Month: November 2016

Soup Week: #3 Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

The fresh taste of broccoli and the sharpness of Cheddar create a beautiful gustatory combination that is sure to level up your soup game. Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup Ingredients:  3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 400g broccoli, roughly chopped 100 grams Cheddar cheese, cubed 2 cups stock or boiling water 3/4 cup milk 100 ml heavy cream Salt and pepper to taste 50 grams Cheddar cheese for garnish Equipment needed for pureeing (optional): Hand blender or stand blender Directions: 1. Heat about 2 tbs. cooking oil in a pot, add garlic and onions. 2. Once slightly cooked, lower heat to medium low and add cheese. 3. Once the cheese slightly melts, add the broccoli and stir for about a minute. 4. Add 2 cups of stock or water and milk. 5. Cook in low heat for 15 minutes or until broccoli’s cooked. 6. Stir in the cream, salt and pepper.* 7. Using the blender, puree the soup.** 8. Sprinkle with paprika, nutmeg and black pepper. Top it off with cheese and serve …

Soup Week: #2 Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Soup

Here’s my twist on the classic chicken and veggies soup. Instead of the usual way of boiling the ingredients in the stock, I decided to roast them then add the stock. Roasting the veggies and chicken gives it that slight smoky taste you only get when roasting. Roasted chicken and vegetable soup Makes 4 servings 3 small zucchini 200 gr Brussel sprouts, cut in halves  1 medium sized carrot  1 medium sized potatoes 1 onion 2 chicken thighs, cut up into small pieces Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil 1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock or boiling water For the spices, just a sparing dash of everything (you can also use any kind of spice that you want): Turmeric Paprika Cinnamon Coriander Cumin Directions: 1. Pre-heat oven to 175 C. 2. Chop up veggies into small pieces (except for the Brussel sprouts) 3. Using a baking sheet, lay out the veggies and chicken. 4. Season with salt, pepper and the spices. You can omit the spices or substitute with another. 5. Add olive …

Qatar Eats Soup Week: #1 Mushroom Soup

Let us all welcome winter in Qatar. Unfortunately, it’s not the most wonderful time of the year with all the people getting sick due weather change. And because of this, I decided to dedicate this whole week to share my recipes for easy peasy soup recipes. I’ll have a live cooking show in Instagram stories (@qatareats) where you can save the snaps for future use and will also be sharing the recipes here in my blog. So, soup #1 is mushroom soup! An all-time favorite by many, this is a classic comfort food that has helped cure from a slight sniffle to a major heartbreak. Let’s start! Easy-peasy creamy mushroom soup Ingredients: Makes 4 servings 1 onion, sliced 1 slices ham, chopped 250 grams of sliced mushrooms (can be mixed or just one kind) 3 tbs. butter 125 ml heavy cream 1 litre of vegetable or chicken stock or boiling water Salt and pepper to taste parsley for garnish lemon for seasoning Directions: 1) Melt butter in medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. …

Patisserie Breakfast at Luxe Lounge- Westin Hotel

Luxe Lounge is one of my go-to places for a long coffee break here in Qatar.  Hush ambiance, comfy seats, good food.  What’s not to like. Ambiance Both indoor and outdoor seats are composed of soft, cushy chairs so you can cross out comfort in your list. The outdoor seating is perfect for the weather these days. Surrounded by lush greenery, I sat for three hours in that area and enjoying my coffee and donuts. Like a police on a stake out. Food As it is a patisserie breakfast, don’t expect too much. They have different kinds of croissants, donuts, cookies and bread. That’s about it. Oh, and it includes refillable coffee and/or tea. Price QR 59 for the buffet with refillable coffee/tea. Returning? Definitely. Is it worth it? It depends on what you’re looking for, really. If you’re looking for a breakfast with the whole shebang then I would suggest a different restaurant for this. But if you eat light in the mornings and/or planning to busily type away on your laptop or read …