English Breakfast and Almond Hariseh.

Hello everybody.

What did you cook in this weather? all my group members started posting dishes since morning,all locked up in snow and cooking !!

My kitchen was busy doing lots of stuff,a brunch rather than a breakfast cause we ate late, I made a typical English breakfast sunny side ups,scrambled eggs,hot dogs and beans ,a favorite dish for my husband and boys but not me so I baked some ka3ek like last time but today’s batch was much better and more fluffy , ate them with cheese my kind of meal !

DSC_0868 hotel style breakfast.

DSC_0857 20150220_151209


DSC_0864 20150220_150041  my ka3ek :)

20150220_145950 yum yum.

Last night I made this new recipe I found,wanted a change from usual hariseh or semolina cake so after searching decided to do this ,turned out nice but as my hubby said it’s not hariseh something totally different guess because it has almonds in it and eggs are separated so it’s a more a cake.


Ingredients and method:

* 4 eggs separated.

*1 cup sugar ( i think 1/2 or 3/4 are enough)

* 3/4 cup melted butter.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 2 tsp baking powder.

* 1 tsp lemon zest.

*1 1/2 cups semolina.

* 1 cup ground almonds.

*pinch of salt.

* sugar syrup ( 3 cups sugar,1 1/2 water and 1 tsp lemon juice)


* Separate egg yolks from whites.

* beat butter,sugar,lemon zest and vanilla till creamy.

* add eggs and beat well then add baking powder, semolina and almonds.

* beat egg whites till frothy and stiff.

* fold in whites into mixture slowly with a wooden spoon.

* grease a medium sized pan and pour mixture in.

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

*Note: you can decorate it with almonds or coconut on top as you wish.

* when done add the cold syrup on top.

20150220_133026  almond harisseh or semolina cake.

20150219_134424 20150219_135706


Fava Beans and Eggs ( Iraqi Dish,باقلاء بالدهن)

Hello everybody.

Special brunch today at my sister in-law’s house,her hubby made us a famous Iraqi dish which is usually done for breakfast but we had it as lunch this time.

Main ingredients are cooked fava beans and scrambled eggs , it’s a sort of fatteh type of dish  cause bread is soaked a bit in boiled water of cooked beans is the base , then you add over it a good amount of beans,lemon juice, very hot oil ( usually the oil used in frying the eggs), butnuj ( which is a dried wild mint) then chopped tomatoes and onions.

Last thing you add fried eggs,scrambled and sunny side ups and dig in. Very fulfilling meal,you won’t feel hungry till next day for sure ,my late father in -law ( god bless his soul) used to call it the cement mix meal :)

Anyone who loves new different food should try it,really good.
اليوم الغداء طبق عراقي “باقلاء بالدهن ” الباقلاء يعنى بها الفول ويكون بالعادة فول ناشف منقوع ومسلوق ويمكن استعمال العلب للسهوله.
الطريقه تشبه مبدأ الفتات المعتادة حيث يشرب الخبز بماء سلق الفول ثم يضاف الفول، الليمون والبطنج (نعنع بري ناشف) ويسقى بالزيت الحار أو السمن حسب الرغبه.تضاف بندوره مفرومه ناعم وبصل مفروم، آخر طبقه عباره عن بيض مخفوق مقلي أو بيض عيون.
وجبه دسمه نوعا ما لمحبي الفطور مع إننا اعتبرناها غداء اليوم.



20150116_143304 20150116_151333 dessert was Kollaj.


DSC_0369 Butnuj ( wild mint)



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.




Nachos in an Eastern Look (فته مكسيكيه).

Hello everybody.

We all ate too much during this week ,lunches and dinners, so today we’re eating light to at least lessen the guilty feelings.

I made potato salad with dill and spring onions,grilled veggies tossed with pomegranate syrup and olive oil and this Mexican dish in an Arabic twist.

Learned this dish from my cousin, you simply cook some onions,tomatoes and black beans to form a sauce then spread it over the Nachos then add tahini sauce,chopped tomatoes,beans and some parsley on top. Really easy and light cause you don’t add cheese or butter,you can use light nachos for a healthier version.

