Author: qatareats

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 …

Breakfast buffet at Al Terrace – Souq Waqif Botique Hotel Al Mirqab

Yesterday was one of those rare days that my schedule was a bit light, so I decided to explore a restaurant that I haven’t been to yet. But with the gazillions of options here in Qatar, I was left scratching my head on where to actually go. Aimlessly driving, I found myself in the vicinity of Corniche. And as you know, Corniche is more or less synonymous to Souq Waqif. And there I went. Randomly walking the streets, I checked Zomato for the options and decided on Al Terrace, a Lebanese restaurant at Hotel Al Mirqab which is part of Souq Waqif Botique Hotels. I initially thought that the restaurant was still closed but lucky me, it was just empty. For QR50 for the buffet, I just went on ahead and braved the unknown. The place itself has a spacious indoor and outdoor area. The indoor though was too dark for me, it made me feel like it was still 5am. Still the interiors were inviting, showcasing a picture gallery of Qatar’s past.   The …

Recipe: Tuna salad sticks

Salads can be a bit of a bore and a chore for me. I’ve racked my brains for ways to lessen the chopping, dicing, slicing and whatever -ing you can think of.  This salad takes the least time of preparation as it only requires two ingredients, aside from the dressing. Fits a lazy person like me!  Minimal preparation + low maintenance = my dream salad Tuna salad sticks Ingredients: 1 can tuna flakes (in oil or water), drained  1 Romain lettuce head, look for those with tightly folded leaves 1 tablespoon mayonnaise Sriracha (the volume depends on how hot you want it) Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1. Separate the leaves from the base. Wash and pat dry 2. Cut the the thinnest part of the leaves, chopped them up and set aside . This will be mixed with the tuna later. 3. Mix the drained tuna, mayonnaise, sriracha and chopped leaves. Add salt and pepper as desired. 4. Lay out the mixed tuna on to the lettuce sticks. And you’re done!  Enjoy😊

Gadget Review: Bidafun Self(food)ie Light

Hello there! This post is not about food but if you’re a food blogger (or any blogger for that matter) or you just like taking nice pictures using your phone, I think this may interest you. I love taking nice pictures but I can’t really be bothered with bringing a DSLR with me all the time. I have much respect for those can do so, it’s a workout on its own! The main problem that I have when taking pictures is that, when it’s night time or when the lighting is very dim, my phone works overtime to get the clearest shot, which ends up with a lot of visual noise. So, I’m left with two options; 1) pray that the restaurant has great lighting or 2) ask my companion to turn on their phone flashlight for me. I’ve been racking my brain on how to go about the lighting aspect when an Amazon shopping spree hit me with the answer: a clip-on selfie light! After a fine-toothed comb search, I found the best one …

Review – Quick and Cheap Eats: Shades Café and Eatery (Doha Tower, West Bay)

I had a scheduled brunch date with my friend, whom we shall call Miss Independent, and was racking my brain on which restaurant should I bring her to. My criteria were: Somewhere quiet Preferably with a view of nature Somewhere with shaded outdoor seats Reasonably priced It was no mean feat, with the multitudes of restaurants that meet most or all of the above. As I was thinking about it, I checked my schedule for the day and saw that I had to meet with Ms. Hala later in the afternoon. Then, I remembered one Zomato Meet-up (in Qatar, Ms. Hala is synonymous to Zomato and vice versa) invite a few months back (which I wasn’t able to attend) at this little place with a garden view called Shades Café and Eatery located at the Doha Tower (you know, that infamous bullet-shaped tower). So off we went. Parking was a bit of a problem, so we had to leave the car somewhere and walk our way to the café. We arrived and the place, oh the place.  The only thing missing were the sounds …

Recipe: Chocolate Crinkles

It’s just one of those many days that I want chocolate. Like really want it. But not just any chocolate will do.  I want the soft, sugary and soothing crinkles.  It’s like love when you see it. Smell it.  Taste it. *Drool* I have found many variations of how to make crinkles but this one that I’m sharing now has been formulated by yours truly (from my old blog) to make it quick and easy. It works, I promise.  The only tricky part here is mixing the dough (that is if you do not have an electric mixer) as it can get very, very sticky. Chocolate Crinkles Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder 2 cups white sugar 1/2 cup sunflower oil or any vegetable oil 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Confectioners’ sugar (for coating) Directions: 1. Mix the cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, and then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, …

Qatar Summer Festival 2016

In the peak of the summer heatwave, everyone is scurrying to leave the GCC for cooler climates. For those of us who have to stay, what is left us to do? Are we destined to while away our life until winter or do some sort of hibernation? Fret not! This month is the holds the annual summer festival in the state.  They have games, food stalls and fun programs at the Entertainment City to keep you and your loved ones busy and active. Held at the Doha Exhibition Convention Center, just minutes away from malls, hotels, park and the indomitable Doha Corniche, you’ll be sure to have a variety of places to go before and after your fun at the carnivale-like atmosphere of the Entertainment City. They have awesome rides for children and adults alike, arcade, go kart, karaoke, a multitude of bouncy castles and lots, lots more! I had as much fun as my daughter and niece from roaming around and playing some games. Especially the go kart😊. Aside from that, QSF has partnered up …

Recipe: Easy vanilla-spiced cherry balsamic reduction 

Found my fridge with an over abundance of cherries. Now, what to do with them? As dinner was lamb chops, I decided to make a simple sauce out of it. This cherry sauce is so good with grilled meat as it contrasts its saltiness and smokiness. I didn’t really have a recipe, just a splash and dash of things that I have in my pantry so you can add more stuff in this sauce as you like! Ingredients A handful of cherries Water 2 tbs. balsamic vinegar Used up vanilla pod (or vanilla extract if you don’t have this) Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1) In a heavy bottomed pan, add cherries and just enough water to submerge the cherries. Bring to a boil in high heat. 2) Once it boils, lower the heat to medium low and continue boiling until water is reduced to half its original volume. 3) Add the vanilla pod (extract), balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer until the liquid is further …

Recipe: One-pan Salisbury Steak

This is one recipe that I always have at the back of my mind for those days when I don’t know what to cook anymore and can’t be bothered to think of any. This is my own version of Salisbury steak, with the ingredients simplified to make it easier to cook (if you still have the time!) especially during weeknights.  Ingredients For the patties: 1/2 kg. ground beef 1/4 cup bread crumbs (if you don’t have this, just use flour) 1 egg 1 onion, minced 1 tsp. dried basil 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 tbs. of cooking oil For the gravy:  1/2 cup flour 3 tbs. milk 2 tbs. heavy cream 1 cup water 1 tsp. soy sauce (just for coloring) salt and pepper to taste Directions 1) Mix all the patty ingredients and roll them into a ball. 2) Heat 2 tbs. of oil in a big pan, medium-high heat.  3) Once hot, place the meatball and flatten them in the pan. Cook for 4 minutes on each side. Set the meat …