Throwback to My Dinner at Fouj Cafe
A Snapchat Story
By Ms. Hala
Here’s a throwback to my last few weeks in Qatar when I got to dine at Fouj Cafe on Grand Hamad Street (aka Bank Street), in Doha. My favorite, of course, was their take on the Qatari dish, chicken majboos.
I appreciate their gourmet take on the local cuisine without sacrificing on flavor. The chicken was fall off the bone tender and I was surprised I had a picture of it as it seems to have not made it to the video above. Oops! It’s seriously one of those dishes you almost can’t get enough of and can smell it whenever you crave it and right now, I’m having massive cravings!
They are well known for their deserts, with a wide selection as well as custom-made cakes, including tiered wedding cakes. I thought the one they had on display then was quite impressive. Their take on tiramisu that I had was so filling, I ate it slowly for three days, literally! I had to share the goodie bag with friends as it was much and I was moving out of the apartment. I can say though that nothing was left after about 20 minutes.
Shout out to the Fouj Cafe team for making my last few weeks in Qatar a delicious one!
I just made a really yummy and simple dinner!! Penne pasta in a fresh tomato basil sauce topped with sauteed mushrooms and green onions. Very simple to make, very delicious to eat!
Here’s how simple it is…
I started with a pound of mini penne pasta in boiling water with a bit of salt, saving a cup of the water before draining the pasta. The salt and starch from the pasta helps make the sauce nice and thick.
For the sauce, I started with a bit of butter and olive oil, cooked a chopped tomato until it softened. Then I added a canned tomato sauce and the pasta water. As the sauce simmered, I added about a tablespoon of fresh chopped basil leaves, salt and pepper to taste, a pinch of dried cilantro, thyme and cumin. About ten minutes in, I added about a teaspoon of cream cheese to make the sauce creamy.
Then I brought the pasta and the sauce together and let it cook on low heat.
In a small sauce pan, I put a really small piece of butter to saute about six decently sized mushrooms, chopped in nice slices. As the mushrooms shrank, I added one chopped green onion. Then added salt, pepper and cumin to taste.
Served my pasta, topped it with the mushrooms and ate to my heart’s delight!
Seriously, what is wrong with me?! I’m having another healthy lunch and didn’t even realize it until I sat down to eat it! hehehe …and it was good!
Veggie/Cheese sandwich: goat cheese, cream cheese, mozzarella, tomoatoes and cucumbers with some herbs and garlic seasoning. Homemade sweet honey mocha… simple ingredients people, simple.
…did I mention I had a Vegan Banana Chocolate Walnut cookie last night too?! I’m hooked on those things from Java at the Zoo (or from Java Beach)! Chocolate is chocolate, vegan or not!
I swear I’m working on a few new rants, including an upcoming rant series called W.I.S.S. (which will be explained and started in a few days!) among other things. In the meantime, I know I had promised to post some of my food creations from time to time. Today, the healthiest lunch I’ve ever had!
A makeshift salad consisting of blackberries, granny smith apples, tomatoes (I see it as a fruit!) and small cucumbers with a dash of apple cider and honey! Seriously, what is wrong with me?! I don’t do healthy but it tastes so good!!