10 days in Lebanon (day 9) walk through the woods of Taanayel

June 20, 2018 Wednesday –  en route to Taanayel



I know, this is quite late  but I would still like to share my last day in Lebanon. That was a lovely day to walk before heading to our final destination Taanayel.



A beautiful sight to behold



Taanayel village is just a few kilometers from Zahleh, approximately one hour from Beirut ,an attractive corner of Beqaa where you can find a lot of trees, a lake and ducks 🙂 not only ducks but horses and cows too! It’s an agricultural area with vineyards and orchards of fruit trees. This is the area I got the most delicious labneh produced locally.

entrance fee 2000LBP


A lovely day to stroll along the pathways of tall trees, you can choose to bike, or ride a horse drawn-carriage or ride the horse, if you know how 🙂


or you can argue which way to go, what corner is good to pose for pictures etc anything under the sun with the cool air , argument was just as lovely as the day. You can not go wrong in this beautiful sight.



not even a snake can break my day.  I just took the shot continued walking 🙂 afraid? nope! I told one of the group leader about it and suddenly a group of children gathered around, I think the snake left… ashamed that he showed up hahaha


At the end of the pathway is an awesome view of the lake.











A little trivia : this place was granted to the Jesuit father in 1860 by the Turkish government as a compensation for the massacre of five Jesuits in the same year. Please continue reading here 

local products

As you can see the place was a result of a marvelous hardworking Jesuits who cultivated the land and installed a large plant for dairy products and made it available commercially in 1958 and in 1994 the brand “La Laiterie du Couvent de Taanayel” was launched. The dutch yellow cheese is known as “Ghouda”  OMG! Do you think its like saying good ah! 🙂 just joking!


Ladies, add this to your bucket list, I promise you will love the place and will not forget the taste of labneh and cheese!



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Home-baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour no.22 Blueberry and Strawberry Cheesecake

In this flavour I tried Labneh (greek yogurt) and Kiri cheese for a simple reason that Philadelphia cream cheese was not available. Surprisingly I went to two supermarket and none of them has stocks! I wonder why? Does everyone trying to bake cheesecake at home? 🙂 Well, my best friend is coming over and I can’t back out now, She will just be here for a week and this is the only free day I can be with her (talking about how hectic schedule we have ;-( )..so be it! And?

Oh yes! another surprise, this cheesecake # 22 is super yummy! Blueberry-strawberry cheesecake

Blueberry -Strawberry Cheesecake
Blueberry -Strawberry Cheesecake



12 crushed digestive cookies

1/4 cup crushed pistachio nuts

1/4 cup melted butter

Cheesecake filling:

300 g labneh (greek yogurt)

250 g Kiri Cheese

250 oz thick cream

3 eggs + 1 egg yolk

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/8 tsp sweet vanilla powder

1 tbsp flour

1/2 cup strawberry puree

1/2 cup blueberry puree


fresh strawberry and blueberry

strawberry/blueberry pie filling (optional)

fresh strawberries and blueberries
fresh strawberries and blueberries

Pre heat oven Gas mark # 3

Combine crushed cookies and pistachio nuts with melted butter. Press into sightly greased pan. Set aside

Mix Labneh,kiri cheese and sugar together, beat in medium speed. Add a pinch of salt,vanilla powder, flour and add the eggs one at a time.Add thick cream and mix thoroughly until smooth. Divide the mixture into three (3) parts. One part has no fruit, the second part add blueberry puree and the 3rd part add strawberry puree.I opted not to add food colour but I think it is more deliciously pleasing to the eye if I added. Well, there’s always another time :-).

Pour the 1st part mixture (without fruit) into the prepared pan. Slowly add the 2nd part, flattened with a metal spatula then the 3rd part. Actually, with the mini pan, I did differently as you can see the colour combinations are all mixed.

Baked for one hour in a water bath, leave for another 30 minutes with the oven door closed. Then another 30 minutes slightly opened and another 2 hours to chill before topping and serving.

Serving suggestions:

i tried to make the strawberry looks like a rose
I tried to make the strawberry looks like a rose
i topped it with blueberry mixed with real fresh fruit puree
I topped it with blueberry mixed with real fresh fruit puree
i added a little of fresh fruits inside the cheese filling
I added a little of fresh fruits inside the cheese filling
i also use the blueberry pie filling on top of this mini cheesecake
I also use the blueberry pie filling on top of this mini cheesecake
i love the colour combination
I love the colour combination
another way of presenting it
another way of presenting it
close up view
close up view
my friends and i enjoying an afternoon tea with my cheesecakes .
my friends and I enjoying an afternoon tea with my cheesecakes .

Ladies, you may also try my tea concoction (a combination of organic rose tea, rose syrup and fruits (lemon,strawberry and blueberry) so refreshing!