Author: qatareats

Recipe: Lemon and Monterey Jack Muffin Cake

I originally planned to bake a lemon cream cheese muffins but was faced with a sudden dilemna once I finished the batter, that 1) I threw away my rusty muffin tin and 2) I only had Monterey Jack cheese. Note to self: Follow the rule of cooking thumb;always prepare the ingredients first! Fingers crossed that it’ll come out edible. Weird but edible. Lemon and Monterey Jack Muffin Cake Ingredients 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup white sugar 1 large egg 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon zest Juice from 2 medium-sized lemons 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup thick/heavy cream 1/2 cup of cubed Monterey Jack cheese Directions 1) Preheat oven to 175C. 2) Grease and line a square or loaf pan with greased baking paper.* 3) In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy using a stand or hand mixer. 4) Add the egg, lemon juice, zest and vanilla and whisk until fully mixed. 5) Add the flour, baking powder, and cream. Mix until …

Cheap Eats Review: Tofu House – Bin Mahmoud (near the Indian Supermarket)

My eldest sister is a big fan of everything Korean; soap opera, food, appliances, skincare, anything you can think of! So, it wasn’t a wonder that she has been urging me to visit Tofu House for quite some time now, and we finally got the chance last week. Located at one of the old towns of Doha, the restaurant looks non-descript and blends perfectly with the shops beside it. Except for the large signage bearing its name, you can easily pass it by.  The place is small with only one table on the ground floor and sits about 30 persons max at the 1st floor. And boy, it was packed! We were the 4th in queue and there were about 5 after us. It’s good though, a packed place mostly means that they have a patronage which also means they serve good food. It’s bad because the waiting time is bound to make you cranky. We finally got our turn to sit and wasted no time ordering. Food was served within 15 mins., which was …

Review: Lunch Buffet at Maison de Sushi – 01 Mall, Abu Hamour

Tucked at the 2nd level corner of 01 Mall, lies Maison de Sushi. With the striking Japanese design and tubular aquarium with cheesy but cutesy fake fishes and plants at the entrance, you will definitely not miss seeing this restaurant.  Once you step in, you will be immediately greeted by the staff in their Japanese kimono. The design of the place left me mildly shocked (in a good way) as I wouldn’t have thought that this is inside a mall and beside a food court. Hanging wisteria-like paper flowers, lamps ( a lot of them) covered the whole ceiling. Then there’s this massive painting spanning the whole length of the wall. I think it was made for this restaurant as the paper mats have the same drawings. Their attention to details is shown with how they decorated the tables with cast iton teapots, carved chairs, tablewares, etc.  I had the chance to speak with the owner of the restaurant as he was making rounds on the tables and he said that he wanted to merge …

Recipe: Waffles with caramel sauce 

One of the perks of waking up early is that you get to have the house all to yourself. And because of the peace and quiet, I found clarity on what to make for breakfast; waffles!  The high maintenance cousin of pancakes, these little sweethearts are just a meal on their own or can be eaten as a dessert. Whichever way you eat it, happiness will ensue. Waffle with Caramel Sauce: *If you’re going to make the sauce, make sure you do it before the waffles. Ingredients Caramel sauce: 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Waffles: 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons sugar a pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups milk 2 large eggs 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled Directions: For caramel sauce: 1. Using a saucepan, combine sugar and water in medium low heat. 2. Once dissolved, increase heat and boil until syrup is golden brown in color.  3. Add cream, please be very careful as the …

Emirgan Sütis – Al Emadi Bldg., C-Ring Road

Turkish restaurants in Qatar are a dozen a dime. It ranges from the quick and cheap eats to high-end restaurants. With so many to choose from, I think Emirgan Sütis’ edge is that it’s in the heart of the city and being mid-priced that it is, you can expect a very decent meal and a nice ambiance. And the good food helps as well. The place is decorated nicely plus they have an outdoor sitting ( non-smoking though) with cute fairy lights. We were to late to try their iftar menu, so we went for their a la carte. Unfortunately, there were no more of the Iskander and Doner Kebab  as it was the one offered in the iftar set. Food ordered Ayran I love, love this drink! It’s so refreshing; salty and creamy. It cleanses my palate and prepares it for the incoming food. Plus they serve it in these very cute aluminum cups that’s just so photo-ready.  Cold mezzeh (ordered separately) The baba ghanoush had the right smokines to it, which for me, …

Lo Spaghetto – Al Sadd, Doha

Coming from a rather long and tiring wait from the doctor’s clinic for my husband’s check up, I suggested for us to have our very late iftar at Lo Spaghetto, which is just right around the corner of Toys R’ Us at Al Sadd St. As hubby was about to pass out from the extended fasting, this was the nearest place we could immediately go to.  The new location of the restaurant is quite deceiving as it doesn’t show much from the outside. But, lo (Spaghetto. Pun intended, sorry) and behold! Once you get it in, it’s an entirely different universe. Rustic yet chic interiors, inside seating is quite spacious and beautiful but what the place can really brag about is the garden seating. It’s like someone’s backyard; trellis and panels with hanging bougainvilleas, and lots of plants. I haven’t seen such a restaurant right in the heart of Doha (except for Chef’s Garden but it is in the outskirts Of the city). It kinda made me miss my home back in Manila. Food ordered: …

Khushaf: Traditional Egyptian drink/dish for Iftar during Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem! It’s that time of the year when the spirit of giving and happiness is at an all time high in the Muslim community. The sense of normalcy of the people despite fasting for about 16 hours in 40C – 50C Qatar heat is a humbling experience. So what’s a better way to end the fast and start a great meal? A refreshing khushaf.   From what I was told, it has different varieties in the ingredients, ranging from dried fruits and nuts, cooked or soaked in milk or juice or water.  My version comes from my husband’s mother who always prepared this for them every Ramadan to break the fast. Ingredients 1 cup of dried prunes 1 cup dried apricots 1 cup dried figs 2 liters water 1 1/2 cup of demerera (raw sugar)* *you can use any type of sugar and increase/decrease the amount of it, depending on your taste. Just don’t put too much so as not to overwhelm the taste of the fruits Directions 1. Bring the water to a rolling …

Baked Chocolate Glazed Donuts

My daughter is now here in Qatar, hurrah! And because of that, my niece is now a regular weekend visitor at our place. With kids around, it means that we must have an endless food supply otherwise they will start wrecking havoc.  Sweet stuff are must and as I’m minimizing their junk food intake, I decided to bake chocolate donuts for them  which is a (ahem) “healthier” option than their fried (but oh so yummy) variety. I got the recipe from this website http://www.annieschamorrokitchen.com/baked-yeast-donuts/. The recipe provided different types of glazes but it was too much for my tired being to make so I only opted for the choco glaze.  The result? very light and delicious donuts! It’s as good as fried donuts with less oil. I convinced myself that since it’s healthier, I can eat as much as I want. However,  the kids and my husband beat me to it. I haven’t even finished glazing all the donuts when they started eating. I made about 2 dozens but they just gobbled it all up. …