Cousin’s Lunch Gathering.

Hello everybody.
Had a warm loving lunch for my cousin and her cute daughters visiting Jordan from Rome, it was really a pleasure.
Menu was Banan’s rice, Fava beans with cooked yogurt and steaks, a pesto pasta and salad.Dessert was plain cake with chocolate Ganache on top and fruits.

 

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Rice in Dough and Marble Cake (اوزي صرر).

Hello everybody.

Nice weather this morning,best thing the sun is up at least for the next couple of days.

Lunch today was Ouzi in pastry or in other words cooked rice with meat,peas and carrots all wrapped in puff pastry. Some people use plain phyllo pastry or make a dough from scratch, simple one with no yeast. Personally I use puff pastry cause you don’t need any kind of butter or ghee and it puffs and becomes crunchy and tasty plus very easy to use.

I also baked a marble cake and took it to my cousin this morning to visit her in her new house, this time I poured a small amount of white batter then added a another of cocoa subsequently till both mixtures are done, it was really fluffy and great with minted tea <3

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Almond Biscotti and Ginger Chocolate Cookies.

Hello everybody.

No cooking today cause we still have lots of leftovers,however we’re visiting my cousin this afternoon so I figured a box of cookies would be a nice gift.

First batch was ginger chocolate ones, remember the peanut butter ones with Quality Street chocolates in them? well did the same recipe but added fresh and ground ginger,cinnamon,nutmeg,cloves and a bit of molasses instead of the peanut butter. Tastes really good.

Second batch was almond walnut biscottis,these are traditional Italian biscuits usually done with different kinds of flavors and nuts.

Ingredients and method:

* 3/4 cup butter.

* 3/4 cup sugar.

* 4 eggs.

* 2 1/2 cups flour.

* 1 cup nuts,roasted then finely crushed.

* 1 tsp baking powder.

* I added a bit of cinnamon,cardamon and all spice.

* Mix all ingredients consequently till you get a sticky dough.

* Refrigerate for 1 hour.

* cut dough to two halves then form them into logs.

* bake for 45 minutes or till done in the middle.( I was in a hurry so took it out earlier, a small mistake I think)

* when cooled cut to thin slices and toast in the oven till crispy ( 20-30 minutes)

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Crispy Tortilla Pizzas.

Hello everybody.

Bought these tortillas Saturday to do these pizzas and didn’t have time to do them till today, excellent when you don’t have time to make a dough. Even an extremely fast choice if you have ready pizza sauce and already grated cheese :)

You simply add pizza sauce on one tortilla,add any kind of topping you like, I made one salami,one roast beef,one only olives and one with only pesto and salami then add cheese. Top it with  another tortilla on top and add some sauce and cheese on the surface. Bake them till crispy and golden on sides, really yummy yummy :)

One last tortilla left so made it as dessert, Nutella and crunch, FANTASTIC after lunch !

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Mini Banoffee Tarts.

Hello everybody.

Told you yesterday this week is crazy,nonstop events. Hope I can have a calm weekend after all , till now no plans hope it’ll stay like this !

Today my beloved childhood cousins came to visit me,that’s why I’m late writing my daily post, we had such great time as always. I did these mini banoffee tarts,same recipe but I used a small mold for the crust and added caramel and bananas on top and chocolate syrup to decorate.I also made spinach tabouleh and za’tar buns filled with cheese and one big topped with labaneh,plus some Maltesers coconut balls from yesterday.

Lunch today was rice with veggies and meat,really yummy!!

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Maltesers Coconut Balls

Hello everybody.

As you may noticed from my daily posts I’ve been either invited or out to parties,lunches,visits since beginning of this week ,thank God all for happy cheerful gatherings !

Yesterday evening we visited our newly wed cousin and his lovely bride, she was so sweet and welcoming and made a great effort in everything, many yummy dishes and pastries,all well done and delicious ,thank you dear Nour and sisters in-law ,we had great time.

Today mom had visitors for lunch, she made fava beans with rice,pasta with veggies,broccoli soup and a big salad, dessert was fruit salad and I made this easy one,Maltesers coconut balls,recipe from my cousin in Irbid the other day.

*ingredients and method:

*2 cups dry milk powder.

* 2 cups coconut.

* 1/2 cup icing sugar.

* 1 pack cream.

* 1 tablespoon butter.

* 3 packs Maltesers.

* Note: I added some orange zest,goes well with it.

* Mix all ingredients together till they’re like a paste then cover each Maltesers ball with it and roll into a ball .

* cover with coconut and leave to cool in the fridge.

That’s it! you can replace sugar and milk with condensed milk also, same taste.

 

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Pizza Loaf.

Hello everybody.

Full of activities this Friday,usual coffee at my sister in-law then lunch with my family at Zuwar Restaurant, beautiful place and scenery, then my dear auntie and cousin came for tea. feeling blessed as they say in Facebook statuses , love you all <3

I made this loaf for afternoon tea and a bowl of fresh fruit salad, this loaf recipe is easy and quick,tastes a lot like pizza but all mixed together, or can slice it and spread cheese or labaneh on top.

Ingredients and method:

* 2 eggs.

* 1 tsp salt.

* 3/4 cup vegetable oil.

* 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms.

* 1 cup chopped peppers.

* 1/2 cup pitted olives.

* finely chopped green thyme leaves.

* 2 tsp baking powder.

* 2 cups flour.

* white cheese and sesame seeds for decoration.

 

* beat eggs,salt and oil till creamy.

* add all other ingredient and mix with a wooden spoon (it’ll be like a thick cake but not a dough)

* decorate with cheese pieces and sesame seeds.

* bake in a well heated oven for 30-40 minutes or till done.

 

Great day full of delicious food and loving people.

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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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Small Lunch Gathering :)

Hello everybody.

My dear cousins coming from Irbid today , though they insisted that they’ll only pass by for coffee but I ignored the thought and promised to make a small easy lunch, we really had a great time specially with the company of the sweetest baby ever Mira,such an angel <3

I made steak with mushrooms peppers and gravy sauce with mashed potatoes on the side,some eggplant dip and green salad.

Dessert was simple cake with swirled blueberries on top,really good with coffee after lunch.

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Pear Crumble Cake.

Hello everybody.

I was honored  to have my hubbies’ aunt and our favorite cousin for lunch today,she came for a doctor’s appointment then came to lunch before going back to Irbid,we really had a great time.

I made rice with vegetables and curry chicken (Banan’s Rice ),roasted ribs,chili potatoes and salad with labaneh.

Dessert was a new recipe,pear crumble cake, I had some ripe pears so they were perfect for this.

* Ingredients and method:

* 2 cups water.

* 1 cup sugar.

* 1 stick cinnamon.

* 2 thinly sliced pears.

* 3/4 cup butter.

*2/3 cup sugar.

* 2 eggs.

* 1 1/2 cups flour.

* 2 tsp baking powder.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* Crumble topping:

* 1/2 cup plain flour.

* 1/3 cup sugar.

* 1/2 cup butter.

* 1/2 cup coconut.

 

* combine water,sugar and cinnamon stick stir over heat till sugar dissolves then add the pears.leave to simmer till tender then drain and dry.

* mix butter and sugar till creamy then add eggs and vanilla.

* add flour and baking powder and mix well.

* pour the batter in a buttered spring pan then add pears on top.

* make the crumble by mixing all ingredients till crumbly, you may need extra flour.

* add crumble on top of pears.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 1 hour or till center is dry.

NOTE: make sure pears are very thinly sliced cause cake may sink in the middle if they’re thick.

* serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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