Hope you all enjoying Friday so far.








Chicken Ceazar Salad.

Hello everybody.

Cleaning up the kitchen today, though it’s tiring but had to be done every now and then,but results are satisfying at the end.

Lunch was beans from yesterday with a big bowl of Ceazar Salad with grilled chicken on top,refreshing after hard work.

I also planned some nice mints in these cute pots so as upon my son’s advice those tiny ants will go away,they say mint odor repels ants,hope this trick works cause nothing else is.

Couldn’t resist to get this beautiful bunch of flowers and planted it outside by the kitchen door,lovely don’t you think?







Beans Orange Salad and Thumbprint Cookies.

Hello everybody.

Had visitors last night with no time to do lots of stuff,so I made this easy salad and some cookies and arranged some fruits,with coffee,tea and nuts turned out a pleasant evening.

Salad contains red beans,sweet corn,chopped colored sweet peppers with orange slices on top,dressing was salt,oregano,lemon,vinegar and olive oil.

As for the cookies, these are ingredients and method:

* 1/2 cup butter.

* 1/4 cup sugar.

* 1 large egg separated.

* 1 cup flour.

* pinch of salt.

* 3/4 roasted finely crushed nuts.

* jam


* beat egg yolk,butter,sugar and salt till creamy.

* add flour and knead till you form a ball.

* form small balls then press them  with your thumb a bit in the middle.

* beat the egg white and coat cookies with them.

* roast and crush finely the nuts then coat cookies with them as well.

* bake in a moderate heated oven for 13-15 minutes.

* when cooled add a little bit of jam in the thumbprint.


Yummy yummy :)



20140920_160958  20140920_162026

20140920_163948 20140920_192903





String Beans in oil (لوبيا بالزيت )

Hello everybody.
Still in the mood of no real big meals after Ramadan and Eid festivities.
Today I made simple string beans with olive oil, garlic, some tomatoes, salt and pepper.
Light lunch but delicious specially with toasted Arabic bread and pickles, yummy yummy :)



Baked Broad Beans.

Hello everybody.

20140617_164737   Noon treat, tramisu from last night :)

Today I took a break after two days of running around,had dessert with coffee at noon,tasted even better today .

As for lunch I made Fettuccine and a small dish of baked beans,easy and cool in this hot weather.

Ingredients and method:

* 1 cup dry broad beans soaked in water overnight.

* one small finely chopped onion.

* 2 cloves chopped garlic.

* 2-3 coarsely chopped tomatoes.

* some olive oil.

* boil beans in water till tender then wash and dry.

* saute onions and garlic in hot oil till golden.

* add tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes,you may add some water if sauce is dry.

* add salt,pepper and chili if you like.

* in a deep oven pan,put the beans and pour sauce over them,cover then bake all for 30-40 minutes.

Very nice dish needs zero effort :)


20140617_130501  20140617_130933




20140617_131230    20140617_131734


Stuffed Mushrooms.

Hello everybody.

Weekend is here again,final exams next week and then done with school,next year will be last one for my youngest,can’t believe how kids grow so fast :)

Today’s lunch is beans with garlic and tomatoes in olive oil (لوبيا بالزيت), similar to the string beans I did once ( فاصوليا بالزيت),but this kind of beans is thinner and has different taste. you simply saute crushed garlic then add cut cleaned beans then chopped tomatoes,season with salt and pepper then leave to simmer for 30-40 minutes or till done.

I also made my friend Rula’s recipe of stuffed mushrooms,wanted to make my cousin Sa’ed’s ones but those needed spinach and bigger mushrooms than the ones I have,next time maybe.

Ingredients and method;

* fresh white mushrooms.


*bread crumbs.

* cheddar and Parmesan cheese.

* parsley.

* remove mushroom stems, chop them then add cheeses,crumbs,parsley and a bit of butter and mix all very well.

* grease oven pan with butter,line mushrooms in it then stuff them.

* cover with foil then  bake for 20-30 minutes.

Delicious appetizers :)



20140529_152029   20140529_151502


20140529_092829   20140529_093215




%d bloggers like this: