Meatloaf With A Twist. 

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Hello everybody.

Didn’t realize that it’s been this long since my last post!!!

Busy Banan Cooking kitchen for sure, no time for new recipes at all but today I tried this old new one for a change.

I’ve been watching this new TV show accidentally, well it’s on the hunting channel my husband watch everyday that’s why :)

This chef is really amazing, cooks in the wilderness many easy delicious dishes,salads and appetizers.

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Last night he made this meatloaf, same as the one I usually make with one additional ingredient which is mushroom.You simply sauté onions, garlic and mushroom then add them to meat, egg, breadcrumbs mixture.

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Ingredients and method:
* 1 kg minced veal.
* 1 egg.
* 1 spoon ketchup.
* 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
* 1 spring onion.
* 1 bunch parsley or spinach.
* 1 tsp soy sauce.
* salt, pepper, oregano, all spice.
* 3-4 slices cheddar cheese.
* extra ketchup for surface.

* chop onion and parsley saute in a bit of oil.
* add to meat with rest of ingredients and knead well till mixed.
* spread on wax paper into a rectangle.
* add cheese slices and fold.
* spread olive oil and ketchup on surface.
* bake in medium heated oven for 30-40 minutes.
* serve with fries or wedges.

Made some roasted potatoes with rosemary and oregano on the side plus marinated roasted red peppers.

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Another Week in Ramadan.

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Hello everybody.
Another week passed with lots of yummy dishes, here are some of them.

 

wp-1466422272558.jpg Potato salad.

 

wp-1466422302108.jpg  Hummus falafel and fatteh.

 

wp-1466422335007.jpg  Ouzi in puff pastry.

 

wp-1466422358521.jpg Rice with curried veggies and chicken

 

wp-1466422393836.jpg Fettuccine and salad.

 

wp-1466422407912.jpg Eggplant dip.

 

wp-1466422456871.jpg  wp-1466422474610.jpg Knafeh cheesecake.

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Two birthdays this week.

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Ended this week with a lovely iftar with Family Flavors team at the Four Seasons hotel.

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Ramadan Dishes.

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Hello everybody.

Sorry for the laziness but Ramadan is really tiring specially after Iftar, one gets lazy and tired.

Strategy this month is to make little amounts of every dish so as not to have leftovers next day ,the past couple of days I made many dishes.

wp-1465586884171.jpg noodles veggie soup.

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wp-1465586877561.jpg chicken pie.

wp-1465586924337.jpg rocca sun dried tomatoes grilled cheese salad.

wp-1465586979193.jpg chicken fatteh.

 

wp-1465586938900.jpg qatayef and muhalbieh with caramel.

 

 

Delicious Family Lunch.

Hello everybody.

Hosted my dear cousin for lunch today, as I always say when you cook with love for special people everything will taste amazing.

Made fresh green stuffed vine leaves and courgettes, fava beans fatteh, rocca and cucumber yogurt salads.

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New dish was the squid ink pasta I got as a present from Maysas Pasta yesterday

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though it’s usually done with fish or shrimps but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to buy some so I made it with garlic, pesto, sun dried tomatoes and lemon zest.So yummy and fresh.

 

 

 

Friday Lunch Order.

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Hello everybody.

Though I try not to take orders Friday but this one I couldn’t say no to cause it’s from a special old friend to her family.

Thank God though order was a bit variant but all went smoothly and was done on time.

I made

wp-1461935418675.jpgfave beans in yogurt.

wp-1461935407110.jpgchicken tikka masala,

wp-1461935390027.jpg cannelloni and zatar puffs.,

wp-1461935400234.jpg dessert was simple basic cake , always a favorite to many people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busy Friday.

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Hello everybody.

Such a busy day,usually Fridays are lazy and quiet but this one was the opposite.

Started with breakfast with my friend who came by to give a German lesson to my son,followed by coffee for sure.

wp-1460140071175.jpg yummy healthy breakfast.

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Then preparing today’s last minute order, falafel rolls and great  depression vanilla cake with pineapples and roasted coconuts on top.

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Directly after that I assembled a strawberry pavlova as dessert after lunch which was a big tasty mansaf.

wp-1460140050577.jpg Mansaf  :)

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Lively nice Spring day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baking Day!

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Hello everybody.

Two busy days, was invited to a big family lunch at my cousin’s in Irbid , loving gathering with lots of yummy food. Always a pleasure to visit my hometown.

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Today started with baking Eid bread ( افراص عيد) traditional old kind of bread usually done in Eid time ,this time I tried to correct what I did wrong each time I did them before by making them thick and bake them in a very hot oven.Result was really good this time !

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Then I cooked lunch ,Kabseh with hot sauce and fresh salad .

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meanwhile I baked a beautiful cake for my friend’s son birthday ,chocolate and strawberries with ganache drippings.

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Early Mother’s Day Lunch.

 

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Hello everybody.

All family men were invited to lunch Mansaf-ing as we say, on the occasion of my dear cousin’s wedding.

Well it was a good opportunity for family women to gather, I made a small loving meal for my mom,mother in-law, sisters and sister In-law and we celebrated Mother’s day together.

Made beautiful mini cakes with pineapple, strawberries, croquants and red velvet,though they took lots of time but outcome was really cute.

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Lunch menu was steaks with mushroom sauce, baked potatoes on salt, fettuccine, eggplant fatteh and a big salad.

 

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Veggie Stuffed Steaks.

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Happy International Woman’s Day lovely ladies around the world.

I’m sure all women wherever they are and whatever they do deserve to honored and thanked everyday cause each one is important and plays a significant role no matter how small.

On this occasion I cooked this elegant lunch today, steaks stuffed with thinly stripes of veggies ( carrots, onions, peppers and green onions) with sauce and mashed potatoes.

* season steaks with salt, pepper and all spice then add the vegetables, roll and close them with toothpicks.

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* add a bit of soy sauce on top of each roll
* heat some oil and butter well, add rolls till golden on all sides, lower heat and leave to cook slowly for 15-20 minutes.

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* remove from pan and leave to rest
* in the same oil add remaining veggies, saute till golden then add one tablespoon of flour and 1 1/2 cups water.

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*stir very well till creamy then mix all in blender to get a thick creamy sauce.

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Nice,elegant easy lunch served with mashed potatoes.

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Farewell Dinner Party .

Morning everybody.

Just realized that I  haven’t posted since Feb 10’th , never happened before by the way, reason is that I’ve been very busy lately preparing for catering a big dinner for my sister in-law’s daughter farewell dinner. Thank God it was a big success, food was delicious and everybody was happy . Congratulations lovely bride to be.

As for the menu it was as follows:

 
Nice loving joyful gathering :)

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