Tzaziki in Kibbeh.

Hello everybody.

Today’s order was chicken pie, kibbeh in a pan amongst other things.

A new creative idea, made kibbeh cupcakes then filled them with tzaziki which is finely chopped cucumbers with labaneh and yogurt seasoned with special seasoning ( garlic powder, oregano and mint)  very elegant babies 😀😀😀

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Stuffed Cabbages with Lemon Sauce.

Hello everybody.

Stuffed two big cabbages for lunch today and hopefully tomorrow.

This time I tried this sauce I always wanted to do from my Greek cookbook but hesitate cause it contains too much eggs in it, I’m not a big fan by the way.

Well today I took the venture but omitted the eggs, recipe has flour to thicken the sauce so I guessed it’ll be enough and result was amazing, really yummy.

Ingredients and method :

*1 tablespoon butter.
* 1 tablespoon flour.
* 1 1/2 cup broth from cooked cabbages.
* 2 tsp lemon juice.
* salt and pepper to taste.

* heat butter well then add flour and wisk till it’s golden.
* add broth gradually and keep on whisking till you have a thick creamy sauce.
* add lemon juice, salt and pepper.
* serve over cabbages when done.

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Greek Semolina Cake.

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Hello again.

A usual companion to cabbages and cold weather is this semolina cake or harisseh.

Frankly the usual harisseh that most people do never turn out successful,don’t ask me why 😀,not my specialty I guess. So to ensure that it’s good I make this Greek one, very similar but contains eggs so it’s more like a cake but same taste and texture.

Here are the ingredients and method :

*4 eggs.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
* 1 cup sugar.
* 1/2 cup coconut (optional).
* 1/2 yoghurt.
* 3/4 cup butter.
* 2 1/2 cups coarse or fine semolina.
* 2 tsp baking powder.
* 1/4 tsp sodium bicarbonate.
For the sugar syrup :
* 3 cups sugar.
* 1 1/2 cups water.
* 1 small spoon lemon juice.

*Mix all ingredients alternatively. Grease a
medium size pan with butter or tahini (طحينه ).add the batter
*Sprinkle with almonds then bake in a medium heated oven till golden.
* As for the syrup mix sugar and water, heat till it boils, add lemon juice and leave to simmer till it thickens .approximately 20-30 min.leave to cool.
* Add cold syrup on cake when still hot so as to be well absorbed .

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Honey Cakes.

Hello everybody.

Happy Easter to all friends celebrating today,though usually it’s supposed to be a Spring warm day this time of year specially on Easter Sunday and today happened to be rainy and cold but I’m sure everybody celebrating felt the warmth and spirit of this Holy day.

I intended to do some ma3mool but unfortunately didn’t have the time ,but today after I finished cooking lunch which was a traditional roasted meat and potato pan done the way my late grandma used to do it, meaning fried potatoes,lots of onions,cooked meat then all slowly cooked together till well stewed, I did these cute honey cakes that Greek people usually bake Easter time.

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Ingredients and method: ( I did half quantity only)

* 1 cup butter.

* 1 cup light olive oil.

* 1 kilo flour.

* 1 cup sugar.

* 1 tsp cinnamon.

* 1/2 tsp cloves.

* grated peel of a lemon or orange.

* 2 tsp baking powder.

* 1 cup yogurt.

* 1 cup crushed walnuts.

For the syrup:

* 2 cups sugar.

* 3 cups water.

* 1 cup honey.

* juice of one lemon.

* walnuts and cinnamon to sprinkle.

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* Put the butter and flour in a big bowl and beat well.

* add oil ,sugar, cinnamon,cloves and peel.

* add soda and yogurt and knead well.

* add walnuts .

* make small balls then roll them over the grater to get a nice shape.

* bake in a medium heated oven till golden from bottom and surface.

* meanwhile make the syrup by boiling sugar and water for 10 minutes then adding the honey and lemon and boil further more till it’s thick.

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* when cakes are done and cooled dip them in syrup then sprinkle with cinnamon and crushed walnuts.

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Really yummy in this all Winter cold wet day!!

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Lamb Pasties.

Hello everybody.

Last night I remembered this recipe from my Greek cookbook, I always make it in Ramadan,light and easy, since I already have cooked meat cubes in the freezer so it’ll even be a super quick thing to do,suitable for crazy shopping Saturday.

