A Special Palestinian Brunch and Delicious Labneh with Vegetables

Palestinian brunch at motto-me

In case you have been following my Facebook page (which you should –> www.fb.com/cookin5m2) you might have known about my new big announcement. Cookin5m2 was cooking in another kitchen and making food for people other than my family. My mom and I were cooking at Mòtto and had prepared a special Palestinian brunch with exceptional recipes that wowed everyone. THE PLACE WAS FULLY, if not over, BOOKED!

Palestinian brunch at motto

Kaak asfar, Labneh with vegetables and tomato salad


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20 Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes to Cook During Lent

I’d like to take the opportunity and with those who are fasting a Blessed Lent.

I, myself, haven’t fasted in a few years and haven’t abstained from meats or dairies for longer. The thing is, I don’t usually cook with a lot of meats. Most of my recipes are either vegetarian, vegan, or can be altered to be either one.

For the son of a butcher, and a whole family of butchers, it is blasphemous for me to quit meats. I did quit red meats for2 years and I was given a hard time, even though I sometimes used to cook for myself or ask mom for a meat-less or chicken version of whatever she’s cooking. I decided to finally end it when I was tempted by mom’s spicy barbequed kababs. Now I am back to meats regularly. And allow me to say, a bit more than ever. I am a fan of beef burgers now, I ate barbecued meat, I have no problem with pork, and I enjoyed beef curries. Weird, isn’t it?

For now, I have not made up my mind whether I will be abstaining from a certain food group but for those of you who have, I present you with this list of 20 vegetarian and vegan recipes to cook during lent:

Lunch or Dinner

Creamy Cauliflower Soup (vegan)
https://cookin5m2.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/vegan-creamy-cauliflower-soup/ 

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Weekend Breakfast: Fried Eggs with Prosciutto, and Apple Butter and Bourbon Pancakes

Weekend breakfasts: a meal unlike any other of the week, mainly consisting of delicious food that can be heavy and filling but it will surely make you and your tummy happy.

Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Recipe - Cookin5m2-4 Apple Butter Bourbon Pancakes Recipe - Cookin5m2-2You wake up, you go to the kitchen, bring the pot of water to a boil, make a cup of coffee or tea, prepare breakfast, eat breakfast on the porch enjoying the morning sun. Continue reading

White Sandwich Bread Recipe #WIN

Let’s all rejoice!

I give you the rest of the week off. Just enjoy it.

Sandwich Bread Recipe - Cookin5m2-3I have succeeded in making bread at home. Almost from scratch. I didn’t make the yeast, neither did I milk the cow or pick the wheat myself to be ground. That still counts as “from scratch”, right? Continue reading

My 27th Birthday and Orange Chocolate Cake with Ganache Frosting and Candied Citrus

Here we go again! Another year! I am 27 and it is getting the best of me. My 27th Birthday Chocolate Orange Cake with Candied Citrus Recipe - Cookin5m2-6 Last week I was jumping like I’m 26, and now I am suffering from back pain. I bet it is from the long hours at work on my chair in front of the screen and the hours after work, also in front of the screen to get other things done. Enough with the nagging now, let me tell you about ma burthdaaay that was on Friday. Continue reading