite of mine: espresso and chocolate shards.

Monday, July 27, 2015

823. Tossed Caprese Salad

Fresh mozzarella is a completely different beast from the packaged mozzarella we buy for our lasagnas. If you don't live somewhere they make it locally and sold the day of making, your next best shot is getting the "fresh"ones sold swimming in a package of its own water.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

822. Greek Chicken Fillet

This is a perfect quick, easy, and nutritious Summer meal. Quick cooking chicken breast fillets are thrown in a griddle pan while a fast salad of olives, tomatoes, feta, and mint or basil is tossed together to top the cooked chicken.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

821. Peach Ice Tea

If I had to choose my favorite iced tea, it would be the fresh lemon iced tea. However, iced tea varieties are just as endless as lemonade varieties, and deserve being explored.

Friday, July 24, 2015

820. Roasted Vegetables Pasta Salad

My pasta salad is a favorite and is highly requested and often copied. It works great in Summer barbeque gatherings as it does in an off-season craving. It is full of vegetables and herbs, and this version differs in that the vegetables are roasted.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

819. Lemon Curd Crepe Cake

A crepe cake is basically stacked crepes layered with something delicious. That something delicious can be plain jarred jam, or heightened to the levels of lemon curd or dulce de leche.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

818. One Pot Lemon Curd

There are some kitchen basics that seem just too complicated to make due to their arduous and finicky procedure which one must adhere to that it's just not worth while to make unless it's for a momentous occasion.
Think: lemon curd, creme patissiere, choux pastry and the like. So when I find a short cut yielding perfect results, I take it.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

817. Baked Potato Bar

It was so much fun preparing this serve-yourself baked potato bar. The only cooking involved (unless you make your own pulled meat or shawerma) is baking the potato, which is as easy as wrapping in foil and throwing in an oven. All the rest is prep work.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

816. Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa

What a successful dish this was! I could probably write a book on 365 Roast Chicken recipes for every day of the year and not tire. Jerk chicken is a Jamaican concoction, and what makes it a jerk is its marinade. The contrast between the intense savory chicken and the freshness of the mango salsa is phenomenal. It might seem weird, but it so works.

Friday, July 17, 2015

815. Strawberries in Cream Cheese Frosting Dip

Eid Al-Fitr Mubarak to all my Muslim brothers and sisters in the world.

If you have ever gone to a fair in the height of Summer and bought a punnet of fresh strawberries to dunk in sugar or cream, you will certainly appreciate this dessert. A bowlful of ripe, red, sweet-tangy strawberries served alongside some whipped cream cheese frosting to dip at your leisure is a must when these berries are in season.

Monday, July 13, 2015

814. Tomato Confit on Tomato Rice

Tomato confit on a bed of tomato rice might be a tomato hater's worst nightmare, but for anyone else it's a game changer. Never has a meatless meal (vegan no less) been so intensely and acutely flavorsome.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

813. Reader Recipe Pictures V

For the fifth round-up of Readers' Recipe Pictures, the collection is as varied and abundant as it is delightful, and I am so proud to have influenced so many of you and highly encourage you to keep going and send me your creations!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

812. Omani Coconut Chaklama

This month's MENA Cooking Club feature is Oman. The MENA Cooking Club explores the differences and similarities of the Middle East and North African countries through local cuisine. Previous entries include Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, and Morocco.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

811. Iced Coffee Cubes Latte

Barely a recipe, this is a life hack. For all the coffee lovers out there, this is a new way to enjoy your drink chilled in the hot Summer months. Coffee cubes are made by freezing your regular coffee (drip? instant? espresso?) in an ice cube tray, pile the cubes in a tall glass and splash your type of milk over it.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

810. Spinach Cottage Cheese Pie

The combination of spinach and some form of pastry is a favorite of mine. Add some cheese, and few could resist. See: Greek spinach rolls, salmon spinach quiche, and plain spinach quiche.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

809. Frozen Berry with Hot White Chocolate Sauce

Few desserts qualify as impressive, delicious, fast, and easy at the same time. This near-instant dessert is dinner-party quality, and leaves room for personal preferences.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Spirulina: What Is It?

I was inspired by the wonderful folks at to share a non-sponsored infographic about a superfood called Spirulina. I have been curious about spirulina for a while now and want to start adding it to my smoothies for added nutritional benefit. It is very rich in protein and antioxidants, and is included in the diet of astronauts to keep them healthy and strong!
If, like me, you have never heard of spirulina, this infographic will help get you acquainted.