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Nutrition, Food Science, Cooking….

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Green Peas Anyone???

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Green Peas in my lovely garden…

Veryyyyy freshhhhhhhh… mmm… looking delicious… even on their mommy plant…

Buying Meat… Be Careful…

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I want to share with you this story…

Last week I went with my sister to purchase some vegetables, meat and fish from a very well know supermarket….

We first started with the vegetables… we got lettuce, carrots, and coriander… with some strawberries and apples…

On our way to the fish display area… we saw a massive and huge fish lying on a bed of ice… and it seemed that the employees where just playing with it… have a look…

When I approach the employee and asked him what exactly is he doing with the fish??? He laughed and said… Don’t worry this fish is only used for “Fish Kibbe” that means minced fish… Yet, I didn’t get the point… If this fish is used to make ” Fish Kibbe” that means he can play around with it????

Here is another shot…

The journey continues… we reached the meat area… my sister asked for Brazillian Beef Filet…

They looked lovely… red and clean…

The beef filet was vaccumed packed… the employee removed the filet from the bag and placed it on a wooden cutting board… the beef filet was cut… packed and priced…

All is well… we went home…

As we reached the house… My sister removed the meat from the plastic bags… and at this moment a very very bad smell was released from the meat… as if there’s a dead animal or something…

We called the supermarket… they said ok… fine… please get us the meat…

Back to the supermarket… non of the managers or responsibles came to see what’s the problem… We were only talking to the butcher… The butcher was trying to convince us that the meat is very safe and this smell is normal… He took another vaccumed piece and set it on the same cutting board to cut it… We told him thank you very much we really don’t want the meat or any meat… especially that you’re just using the same contaminated tools for all your meats…

It might be a boring story or an intresting story… Yet, it’s sad to see how much people are indifferent when it comes to food safety…

What do you say???

Eggs and My Backyard Chickens…

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On a Sunday morning…
Spending the day at my village “Jouret El Ballout” (in Mount Lebanon)…
I had a walk in my backyard garden…

The Chickens…

And their guardian angel … haha…

mmm… What’s inside???

Some Shovels…

The Chickens’ food!!!

Designing the living room… not bad…

Is this where the eggs are laid???

The Chickens bedroom…

and finally… the eggs…

Arak… 0% Alcohol ???

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Now that’s intresting…
Alcohol Free Arak…

Have a look for yourself…

Blue Strawberry and Green Tea’s Research Trip to the South…

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We have a research study on Olive Oil and Honey…
We will be visiting several areas in Lebanon…

Here are some shots from our visit to the South…

Our trip started with a traditional breakfast… Knefeh and coffee at 7ilwayeit el Baba…

The honey search has started…

An old souk honey shop…

As we walked… some floating ducks…

Souk el Samak…

Fava beans for only 500L.L…

Or maybe tomatoes…

Poor little chickens…

An artisan toy wheel… where’s the children???

We have reached the soap factory…

Never forget our traditional Tarbboush and the kebkeib… made from our ancient olive oil and sweet honey…

A traditional soap oven… and pottery works…

Don’t they look lovley???

It’s lunch time at 2istira7it saida… next to the blue sea…

Starting with the traditional fattoush… roasted bread pleasssssseeee…

Lunch with no Hommous b Tahineh??? never works… mmm… my favorite…

Rkakat… but baked…

Or maybe… some deep fried french fries…

and finally… oriental barbecue chicken with garlic…

To be continued…

Rosemary… known as “2ikleel el Jabal”…

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Today’s dish was Beef with Rosemary and Garlic…
mmm… it looked, smelled, and tasted delicious… Looking ever green with its small needle shaped leaves, rosemary was first sautéed with garlic and olive oil, and lastly seated on top of the dish for garnishing…

Rosemary… known as “2ikleel el Jabal” in my country…

Rosemary is a herb having evergreen needle-like leaves and a distinctive woody smell with a bitter and astringent taste. It is widely know in the Mediterranean region.

It is used as fresh or dried frequently in the traditional Mediterranean cuisine specifically in barbecuing.

It is added to oil bottles during storage to flavor the oil. It also helps retard rancidity (oxygen damage of oils that lead to change of odour, taste, and safety), thus improved oil’s shelf life.

Rosemary contains anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic, disease preventing and health promoting compounds…

How to use:

Wash fresh leaves in cold running water or rinse for few minutes or use it dry; added it in the final steps of your cooking to preserve the distinctive fragrance and flavor…

Sa7tein…

Moon Daisy… Marguerite… and Chamomile…

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My backyard moon daisy “Marguerite flower”… looking like chamomile…

Chamomile… dried or fresh… usually boiled… made into tea… used for relaxation, stress reduction and sleep…

Did you know??? Lobsters, Crabs and Shrimps…

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Lobsters, Crabs and Shrimps… All turn into Red and Orange when Cooked …

Lobsters, crabs, and shrimp have a variety of different colors present in their shells.
The red color is due to a pigment called “Astaxanthina”.

This pigment lies under the caratenoid family. Caratenoids, are pigments that produce
a reddish orange color (in shells and outer skins like in carrots).

Within the shells of lobsters, crabs and shrimps etc… this pigment is entrapped by protein chains.

The outer layers, of such shells, appear naturally dark colored (black, brown, green etc…).
Yet when they are cooked, the protein chains surrounding the pigment get degraded (denatured)
and so the astaxanthina gets released.

This pigment is naturally heat stable; consequently under heating conditions (cooking)
it doesn’t degrade and remains present within the shells.

As a result, after cooking (boiling) the lobsters, crab and shrimps all appear reddish in color….

See for yourself…

Before…

After…

An Old Artisan Dough Kneader…

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Isn’t it just beautiful…