Another Week in Ramadan.

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Hello everybody.
Another week passed with lots of yummy dishes, here are some of them.

 

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wp-1466422302108.jpg  Hummus falafel and fatteh.

 

wp-1466422335007.jpg  Ouzi in puff pastry.

 

wp-1466422358521.jpg Rice with curried veggies and chicken

 

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Two birthdays this week.

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Ended this week with a lovely iftar with Family Flavors team at the Four Seasons hotel.

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Sheraton Amman Spice Garden/Arabian Nights.

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Good morning everybody.

I was privileged last night  to be invited to a very nice venue at Sheraton Amman on the occasion of launching Arabian Nights at  The Spice Garden restaurant which includes a variety of Jordanian, Syrian, Lebanese and Moroccan dishes along with delicious sweets and amazing live music.

Invitation came through Family Flavors magazine to all food bloggers,venue was for all social media people active on all platforms.

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Evening started with a tour at the Ambassador Suite on the 7th floor, beautiful space and exquisite view to beautiful Amman, then we gathered at The Spice Garden  for a Knafeh making lesson with the chef which we ate later on.

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Dinner was served afterwards,a wide selection of delicacies starting from salads, appetizers, main dishes and desserts. You even can order special dishes like kofta or hummus with meat on top ( that was so yummy).

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wp-1460443437463.jpg Mansaf.

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Highlight of the evening was meeting the new GM Mrs Iva Trifonov and all marketing staff who were very kind and hospitable, nice interesting event and we even went home with a nice apron to remember it.

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Homemade Ravioli.

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Hello everybody.

Very busy eventful week,orders dinners and birthdays.

Last night I had guests at dinner, tried to make it a restaurant style one , served salad which was Greek with capers and feta cheese then pasta, penne and ravioli, then main course, grilled veal with mushroom sauce, baked potatoes and veggies and one portion of grilled salmon with garlic dill and olive oil.Desert was teramisu.

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wp-1454594877480.jpg grand finale was a perfect teramisu cup.

 

here’s the ingredients and method of ravioli:

* 2 cups flour.

* 1/2 tsp salt.

* 3 eggs.

* on a clean surface or in a bowl mix flour and salt then make a well in the middle and crack eggs in it.

* start whisking eggs into flour with a fork gradually.

* continue working with your hands or in a food processor till you get a firm dough.

* cover with cling film and leave to rest for 30-50 minutes.

* divide to 4 pieces then roll to a rectangular thin layer.

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* make stuffing of your choice, cheese,spinach with cheese,meat .

*add one teaspoonful of stuffing in a line , cover with another rolled dough, add egg wash on sides  then cut into squares using a cutter or roller knife.

* keep dusting with flour so as pieces won’t stick to pan.

* cook in salted boiling water for 4-5 minutes only.

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* cook in cream with basil and garlic or tomato pasta sauce as you wish.

I can humbly say it was an excellent meal and everybody had a great time.

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Today’s morning orders were za’tar puffs, falafel rolls and two Daisies chocolate cakes.

 

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Apple Strudel.

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Hello everybody.

Today’s order was for dinner, kibbeh in a pan  mini ones,good thing is I made one for lunch.

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Dessert was Apple Strudel, same recipe I did last year, always a success, did one for us as well.A small addition was some custard sauce with it but not the one with egg yolks and cream cause I didn’t have time so I just make simple custard with cream but a bit loose with vanilla and a bit of cinnamon.

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Ingredients and method of Apple Strudel again:

For the dough:

* 2 cups flour.

* 1 egg.

* 2 big spoons butter.

*pinch of salt.

*100 ml (almost 3/4 cup) lukewarm water.

Filling:

* 1 kilo peeled and thinly sliced apples.

* 3/4 cup sugar.

* zest of a lemon.

* 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

* 3 tablespoons crushed walnuts or  almonds.

* 3/4 cup raisins soaked in some water.

* 2 tsp cinnamon.

* 2 tablespoons bread crumbs.

* extra butter to brush top of strudel.

* icing sugar for decorating.

* make the dough by mixing flour,salt and egg in the middle mix well then add butter and rub all together.

* start adding water till you get a round hard dough that you can handle.

* leave to rest for 30 minutes.

* spread some flour on a kitchen cloth and spread the dough to a big rectangle.

* make the filling by mixing all everything together.

* spread the breadcrumbs over dough then add the filling in the center.

* with the help of the cloth fold the sides together and ends also very well.

* transfer slowly to a big oven pan .

* brush with butter then make some lengthwise cuts with a sharp knife.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 50-60 minutes.

* dust with icing sugar upon serving.

 

Order included some baked Zaynab fingers and two suborek pans, one with cheese and the other with spinach and feta cheese.

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Fruit Cheesecake Cookie Cups and Apple Cinnamon Rolls.

Hello everybody.

I’m so excited today cause me and my friends are invited to a special early dinner at our lovely neighbor’s house and she’s making a traditional Carcissian dish called chips and basta, I’ll write you details about it later tonight.

As usual I told her dessert is on me, I wanted to do something new, colorful and lively so after a bit of searching did these cute kind of tarts and since I have some apples in the fruit basket is did some apple wheels or rolls.

Ingredients and method of fruit tarts :

* 3/4 cup butter.
* 1 cup sugar.
* 1 egg.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
*  2 cups flour.
* 1/2 tsp baking soda.
* 1/2 tsp baking powder.
* 2 tsp cornstarch.

For the filling :
* 1 pack cream cheese.
* 1/2 cup icing sugar.
* 2 tablespoons cream.( قشطه)

* mixed fruits for topping.

