A Lebanese Political Screw


I feel for our Lebanese politicians. They have needs just like the rest of us. They have urges too. After all they’re human beings born from the same fabric into the same society of which we breathe into and exhale.

To the spouses of the politicians, I address you in particular and I say this unto you: “Our politicians need a good screw. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It is the most humane thing you can do.

Please just get a good long sturdy nail & hammer and screw them onto a wall at home, and make sure they never make it to the parliament.”

The way I see it, it’s either the few get screwed one time or an entire population gets screwed possibly forever.

Of course my suggestion is with utmost respect to all.

Raghid Khalil 

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Eggplant Bruschetta Recipe


Here is a fun and easy recipe to do.

Eggplant Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers and sometimes just a good old plain meal.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Eggplant
  •  Mozzarella Cheese
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sesame Rye Crisp bread (I love using this healthy option: Ryvita) / Toasted Baguette

The Dressing:

  • Fresh/Dried Basil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Pink Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Olive Oil

Instructions:

Slice the Eggplant as thick or thin as you like. Put them on a tray and sprinkle some salt on them. Leave them for 20 minutes so that the excess water in them comes to the surface. Pat dry.

Cover the Eggplant with a little bit of Olive Oil and some Fresh/Dried Basil. (I used dried basil this time)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake The Eggplant in the oven for 20 minutes or until you see that they are baked thoroughly. (I like to leave the black flesh of the eggplant on. It has so much nutritional value)

While the eggplants are baking prepare the simple tomato salad.

Cut cherry tomatoes into piece. Add juice of 1 lemon, a bottle cap of apple cider vinegar, a dash of cayenne pepper, pink salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add chopped basil or dried basil. Drizzle with olive oil.

Remove the Eggplants when done. Add a handful of mozzarella cheese onto each eggplant and return to the oven. Wait until you see that the cheese has melted.

Remove from oven and put the Eggplant/Mozzarella onto the crisp bread. Add the tomato salad and devour.

Bon appétit

Rasha Nasser Khalil 

Six Great Ideas For Quick and Easy Weeknight Salmon Dinners


2Fish is one of the most versatile and easiest foods that can be prepared and cooked. While it may take a while to learn how to cook salmon if it is not boneless, other fish species, including de-boned salmon, are relatively hassle-free to whip up. Besides being the more heart health-conscious alternative to red meat, cold-water fish species have high content of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, those compounds necessary to keep cholesterol levels down and inflammation at bay.

Two servings of 150 grams each of fish per week are sufficient to maintain cardiovascular health, as well as obtain the other nutritive values of fish. Below are some great ideas on quick and easy-to-prepare fish recipes for weeknight dinners. Whether cooking for a family, for two or one’s self, these “fishy” ideas can turn into delicious and highly nutritious meals.

Salmon: King of Fishdom

Turmeric, sweet green and red bell peppers, grated ginger and honey-mustard sink deep into salmon fillets as a marinade that turns them tender, moist, and fragrantly caramelised when broiled. Try this simple, appetising Spicy Salmon in Mustard Sauce with kale in hoisin sauce, spinach made with red onions and sliced cabbage in vinaigrette or sautéed chard in garlic with fresh ground pepper and a dash of lemon juice.

If you would rather have salmon pan-seared, rub the fillets first with a cayenne pepper, sea salt and brown sugar rub. Pan-searing salmon fillets on high temperature will brown them like Cajun-style “blackening.” Serve them with jalapeño-pineapple-mint relish with a dash of lime juice and a teaspoon of chopped cilantro. This relish can even be an accompaniment to tortilla or sweet potato chips.

Dependable Tuna

Sandwiches are not the only result from tuna. There are also tuna steaks. A dash of low-sodium soy sauce, freshly ground pepper, and some sesame oil give grilled Sesame Tuna and Spicy Coleslaw a strong Asian flavour that’s surprisingly delectable. Remember that fresh tuna should be cooked medium-rare to bring out its sweet, natural flavour. As for the coleslaw, make it Asian as well by combining shredded cabbage with pungent Thai fish sauce, a dash of fiery sriracha and apple cider vinegar. This is one fish dinner that’s high in protein but low in fat and calories.

While you’re on Asian cuisine mode, go Japanese with Tuna Steak Glazed with Ginger and Wasabi. A 5-minute marinade of grated ginger, a pinch of wasabi, some brown sugar, a dash of low-sodium soy sauce, and minced garlic and another 5 minutes to pan-sear the tuna steaks and you have fish with an unbelievable texture that can only be described as “melt-in-your-mouth.” Serve this with soba noodles, some sake, and those finger-licking good mochi balls for dessert.

