Eggplant Salad with Ricotta Cheese.

Hello everybody.

Had a big dinner yesterday so I have too much food left.

A small side dish was the same eggplant salad I did once before but I added some Ricotta Cheese from the ones my cousin brought me from Rome on top, yummy yummy.

I also did fresh mushroom soup from the pack of dried ones, again yummy.

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wpid-wp-1436195341515.jpeg typical Mediterranean dish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fava Beans and Eggplant Fatteh.

Hello everybody.

No meat or chicken today, dinner was green fava beans in olive oil with garlic and coriander and eggplant fatteh without the meat on top.

 

Soup was Carrot and salad was Ceazer.

http://banancooking.com/colorful-healthy-veggies/ link for fava beans recipe.

Eggplant Fatteh ( فته مقدوس)

3-4 cubed fried eggplants.

* finely chopped onion.

* roasted or fried squared pitta bread.

* tahini sauce ( tahini,lemon,salt,yoghurt,garlic)

* tomato paste.

* chopped parsley.

* cooked spiced minced meat.

* toasted almonds and pine nuts.

* salt,pepper,all spice and cinnamon for seasoning.

 

* saute onions till tender then add fried eggplants.

* add all seasoning,tomato paste and enough water to cover all then leave to simmer till sauce is thick and eggplants tender.

* layer pitta bread in Pyrex or serving dish,add eggplant with sauce on top.

* add tahini sauce then garnish with parsley,meat and nuts.

Note: this dish must be assembled right before you serve so as pittas stay crisp otherwise they’ll be so soggy.

 

As for the soup…you’ll need one small onion.4-5 carrots. 1 cube chicken stock.butter. one big spoon oatmeal.cream or milk and 4 cups water.
Sautee the onions and carrots till tender.add the chicken stock cube.oatmeal  and water.salt.pepper and a bit of cinnamon.

Let it simmer for 45 minutes on low heat till carrots are soft.
Mix all with a mixer or blender..add the cream..then let it boil for another 10-15 minutes…..and serve hot with toasted croutons if you like
wpid-wp-1435168847502.jpeg fava beans.

wpid-wp-1435168859616.jpeg eggplant fatteh.

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wpid-wp-1435168883373.jpeg Ceazer salad.
wpid-20140126_103908 carrot soup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minutes Tomato Soup.

Hello everybody.

Well it’s Winter all over again with low temperatures and heavy rain as if we’re in mid January. A soup will be perfect specially a chili hot one.

Saw this recipe on TV last week  Jamie Oliver’s 15 minutes meal,I just love this chef, he cooks with a style and makes everything looks easy and yummy like this soup.

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Ingredients and method:

For the soup:

* 1 green onion chopped.

* some chopped chives (optional)

* 1 red chili pepper.

* some preserved roasted red peppers ( didn’t have today )

* some chopped fresh coriander.

* 1 can diced tomatoes.

* 3 cups water.

* salt,pepper.

* Saute onions,peppers,chives and coriander with some olive oil.

* add tomatoes and water then season with salt and pepper.

* leave to simmer till done then blend with hand mixer.

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* Toppings and additives:

* Roasted tortillas with melted cheddar cheese.

* chili peppers,coriander, feta cheese and black olives.

* yogurt mixed with fresh mint leaves ( original one contained crushed jalapenos also)

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Upon serving put tortillas in bottom of bowl,add whatever you like from toppings, add soup then drizzle yogurt mint sauce on top.

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A  real genuine dish ,we loved it !

 

Noodles Soup and Pastries.

Hello everybody.

Another big gathering at Mom’s today, she made mixed salad with oranges, grape leaves,oregano ,cheese and meat pastries plus karaway again and finally we opened the baby’s cake.

Back home with some kishek and oregano pies cause I had no time to cook and did some noodle’s soup cause it seems we’re catching a flu so better start precautions.

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Pizza Bites.

Hello everybody.

Sometimes when you do something in hurry it turns out really good but that’s not the case today.

Since I do have some okra from yesterday I needed to do something to go with it,so I decided to make carrot soup and another batch of separable garlic bread cause they were gone in minutes the other time and tried to do the rest of dough as pizza bites, same idea as garlic ones but instead you add pizza sauce ( tomato, pesto,oregano,garlic powder)  in between balls and cover with cheese but cause it was a last minute decision and I didn’t have much time in baked them while still not risen well and results weren’t as good as the first time.
That’s a lesson well learned :)

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wpid-wp-1424879433218.jpeg dough formed to balls then covered with pizza sauce and cheese.

wpid-wp-1424879391923.jpeg carrot soup.

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Cauliflower Stew.

Hello everybody.

