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.

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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.

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Harisseh or Basboussa. (Semolina Cake).

Hello everybody.

Many friends and family are asking me these days,aren’t you tired of cooking everyday? or even the most frequent question , Is that  really  you cooking or do you write down recipes from the internet???

Well,answers are, I’m not tired cause I don’t actually cook everyday ,most of the days to be exact,I sometimes  make an extra salad or side dish when I have leftovers,or even make cookies or cake like today. As for the second question,I really want to emphasize that it’s me cooking,and I’ve never copied a picture or recipe from any website , and I do really hope that my readers are enjoying and benefiting from my recipes and articles.

Today I’m making a favorite sweet to many, specially my husband, Harisseh or Basboussa as some people name it cause yesterday we were visiting the lovely Odeh couple and the sweet auntie suggested i make it when I asked her what to do as sweets tomorrow,and of course hubby encouraged the idea!

I have many many different recipes for it,each time I try one, this time it’s Auntie Fozzieh’s Harisseh as written in my cookbook,she’s my husband’s beloved aunt,he says my auntie makes the best harisseh,hope mine will be as good as hers 😉

Ingredients and method:

* 2 cups coarse semolina.

* 1 cup sugar.

* 1 1/2 cups milk or half yogurt and one milk.

* 1/2 spoon sodium bicarbonate.

* 3 teaspoons baking powder.

* some butter for brushing the surface only.

* sugar syrup ( boil 3 cups of sugar with 1 1/2 cups water and a small spoon lemon juice,simmer till syrupy).


* Mix all ingredients very well preferably with your hands,then leave to rest and rise for 3-4 hours.

* brush deep oven pan with tahini or butter,add batter.

* brush butter on surface,you may decorate with nuts and coconut if you like.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 30 minutes or till edges are golden then toast the surface also.

* add cooled syrup on it while hot so as be be absorbed well.

* cut to squares and serve.

Now I’m waiting for the judge,fingers crossed !!














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