Baking Spree. 


Hello everybody.

Lots of baking this week, no complaints at all cause it’s merely a lot of fun to me. The smells,aroma and warmth gives one a big sense of pleasure.



Sometimes once I start I end up baking various kinds, since oven is on as my mom says.



It all started with date order, then another one of anise date ones. Later my friend wanted a selection of cookies to take with her to Saudi Arabia, made rock cookies, coconut lime cookies, oatmeal cranberries and ended the day with chocolate chips for her sweet son. 


All was yummy and work though tiring but worth the happy ending.


Egyptian Cookies Again.


Hello everybody.

Actually order is for tomorrow but I usually like to make cookies a day before cause they are more tender the next day. Kind of settle down and flavor is much better.

Here’s the ingredients again :

Ingredients and method :
# 2 cups fine semolina.
# 4 cups flour.
# 2 cups butter or ghee ( I used 1/2 ghee, 1 butter and 1/2 vegetable oil)
# 1 tablespoon anise powder.
# 1 teaspoon fennel powder.
# 1 tsp special cookie spice (كلفه كعك)

#1/2 tsp mihleb

#1/4 tsp mistaka.

#2 tablespoons sesame seeds.
#1/2 cup sugar.
# 1 tsp instant yeast dissolved in 1 tablespoon sugar and a cup of warm water.
# 2 tablespoons rose water.

# pitted dates mixed with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and anise powders.

# Heat butter then mix with semolina, flour and all spices very well till crumbly.
# leave for 2-3 hours or better overnight till all butter is well absorbed.
# add frothy yeast and water and mix all well.
# add rose water and knead all together.

# start working right away by stuffing small portions of dough with dates and shape them in the molds.

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Another Date Rolls Baking Day.


Hello everybody.

Another day of baking, date rolls are a favorite to many. They’re actually really yummy and healthy.

I’ll post ingredients and method again :

Ingredients and method:
* 5 cups flour
* 4 cups whole wheat flour (طحين اسمر ).
* 1 cup vegetable oil.
* 1 cup olive oil.
* 1 cup margarine or ghee.
* seeded and ground dates (2-3 packs).
* 1/2 cup sugar.
* 1 tsp sodium bicarbonate.
* 2 big spoons ground anise (يانسون ).
* 1 big spoon ground fennel (شومر ).
* 1 big spoon cinnamon.
* 2-3 spoons sesame seeds and black seeds ( سسمسم وقزحه ).
* 1 small spoon mahaleb (محلب )
* mix all oils and spices with flour well till it forms crumbles and leave overnight so as flour absorbs all oils and essences.

* to the dates add olive oil, cinnamon, anise powder, nutmeg, cardamom . A little sprinkle just to add some flavor.

* add warm water to flour enough to make a dough 1-2 must be easy to handle not hard nor soft.
* cut dough and dates to four portions.
* roll one part of dough to a big  thin rectangle between nylons.
* roll dates all to same size rectangle between wax paper or nylon.
* place date over dough and cut unorganized edges.
* roll dough and dates together 3 or 4 rolls.
* cut to 1 inch slices then pat with your hand to flatten them a bit.
* with a sharp knife cut surface to small lines.
* bake in a medium heated oven till bottoms are golden and then toast surface a bit.
* store in a cookie jar or well sealed box.


* 5 كاسات طحين ابيض
4 كاسات طحين اسمر
* 1 كوب زيت نباتي
* 1 كوب زيت زيتون
* 1 كوب سمنه او زبده
* 2-3 باكيت تمر مطحون

* 1/2 كوب سكر

* .1 ملعقه صغيره بايكربونات
* يانسون 2 ملعقه كبيره يانسون مطحون
.1 ملعقه كبيره شومر مطحون
* .1 ملعقه كبيره قرفه
* 2-3  ملعقه كبيره سسمسم وقزحه
* 1محلب ملعقه صغيره
*     تخلط جميع المقادير مع بعض جيدا قبل بليله او على الاقل 4-5 ساعات ما عدا التمر طبعا ويفرك الطحين جيدا بالزيت والسمنه

*( يرش التمر ياليانسون والفرقه والهيل ويفرد بين نايلون ويرق ليصبح طبقه رقيقه جدا( استعيني بزيت الزيتون على النليلون حتى لا يلزق التمر

* يضاف ماء فاتر بالتريج الى العجينه حتى تصبح متماسكه وطريه

* ترق العجينه بنفس طريقه التمر بين النايلون

* (توضع طبفه التمر فوق العجينه برفق وتلف رول (لفتين  فقط

* تقطع الرول الى قطع صغيره وتصف في الصواني

* يزين الوجه بواسطه سكين

* تشوى في فرن متوسط الحراره حتى تحمر

* تحفظ في علب محكمه حتى لا تنشف






Hello everybody.
Lunch today was upon boy’s request nachos,mushroom soup and homemade bread.

Made two loaves, one topped with oregano the other with sesame and black seeds.


Nachos are a favorite for many, so easy to make at home by the way,here are the ingredients and method
* 1 big pack nacho chips.
* 1 small onion finely chopped.
* 1/2 cup red beans.
* 1 big ripe tomato also finely chopped.
* a bit of hot pepper and Tabasco.
* salt and pepper.
* cheddar cheese.
* sour cream or labaneh.

* saute onions till tender in oil.
* add all other ingredients except cheese
* simmer on low heat till done.
* spread nachos in a wide oven pan.
* spread sauce over it.
* add cheese and put in the oven till cheese melts.
* serve with sour cream or guacamole on the side.
* Note: you can add jalapenos, black olives and fava beans to sauce also.


Really really yummy. .beats any Mexican food restaurant I bet you.:)



Baking Day.


Hello everybody.

Thursday is cake baking day, did the usual hunting one for my hubby with dried fruits and walnuts and another Samoa Bundt Cake for the boys but without frosting.

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wpid-wp-1448557315562.jpg Caramel chocolate cake.


Today’s order was date rolls, all gone thank God 👍

wpid-wp-1448557351647.jpg everybody’s favorite at any time.






Spinach Meatloaf and Roasted Potatoes.

Hello everybody.

Only me and my son are home for lunch today so it’ll be a favorite of his choice  ‘Meatloaf’


Easiest quickest thing to do, added some spinach,breadcrumbs,one egg,mustard,ketchup,salt,pepper and a pinch of nutmeg all to 1/2 a kilo of minced veal.Mixed all well then shaped them into a loaf and in the oven for 30 minutes that’s it.

Alongside I baked some wedged potatoes with skin, added salt,pepper,chili and some breadcrumbs also.All done and eaten with an hour!

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