There’s Something Special About Swordfish

Fish also has “special occasion” moments when species such as swordfish is served. Somehow, it manages to impress guests and family alike. Swordfish ala Siciliana is reminiscent of the traditional home cooking of Sicilian homemakers with its wonderful blend of sweet and savoury sauce made from stewed tomatoes, black and green olives, chopped almonds, raisins, and fresh orange juice. You simply grill swordfish steaks and serve them with the sauce, which could also be delicious served with porkchops, grilled steaks or roast chicken.

Swordfish is an excellent choice for the grill because of its firm flesh. Marinate chopped swordfish pieces in low-sodium soy sauce, rosemary, thyme, lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper, and minced onions for 30 minutes and then grill them on skewers alternately with sweet green bell peppers, pearl onions, and cherry tomatoes. All you need for this weeknight dinner are a bottle of Chardonnay and some fruit compote as a reward for a hard day’s work.

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My name is Katy Cavallero from Toronto, ON Canada and a part time photographer. Being a good photographer is definitely not easy. I also joined the staff of a business magazine which was based in London and became a corporate photographer. During free time, I create blogs and post contents related to foods. It is my pleasure to share valuable information, knowledge and tips to this blog community.

It All Comes Down To This … Happy New Year


Happy New year everyone.

I don’t fully understand the concept and the excitement over the start of a new year. Ever since I was a kid I enjoyed a full moon. It was always about the full moon which is at its the last stages . Never was I called out to check the birth of a new moon; it was just not as fascinating, “oh look, there is a crescent forming in the sky”. Really? A crescent?

Happy-New-Year1Even in a solar eclipse, where the sun entirely disappears, the climax is during the complete black out. It’s towards the end of the existence of the sun. A few seconds of complete darkness. After that when it’s re-emerging back, it is not as fun anymore.

When people reach the end of their life that is exactly what they call it; The end of their journey. They never say, I will start a new life in Heaven / hell or I will be reincarnated in 10 days.

It is sad in a way that we contemplate on everything and we label them based on their expiry date. But why can’t we do the same with the celebration of the new year? Why can’t we celebrate the end of the existing one instead?

If I had a great year so far, I would like to be warned just like they do in malls, “dear shoppers, we will be closing in 30 minutes”. Maybe not along the same lines, but something like: “Hey, you’ve had a wonderful year so far, but you still have 10-15 days before your luck runs out. Do something about it. Buy a lottery ticket, or do something crazy.”

And if you’ve had a not so great year, you will hear something like: “Hey I know you’ve had a shitty year, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, don’t despair”.

The current year as it stands, is something I am very well experienced with. The one to come is still unknown. I may not be too eager to see the year over yet, but I can only wish this upon everyone: “for those who had a good year, I hope it extends indefinitely. And to those who have experienced sorrow and misery or even consider themselves unlucky, I can only wish them a happier life with more ups than downs.”

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Just like in the movies, it isn’t over until you see the words “the end”.

You know what they also say, “ it’s not the end of the world”.

So Happy End of this Year to all 🙂

Raghid Khalil 

Inkling’s Interactive Cookbook: Modernist Cuisine at Home


As an instructional design specialist I value a well designed website that enhances the users experience. Inkling is just that.

Inkling is an interactive books website/App that is very well organized and user friendly.

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I would like to share with you access to a full preview of the first chapter titled, “A Modernist Meal at Home” by Chefs Nathan Myhrvold & Maxime Bilet. It is such a well written and designed cookbook. The step by step recipes and the perfect images that accompany each are a delight to look at and salivate for.

Access by simply logging into Inkling with your Facebook credentials. You can find the content at the following link: Modernist Cuisine at Home

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I was  also provided a few pieces of content that are currently not accessible from the website. It includes sections on Mac & CheeseGrilled Cheese Sandwiches, and Potato Puree (the best variation on mashed potatoes ever!)
As Ameila Salyers, from inkling suggested: “You and your readers will love the variety of foods and recipes to be discovered!” And I definitively positively truly DO 🙂

Take a few moments of your day and enjoy browsing the website: Inkling
Again here is a direct link to the dedicated book page: Modernist Cuisine at Home.
And here is the: food category page for your eyes to browse through.
Enjoy browsing, saving recipes and trying them out 🙂
Rasha Nasser Khalil

Spying on us U.S.?


