Lentil Soup.

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Hello everybody.

You can feel Autumn coming today,cloudy with a nice nice breeze,nice after all these heat waves.

Made some lentil soup on the occasion with a bit of carrots and pumpkin, very good specially with lemon juice.

Here’s the basic lentil soup recipe.

 

You need:
*1 cup lentils.
*1 small finely chopped onion.
*1 sliced carrot.
*1 sliced courgette (كوسا ).optional.
* 1 cube chicken stock.
*1 spoon salt.
*1 spoon powdered cumin.
*6 cups hot water.
Sautee the onions, carrots, courgettes in a bit if olive oil till tender.wash then add lentils.stirr well then add salt, cumin, chicken stock.add water and leave to boil then simmer.
serve with fried or baked bread cubes and lemon juice.

 

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Toffee Cake with Butterscotch Sauce.

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Hello everybody

No intention at all to do a cake or dessert cause we’re all trying to cut down sugars , at least try, but my mother in-law gave these dates she didn’t like cause they ‘re too sweet so I thought i’d do this cake with them and send her most of it.

 

Recipe is easy so is the cake specially if you eat it with ice cream and sauce.

Ingredients and method:

  • 3 tablespoons butter.
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
  • 2/4 cup brown sugar.
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates.
  • 1 tsp baking soda.
  • 1 tablespoon molasses.
  • 2/3 cup boiling water.
  • 3 eggs.
  • 1 tsp vanilla.
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
  • 2 tsp baking powder.
  • 1 tsp ginger.
  • 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • 1 2/3 wholewheat flour.

* In a deep bowl soak dates,molasses,baking soda,ginger and cinnamon in the boiling water.

*Beat butter,oil and sugar till creamy.

*Add  eggs one at a time at a time then vanilla.

*Add flour and baking powder.

*Add walnuts and date mixture and mix with wooden spoon.

  • bake in a medium heated oven for 40-50 minutes or till done from inside.
  • Cool then serve with ice cream and sauce on top.

 

Butterscotch sauce:

1/2 cup brown sugar.

1 tablespoon butter.

1 pack cream

2 tablespoons maple syrup.

Mix all ingredients together and heat till heat till sugar dissolves then simmer for 2 minutes.

keep warm .

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Cold Days= Dry Beans.

Hello everybody.

Definitely cold these days,crisp wind specially when the sun goes down,best place to be these days is in the car !

  Dry white beans are a good option in this case,though I’m not a big fan of it, so I did some avocado dip or kind of guacamole and remember the olives I pickled the other day with veggies and walnuts? well they’re perfectly done now,really yummy with hot bread !

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Pumpkin Cupcakes.

Hello everybody.

First day in Winter timing and it coincides it’s cold and rainy today, plus It’s Halloween this weekend. I made these cupcakes for my friend’s son going to a sharing party today.

I love pumpkin and all its recipes,gives you a feeling of warmth specially in cold weather, I think I’ll make the remaining pumpkin a soup or stew tomorrow !

Lunch was out in Taj Mall at Hanin Cafe today,really yummy go try it, knafeh cheescake is a must try believe me.

Ingredients and method:

* 3 eggs.

* 1 cup sugar.

* 1 cup pumpkin puree ( boiled till done then mashed)

* 1/2 cup oil.

* 2 tablespoons butter.

* 1 tsp cinnamon,pinch of nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice if available.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 2 tsp baking powder and pinch of salt.

* 2 cup flour.

 

* Icing is cream cheese with whipping cream and orange food coloring.

 

* Mix all ingredients alternatively then fill cupcakes till half and bake till done.

* decorate with icing and sprinkles.

 

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DSC_0225  Knafeh cheesecake,mouthwatering !

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Summer Farewell Breakfast.

Hello everybody.
This morning all family ladies gathered at my uncle’s garden for breakfast, a kind of farewell to Summer days cause as usual here in Jordan we suddenly go into Winter, no in betweens !
As agreed from last week it was a sharing party, though my aunt almost prepared most of the food from her household pantry, cheese, labaneh, olives and delicious newly ripened stuffed eggplants (مقدوس )…etc.
The star of the table was fresh home baked bread done by my dear cousin, unbelievably tasty, wiped out instantly.

At the meantime I’m preparing dinner for our dear friends, made some lovely appetizers and salad, will post them later.

Inshallah we always gather each year in all seasons and times in good health and happiness, love you aunties and cousins and sorry expats, I know you all wished to be with us.♡

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Shepherd Pie.

Hello everybody.

Feels like Autumn today,cold and cloudy,never had a Summer this strange,very cold at night and only few hot days.

Lunch today is a bit wintry but it suits the clouds!! it’s usually done cause it’s fulfilling and hot in cold days. I also made some mushroom soup with it .

Ingredients and method:

* cooked ground beef.

* chopped onions and garlic.

* some veggies,peas,carrots,corn and mushrooms.

* 3-4 boiled potatoes.

* soy sauce,ketchup and Worcestershire sauce ( i didn’t have it today so I used HP)

* bread crumbs.

* salt and pepper.

 

* Saute onions,garlic and meat in some oil or butter.

* add the veggies and sauces and simmer till done.

* mash the potatoes with some butter and milk,salt and pepper.

* pour the potatoes over the veggie meat mix.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 30-40 minutes.

* sprinkle some bread crumbs on top and toast.

* Serve hot with ketchup and salad.

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