During the 2013 Beirut Cooking Festival, one of the biggest stands centered in the middle of Biel's Exhibition Center was Maggi. An interesting and attractive set up where cooking was ongoing as they offered tasty bites to visitors all day long. I was invited this year to cook and eat some of their tasty preparations with the brand's house chefs.
Helping Mrs. Hind Khairallah prepare her Linguini Shrimps, I plunged into Maggi's mouthwatering world for a few hours... Watch the video for more details of the show...
While at the Maggi stand, I couldn't help the amazing smell that was coming from Nestle, the mother company. I The mouthwatering aromas of the freshly baked Christmas cake that was yet to be decorated enticed me to go closer...
Chef Ahmad Jouni welcomed me to learn more about Nestle's Christmas Cake...
Incase you're planning on making one (I sure am), here are the ingredients:
- 1¾ cups plain flour or 250 g
- 1 tin NESTLÉ® Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup butter or 150 g, soft
- 1/3 cup brown sugar or 75 g
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ cup mixed dried fruits or 100 g
- 2/3 cup raisins or 100 g, dark
- ¼ cup icing sugar or 30 g
- Beat all the ingredients, except the dried fruits and raisins, for 5 minutes or until they change in color. (Use a wooden spoon if an electrical mixer is not available)
- Add the dried fruits and raisins and mix for 1 minute.
- Pour the mixture into a greased 25cm round baking tin and bake in a preheated oven at 170 °C for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Decorate the side with a red ribbon; cover the top with the icing sugar and garnish with Christmas decoration.
I learned a lot and discovered a number of tasty dishes and desserts and sharing with you some of the pleasurable moments of delicious tips is always a pleasure.
Maggi Lebanon offered me the new Dolce Gusto Nescafe machine we've all been talking about. A detailed article about it will be published soon.