So they’re spying … big deal!

ImageLately, that’s all we hear about on the news, how the US is spying on almost everyone on earth, even its closest allies. Well to reassure everyone, the USA just like any other country is also spying on its own people. In other words, they are employing the “equal spying opportunity” and that is something anyone spied on should feel proud of and should take advantage of.

But I am still not happy about that for one main reason. A few days ago I got the flu, and I was shivering in my bed with a high fever. I couldn’t even make it to the kitchen to prepare myself a soup or even get my own medication. Did they check up on me? No. Did they send me any medication? No. Did they at least send me a “get well soon, card”. No, Nothing. I got nothing from anyone. Yet we both know that they know I was sick.

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That same night, my one year old son started crying in the middle of the night, in his own crib. I felt helpless towards him. I wanted to go pick him up, but I couldn’t for two reasons, I was extremely sick, and I didn’t want to spread my virus or whatever I had on to my son; but I expected uncle Sam who spends sleepless nights watching us and over us to at least send in a Nanny to soothe my child back into sleep. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen either.

Now tell me, am I asking for too much here? Isn’t that why they are spying on us? Isn’t it to provide us care when we need it the most?

I am a bit disappointed to be honest with you, but I will keep on giving them another chance since I have no other option. With that being said, I could really use a hand with the laundry. If only someone was listening closely …

 

Raghid Khalil 

 

Guest Blog: Don’t Break Your Healthy Eating on Vacation!


Guest blogger: Cole Millen

I have been contacted by Cole Millen, an avid traveler and foodie. Here is a post he wanted to share with us. Thank you Cole for considering my blog.

Don’t Break Your Healthy Eating on Vacation!

Just because you are taking a break and going on vacation does not mean you should take a break from eating healthy. While it can be easy to reach for fast food or high fat snacks, a little planning and savvy thinking can help you to make the right choices when you are on the go!

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At the airport:

Airports are full of unhealthy foods but if you look around you can find places with fresh fruit, water, and salads. In fact, use your downtime to walk around your terminal and get a little exercise. Use the stairs instead of the escalators! Get your blood pumping before you are stuck in an airplane for a few hours.

Most importantly, make sure to bring along some healthy snacks of your own that will curb your appetite and keep you from grabbing one of those high in sugar and fat items. These snacks can be dried fruits, vegetables, or even nuts!

At the hotel:

One of the most important parts of your vacation is finding the right hotel. After all, you are living there for the time being. It is important to make sure that your hotel offers the appropriate amenities and services that can accommodate to your healthy lifestyle. I have had trouble with this in the past but found that doing a little research beforehand can go a long way. On my most recent trip out west I found a great site that listed reviews for hotels in Las Vegas regarding not only their amenities and services, but also on the restaurants in the surrounding areas. This made it easier than ever to plan out my trip and to eat right while in and out of the hotel. Healthy_Eating (1)

Stop by a grocery store before you get to the hotel to grab some healthy foods. Almonds, fruit, yogurt, and hard-boiled eggs are great for giving you an energy boost before you venture out for the day. Pack a few portioned out snacks and bottles of water in your bag when you head out so you aren’t left hungry and reaching for fried foods or sugary snacks. Also, ask your hotel to not stock the mini bar or to not give you a room service menu. They are there to accommodate you, so let them! Even better, look for places and hotels with a healthy edge before you go. Plenty of hotels now offer gyms, yoga studios, and healthy menus for their guests! Treat your vacation as a mini-spa getaway!

At the restaurant:

Speak up when choosing a place to eat with your group. Try to find a place that has healthier options and scope out their online menu before you go. When in doubt, choose lean protein with veggies for a side. Avoid carbohydrate-rich (and calorie laden) entrees and ask for your dish without heavy sauces or oils. If you’re totally lost, look for entrees that have lots of vibrant colors. Usually foods that are bland colors (whites, tans, browns) are the ones with the most.

calories and fat. Also, be weary of tempting restaurant salads. They can sometimes pack in as many as 1500 calories!

Above all, try to drink lots of water when you travel. Flying and restaurant foods are very dehydrating and can leave you zapped of energy. Also, try popping a multi-vitamin and fitting in a little exercise when you can. It may be tempting to let go of your diet when you travel, but it will likely leave you feeling sluggish and disappointed with yourself. Eating healthy and taking care of your body should be an all time habit, not just when it’s easy.

— Cole Millen

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Cole Millen is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.”