Blueberry Swirl No-bake Labneh Cheesecake

Blueberry Swirl Labneh Cheesecake recipe - cookin5m2 -PINAfter almost a week in Baskinta with a lot of things happening and so much prep to do, this week was a calmer one. The weather decided to take it easy on us as well. Of course I haven’t tried to go to the beach but I still went out after 5, like an office employee.

A while ago, when I got my hands on some blueberries from Toot Berry, a local berry producer (FINALLY!), I decided to use them in every way possible. In a previous post, I shared a recipe for Blueberry Green Tea ice tea. Now I’ll be sharing a blueberry swirl cheesecake made my way. I realized also that I don’t have any legit cheesecake recipes here. So here’s to the first one! AND BLUEBERRIES!!!

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Black Bean Broccoli Fried Rice

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Rustic Wild Sorrel Salad with Fresh Mint, and Thyme

This week was supposed to be a full working week on an upcoming project with Bethany Kehdy. We were scheduled to be doing video recipe filming up here in their mountain fortress at the foot of Sannine mountain. I was in charge of the off-screen cooking and the styling. During the past couple of weeks Bethany and I fixed our heads to the computer screens and pen and paper to note down every single recipe, every single ingredient, props, and every piece of kitchenware a kitchen might need since we’re starting the kitchen from scratch. Continue reading

Green Tea Blueberry Ice Tea

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I am all about natural local ingredients. If you’ve followed my blog long enough, you would have known that already. This season’s fruits range from luscious strawberries that are almost out of season now, to mulberries that are starting to ripen now, watermelons, cherries, and so many stone fruits that overflow in produce shops. I’m trying to make use of all the fruits I can get my hands on, but sometimes there isn’t enough time.

I have always dreamt of getting blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries. All these berries that I see in recipes from international bloggers. But I am always bummed whenever I pass by the produce isle in the supermarket and find the box of sad, almost raisin-like blueberries sitting in a clear plastic tray waiting for their final destination at the dumpster because no one would buy a 50 gram box for 7 dollars. Luckily, I found a local producer who has started growing his own berries and presenting them to the Lebanese market.

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13 Kitchen Techniques to Master and SUPER Cherry Plum Galette

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This is the third post in the Kitchen Basics Series. I started by introducing kitchen equipments one would need in the kitchen, then I listed a few ingredients that you need to have to get the cooking in your kitchen started. In this installment of posts, I’ll list a few skills and recipes that you need to learn by heart.

First thing, you need to know your knife. Get a knife. Call it your own. Get acquainted with it. It will be your friend in the kitchen and almost everything you need to prepare will require a knife at least once. You do not want fingers covered in cuts, like mine. At the beginning, when the knife I used wasn’t mine, I would get a cut (or many) on my index finger when I’d get under a little pressure.


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Knife Skills

Slice: the process of cutting something into thin pieces of equal thickness
Julienne: cutting something into matchstick shapes
Dice: cutting something into cubes
Chop: cutting something into small pieces, smaller than dicing
Mince: cutting something into small pieces, smaller than chopping
Interesting links to look at:
How To Cut Carrots: 4 Basic Cuts
How To Chop, Dice, and Mince an Onion
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