Chicken Picatta.

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Hello everybody.

I actually decided what to cook only late this afternoon,had no clue at all and nobody as usual gave me any option.

Well only my freezer and pantry are the ones that can decide and final dish was pesto pasta and chicken Picatta with a buttery lemony sauce. Easy quick meal with a small Caprese Salad on the side.

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Ingredients and method of chicken and sauce :

* Small pieces of chicken breasts.
* salt,pepper, Italian herbs if available.
* some flour.

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* sauce:

* 2 tablespoons butter.
* 1 small finely chopped onion.
* 2 finely chopped garlic cloves.
* 2 tablespoons capers.
* juice of one lemon.

* season chicken pieces with salt, pepper and herbs.
* coat with flour then freeze for 30 minutes.
* meanwhile sauté onions and garlic in hot butter then add capers and lemon juice.
* fry or bake chicken as you prefer, you can grill them as well.

* serve with pasta or veggies.

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Fresh Pesto with Shrimps.

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Hello everybody.

Found an amazingly fresh bunch of basil at grocery store today, couldn’t resist taking most of it and instantly made pesto and cooked in it. So aromatic and nutty, I even added some walnuts with the pine nuts, delicious 😋

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After cleaning and arranging my fridge, found an eggplant and a bunch of radishes that must be cooked or eaten before they’re ruined, so eggplant turned to dip and radish a salad with lemon juice and parsley.

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Pesto was quickly done with shrimps garlic and pasta with Parmesan cheese on top.

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Hope you all enjoyed your weekend 😍

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basil Cherry Tomatoes Mazorella Steaks.

Hello everybody.

Last minute decision of what to cook for lunch came out after lots of ideas and guesses, typical Friday.

Well finally I took out some steaks since I have all ingredients of the dish, Rita’s recipe, simple sautéed thin steaks topped with fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and a slice of mazorella. Extremely delicious, all gone in minutes.
I made mashed potatoes, sweet creamy corn, gravy with mushrooms and a bowl of Ceazar salad.

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Everybody finished lunch happily, real comfort food.

 

Simple One-Pot Pasta.

Hello again.

Lunch was a first trial, just saw this recipe on Pinterest last night and couldn’t wait till morning comes out to make it, looked so interesting and exactly that’s what it turned out.

You can find lots of versions of this dish but all have the same principle, you simply add whatever you want of veggies,meat,chicken or sausages to raw pasta ,add herbs,salt pepper,oil and water then leave to cook till done !! that’s it.

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Ingredients and method:

* chopped courgettes,mushrooms,onions,garlic, cherry tomatoes,chives,basil and black olives.

* 1 pack pasta.

* salt, pepper, oregano and some olive oil.

* 4 1/2 cups water.

* Note: I added a cube of chicken stock also.

* some cream or milk if you like added when pasta is done.

* Parmesan cheese upon serving.

* Put all ingredients together in one pan then add water.

* boil then leave to simmer on low heat for 45-60 minutes or till all done.

* add cream and cheese then serve.

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Absolutely amazing,everyone should try it.

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Pineapple Roca Salad.

Hello everybody.
Long full day, lots of things to do and places to go, end was a sudden visit from my mother in-law’s cousins, and lovely group but a shame I don’t have any dessert or cakes,but we really had a great time.

Lunch today was a variety of many delicious dishes:
* Asparagus soup.
* Pineapple roca salad with dried cranberries, walnuts and a lemon, oil, salt balsamic vinaigrette.
* Cute Caprese salad.
* Green fava beans with garlic and coriander.

All very fresh and yummy.

 

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wpid-wp-1427568787991.jpeg lovely easy Caprese.

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Minestrone Soup.(شوربه ايطاليه)

Hello everybody.

Rainy day and I have a bad flu, a rich hot soup is a blessing in this case.I did this soup once in Ramadan but didn’t post the recipe so it’s a chance to do it again, definitely a rich aromatic tasty one.

Ingredients varied when I searched for the recipe so I consulted my dear cousin living in Rome for the original one that Italians usually do and she gave me the secret ingredient that you won’t find in any recipe but I added it after taking the photo.

Ingredients and method:

* 1 small finely chopped onion.

* 1 clove garlic.

* bunch of chopped basil.

* 1/2 cup chopped celery.

* 1 small chopped zucchini.

* 2 small chopped carrots.

* some sun dried tomatoes.

* 1/2 cup black beans.

* 1/2 cup green beans (optional )

* 2 leaves finely chopped lettuce. (secret ingredient)

* 1 can chopped tomatoes.

* 1 tsp tomato paste.

