Talal was sick all last week and now I have seemed to have caught it. I spent the entire day sleeping and my throat hurts so bad. I have not felt like eating little on cooking and then I remembered reading about hellofood. Hellofood is website in Saudi (they also have an app for your phone) where you can easily type in the area you live in the city and from there you can choose cuisines or even items you want. For example I wanted soup so I checked the sub box and was able to see all the locations that carry soup.
Most of the places have a minimal order fee and a few have a delivery fee of a few riyals but most do not. Just a few minutes after ordering my husband got a call from his cell just making sure the order and the address was correct, an email thanking us and letting us know they were moving fast and then not long after that our food was being delivered. I really was not sure what to think when I had heard about the site because this is the first site like this in existence here in Saudi but I have to say that wow they really do have great service and my family will be using it again for sure.
I researched a little bit before writing this post and it seems that the brand has made its mark all over the world not just here in Saudi. So wherever you are they may have a site for you and if you’re in a big city here in Saudi they have you. You can check out their site here and grab the app here.
Before I moved to Riyadh I did not really like Starbucks whatsoever. Living in America we have so many choices of places we can go to get some great coffee. Chains like Starbucks just do not seem to cut it for most. But Starbucks is the best cup of coffee you’re going to get here in Saudi so I have had to make due plus most of the small places do not ship the beans internationally. I am looking at you Hoboken!
So for the past few years you all have watched me try out, love and hate different coffee machines (aeropress is by far my favorite tool) so I thought I would share some blends as well. It takes me two weeks to go through a bag of coffee. I always have it ground fresh at the counter and it stays fresh the entire time. Never ever buy pre-ground coffee beans. That was a mistake that I used to make just because I did not know any better but by the time you buy ground coffee that the freshness is long gone plus any coffee place (and even grocers in the states) will grind your coffee beans for free.
The Starbucks here does not carry very much and you can actually only choose from about 3 or 4 blends they have like breakfast, house or espresso. I have tried all the ones pictured here and do not care for most of them. I later started ordering whole coffee beans from Greece (Pikes Place and Caffe Verona, my favorites). I just take them by the local brand and they grind they for free. Since I use the aeropress I get them ground drip but if you use a french press get that grind or espresso for a machine. You get the point! Out of all these blends Caffe Verona is by far my favorite and then the veranda. The rest are just kind of boring and flat to me.
Chicken breast is always my go to item when I do not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but I also try to get a bit creative with it so we do not get bored. You can make so many marinades and let the chicken sit for the day and it really turns out great. I used fresh mint and olives in this dish. Fresh mint is really not that strong nor are these olives so you’re not getting a strong flavor just a hint. My son wants rice pretty much everyday with all of his food so I typically end up making that for him as a side item with whatever veggies I can get him to eat (not many).
6 chicken breasts
12 green Spanish olives
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. In a bowl add olive oil, salt and mint. Stir well. Pour into a bowl then add chicken breast and cover in refrigerator for at least two hours.
2. In a Saute pan on medium heat add chicken breast. Cook on each side until no longer pink, about 5 minutes on each side. The last 5 minutes add the olives into the pan until warm. Place chicken on a platter with olives and serve.
Yields: 3-4 servings