* beat butter and sugar till creamy then add all other ingredients till you have a thick dough.
* in a cupcake pan add a spoonful in each paper then press well with higher edges ( this quantity made 24 cups)
* bake in a medium heated oven for 10-15 minutes.
* remove and leave to cool.
* meanwhile beat cream cheese with sugar and cream then top over each cupcake.
* decorate with fruits as you look like.

As for the apple wheels, I did same dough for cinnamon rolls or Nutella tree, the added brown sugar and cinnamon to a rectangular spread-ed dough, lined up sliced apples the rolled and baked them.

Hope our host will like them,I’m sure we’ll have fun and eat delicious food.

 

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Flakes Chocolate Dessert.

Hello everybody.
So excited today my baby sister is coming home for vacation, can’t believe it’s been a year!  I’m sure it’ll be an eventful spring.

We’ll be having dinner at Mom’s, menu is stuffed vine leaves, beef roast with veggies done by my sister and I made fatoush, pasta salad and Flake chocolate dessert that I did once in Ramadan, just realized that I promised to post this recipe back then and haven’t done so till now, sorry.

Ingredients and method :
* 12 pieces Last Vache qui Rie cheese.
* 1 pack whipping cream.
* 1 pack cream.
* 1 pack plain biscuits.
* 4 pieces flakes.
* some milk.

* beat cheese and creams very well till smooth, you may add some milk if mixture is too thick.
* in a deep Pyrex or serving dish arrange biscuits and soak them with some milk.
* add half cream mixture then sprinkle half the flakes.
* repeat for another layer then decorate top with crushed Flakes.
* keep in fridge to cool for 3-4 hours.

Very easy and yummy, will post dinner details tomorrow,going to airport now :mrgreen:

 

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Happy New Year :)

Hello everybody.

Waited till now to write my post so as not to ruin the surprise,  I baked  a beautiful birthday cake for my lovely cousin  requested by her sweet sister-in-law,I also made an Apple Pecan Pie as a gift from me. Happy Birthday dear doc and Happy New Year to you and all your family, love you all.

As for our new year’s eve, we had a small special candle lit dinner at home , very early so as not to eat heavy late at night then ended it with our usual coffee with chocolates, typical family celebration, we’ll watch T.V for the rest of the night.

Dinner was steaks with sauteed veggies, cheese pastries, mixed green salad with lentils pomegranate and feta cheese  and a new dish which was extremely delicious “Italian Mushroom Risotto” got these dried mushrooms from my cousin living in Rome, soaked them in water then sauteed them with onions and butter then cooked the rice with mushroom soaking water, really yummy yummy.

 

Ingredients and method of Apple Pecan Pie:

* pie crust.( same as apple pie)

* filling:

* 3 big peeled chopped apples.

* 3/4 cup chopped pecans.

* 1/2 cup sugar ( brown or regular)

* 1 tablespoon starch.

* 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

* 1 tablespoon butter.

 

For the crumble:

* 1/2 cup finely chopped pecan.

* 2 tablespoons butter.

* 3/4 cup flour.

* 1/2 cup sugar.

 

* spread pie crust in special pie pan.

* mix filling ingredients together and add on crust.

* mix crumble ingredients in food processor till crumbly .

* add on top of pie filling.

* bake in a medium heated oven till golden from sides. (30-40 minutes)

 

Enjoy your night everybody and wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR <3 <3 <3

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By the way Italians believe that eating pomegranate and lentils at new year’s eve is a good omen,the more you can eat the more money you get, so we’ll see what will happen next year !

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Vegetarian Pomelo Salad.

Hello everybody.

Christmas Eve tonight,wish all people celebrating a joyful holiday and great food, I know many will be having a feast dinner full of delicious savory dishes . Well try to enjoy and eat from everything diet can start tomorrow or even month who cares :)

This morning I went with my friends to new place called “Ahwanji  اهونجي ”  though too much shisha smoke ( we were on the terrace mind you with open windows) but food was tasty , nice well decorated place !

Cooked for lunch before I left, traditional Kofta with tomatoes and potatoes on top with a nice yummy salad we usually order at Levant Restaurant which contains lettuce,corn,green pepper and some peeled pomelo fruits topped with a simple mayonnaise vinegar lemon and oil dressing,really good and fresh though I know some people don’t like fruits in salad but this one is yummy, tangy and sour and the same time.

Note: you can find many pomelo containing salads usually with shrimps or sea food ( Thai Food) that’s why it’s specifically vegetarian.

 

Again enjoy your night dear friends celebrating Merry Christmas <3

 

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Meat Balls with Vegetables.

Hello everybody.

Had no clue at all what to cook today, problem is I have many errands and invited to a morning gathering as well.

After opening and closing both fridge and freezer hundred times I took out all veggies I found plus some cooked meat balls, sautéed them all together with some onions then added some tomato paste and water, left them to simmer and that’s it. Easy and quick.

I also made a nice carrot cake to take with me tonight to Auntie Sahar’s dinner. Full day right?  Wait till you see tomorrow’s program

Appetizer Platter.

Hello everybody.

After yesterday’s big breakfast I went shopping to prepare for dinner,our dear friends Salam and Flora came to dinner last night with sweet adorable baby Mariam,lovely evening and food.

I made a big appetizers platter similar to the one we ate last week at Bonita Restaurant,well it was close enough but not as perfect. It contained avocados with tomatoes,smoked salmon with cream cheese dill filling on a bed of rocca, frilled chicken with pesto sauce on top and grilled eggplants ant tomatoes with cheese in between or as they name it eggplant tower.

Salad was Rocca with pomegranate seeds,walnuts and cheese, main dish was grilled steaks with lemon thyme butter on top and baked potatoes and veggies on the side.

Dessert was an extremely rich delicious Velvet Cake done by my lovely guest ( homemade from scratch), you’re right Flora tasted even better today, thank you my dear <3

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