* 4 cups broth or water and cube of broth.

* 2 bay leaves.

* salt,pepper and oregano.

* 3/4 cup small shaped pasta.

* Parmesan cheese.

 

* saute onions,garlic,carrots,celery till tender.

* add rest of ingredients then broth and pasta and 1 tablespoon of cheese, boil then leave to simmer till done and all ingredients are tender.

* sprinkle with Parmesan cheese when served.

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Greek Style Quesadillas.

Hello everybody.

Very hot and busy morning , don’t know why streets and shops are full, finished grocery shopping as fast as I can to go back home :(

Lunch today was noodles with vegetables and chicken,with soy sauce,ketchup and ginger. It’s a favorite of ours all the time .

I also made a quick side dish, light vegetarian quesadillas,found this recipe on Pinterest. You can add chicken to it if you like, your choice. Tasted really really good,will certainly do them again !

Ingredients and method:

* large tortilla bread.

* feta cheese.

* mozzarella cheese.

* fresh parsley and mint , chopped.

* black olives.

* chopped sweet peppers.

* pesto sauce or fresh basil leaves.

* cherry tomatoes.

* oregano,salt and pepper.

* optional additives : onions or shredded chicken.

* add feta and mozzarella on half of the bread then add toppings as you like.

* grill or toast in the oven after brushing pan with a bit of oil.

That’s it, enjoy !!!

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Rosa Pasta Salad.

Hello everybody.

Definitely a hot Summer day,hot dishes or stews are a big no no,so I made this cold pasta salad that my dear cousin Rita posted in my group a while ago,but I used chicken instead of tuna and added few more ingredients. Really good,thank you dear :)

Ingredients and method:

* cooked shredded chicken or tuna.

* cooked pasta (any shape you like).

* fresh or dried basil.

* pitted black olives.

* some chopped pickles and capers ( optional)

* ketchup and mayonnaise ( approximately 3 tablespoons of each).

* salt and pepper.

 

* Mix olives,pickles,capers and chicken ,season with salt and pepper.

* Add ketchup and mayonnaise and mix well.

* Before serving add the pasta and mix all together.

I also made a simple plain cake for my new orange cake plate I got as a gift from my dear aunt <3

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Creamy Avocado Tomato Basil Pasta.

Hello everybody.

Very hot and dusty today,need a cool dish to go with this weather. last night I found this recipe in my WordPress reader written by “ Cooking with a Wallflower” and since I have 2 avocados ripened from last week I thought this will be a good option for lunch.

Upon my youngest son request I made a kind of pizza called Calzone ,cause he bought some chili salami and wants me to make something with them,though I’m not in the mood to bake in this hot weather,but I kneaded a small dough,made half filled with salami,cheese,oregano and tomato paste then closed it like a pie and filled the other half with chocolate and bananas,will be a good dessert in the afternoon.

Ingredients and method for the pasta:

* 1 pack spagetti.

* 2 ripe avocados.

* 2 cloves garlic.

* 2 tablespoons yogurt.

* bunch of fresh basil.

* cherry tomatoes.

* Parmesan cheese.

* some sun dried tomatoes (optional).

 

 

* cook pasta as directed.

* mash avocados with salt,pepper and yogurt.

* chop garlic,basil leaves and tomatoes.

* just before serving toss all ingredients with the pasta and sprinkle with the cheese.

 

* As for the Calzone,knead a pizza dough then spread it and add filling then close it , you can use various kinds of fillings of veggies or cheeses or chocolate :)

Enjoy .

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Potato Cake.

Hello everybody.

Really cold and cloudy today,as if we’re in Autumn not beginning of Summer, I hate this weather,undecided !!!

I made Kofta with tomatoes and peppers on top, as a side dish I thought I’ll try doing this recipe I saw on Ro’ya Tv the other day,but I didn’t use the ready mix for seasoning,I made them myself . It’s very simple and I’m sure kids will love it, Looks like a cake at the end that’s why they called it potato cake.

Ingredients and method:

*4-5 boiled and sliced potatoes.

* 2 crushed garlic cloves.

* 1 tsp butter and 1 olive oil.

* salt,pepper,chili,paprika.

* different kinds of cheeses.

* oregano or basil or rosemary as preferred.

* mix butter,oil with crushed garlic then add spices.

* in a spring pan brush bottom with butter mixture then line potato slices in overlapping pattern ( keep ends and crumbled pieces to the inside).

* brush potatoes again then sprinkle with cheese and oregano.

* add another layer of potatoes and cheese then bake for 15-20 minutes.

* remove from pan and garnish, serve with any kind of meat or chicken.

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