Greeks do it with thin pastry and use lots of butter but I usually use puff pastry and omit butter completely.

Ingredients and method:

* cooked lamb cubes.

* squared puff pastry.

* small chopped onion.

* 2-3 cloves garlic.

* 2-3 cubed potatoes.

* feta cheese.

 

* saute onions,garlic and potatoes with some oil then add salt and pepper till golden and soft.

* spread the puff pastry a bit.

* add a cube of meat then a spoonful of potatoes.

* add a piece of feta cheese on top then close the pastry as a parcel.

* bake for 30-40 minutes in a low heat oven till pastries are puffed and golden.

* serve with sauteed veggies and salad.

See very quick and easy and tastes good as well :)

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Walnut Cake.

Hello everybody.

My husband’s dear aunt came for coffee  yesterday afternoon, thought about this cake to be a good choice with coffee or tea, I haven’t done it  for so long.
I also have this recipe from my Greek cook book.

Ingredients:
* 3/4 cup sugar.
* 1 cup butter.
* 1/2 cup butter ( I used vegetable oil thus time, turned out just fine).
* 2 cups crushed walnuts.
* 1 1/2 cups crushed rusk.
* 1 1/2 cups flour.
* 5  eggs.
* 1 tsp baking soda.
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1/4 tsp cloves.
* 1/4 tsp cloves.
* 3 tsp baking powder.
For the syrup:
* 2 cups sugar.
*1 cup water.
* 1 tsp lemon juice.
Method:
* Beat the eggs sugar butter or oil .
* Add walnuts, rusks, spices.
* Add flour, baking powder and baking soda.
* Spread in a greased pan and bake for 45-50 minutes.
* Prepare the syrup by boiling mixture then leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
* Pour the syrup over hot cake and serve.

Enjoy♡♥

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Meat lovers ( Old Fashioned Lamb Chops).

In order to satisfy all family members. ..you have to comprise meals each week… a dish that one of them like,,, won’t be   satisfying for another..so in order for all of them to be happy…I always mix the week!!!!!
Today I made lamb chops in the oven with roasted potatoes. ..a favourite dish for both my husband and younger son.
This recipe is a bit modified from the original one I got from my husband’ s uncle.
Basically you must only add salt, black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil to the meat chops.but I add also a small spoon of balsamic vinegar, HP sauce, paprika, bbq spices and sweet paprika powder.
Today I cut potatoes into wedges with skin on.season them with salt, pepper, paprika, lemon juice, rosemary leaves and couple of bay leaves.and added them to chops.
Heat the oven to medium, then put the tray uncovered on the lower rack for approximately one hour,, keep turning the chops till they roast well but not dry.
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As for a solution to what my eldest son will eat..my Mom (الله يحفظها ويعطيها العافيه ) .sent me some stuffed cabbages…a yummy for sure.
This dish has many steps,,,so usually it’s eaten at ones mom’s or mother in law’s,,  cause it’s a bit tiresome and more delicious if eaten with a big group….the whole family members must attend when cabbages are on the table.
Steps are:
*boil whole cabbage in water with a spoonful if cumin powder.
*remove each slice when tender and remove the hard line in the middle.
*make two slices of each leaf of cabbage….
*prepare the stuffing which contains. Minced meat, rice, salt, pepper, mixed spices, dried mint leaves and a mixture of ghee and vegetable oil…amount depends on how many cups if rice you’re making….
From my experience. .2 large cabbages needs 2.cups of rice and half kilo of minced meat…this amount needs 1 big spoon ghee and 1small cup oil.
* mix mince and rice very well then stuff the cabbage leaves.
*place all stuffed leaves in order in a big deep pan.
* peel some cloves of garlic and put then in between the leaves according to the taste of your family….some like too much garlic some a bit.
*add water till it covers the cabbage by 1 inch.
*add salt, juice of two lemons, 1 cube chicken stock and  a bit olive oil in top.
*when water starts to boil,, keep it bubbling on high heat for 10 minutes then lower the heat and keep it to simmer for 1 hour .
*taste one cabbage if it’s not done and rice still crispy leave it another 15-30 minutes more.but make sure water doesn’t dry.

Tip: keep the hard middle line of cabbage and place them under the cabbages in the pan..they’re very tasty by the way.
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Have a nice day everybody♡♥♡♥

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