Jamie Oliver’s Ginger Lemonade.

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Hello again.

Made this refreshing juice this afternoon, a recipe I saw in one of Jamie Oliver’s tv shows, very cooling in this hot weather.

You simply mix together son=me grated fresh ginger,lemon juice and slices,mints and brown sugar then add some hot water to dissolve sugar then before serving add cold sparkling water.

Very nice one try it.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Hello everybody.

Lovely sunny day,hope all weekend stays like this,started with a lovely breakfast outside in the sun, new olives are done they’re absolutely delicious.

I was invited to a gathering noon time and just before I left I decided to bake some cookies to take with me,after searching  in my books for something quick I didn’t do before I found this super easy one,  I used Quality Street chocolates, simply crushed a bunch in the food processor instead of normal chocolate chips,this box has been on the coffee table since Adha Eid so I’d better use it rather than eat it alone,don’t you all love these chocolates? never bored of them!

Ingredients and method:

* 1/2 cup butter ( reduce it a bit if using heavy chocolates)

* 1/2 cup peanut butter.

* 3/4 cup brown sugar.

* 1 egg.

* 2 tablespoons milk.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 1/2 small spoon baking soda.

* 1/2 tsp baking powder.

* 1 3/4 cups flour.

* 3/4 cup chocolate chips or crushed ones of any kind.

 

* Mix butters and sugar well till creamy then add egg,vanilla,milk.

* add flour,baking soda and powder then last thing add the chocolates.

*Shape into balls then flatten them a bit,usually I use a coffee cup bottom.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 10-13 minutes or till bottoms are golden.

* cool then keep in cookie jar or tightly closed tin.

These will sure put a big smile on a child’s face specially with a hot chocolate in a cold day :)

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Beef Sweet and Sour.

Hello everybody.

Typical lazy Friday,started by waking up really late for a change, usual coffee at Rula’s noon time then asking what to eat for lunch, decided to make this dish cause It’s been long time since we ate it plus me and my friends went out to dinner the other night at Ren Chai and ordered the same dish but It wasn’t that good or I didn’t enjoy it well !

Searched for an easy recipe to do,found this at Allrecipes.com,great web by the way!

Ingredients and method:

* meat balls (sauteed ahead till golden)

* sweet peppers chopped to large pieces.

* 1 onion chopped to large pieces also.

* 3-4 pieces pineapples.

* 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

*1 tablespoon starch.

* 2 big spoons ketchup.

* 2 big spoons soy sauce.

* 1 tablespoon vinegar.

* 1 small cup water.

 

* saute peppers and onions in a bit of vegetable oil till tender.

* add the meat balls .

* mix ketchup,soy sauce,sugar,starch,vinegar and water well together.

* add mixture to pan and stir,then add pineapples.

* simmer for 15-20 minutes.

* serve with boiled rice.

 

Really tasty and well flavored I even didn’t add salt or pepper !

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Traditional Apple Pie.

Hello everybody.

No cooking today,I still have lots from yesterday,plus I went out with my friends for breakfast to a kind of new place in town Shakespeare & co. really pleasant place,beautiful decor, tasty food and excellent service I might say :)

This doesn’t mean no work,my mother in law’s school friends are coming tomorrow morning so I made apple pie and za’tar sticks but as round pastries this time, will be great with a cheese platter and Tabouleh.

You may find various apple pie recipes all over,I usually make this one which is easy and always work.

Ingredients and method of apple pie:

*Crust:

* 1 egg.

* 1 tsp vanilla or lemon zest.

* 1/2 cup sugar.

* 3/4 cup butter.

* 1 3/4 cups flour ( you may need 1/4 more to make a firm dough)

* pinch of salt.

* 2 tablespoons cold water.

 

Filling:

* 5-6 large apples peeled and cut to slices.

* 1/2 cup walnuts (optional).

* 1/4 cup raisins (optional).

* 1/4 cup brown sugar.

* 1 tsp lemon juice .

* 1 tablespoon cinnamon ( sorry forgot to add it in the photo)

 

* beat the egg.vanilla,sugar and butter till creamy.
* add flour and salt and knead well till you have a firm round dough ( add more flour if it’s sticky and you can’t handle it)
* leave to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.
* spread 3/4 dough in pie pan evenly in bottom and sides.
* pinch it with a fork so as it won’t form a bubble.
* mix filling ingredients well and pour them into the pie pan.
* make shapes to decorate top of pie from remaining dough ,sprinkle surface with flour or use plastic bag for easier handling.
* bake in a medium heated oven for 30-40 minutes or till sides and bottom are golden then toast the surface.
    You can reheat it and serve it with vanilla ice cream or as is with a sprinkle of icing sugar,depends on how the lovely ladies prefer tomorrow .
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Toffee Cake with Butterscotch Sauce.

Hello everybody.

No cooking today,still have enough food from yesterday,however this doesn’t mean no kitchen-ing at all. To tell you the truth I feel weird if I did nothing :)

I had visitors coming afternoon,one of them loves anything to do with dates,so this cake will be perfect,though it says toffee but main ingredient is date,and the sauce goes along great with it.

Ingredients and method:

* 3/4 cup brown sugar.

* 3/4 cup vegetable oil.

* 3 eggs.

* 1 1/2 cups chopped pitted dates.

* 1 cup boiling water.

* 1 tsp sodium bicarbonate.

* 1 tsp ginger.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 3 tsp baking powder.

* 1 tablespoon molasses.

*  1 3/4 whole wheat flour.

 

* Add water, molasses and bicarbonate on dates,cover and leave to cool.

* Beat sugar and oil till creamy.

* Add eggs and vanilla,then ginger

* Add baking powder and flour .

* Add the date mixture and beat for 2 minutes.

* Bake in a medium heated oven for 30-35 minutes.

 

Sauce: heat 2 tablespoons butter with 1/2 cup brown sugar till it melts then add 1 pack cream, whisk very well till thick.

Serve cake with Vanilla Ice cream with sauce on top ,really yummy yummy.

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California Coffee Cake.

Hello everybody.
It’s been a while since I backed a cake..2-3 weeks, I searched in my cook book for something light and a bit different than I usually make.
Found this recipe, think I copied it from a magazine long time ago. Goes along great with a cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients:
* 2 eggs.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
* 1 cup sugar.
* 1/2 cup butter.
* 1/2 cup milk.
* 2 tsp baking powder.
* a bit of lemon zest.
* 1 1/2 cup flour.
Filling:
* 1/2 cup brown sugar.
*1 tablespoon butter.
* 1 tablespoon flour.
* 1 tsp cinnamon.
* 1/2 cup crushed walnuts ( optional).

Method:
* mix filling ingredients together very well.
* mix cake ingredients alternatively in order.
* grease or place wax paper in a cake pan, round or rectangular as you like.
* pour half of cake batter then sprinkle filling to cover then add remaining batter.
* bake in a medium heated oven for 30-35 minutes or till toothpick inserted is dry.
* cool completely then remove from pan.
* serve with tea or coffee.

Enjoy♡♥♡♥.

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