Had to go many errands with my hubby this morning so a quick somewhat half cooked dish is required.

Thought to do okra but then cooking the meat will take some time since it’s still in the freezer,so thought was dismissed and shifted to cauliflower with minced meat stew since I already have cooked meat and boiled cauliflower just tossed them all with sautéed onions and garlic added a Maggi cube and some water. Served with tahini sauce and summaq.

I also made some lentil soup cause my youngest doesn’t eat cauliflower at all.
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Shushbarak and Jam Biscuits (شيشبرك ومبروشه)

Hello everybody.

Lunch today was a quick easy thing to do ,specially that I already bought ready made Shushbarak yesterday and I already have fresh ewe yogurt from Irbid so I just cooked the yogurt and added pastries to it.

I also made some carrot soup and a pan of jam cookies or mabrousheh as we call it, since so many asked about it all the time I’ll add the recipe again here today.

Ingredients and method:

1 large egg.
1 tsp vanilla.
3/4 cup butter.
1/2 cup sugar.
2 cups flour.
1 tsp baking powder.
Pinch if salt.
2 cups oj jam of any kind you desire diluted in a bit if water.
Beat the egg.vanilla.sugar and butter well till mixture is creamy and fluffy.
Add the flour.salt.baking powder ,,, keep mixing till dough is stiff and you can hold it without sticking to your hands…form it into a ball.
Spread 3/4 of the dough into a baking tray..spread jam on top.
To the remaining dough add extra 3/4 or 1 cup flour and spin it in food processer till it forms fine crumbles…then sprinkle them over jam.
Bake in medium heat oven for half hour or until sides are brownish..then use the upper flame of oven to toast the top.
Leave to cool well, then cut to squares and serve.♡♥♡♥

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Homemade Halaweh (حلاوه بيتيه).

Hello everybody.

Lots of events today,started with a lovely breakfast gathering with my beautiful friends at Al Narenj restaurant located in Abdoun, highly recommended by the way, delicious food,excellent service and very relaxing atmosphere plus very reasonable price. Food is Middle Eastern and various,we were really full and satisfied. Definitely going back for lunch or dinner soon.

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Lunch was light,broccoli soup,mushroom and cheese quiche ( same as spinach but used mushrooms instead) and some za3tar cheese pastries I did yesterday.

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PhotoGrid_1421776041729  mushroom cheese quiche.

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After lunch I decided to try a recipe my dear young cousin ,who’s a newly wed by the way but showing great cooking skills ,posted this afternoon on my page which is homemade halaweh. A product usually bought ready from stores and not a usual at all to do at home, never thought it would be so easy to do,even simple available ingredients.

Well it’s firming up in the fridge right now but I did taste it and it’s awesome, thank you lovely Mouna for the new adventure :)

Ingredients and method:

* 1 cup powdered milk.

* 1 cup powdered sugar.

* 1 cup tahini sauce.

* 1 tsp cardamon.

*1 tsp vanilla.

* some pistachios to garnish.

 

* Mix sugar,milk,vanilla,cardamon well then add tahini till all mixed,you may need less quantity of tahini so pour it slowly till you get a soft paste.

* press paste in mold or jar and garnish with pistachios then leave to cool in fridge.

 

That’s it,ready to go !

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Multi-grain Soup.

Hello everybody.

Still have 2-3 freezing days to go, heavy snow since morning and expected icing this night ,they say it’ll be like never ever before !

Found this bag of Italian multi-grain mix bag in Select Food Shoppe last week, I soaked a cup last night so as to tenderize a bit for easier cooking.

Simple easy way to make this soup, you simply saute some chopped onions with some olive oil,add the soaked grains,salt,pepper and a bit of cumin then add 5 -6 cups water and a Maggi cube and leave it to cook in pressure cooker for 40-50 minutes. I added some small pasta and lemon juice as well. Of course you can add meat cubes if you like it richer.

 

I also made Shepherd Pie and some Za’tar buns for lunch.

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Eggplant Rolls and Mushroom Soup.

Hello everybody.

Extremely cold today,bet most moms made a soup in this weather, I did a super mushroom soup from the ones my cousin sent me from Rome,I also used the mushroom cubes which made a big difference in taste,really rich aroma and flavor I didn’t even add any spices. Big evidence is it’s all gone !

Lunch was Kebabs in tomato sauce(كباب هندي) ,kept some of the kebabs and wrapped them in thinly sliced fried eggplant then cooked wraps in tomato,onion and garlic sauce then sprinkled some chopped parsley on top. Really good and well stewed ,eggplants gave it a nice twist !

Oh and I made a fresh pesto sauce to keep in my new pistol and mortar all from scratch!

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